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Velocimetrics launches market data recording service for algo testing

London-based provider of trading analytics technology, Velocimetrics, has announced the launch of its mdPlay service, allowing market participants to record and store market data in real time. The data is recorded using a server that sits in the firm’s data centre. The data can then be re-used to test trading algorithms. The firm says the »

Bank apps need finesse with function – lessons from the gaming business

Bank apps need finesse with function – lessons from the gaming business

If you read recent customer reviews of banking apps, or the latest rankings published by tech blogs, then you will probably agree with the following sentiment: A good banking app doesn’t necessarily do more than a bad one, but it does things better. This idea that app quality is about finesse as much as function »

Regulators say systems must be up and running two hours after attack

The Bank of International Settlement’s Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), together with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), has published a report advising financial markets infrastructure (FMIs, a category that includes important payments systems and clearing houses) on how to improve their cyber resilience. The joint working group advises finan... »

Danish and Dutch market supervisors take the heat off algos

Since the “Flash Crash” of May 2010 regulators have been concerned to establish just how dangerous algorithmic trading, and in particular high-frequency algorithmic trading, might be. For example, can algorithms used by one firm be provoked by antagonistic algorithms used by another firm into panic selling? Under MiFID II, which comes into force in January »

QA Forum launches with a focus on quality

QA Forum launches with a focus on quality

More than 100 senior quality assurance, test and IT risk management specialists attended the QA Financial Forum held in Canary Wharf on June 28th. Hosted by at Level39, London’s leading fintech accelerator and conference venue, the QA Financial Forum featured speakers from leading banks and testing firms. To start the conference, Nevin Thomson, Head »

New UK bank outsources platform to Sopra Steria

A new UK bank which plans to offer financial services to military veterans and “blue light” police and emergency services professional, says it will outsource the management of its IT platform to French-based Sopra Steria. The Services Family, as the bank will be called, will initially offer mortgage loans but plans to establish full retail »

Singapore regulator to form cloud computing guidelines

The MAS will provide guidance for cloud services

Lim Hng Kiang, deputy chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has said the regulator will revise its 2004 outsourcing guidelines to recognise the arrival since then of cloud services for financial firms. Speaking on June 28th at a dinner hosted by the Association of Banks in Singapore, Kiang also said that the new »

Iosif Itkin, Exactpro, on how automation is going to revolutionise testing

Iosif Itkin, Exactpro, on how automation is going to revolutionise testing

1/ How did you build your business originally and how did the acquisition of Exactpro by LSEG come about?  At the end of 2009, Alexey Zverev and I launched Exactpro by recruiting ten core specialists who we had previously worked with, and who had very strong technical and subject matter backgrounds. The team had a »

FAST forward with the Credit Suisse Automation Factory

FAST forward with the Credit Suisse Automation Factory

Even for a global bank such as Credit Suisse, the transition to automated testing at scale for continuous app deployment is a major undertaking. It can’t be done in one leap. But, as the Credit Suisse’s head of technical testing, Christian Räss, will explain at the QA Financial Forum London on June 28th, the key »

Biometrics to gain ground on passwords for apps

Biometrics is making inroads in the world of finance as banks such as RBS and HSBC trial the technology. The technology uses unique markers, such as fingerprints or iris patterns, to verify the identity of the user of a service. It could potentially eliminate more burdensome forms of access verification, like remembering passwords, replacing them with something more convenient and secure. »

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