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Numerix has teamed up with CameronTec to deliver OTC structured products pricing including real-time response to quote requests. The solution was developed to meet the needs of a bank in Singapore, but is expected to gain traction further afield as banks trade increasingly sophisticated derivatives products.

NovaSparks has set up a partnership with Thesys Technologies to provide a low-latency market data service to Thesys customers. The service is based on NovaSpark’s field programmable gate array (FPGA) hardware architecture, including a feed handler that allows efficient and cost effective access to market data with minimal impact on the resiliency and latency of trading systems.

Fidessa is pushing further into the post-trade space with the addition of an affirmation management service (AMS) for the buy side. The service is due to be available in the fourth quarter of 2014 and follows the introduction of Fidessa’s FIX-based Post-trade Hub for the confirmation of trades between buy-side and sell-side firms in August 2013.

Fidessa has appointed David Polen as global head of electronic execution with responsibility for developing the company’s platform and electronic execution capabilities across global markets. Reporting to Mark Ames, global head of sell side services, Polen will deliver a range of managed solutions that will allow brokers to present their clients with intelligent and cost-effective global execution.

Quincy Data has expanded its Quincy Extreme Data (QED) service with the addition of select equity and energy futures sourced from 350 East Cermak and cash treasuries sourced from Carteret. With this development, Quincy clients will not only benefit from additional data sources, but also Quincy’s broad distribution of data from eight exchanges to trading centres in Illinois, New Jersey, London and Frankfurt.

Bloomberg has added File Analytics to its Vault enterprise information management service with a view to helping organisations locate and manage dark data held in files and documents.

Société de Bourse Gilbert Dupont is building on its relationship with SunGard and its use of the company’s Valdi Market Access software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to extend its reach to Turquoise, the London Stock Exchange’s pan-European multilateral trading facility.

In the search for increased financial application performance, systems architects are exploring a number of different hardware approaches. Parallel processing – which I examined here – is one of them. Another is deploying Flash memory as a substitute for hard disk storage, which can be particularly effective where data throughput is a bottleneck. As it happens, quite a bit has been happening in the world of Flash memory of late, and recent business and technical developments are likely to impact the real world before too long.

Argon Design, a Cambridge, UK-based engineering design consultancy, has developed an ultra-low latency financial trading system for a proprietary trading firm doing latency arbitrage on a leading exchange in the US. The system went live in May and builds on Argon’s September 2013 introduction of high-performance trading technology that combines the benefits of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and x86 server technologies.