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What Does Your Cloud Data Look Like? QuantHouse Is Moving Historical Data On-demand To The Cloud Blog,Feature,Fintech,Tech / HFT

The data cloud shift aims to transform how firms research, trade and evaluate their strategies It’s all about the data. The lifeblood of trading is simply that – data – how to get it, how to decipher it and how to trade off it. The good news for traders is that it is now more accessible, flexible, and researchable than ever, especially with the rapid evolution of cloud technologies. QuantHouse, a market data, algo development and trading infrastructure provider, is pushing hard to move its data to the cloud, a strategy that Pierre Feligioni, co-founder and CEO of QuantHouse, says…

Searching for Yield: Xerxes Bhote of TJM Investments on Options Strategies for Institutional Investors Interview,Options,Video

Xerxes Bhote

The recent financial crisis has left a challenging investment environment for fund managers. With interest rates hovering at record lows and equities only having recently regained levels set 14 years ago, the typical buy-and-hold strategy may not cut it. At the public pension level, the situation is especially dire, as unemployment remains stubbornly high, as does the need for public assistance at the state and local levels. In order to keep budgets balanced, municipalities have historically underfunded pensions. Meanwhile, an aging population is projected to further strain defined benefit plans. Many have turned to alternative investments such as hedge funds,…

John Lothian Newsletter: Japan approves first data warehouse; Pension funds struggle with asset allocation; SHFE Calls for Opening Commodities Futures to Overseas Traders John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

Regulators in Japan give DTCC a license to create a clearing data warehouse for OTC derivatives. Pension funds are struggling to find asset classes that seem likely to produce much of a return. Shanghai Futures Exchange’s chairman wants China to hurry up with opening its markets to more foreign participation.

Alan Grigoletto on OIC’s new education efforts Interview,Options,Video

Alan Grigoletto

Alan Grigoletto was recently promoted to vice president, education at the Options Industry Council (OIC), where he is responsible for expanding OIC’s educational efforts, including developing educational programs for the European markets.  He was interviewed by Sarah Rudolph of John Lothian News about the challenges for market makers in the current atmosphere and OIC’s response to those issues, the growing use of options by pension funds and others, what’s ahead for options volume, and the OIC’s new seminars for 2013.

John Lothian Newsletter: Tokyo, Osaka Bourses Merge as Japan Exchange Group; Collateral clawback fears leave US pension funds unable to clear; Europe, Asia banks join U.S. in swap dealer line-up John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

Without fanfare, the stock exchanges in Tokyo and Osaka complete their merger and turn their collective eye toward TOCOM. New FCM-clawback provisions are leaving some pension funds out in the cold as clearing clients, amid fears that collateral posted by funds could disappear in an FCM collapse. Dozens of banks in the US, Europe and Asia sign on as registered U.S. swap dealers

Author Bob Swarup Discusses the History of Financial Crises & His Outlook for Managed Futures Interview,Managed Futures,Video

Bob Swarup

Author Bob Swarup has had financial crises on his mind for some time – about 2,500 years worth actually. Swarup, a partner at UK-based pension buyout firm Pension Corporation, discussed his new book on the history of financial crises and the outlook for managed funds while at the 2012 Emerging Managers Forum in London. Interview by JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf.