SS&C Technologies to Acquire Advent Software

13 February 2015

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (“SS&C”) (Nasdaq: SSNC), a leading global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, and Advent Software, Inc. (“Advent”) (Nasdaq: ADVS), a leading provider of software and services for the global investment management industry, recently announced that the Companies have entered into a definitive agreement wherein SS&C will acquire Advent. Under the terms of the agreement, SS&C will purchase Advent for an enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion in cash, equating to $44.25 per share plus assumption of debt.

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EPCA Payment Summit 9-10 March 2015 – Brussels

05 February 2015

Sharing key payment trends and best practices from a global perspective but with dedicated focus on the EMEA region. The EPCA Payment Summit is a 2 day conference for top delegates from banking and financial, payments industry. Running in its 14th edition now, it is a leading discussion platform for professionals in this space. For more than ten years, over 1500 leading professionals have been gathering together at the EPCA Payments conference. This proves the importance of exchanging innovation and overall payment experience in the wholesale and consumer marketplace. The purpose is to be a top level environment for the exchange of business insight and networking. The conference is completely organized by and for professionals, ensuring the highest level of quality in all aspects.

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Velocimetrics Announced Technology Partnership with Solace Systems

02 February 2015

Velocimetrics, a provider of real-time business performance monitoring and analysis solutions to the global financial community, recently announced its technology partnership with Solace Systems, the leading provider of hardware-based messaging middleware. This partnership demonstrates Velocimetrics’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that TipOff® continues to excel in enabling users to independently monitor and analyse their middleware messaging activities, which form the very fabric on which the industry’s trading systems are built.

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Walking the walk: Draghi delivers QE

27 January 2015
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With the launch of euro zone quantitative easing on January 22, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hopes to have delivered on his pledge to do “whatever it takes” to safeguard the region’s prospects. It was not quite a design classic but it was a feat of engineering nevertheless. The quantitative easing programme unveiled by ECB President Mario Draghi on last Thursday was – save for a few missing components – a pretty impressive machine. Continue reading…

A shock from the Swiss Central Bank

25 January 2015
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The Swiss National Bank recently scrapped its CHF/EUR currency peg in an unexpected move that roiled financial markets. Here, we explain what may have been behind the move and its implications. What did the Swiss National Bank do and what was the reaction in the financial markets ? The SNB abandoned the CHF’s exchange rate peg against the EUR, which had been set at EUR1.20 since September 2011. The CHF rallied sharply in response to the move, gaining as much as 40 per cent against the EUR at one point, and hitting its highest level against the USD in three years. Such volatility is extremely rare in G-10 currencies. Continue reading…

Delta Lloyd to sell German life business

17 January 2015

Delta Lloyd NV recently announced the sale of its German life business to Athene Holding Ltd. (“Athene”). Athene is a Bermuda-based insurance holding company and, through its subsidiaries, is a leading provider of products in the retirement savings market in the USA. In 2010, Delta Lloyd’s German life business stopped selling new business and has since been in run-off.

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Bruno Colmant

Bruno Colmant

Head of Macro Research Bank Degroof Petercam


11 January 2015

The real danger lying in wait for the commercial banks is the low level of interest rates which, combined with risk limitation requirements, curbs their potential profitability. Moreover, the banks are facing major operational challenges, as they have to bear the operating costs of two retail channels (physical and digital) at a time of recession.

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