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The Four Players Creating the Next Era of Fintech

Ralph Achkar at Colt Technology Services shares his thoughts about how multiple stakeholders play distinct, vital roles in shaping the future of fintech; and, how ultimately, their working together should yield the most fruitful solutions.

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More Articles - Regulations

Demystifying Dodd-Frank

Commissioner Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is on a mission. He says the process of writing new over-the-counter derivative contract rules needs more transparency. Over the past year he has repeatedly called for more roundtables and public comment on how rules are written. Why is this important? Because these rules, among other things, will determine which OTC derivative contracts must go through a clearing process and which ones can continue to use the old bilateral, dealer-to-dealer model.

In the CARDS

FINRA's use of broker data to protect investors is under attack: Are they protecting investors or covering for bad brokers?

Structural Changes in Canada

More change is coming to the equity trading markets of the Great White North.

SEC Approves BATS Merger

It's all but official now - BATS Global Markets and Direct Edge Holdings will become a unified company.

Buyside Welcomes FINRA Query

Institutional investors welcome the equities market regulator's probe on broker-dealer order routing methodology.

Beware of New Rules

Understanding the likely form of new rules-like Regulation SCI - is essential for traders and investment firms so they can prepare for their inevitable implementation.

Game Time

With 17 newly minted swaps execution facilities now live, and looming regulatory deadlines that will push more trading to SEFs, 2014 is expected to be the year the industry redesigned by the Dodd-Frank Act begins to really take shape.

Analyzing Trader IMs, Emails & Texts

Citicom Solutions, a U.K. financial IT solution provider, has released Citicom Assure, a solution that aims to provide real-time analysis of data, including instant messages (IMs), emails, text messages and mobile- and fixed-voice recordings that originate from the trading floor.

DTCC DDR Helps to Meet CFTC Needs

The Depository Trust Clearing Corporation is helping meet the needs of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission requirements for clearing swaps under the Dodd Frank Act.

Crash-Proofing the Markets

Many industry execs say risk controls developed by the futures exchanges to protect against trading glitches shouldn't be formalized into regulations. Here's why.

Kill Switches Coming

Verdande Technology, a Norwegian vendor that provides risk monitoring systems to the oil and gas industry, is writing software for brokers to monitor their trading systems.

Citigroup Pushes Pilot for Bigger Ticks

Following recent comments by Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White about a pilot program allowing larger trading increments for smaller stocks, one of the industry's largest market-making firms is promoting a tick-size plan of its own.

Execs OK with New Dark Pool Rules

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority officially announced new disclosure rules for dark pools and industry executives are OK with them so far.

Protecting Investor Choice

As regulators consider equity market structure, a few changes in tick size or taxation could spell trouble for investors.

Greenwich Associates Branches Out

In a departure from itstraditional sellside/buyside research focus, Greenwich Associates is ramping up a new market structure and technology advisory service and hiring market structure veteran Kevin McPartland as principal to lead the effor