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SmartStream Launches Reference Data Utility Offering, Announces First Client

As first revealed by Reference Data Review in May last year, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) DClear subsidiary has been working on a reference data utility for some time. DClear Utilities, which is now a part of DIFC owned SmartStream Technologies, has now officially been launched on the market and has just bagged its…

UK FSA Fines BarCap £2.45m for Data Errors in Transaction Reporting

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has slapped Barclays Capital Securities and Barclays Bank with a £2.45 million fine for failing to provide accurate transaction reports to the regulator over a period of a year. The FSA indicates that Barclays and its subsidiary had serious weaknesses in systems and controls in relation to transaction reporting, which…

Beware Latency Monitoring on the Cheap

Interesting to read a couple of reports of late regarding a “breakthrough” in the world of network latency monitoring – apparently boffins at a couple of universities have come up with an inexpensive way to measure network delays at the tens of microsecond level – and they reckon that Wall Street is going to be…

What is Your Latency IQ?

Capital markets firms have been implementing a number of different strategies for reducing latency – from increasing network bandwidth, to implementing low latency applications, to collocation – giving rise to the question: What’s next? To get the best trade, firms realize their need for visibility into the entire chain of trade execution events in real…

Q&A: Endace’s Paul Doyle on IEEE1588 and More …

Before one can accurately measure latency across a network, it’s important to make sure that all the devices connected to that network are running to precisely the same time. Endace recently rolled out support for the IEEE1588 specification, designed to achieve that synchronisation. And alongside the technology, the company also launched its new positioning as…

Q&A: Steve Gleave of Endace on Latency Monitoring

In the news yesterday as a result of its global partnership with Reuters, Endace’s technology – coupled with that of partner Trading Metrics – underpins the Reuters Latency Monitor. But just who is Endace, and what does their technology really do? IntelligentTradingTechnology.com talked to Endace vice president of marketing Steve Gleave to find out more…

Standing Settlement Instructions: Bringing the Poor Relation of Reference Data into the Fold

Awareness of the fact that missing or inaccurate standing settlement instructions (SSIs) are a major inhibitor to true straight-through processing (STP) is as long-standing as the industry’s focus on STP itself. Problems with SSIs are still the biggest single cause of reference data-related trade fails, which themselves are the second biggest cause of fails behind…

Perplexed By Percentages

A couple of weeks ago, together with Reuters, we conducted a survey of the marketplace to find out how well latency measurement is entrenched, and what users thought of datafeed providers and measurement tool vendors. And we asked them to comment on their current market data handling infrastructures too.  One figure that came back –…

Can FPGAs Overcome the FUD?

So, those party animals at Activ Financial have invited me to a little gathering tonight – at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square – to formally launch ActivFeed MPU, their new hardware-accelerated feed handling software.  It should be an great event, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the black art of programming FPGAs (that’s…

Datafeed Dilemma

Q: When is a datafeed not a datafeed? A: When it’s a datafeed handler. When we were compiling our wonderful report Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: Low Latency Architectures And Building Blocks For Tomorrow’s Trading Applications, we included profiles of vendors who sell datafeed handlers. At first, we left out Reuters Data Feed Direct because…