Monthly Archives: July 2012

These are Testing Times: The “Rush” to Stay Competitive

As we move into the second half of 2012, global regulators continue to aggressively push ahead with their plans to improve regulation and supervision of over-the-counter (OTC) derivative markets. We are also seeing moves by global regulators to impose transaction tax and fee levies on high frequency trading. Market participants…

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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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Strengthening Competition Through Co-operation: The Pan-Sino Peninsula Market

Few would have missed the conclusion of the latest merger attempt that saw the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (HKEx) gain shareholder approval of its £1.3billion bid for the London Metals Exchange (LME). However, what may have slipped your radar was the recent announcement of a joint venture between the…

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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 that focuses on retraining and replacement of older workers after protracted unemployment. Originally from Canada, Donna holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.