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Who Killed the Kernel?

In his latest blog post, Denver Currie, Product Manager at Vela, looks at how firms are achieving low latency and high throughput in a flexible, cost-effective manner by combining commodity hardware with kernel bypass techniques and an ever-evolving set of software features

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December 19, 2007

Self-Clearing in Danger

Clearing Quarterly & Directory

By Gregory Bresiger

It’s more and more difficult for brokerages to self-clear, so the trend toward fewer clearers should continue in the near future. That’s according to two clearing officials, one with a wirehouse and one with a regional, who declined to be quoted by name. Still, they spoke candidly to CQ&D about their industry. Many firms that now self-clear have technology that is too old. “They’re not going to be able to keep up,” said an official. Another clearing official, this one with one of the biggest firms on the Street, agreed: “So many firms are just trying to patch up their systems so they can keep clearing in house. That’s not going to work forever. It will just become too expensive, and they’re going to be forced to use somebody’s else system,” he adds.