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Visible Alpha Appoints ex-FactSet Executive Mark Hale as COO

Research specialist Visible Alpha has appointed Mark Hale to the newly created role of chief operating officer (COO). Hale Joins Visible Alpha after 20 years at financial data and software company FactSet, where he served as executive vice president and COO, leading global teams in product management, technology, infrastructure and IT. Hale will lead Visible…

Continuous Development Key to Future Proofing Your Back Office

By Amrik Thethi, chief technology officer, Torstone Technology Most of us will agree that trying to get fit after a period of inactivity can be a challenging endeavour. What’s more, those who do not commit to making fundamental lifestyle changes on a long-term basis will most likely find any physical gains short lived. This analogy…

Nasdaq Adds Alt Data Sets Analytics Hub Platform

By Uri Inspector, Staff Reporter Nasdaq’s Analytics Hub, an alternative data platform for institutional investors, fund managers and traders, has expanded its offering with a string of new and diverse data sets. The additions include an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) offering, a social media sentiment data set, a global news aggregator and a supply…

Trading Tech Consolidation Continues with State Street’s $2.6bn Purchase of Charles River

State Street’s $2.6 billion acquisition of financial data firm Charles River Systems, Inc (Charles River Development) has been heralded in some quarters as game changing. But is it really, or is it perhaps just another step in ongoing consolidation in the trading tech space, and indeed in the logical development of the role of the…

Corvil Enters Client Analysis Space with AI-Powered Intelligence Hub

By Uri Inspector, Staff Reporter Corvil’s release last week of its Intelligence Hub propels the Dublin-based data analytics specialist into the burgeoning world of business intelligence for the trading environment. Building on the company’s long-established trading infrastructure monitoring and latency measurement offerings, the Intelligence Hub extracts data from Corvil analytics appliances at every stage in…

Santiment Goes Open-Source with its Crypto Data Analytics Platform

By Uri Inspector, Staff Reporter Analytics specialist Santiment has made its new SANbase cryptocurrency analysis platform available to data scientists, analysts and researchers at financial services firms in a bid to tap into their shared observations and predictions. Santiment recently ran its first public ‘hackathon’, allowing a range of users – from institutional analysts to…

Schroders Selects The Disruption House to Assess New Tech Vendors

Global investment house Schroders has become the first asset manager to partner with specialist benchmarking and data analytics provider The Disruption House (TDH) to assess the capabilities of new technology providers. TDH says the aim is to “support Schroders’ innovation agenda and assist the firm in its goal of engaging more start-ups”. “We are committed…

RSRCHXchange Adds Analyst Interaction to MiFID II Research Marketplace

By Uri Inspector, Staff Reporter Institutional research aggregator RSRCHXchange has added an analyst interaction functionality to its platform, allowing research providers to book and sell meetings, calls, webinars and conferences to asset management and other buy-side firms. The initiative aims to help firms consuming research in compliance with MiFID II unbundling to choose services from…

Quant Insight Secures Funding to Expand in US and Develop Macro Analytics Platform

Quant Insight (Qi), a London-based macro research firm, has completed a funding round that will support expansion in the US and Asia, and stimulate product development. Over 80% of the multi-million dollar funding came from Qi’s clients, including sizeable investments from Alan Howard (Brevan Howard Asset Management) and Jens-Peter Stein (Stone Milliner Asset Management). Qi…

HPR Expands Market Access Platform to Hong Kong Stock Connects

By Uri Inspector, Staff Reporter Hyannis Port Research (HPR), a Boston-based provider of advanced capital markets infrastructure technologies, has expanded its market access platform to include support for the Shanghai-Hong Kong and Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connects. The HPR platform includes the company’s pre-trade risk products for low latency market access and risk management, Riskbot and…