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SEBI extends software testing requirements to commodity firms

The Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has said that from April 2016 commodities traders will be subject to the same software testing guidelines that apply to Indian securities exchanges SEBI's 2013 guidelines set out how brokers operating on the securities exchanges must test software; how the exchanges must implement an approval process for the software… »

Markit teams with banks for “Know Your Vendor” platform launch

Know Your Vendor

Markit, the information vendor, is teaming up with three leading banks to launch a “Know Your Vendor” database, which is calling KY3P. Barclays, HSBC and Morgan Stanley are working with Markit on the launch and will put information about their own third party vendors onto the platform, which will be delivered as a software as service via Dell… »

Are regulators right to focus on robo-investing risks?

BlackRock, Vanguard, Fidelity and other leading names in fund management have been buying robo-investment platforms, or starting their own. Industry watchers have been predicting a "race to the bottom" as fees are cut to persuade customers to sign up. Especially in Europe, where the robo platforms have been charging higher fees than their US counterparts.… »

Feature: Modelling dark pools with maths

Dark pool trading venues and other highly complex markets are worrying regulators. How can the firms that run those venues calculate where things might start to go wrong? What might prompt those markets to mis-behave? A rising star among fintech firms is Aesthetic Integration, a firm based in London, which believes it has the answer to that challenge in the… »

NCC shares upgraded by broker on security business boom

Brokerage firm Peel Hunt has upped its valuation for shares in NCC, the London-listed security and testing firm which has reported a doubling of security “incidents” reported to it over the past year. Peel Hunt cited a number of key shifts in the marketplace for cyber-security services amounting to a: “Substantial broadening of the approach… »

FCA proposes “virtual sandbox” for fintech launches


The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has told fintech companies they should consider creating a “virtual sandbox” where new technologies can be tested using shared databases to simulate markets. The FCA says it would provide the databases of market prices and other information. The idea is one result of the FCA’s Project Innovate, designed to… »

Itiviti launches FIX testing tool

Itiviti, the Stockholm-based firm that specialises in financial messaging infrastructure, has launched a FIX testing system designed to run continuously to test traders' messaging systems. Continuum has been designed to combine two technologies to test the FIX protocol, which is used by asset managers, traders and exchanges to complete orders. The first is model-based testing (testing designed aro... »

Asia to drive growth in security testing certification

Ian Glover-CREST

Ian Glover, president of CREST — the UK-based Council of Registered Ethical Testers — expects his organisation to certify a growing number of penetration and threat intelligence testing companies in 2016 as demand for their services grows. CREST, a not-for-profit organisation whose objective is to represent the information security industry by demonstrating the competence of… »

CISQ creates definitions for IT quality

The Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ) has announced new standards for measuring structural quality of software. The US industry body said these are quantitative criteria that can be used to evaluate the performance of an IT system according to four different measures: reliability, security, performance efficiency, and maintainability. The standards were created by compiling a… »

Swift bets on cloud for ISO 20022 testing


The clear priority for the 8,000 delegates at Sibos 2015 - held in Singapore last October  - was ISO 20022. That's the standard that describes the metadata repository of descriptions for transactions messages for interbank and corporate treasury payments, securities and derivatives trades and — at some point in the future — retail payments. Although ISO… »

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