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StreamBase Lowers Latency, Speeds Up Development

With the release of version 7 of its complex event processing (CEP) offering, StreamBase Systems is taking a swipe at latency while addressing usability to make creation of applications faster and easy enough for a business user to tackle. Overall performance has apparently been improved by 20%, together with the introduction of fine-grain control of…

NYSE+Nasdaq … The Platform Play

So as somewhat expected, Nasdaq OMX is making a play for NYSE Euronext, pulling in IntercontinentalExchange as a partner, and offering a good premium over Deutsche Boerse’s bid. Regulatory issues – which are likely to be significant for both bids – aside, the Nasdaq/ICE bid looks credible on paper. But what does it say –…

Q&A: Craig Betts of Solace Systems on Latency Beyond Algo Trading

Low latency messaging use is expanding beyond traditional algorithmic trading applications to address wider business requirements. Meanwhile, issues such as reliability, manageability and cost are becoming more visible. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com discussed low-latency messaging directions – and messaging directions in general – with Craig Betts, CEO of Solace Systems. Q: You recently announced a deal with the…

The Connected World of Connectivity

What is connectivity? How to define connectivity in the high-performance trading infrastructure segment depends on where you sit in what’s increasingly viewed as the financial ecosystem. At the FISD’s recent Low-Latency Roundtable event in London, I asked a group of esteemed supplier panellists how financial markets users should decide on which application type is the…

FPGAs, Established for Market Data, Now Being Leveraged for Transactions, Pre-Trade Risk

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) – providing hardware-based acceleration for processing typically performed in software – are being increasingly adopted for financial markets applications, with signs that their use is moving beyond boosting market data delivery, to address transactional performance as well. Fixnetix and Wall Street FPGA are providing two such examples, as hardware acceleration…

Collaborative Approach to Instrument and Entity Identification Could be the Key, Suggests A-Team Group and CGS

Can commercial initiatives and innovation through partnerships succeed where standards bodies have failed in the world of entity and complex instrument identification? That is the question posed by A-Team Group and Cusip Global Services’ (CGS) most recent whitepaper, “Expanding Global Identifiers in Complex Assets and Other Areas”, and one which, given the focus of the…

SEC’s HFT Proposals Could Boost Tech Vendors’ Fortunes

High-frequency trading is high on the agenda of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and two recently proposed rule changes could lead to a boon for technology providers. However, industry insiders caution that the SEC must be careful not to leak any intellectual property data it may gather from its increased surveillance of high frequency…

Bordeaux Dispatch – Extending the Tentacles

Actually, I used Bordeaux to get your attention. I write this blog from rural Perigord – the village of Bourdeilles, to be exact – which sits close to some wine appellations that are regarded as Bordeaux, like St. Emilion and Pomerol. So, yes, it’s a stretch. But there is a theme at play here. Bourdeilles…

The New Cross-Asset Trading Challenge

The traditional separation of asset classes into distinct business organizations with incompatible trading systems is an idea whose time has ended. Today the growing quest to automate every variety of asset trading – and in so doing to make possible the trading of assets among different classes – has created a growing business case for…

The Impact of MiFID

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) has been described as pure cost pain for little liquidity gain by some. What might the impacts be for the financial services firms in terms of conduct of business, data management and best execution and order-handling processes? asks Dr Anthony W Kirby, Fellow of European Think Tank Promethee and…