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Webinar: Optimize eTrading Profitability and Manage Risk in Real-Time

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Banks have invested millions in their data infrastructures, and can now capture and retain enormous amounts of data on all their trading activity. Within many firms, however, there is a critical missing piece: The ability to analyze such tremendous volumes of data quickly and accurately. Waiting for end-of-day reports to make decisions that affect the firm’s future profitability and on-going compliance is simply untenable in the current trading environment. Electronic trading requires a…

Coping Efficiently with Stepped Up Supervision of Algo-Trading

The Financial Times has a major article out last week about increased scrutiny of algorithmic trading in the UK. Quoting from the article, “The warning from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority, and the Financial Conduct Authority, covers the development, audit and monitoring of trading algorithms, which generate quotes for securities automatically without human intervention… Concerns among trading authorities have been heightened by incidents including a so-called flash crash in the…

Imagine Software Incorporates Panopticon Dashboards into its Real-Time Portfolio, Risk and Compliance Management Solutions

Partnership gives investment banks, hedge funds, broker dealers, pension funds, asset managers and prime brokers access to a wide range of optimized business intelligence  BEDFORD, Mass. – February 7, 2018 – Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) and Imagine Software today announced a partnership that enables Imagine to resell the Panopticon visual analytics platform alongside the firm’s front-to-back-office portfolio risk and compliance management solutions. Imagine offers the power of…

Exploring Short Term Profit Per Million And Trader PnL

My colleague David Hall at TAPaaS wrote a great piece a few months ago that I came across and wanted to share. In his article, David asks this critical question: “Is Profit Per Million (PPM) in the first 30 seconds post trade a good predictor of a Traders’ Realized Profit when they ultimately close their positions?” David’s insight is that the received “wisdom of the crowd” on some key metrics commonly used…

Are your new MiFID II teams ready for prime time?

The Financial Times ran an article a few weeks ago about the hiring frenzy going on at banks in preparation for MiFID II. As they point out, “the number of job adverts on LinkedIn for MiFID-related roles has more than quadrupled in the last year in a sign of how companies are scrambling to be ready for the far-reaching European regulation.” I’ll point out that dealing with MiFID II, as well as any…

In-Memory Computing is the Present

Bobsguide published an article just before Christmas about the value of in-memory computing in cap markets that I found quite interesting. In it, they bring up the topic of “spread betting”: “The spread betting market is growing globally, with more than one million people opening spread betting accounts in Great Britain alone. The benefits of spread betting include low entry and transaction costs, preferential tax treatment, and a virtually unlimited array of products and options.

Using Visual Analytics to Support MiFID II Compliance

Best execution under MiFID II is a holdover from its predecessor, MiFID I, but with two kickers. First, it’s much broader in scope, applying to all asset classes versus MiFID I’s equities-only focus. Second, and perhaps more onerously, it’s more forceful: investment firms have an obligation to take “all sufficient steps” to execute client orders to ensure the best possible outcome for their customers, compared with MiFID I’s mere “all reasonable steps”. MiFID II also…

Deloitte on the Business Value of Visual Analytics

Several Deloitte partners have written an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal emphasizing the business value of using visual analytics to help managers reduce costs, identify anomalies and exceptions, and develop a better understanding of operations that can inform strategic decisions. They point out that the typical visualizations most people see in dashboards, presentations, and reports — pie charts and their cousins — can be confusing at best and misleading at…

Build a Kafka-Enabled HTML5 Trading Analytics Dashboard in 20 Minutes

I spend most of my time on site at banks, hedge fund offices, and exchanges helping them build customized trading analytics displays. One of the most common questions I hear is, “What should our internal technology staff focus on in order to make us more responsive?” To me, there’s only one right answer: Focus on the data fabric, not the GUI. The internal staff should strive to be as responsive as possible to the trading desks.

Panopticon 16.5 Delivers New Nanosecond-level Analytics Optimized for Electronic Trading Firms

Panopticon 16.5 Delivers New Nanosecond-level Analytics Optimized for Electronic Trading Firms Latest version makes it easier for capital markets firms to comply with MiFID II/MiFIR and enhances support for Apache Kafka BEDFORD, Mass. – November 1, 2017 – Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) today announced the general availability of Panopticon 16.5. The latest version of the Panopticon real-time visual analytics platform represents a major advance in capabilities designed to help capital markets firms operate…

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