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Paul Penrose

Finextra Community - end of year report

The Finextra Community site was launched with little fanfare to a small coterie of beta users back in February this year. In opening the community we were hoping to create a forum for interaction with...

21 Dec 2007
Elton Cane

The 2007 Finextra Awards

So, it’s late December. The post Christmas party hangovers are becoming increasingly frequent, you’re just about done with the shopping, and the urge to work is waning. In short, it’s a great time of ...

19 Dec 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

Turquoise recruitment drive

After a stuttering start, it looks like Turquoise is getting its house in order in preparation for a busy New Year. The bank-backed rival to the London Stock Exchange has been variously dubbed Project...

18 Dec 2007
Finexpo
Elton Cane

NYSE Euronext's single global e-trading platform

I had an interesting conversation today with Steve Rubinow, CTO of NYSE Euronext. Just over a year after the third phase of NYSE’s Hybrid trading system went live, heralding the massive shift away fro...

13 Dec 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

Betfair's Flywheel outguns LSE Tradelect

While doing a bit of research into high performance computing for our capital markets conference Finexpo, I stumbled across this article in Business Week on the Betfair gambling exchange. It seems th...

04 Dec 2007
Finexpo
Ross McGill

Corporate Actions Automation - a contradiction in terms?

I was quite intrigued back in October when I was walking around the exhibition halls at SIBOS in Boston to see how many software vendors on the corporate actions side were promoting their solutions fo...

29 Nov 2007
SWIFT Matters
Elton Cane

Hedge fund buys Argentinian mountain

I attended an interesting roundtable held by Omgeo this morning. Kicking off the discussion, Omgeo's industry relations manager Tony Freeman reported a few things he'd heard at a recent ISITC event th...

28 Nov 2007
Trends in Financial Services
Paul Penrose

Tony Kirby dusts off his gardening tools

My moles tell me that STP stalwart Tony Kirby is getting his fingers green courtesy of a stint of gardening leave from Accenture. Tony's been around the block a few times, taking on roles at Swift, G...

28 Nov 2007
Where are they now?
Ross McGill

Do banks get more sensitive to tax in tough economic times?

It's always seemed strange to me that people only get really interested in withholding tax when economic times start getting tough. The sub-prime mess which has led to a range of spin-off crises at b...

26 Nov 2007
Elton Cane

Innovation: Killing bad puppies and old dogs

At last week’s Forum for Innovation in Financial Services, organised by Finextra, we had some excellent presentations from James Gardner at Lloyds TSB and Pol Navarro of Banco Sabadell giving insight ...

15 Nov 2007
Innovation in Financial Services
Elton Cane

M and A can be addictive, even if you're not very good at it

A new report from Deloitte Research on M&A trends contains some interesting findings. Although it is based on a wide survey of active acquirers earlier this year, when deal value and volumes were...

15 Nov 2007
Finextra50 fintech index
Paul Penrose

Citi's 7-year core banking programme

Citibank has standardised its core banking systems worldwide on the Flexcube product from i-flex. The implementation of the product at Citi's markets and banking divisions in 67 countries is the culmi...

14 Nov 2007