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Chicago - where the Big Data grows

25 March 2013  |  3503 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

Watching how data volumes coming out of the Chicago derivatives markets have been growing is what you do when you have to build IT infrastructure to support a modern bank or broker anywhere in the world. Moore’s Law, where processors double in power every 18 months, becomes a practical bottleneck, because the world isn’t governed by Moore’s Law ...

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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

25 years of the German Exchange

22 March 2013  |  2166 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Sometimes it’s useful to remember how things were so that we can work out how we got to where we are today. 25 years ago Germany had eight separate securities exchanges, of which Dusseldorf was the largest, and it had no derivatives exchanges – in fact, derivatives trading was classed in the same regulatory category as gambling, but with the add...

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Vote for FIX for LEIs and CAT NMS

08 February 2013  |  2506 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Many of the business processes that are going to need to be changed in order to make use of the new Legal Entity Identifiers are already included in the FIX Protocol that many thousands of investments...

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Proving best-execution compliance for all trades

06 February 2013  |  2543 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Despite the growth of automated, electronic trading – whether high-speed or algorithmic or plain vanilla – voice trading is still a key element of markets in most asset classes, and in particular wher...

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Who pays a transaction tax?

04 February 2013  |  2228 views  |  2  |  Recommends 0

One sometimes wonders how distanced politicians are from commerce, business and financial services. There is the impression that they have a desire to punish financial institutions for actions that l...

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Payments and the Eurozone

30 January 2013  |  2778 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I’m in the Netherland today, talking to financial institutions about Payments. Since the Euro was introduced in the EU, the challenge for payment processors has been pretty clear: how do you become t...

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Consolidated Audit Trail and really BIG Data

29 January 2013  |  3344 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

In New York the meeting was held today for the organisations that are interested in bidding to provide and run CAT NMS – the Consolidated Audit Trail system for the National Market System of the USA. ...

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Dematerialisation and digital notaries

24 January 2013  |  2985 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Reading on Finextra last week about dematerialisation in the Netherlands reminded me about the issues that you face when you want to move from paper documents to electronic documents – particularly wh...

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Chris PicklesConsultant - England

How do young employees learn about financial technology?

23 January 2013  |  1581 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

The answer to that question for most of us has probably been “learning by doing”. If you get the right job that puts you in a role where you get the opportunity to deal close-up with technology, you ...

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Security, DoS attacks and magic tricks

21 January 2013  |  3827 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

It’s pretty frightening when I hear my colleagues who specialise in security services describe the kind of things that hackers get up to – maybe because I think that I’m pretty clever (38 years in IT,...

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