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14
Feb
2014

An Innovation Love Story: Emerging Technology & Wall Street

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A version of this blog post originally appeared in Wall Street & Technology. In Spike Jonze's award-winning 2013 movie Her, Joaquin Phoenix's character falls in love with a new operating system that brings him out of a depression, elevating him to a state of bliss. While some may think it creepy or scary that a human being can actually develop romantic feelings for an operating system, it does make a strong point about the evolving role of technology in our lives and that it must ultimately win our hearts as well as our minds. Let's face it, had the voice of this OS not been Scarlett Johansson's but instead that of an unfriendly GPS, Joaquin may not have been so enamored. Think: "Recalculating." Technology is so pervasive in our lives that we are conditioned to buy, sell, download, share and interact with the stroke of a few keys or the swipe of a finger. Everyone has high expectations for the technology we rely on, whether it is e-commerce sites, social networks or the smart devices we use daily. I venture to say that users do, in fact, build personal 'relationships' with their gadgets and apps. We demand functionality, size, utility, speed, reliability and convenience but we also demand intuitive and stunning design. The user experience is king.... read more


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head of product management, Front Arena, SunGard's capital markets business

5
Feb
2014

Transforming Capital Markets: Key Changes Driving Capital Markets

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This blog post is part of a four-part series on the transformation of capital markets. A version of this blog post was originally published by DerivSource. Progress and change in financial services businesses come from a stirred mix of regulation, technology and creativity — with powerful interests in the status quo usually dragging on the spoon. The first ingredient, regulation, has been the most important since the financial crisis, and the end effects of the global drive in this area are only now beginning to be felt as the first rules on execution from the Dodd-Frank and EMIR processes come into effect in the U.S. and Europe. ... read more


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market analyst, Astec Analytics, SunGard's capital markets business

3
Jan
2014

The Year In Review: Top 10 Most Shorted Stocks of 2013

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This blog post was originally published by Forbes. It was an interesting and busy year for short sellers in 2013, with climbing stock markets offering opportunities for those making the right bets against the momentum. With growing concerns over the tapering and easing off of quantitative easing and stimulus measures, a number of individual names have been outpacing the broader market, either up or down, and have become synonymous with short selling and have become a regular feature in SunGard’s Astec Analytics’ weekly Top 10. Looking at borrowed volumes, borrowing cost, utilization, client interest and news driven stories, we have compiled a top 10 list of the most shorted stocks of 2013.... read more


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18
Dec
2013

New Technologies Address Retirement Industry Challenges

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This article was first published in the official journal of the South Africa Institute of Retirement Funds, IRFinity, and Insurance Gateway. Author: Brian Anderson, head of business development, Africa, SunGard The South African retirement industry is grappling with the need to accommodate reforms and deliver on new demands to strengthen retirement savings at a lower operating cost. Optimized IT infrastructure offers some of the solutions. The main challenges facing the industry include cost containment, regulatory changes and growth imperatives. A range of pending retirement reforms are putting pressure on the sector and demanding new levels of efficiency, agility and compliance. Recent research by PwC and the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation found that the wave of new regulations governing issues such as solvency and market conduct could swamp retirement funds and long-term insurers with costs and compliance requirements. The research also found that the new rules could also distract retirement fund and insurance managers from the more urgent task of running profitable businesses at a time when the industry is under stress.... read more


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17
Dec
2013

Reducing Risk and Gaining Control of Corporate Actions Processing

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Relying on manual methods to manage the corporate actions lifecycle makes for a costly, labor-intensive activity. Human error can infiltrate the workflows for both relatively simple announcements such as stock splits and more intricate multi-part events such as cash stock options or rights issues, which require a complex, multi-step process to complete related notifications. At the same time, when processing steps come into question, their resolution may be left open to interpretation.... read more