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Sep 18 2012 | 11:04am ET
The Bank of Nova Scotia aims to expand its prime brokerage business with a new off-the-shelf technology platform and an attractive balance sheet.
The Canadian bank has become the first adopter of CoreOne's PrimeOne platform. And it's hoping its strong credit rating and relative lack of exposure to the troubled eurozone will attract clients.
"Where we might not have been an obvious choice for prime services before, given all the events of the past few years we are more likely to be considered now," John Stracquandanio, Scotiabank's prime services chief, told the Financial Times.
"Prime brokers used to differentiate their business based on technology and their platform. But technology has become a lot more fungible," Michael Ginelli, head of product development at the bank, said. "Since the credit crisis people tend to be a lot more focused on who the bank is. Counterparty is now the first port of call."
With PrimeOne on board, Scotiabank now offers full-service prime brokerage operations in the U.S., with increased services outside of North America, as well.
"We built the PrimeOne business with companies like Scotiabank in mind, delivering comprehensive and advanced capabilities in a more efficient manner within a quantifiable budget," PrimeOne head E.J. Liotta said. "We're driven by delivering a continuous stream of innovative products and services to a marketplace that has traditionally had to build their own technology, at great expense, to service prime brokerage operations."
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...