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State Street Acquires Swiss Analytics Firm


State Street has acquired Complementa Investment-Controlling AG, a Swiss supplier of investment performance measurement and analytics services.

Complementa, based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, helps institutions consolidate and measure performance of assets. The firm provides services to asset managers, banks, pension funds, family offices, insurance companies, foundations and trustees, primarily in Switzerland and Germany.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition also includes wholly owned subsidiary Allocare AG, a provider of asset management software. Complementa's HedgeAnalytics business is excluded from the transaction.

Benjamin Brandenberger, founder and chairman of Complementa, and Michael Brandenberger, CEO and president of Complementa, will serve as board members. Andreas Joost, a member of the board, will take over as chief executive.

Complementa will be a wholly owned subsidiary of State Street and will retain its name and identity.

Northern Trust Enhances

Asset Risk Reporting

Northern Trust has enhanced asset and liability risk reporting to help clients monitor market risk more closely and meet regulatory requirements. The reporting uses multiple risk models to deliver scenario and factor stress-testing data.

"Pension funds across the globe are facing a raft of new regulations, which has resulted in an increasing demand for greater transparency, accuracy and a deeper level of analytics in risk reporting," said Ian Castledine, global head of investment risk and compliance product for Northern Trust.

Variable Proxy Fees Save

42% of Costs: TA Group

Publicly traded companies that use a competitive proxy pricing system rather than a fixed fee schedule established by regulators save 42% of the cost of distributing annual meeting materials, an association of transfer agents representing more than 12,000 U.S. public companies found.

The survey, by the Securities Transfer Association, evaluated 20 invoices sent to public companies by Broadridge Financial Solutions, which uses a regulatory fee structure approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

STA sent those invoices to its largest transfer agent members and asked them to provide similar price quotes. STA members quoted prices ranging from 13% to 80% less.

The SEC is currently reviewing the U.S. proxy processing system and is considering a regulatory change to permit competitive pricing for proxy services provided to investors who purchase shares through brokers and banks.

E-Trading of Interest Rate

Derivatives Surges 90%

Electronic trading of interest rate derivatives surged 90% in the third quarter over the third quarter of 2010, Tradeweb Markets said. The over-the-counter, multi-asset class online marketplace attributed the enormous increase to pending U.S. and European regulation, as well as larger trading volumes amid more market volatility.

"Regulation is accelerating the transition of derivatives trading to more efficient markets," said Lee Olesky, CEO of Tradeweb. "Market participants are starting to take the steps needed to comply with the underlying principles of market reform, even when faced with uncertain timing for implementation."

Order Machine to Take

QuantHouse Data Feeds

A new Netherlands-based supplier of smart order routers will be using QuantHouse feeds of market data.

The Order Machine's smart order router for equities trading across European exchanges will use QuantHouse supply of real-time feeds of derivatives market data from the European trading venues.

Its order-routing algorithm searches in real-time for the best conditions on different exchanges. It then routes the order to the exchange that offers the best results, for a bank or broker.

Butterfield Expands Fund

Services to Luxembourg

Butterfield Fulcrum will work with Luxembourg Investment Solutions to offer fund administration services in Luxembourg. The partners will serve everything from mutual funds to UCITS funds.

HSBC Adapts Software

For Corporate Treasurers

The global treasury management market, in which banks help corporate clients with cash management, trade finance and global payments, is huge but lacks good self-service tools and automated processing. U.S. Bank estimates the international corporate payments market totals about $67 trillion in yearly payables.

More than half of the those payments still come via paper check, according to Forrester Research. This leaves a wide open opportunity among large financial competitors such as Visa and U.S. Bank's Syncada payments network, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and others to provide advanced treasury technology to corporate CFOs and treasury departments.

HSBC, which is cutting back in other areas of the institution, is expanding its treasury management technology capabilities in a variety of ways via a partnership with SWIFT and SAP. The three organizations have finished work on a new product that expands HSBC Connect, the bank's corporate-to-bank integration and treasury solution.

The new offering caters to HSBC corporate customers that use SAP's enterprise resource planning software. The solution connects to a couple of SAP products: SAP Bank Communication Management, a payments tracking application; and SAP NetWeaver platform, SAP's overall application environment.

The new software automates manual processes and is aimed at providing better and more timely visibility over cash positions.

Goff Joins Morningstar as

Chief Technology Officer