Archive for Tag: information technology

Jun 14, 2016

Electronification of Trading – for lack of a better word – is good, it clarifies and cuts through.

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The “electronification” of securities trading in the U.S. has been underway for more than two decades as global securities markets have moved away from open outcry and phone/voice trading and towards faster and more efficient electronic alternatives. Nasdaq launched its earliest version of an electronic bulletin board in 1971 and CME group launched its electronic platform in 1992. Old news. What is interesting is that – despite the misgivings of some the electronification of trading is continuing its upward march. In fact in some markets it has reached 90% and more of trading volume, as evidenced in the chart below from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Furthermore, it’s coming to markets that have traditionally resisted it.

Mar 21, 2016

IHS finds its new CEO while Markit materially grows its empire – but where are they going?

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In one of the more interesting transactions in the information space of late, Colorado-based IHS (NYSE:IHS) and London-based Markit (NASDAQ:MRKT) announced their intent to merge yesterday. Based upon March 18, 2016 closing prices, the transaction values IHS and Markit at about $7.5bn and $5.2bn in equity value (or $10.4bn and $5.9bn in enterprise value), respectively. Upon completion of the merger, the combined company will be renamed IHS Markit. We’re still trying to figure out what it all means.

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