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January 29, 2021
By Spencer Mindlin and Christian Benson If you’re confused about what’s been going on with GameStop and its wider implications, you’re not alone. Throughout this week, I have been receiving inquiries from friends and colleagues keen to understand what this all means. The truth is that, far from being a simple market occurrence, the events of the past week represent the intersection of...
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Spencer Mindlin
April 15, 2020
As an analyst at Aite Group, I frequently speak to business and technology leaders at capital markets firms to understand business strategy, the role that technology plays in that strategy, and the common challenges when striving for success. One of the talking points often brought up during my interviews is how far along the firm is on its “digital transformation journey,” a nebulous term to...
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March 20, 2020
Watching the markets and trying to navigate the volatility stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic can be gut-wrenching. Daily trading volume is breaking new records and has tripled since last month from about 6 billion shares to 18 billion shares. I wouldn’t want to tempt fate, but the U.S. markets, from an infrastructure and technology standpoint, are functioning without major issues. Market-makers...
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Spencer Mindlin
February 7, 2020
For a modern trade and market surveillance compliance program to be considered “fully complete,” many would contend that this would translate to leaving no stone unturned when it comes to coverage and functionality. Whether it be as tangible as market data, as exciting as waves in an initial public offering, or something less obvious but potentially more nefarious such as a series of minor...
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Matt Simon
February 6, 2020
Securities class actions represent an increasingly important aspect of the capital markets industry. Their rise has sparked an increased demand for infrastructure and insight that is adequate to deal with them. As global jurisdictions look to catch up with the highly developed legal system of the U.S., class-actions regimes are beginning to take shape in jurisdictions such as the U.K., Saudi...
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Christian Benson
October 22, 2019
For decades, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have preferred to remain in the shadows. Little was known about them and their nature as long-term passive investors helped keep it this way. In recent years, however, the nature of SWFs has begun to evolve. Alongside accumulating a large and growing pool of capital, the profile of sovereign wealth has been boosted by high-profile investments in...
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Christian Benson
September 13, 2019
As I creep ever closer to my eighth work anniversary here at Aite Group, I’ve been in a somewhat reflective mood. What lessons have I learned from listening to eight years of vendor clients and prospects talking about their fintech friends and foes? What have I gleaned from hours of demos and feedback sessions with the vendors and consultants that service the capital markets? If there’s one...
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Yong Cho
January 14, 2019
Anyone who has seen me on a panel about technology talent or innovation (or even seen me sitting in the audience when there’s a mic nearby) will know I have strong views on how and where the capital markets (and other areas of the financial services industry, I’m sure) are going wrong in trying to attract and retain tech staff. This is not about offering individuals the ability to wear a pair of...
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Yong Cho
January 9, 2019
As the sun rises on 2019, it will also be shining on a new equities exchange application. The launch of Members Exchange (MEMX), founded by a consortium of nine financial services firms, was announced this week, and according to the press release, it will apply for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval in early 2019. Given the IEX exchange application approval and the public...
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Spencer Mindlin
July 26, 2016
Twice a year and once every three years, the world of foreign currency trading gets a peek at the trajectory of OTC FX markets. Having just gone through the April 2016 results from semiannual FX surveys by major central banks, I am now anxiously awaiting the early-September interim results from the April 2016 Bank for International Settlements triennial FX survey. Here are some of the...
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Javier Paz

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