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Ringing the opening bell on a new year

Welcome to a new year of FierceFinanceIT. We are looking forward to continuing to watch many of the big stories of 2013 that will continue to grow and develop in this new year – the emergence of SEFs, the effects of the Volcker Rule, the bond market's various efforts to find new ways to embrace electronic trading, to name a few.

 

FierceFinance is moving to FierceFinanceIT

Beginning in January, 2014, FierceFinance will become part of FierceFinanceIT. Technology drives an ever-increasing portion of the investment, trading and asset management sectors. We're following suit, increasing our focus on IT operations across the financial services industry.

Data gathering by helicopter and satellite

There may be no better image of Wall Street's hunger for data – and Wall Street's largesse – than surveillance pictures taken by helicopter and satellite for the purpose delivering traders advanced trading information.

 

A look at the NYSE's Institutional Liquidity Plan

The dark vs. lit execution debate has grown more complex as of late. The reality is that dark execution has proven to be quite attractive to the exchange companies that have complained bitterly about...

Will the Volcker Rule be enforced?

An esteemed New York Times columnist raises a tough question: will the Volcker Rule be enforced? One would think that answer would be, "Yes." But it's not so simple. Given the...

Volcker rule will spare market-making but boost compliance spending

Never before has Wall Street been so excited about volumes of new regulations that will likely result in massive compliance expenditures. In fact, Wall Street's reaction to the final version of the Volcker rule released Tuesday reinforces the old principle that everything is relative.

Iran accord doesn't mean banks can let up on AML

Iran and international policy powerhouses riveted the world Nov. 24 with a multilateral deal that calls for the country to stop enriching uranium beyond a level that could lead to a nuclear bomb....

Banks in political fight over disclosing donations

It's hard to argue against transparency and disclosure when it comes to political donations by publicly traded corporations. Intuitively, shareholders have a right to know how their funds are...

Data and the evolution of the budget

IDC estimates that financial services firms worldwide will allocate more than $430 billion to IT spending in 2014. But as firms weigh how much to budget for data, cloud computing and other hot technology next year, some of these technologies are increasingly becoming part of the budget process in ways other than as line items.

Congress targets patent trolls

Patent trolls--a term patent enforcement companies detest--are demonized in many industries, including the financial services industry, which sports hefty clout in Washington. A sure sign the...