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TMX Atrium has signed an agreement with the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to distribute NPL Time, a certified and precise time signal that is directly traceable to Coordinated Universal Time and can be used by TMX Atrium customers for regulatory compliance and audit purposes.

As the technology infrastructure of financial services firms begins to buckle under the strain of huge and increasing volumes of data, many firms are investing in big data projects to improve data management for the purposes of regulatory compliance, risk reduction, cost efficiency and business benefit. The extent and intent of investment varies, however, with some firms taking an evolutionary approach that imposes big data technologies on existing processes and others taking a revolutionary approach that rethinks processes using big data technologies.

Azul Systems has signed up Feedzai, a company that uses real-time, machine-based learning to analyse big data in commerce, as an independent software vendor that will use its Zing Java virtual machine (JVM) to power ultra-fast processing of big data within the Feedzai Fraud Prevention That Learns software.

Agile trading systems are key to market differentiation, but rather than following the well-trodden path of building proprietary systems, firms are beginning to favour a buy-and-build approach that not only meets immediate needs, but also accommodates rapid development to meet evolving trading and customer requirements.

The Laboratory for Financial Innovation at China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) is implementing Kx Systems’ kdb+ high-performance database and programming language as the basis of a data analysis platform for market risk assessment, market performance analysis and trading simulations.

Nasdaq OMX has teamed up with Corvil to enhance its TradeGuard risk management suite with RiskWrapper, a solution designed to provide additional protection against risk by monitoring trades at the network level and comparing them to those in the risk system to identify any abnormal activity and alert users to anomalies.

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) plans to expand its market data, risk management and clearing operations through the acquisition of SuperDerivatives. The acquisition will be made through an all-cash transaction that puts a price tag of about $350 million on SuperDerivatives and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014. The acquisition of SuperDerivatives follows the June sale by ICE of a number of non-exchange related NYSE Technologies’ businesses, including NYFIX, Wombat Financial Software and SuperFeed, that were acquired by the company as part of its acquisition of NYSE Euronext in November 2013. ICE retained NYSE Technologies’ SFTI network and its US and UK data centres.

Quincy Data has expanded its Quincy Extreme Data (QED) service with the addition of bond and equity futures from Eurex that will be distributed to data centres across the UK, New Jersey and Illinois. This is the first European data source to be added to the service, which already distributes data from eight US exchanges using microwave technology.

Financial firms subject to MiFID II must tackle the problem of recording, retaining and providing access to market communications in order to comply with the regulation’s data retention requirements and satisfy any increased regulatory scrutiny of recorded calls and emails.