Category Archives: Data Management

Using Blockchain to Solve Regulatory and Compliance Requirements

Distributed ledger technologies have the potential to change the current financial system, whether in terms of reduced costs, greater reliability or more transparency. To create a successful ecosystem, it is necessary to have, or have access to, the right ingredients for success. These includes: suitable user cases, the talent to…

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Canada Drives the LEI Mandate Forward

Due to the size of the Canadian marketplace, the country’s regulators typically rely on other jurisdictions to take a leading role when it comes to global regulatory initiatives. Canada often provides leadership through its input in the early stages of regulatory reform through its participation in international committees and by…

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Finding their Feet in the Fog: Central Reporting Gone Adrift – Part II

The article is a follow up from my December blog titled: Getting Lost in Translation: Central Reporting Gone Adrift. http://balmoraladvisorygroup.com/blog/?p=229 My concerns regarding regulatory readiness for the central reporting obligation mandated by the OTC derivative reform were validated this week when CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia spoke at a Sifma seminar…

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Breaking Through the Clouds: The Launch of NASDAQ OMX’s FinQloud

NASDAQ OMX’s new product FinQloud has all of the ingredients to be an industry game-changer. It is relevant, timely and innovative. NASDAQ OMX has taken the burdensome task of regulatory compliance and added a sexy twist to it by teaming up with Amazon to provide its customers with a secure,…

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It’s Still up For Grabs: Market Dominance in Enterprise Data Management Services

At the beginning of this year, I made some predictions for 2012 in an article in my inaugural newsletter entitled: Balmoral Advisory’s Vision for 2012. One of these predictions was that data management, particularly in the market data vendor space, would dominate headlines this year. This definitely has been a…

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Do you Dig It?: Thomson Reuters Announces a New Digital Data Product

In my blog post “Balmoral Advisory’s Vision for 2012, I mentioned that one of the dominant themes for 2012 would be data management. Last month, I wrote about Bloomberg’s re-design of their market data service in my blog post: A Leopard Can Change its Spots: Bloomberg Moves Towards Openness. Just…

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A Leopard Can Change its Spots: Bloomberg Moves Toward Openness

Bloomberg is renowned for its inflexible cost structure. It would be impossible for me to count the number of times over the years when a representative of Bloomberg has reiterated that they could not adjust their prices. Regardless of the reason for my request: a gap in functionality, a problem…

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Balmoral Advisory’s Vision for 2012

Balmoral Insight–As the market and regulatory landscape takes shape in 2012, Balmoral Advisory’s monthly newsletter will offer you their informative insights and thoughtful perspectives on the most newsworthy events of the previous month. For January, our top stories are: The Year of The Dragon: China Breathes Fire into their Capital…

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About The Author

Donna Bales
is a product development professional with a proven track record of managing complex capital market industry initiatives during times of significant market change and market structure reform. Donna is the founder and managing director of Balmoral Advisory, a boutique advisory firm that works with exchanges, regulators, technology firms, market participants and market data vendors to identify and evaluate business opportunities, understand and respond to changing industry/market dynamics and develop and implement strategies and solutions that make sense now and in the future. In addition she acts as a strategic advisor to an international consultancy firm, CollegeHill Asia and sits on the Board of 3Q Innovation, a non-profit focused on retaining and replacement of older workers who face protracted unemployment. Originally from Canada, Donna holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.