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Innovation Vs Cost-Containment July 1, 2009

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Luke met with the good folks at Advanced Trading at SIFMA the other week, the result of which was this article “SIFMA: Cost Cutting, A Double-Edged Sword?” that outlined his observation on the maturity of the purchasing decisions investment banks make (or don’t make!) in hiring consultants: 

Level 1: Lowest dollar cost – is it really the cheapest option if it takes twice as long ?

Level 2: Total Cost of Project – factor time to completion, debugging, compliance, etc

Level 3: Risk-adjusted cost perspective – probability of success for the investment

Level 4: Innovation – the need to bring new ideas to the table

Needless to say, there is indeed a tight correlation between these levels and the timeliness/quality of the final product….


Catching Up – Lab49 Articles July 1, 2009

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Life at Lab49 has been busy recently with a diverse set of client delivery, sales and marketing activities – all good news as the business continues to grow on both sides of the Atlantic.

On the marketing front, we have written a lot of great articles this year, and have been in a number of other features, providing commentary to the relevant stories. They can all be read on the Lab49 website here with the articles carved out in a separate page here. A few highlights:

Waters Special Report: IT in Crisis: Lab49 sponsored a special report in the SIFMA edition of the magazine, the theme of which how financial institutions should be addressing the current challenges presented by the financial crisis, and how, by investing in the right technology, firms can radically improve their agility and intelligence.

Robust, Reusable Drag-and-Drop Behavior in Silverlight discusses how developers can can greatly increase the overall robustness and re-usability of any drag-and-drop implementation in Silverlight, through the manipulation of an element’s RenderTransform with attached behaviors.

Riding the Tsunami discusses why firms need to update their trading and risk infrastructures and implement a holistic approach with a balance of powerful new technologies. 

Building a bank from scratch hypothesizes what it would take to rebuild bank systems from scratch to support real-time data aggregation and analysis, to provide a platform to capitalize on next-generation technologies, and to accommodate constant change. The article also outlines what principles, technologies and processes should be put in place to facilitate the optimal solution.

Concurrency: Take Control or Fail discusses how new trends in hardware demand the adoption of parallel programming throughout the financial enterprise, and why firms need to start getting up to speed now, or risk falling behind.

Trends in FX July 1, 2009

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The 2009 edition of FXAll’sBest Practice in Foreign Exchange Markets” has some great commentary on what has happened to the FX market in last 9 months: reduced volumes, increased volatility, return to high-touch client relationships, and the lack of liquidity in the forward market (see Page 12). Key point: forward trades (swaps,outrights) are essentially loans and hence need to be modeled/priced as such (think: counterparty/settlement risk from a credit perspective).

Waters Magazine: Flying By Wire August 1, 2008

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Waters Magazine has just published my article “Flying By Wire” in its Open Platform section of the August issue. The article discusses how advanced trading systems need better control systems to dependably innovate and take new opportunities to market. I draw an analogy between trading systems and modern jet aircraft where stability, performance and control are essential characteristics that need to be considered during design, development and testing. Read the article on the Lab49 website here.