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UBS and BNY are latest to dabble in blockchain or bitcoin-related tech

UBS and BNY Mellon are two of the latest large banks to publicly reveal that they are exploring the technology behind bitcoin, the distributed digital currency that is both lauded and criticized in the press, sometimes on the same day. Despite mixed reviews, the number of financial technology companies that support bitcoin, whether through bitcoin mining, digital wallet solutions or other technologies, has been increasing. There are growing signs that Wall Street is taking notice.

Debate over equity market structure continues

Some may have thought last year's equity market structure debates would fade in the new year, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Starting January 6, BATS Global Markets released an open letter to market participants making recommendations on what it sees as three key issues.

Nasdaq technology to power bitcoin marketplace founded by Wall Street veteran

A startup bitcoin trading marketplace founded by Wall Street veterans has enlisted Nasdaq to provide it with high-performance trading technology used by exchanges around the world. The marketplace, called Noble Markets, sought Nasdaq technology to lend legitimacy to its platform for the institutional clients it is aiming to attract.

HFT, correlated markets fuel interest in optimal trade scheduling

To compete in fast-paced markets, traders often not only employ algorithmic trading strategies, but use algorithmic tools to calculate how well their algorithms are performing. Trading solutions vendors say they are seeing increasing interest in tools that alert traders throughout the day to market conditions that may warrant making adjustments to algorithms or even switching to different algorithms altogether before markets close.

Big data analytics may drive growth of mobile phone recording

Big data analytics may be spurring increased uptake of mobile phone monitoring at brokerage firms, as firms are increasingly discussing the two types of technologies hand in hand.


Fiduciary rules for financial advisors would spur tech spending

A proposal that would require brokers offering retirement advice to adhere to fiduciary standards would be a sea change for the financial industry, requiring increased spending on compliance and record-keeping technology, both supporters and critics say. Where opposing sides of the proposed rules disagree is on how much or even whether investors stand to benefit.

Santander is third bank to agree to ease screening of new account applicants

Santander N.A. became the third bank to agree to loosen applicant screening for new account openings, and reports suggest more agreements will likely be forthcoming. The agreements forged with NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office come as the attorney general has been investigating whether overly strict use of applicant screening technology unfairly denies low-income applicants banking services for relatively minor infractions.

Looking back on the first year of SEF trading through end-of-year data

In 2014, the made available-to-trade deadline served as an official starting gun, kicking off electronic trading on newly-minted electronic swaps execution facilities in an industry where trading has historically been transacted bilaterally. Along with the new SEF trading came data about the transactions that occurred on them, granting more insight into a previously shrouded market.

IBM and Softbank's artificial intelligence alliance may have banking implications

A newly announced partnership between Japanese Softbank and IBM aims to build artificial intelligence to new levels, even introducing IBM's Watson to Softbank's robot Pepper. But first, IBM's Watson will have to learn Japanese.


Fidelity's eMoney acquisition shows growing influence of digital solutions

In announcing its agreement to acquire wealth planning software company eMoney Advisor on Monday, Fidelity Investments clearly articulated that technology is central to its strategy for serving customers.