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Financial institutions are bracing themselves for further regulatory clampdown on market pricing on the wake of the LIBOR and FX market manipulation scandals. As regulators draft new guidelines for benchmark data contributions, and UK Chancellor George Osborne signals increased scrutiny of the London FX market’s pricing procedures, data managers and compliance officers are assessing their processes to institute best practice – and guard against the risk of further financial penalties.

Colt’s creation of a dedicated capital markets team that integrates its now wholly owned MarketPrizm unit with its own hosting and connectivity offerings – announced last week – is a perhaps overdue logical next step in its acquisition of MarketPrizm, which was spun out of the former Cicada Cos.

Exegy, a provider of hardware accelerated appliances, has detailed product developments it will release later this year including a faster, feature-rich Java applications programming interface (API), improved integration of the company’s managed services infrastructure with Thomson Reuters’ Data Access Control System (DACS), and a fourth generation of the Exegy platform. These additions follow the release of version 3.2 of the company’s ticker plant and market data system appliances, and its Client API last month.

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has started to break up NYSE Technologies and sell some of its business units following the acquisition of the technology business and its parent NSYE Euronext in November 2013.

Java specialist Azul Systems and messaging provider C24 Technologies have combined their expertise to deliver an in-memory storage solution compromising C24’s Simple Data Objects (SDO) message compaction technology integrated with Azul’s Zing Java virtual machine (JVM). The solution supports the Financial Products Markup Language (FpML), as well as FIX and ISO 20022 corporate actions messaging formats, and is designed, in the case of FpML to reduce the cost and improve the performance of OTC derivatives data storage. On a broader scale, it also addresses financial firms’ concerns about Java memory size and predictable performance.

Financial software solutions provider CQG has developed a big data visualisation desktop application that gathers financial market data and applies it to support intelligent trading decisions. The application uses the swing trading methodology to interpret a variety of charts and graphs that can be used to provide competitive insights for trading.

MDX Technology (MDXT), a market data connectivity specialist and provider of an enterprise data sharing solution, has signed up ING Bank as its twelfth European customer and is building out its business in the US and Asia ahead of a move into South America.

Fidessa has responded to ongoing client demand for consolidated trading platforms that reduce total cost of ownership and increase efficiency with the addition of US Treasuries to its global futures and options platform, and connectivity to BrokerTec and Nasdaq OMX eSpeed.

Options continues to build out its Velocity infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), ultra-low latency electronic trading platform with the addition of Velocimetrics’ real-time monitoring and performance analysis solution. The companies have partnered to roll out the Velocimetrics software at Velocity colocation sites around the world, starting in the US with deployments in New Jersey.