Big Data: Successfully meeting the latest challenges in financial services

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Welcome to Thomson Reuters Exchange! Each week, we will be bringing you features from within Exchange, Thomson Reuters financial and risk publication. We created Exchange, as the name suggests, as a forum for dialogue, a digital publication where ideas and insights, information, news and analysis can be exchanged and shared across the global ecosystem of financial professionals in a dynamic, interactive format. We invite you to experience the rich content and interactive features on your iPad or Android tablet by downloading it from the App StoreGoogle Play or on Amazon. Or, to learn more about Exchange and stay abreast of the latest features, functionality and content in this issue and subsequent issues, visit our website.

All those bits and bytes only add up to something when they’re organized, arranged and made coherent.

Since the earliest days of the financial markets, information has been a key element of success. In the past, market information was conveyed by methods that now seem quaint: carrier pigeons, personal conversations, printed materials sent through the post.

Today more data is generated in a 24-hour period than in entire centuries of the past, traveling at lightning speeds to all corners of the globe. Accessing, sorting, compiling and leveraging that information is increasingly important in fast-paced markets and changing regulatory landscapes. (more…)

Big four brewers: the global spread – Graphic of the day

SABMiller’s rejected bid for smaller brewer Heineken has revived talk about deals that could reshape the global beer industry in coming months. Today’s graphic is a world map locating the dominant breweries by country.

 

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Salmonella superbugs on the rise – Graphic of the day

Reuters recently released a special report titled Farmaceuticals, investigating the drugs fed to farm animals and the risks posed to humans. Public health officials fear that antibiotic use on poultry farms is boosting the rise of antimicrobial-resistant salmonella. The U.S. government does not require meat companies to automatically recall chicken products that test positive for salmonella. Today’s graphics show salmonella trends since 2002.

 

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Wireless charging – Graphic of the day

Apple’s embrace of wireless charging may be a defining moment for a technology that’s languished for years. Today’s graphic shows how wireless charging works.

 

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Exchange Magazine: The Innovation Issue

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We’re pleased to announce the release of the third issue of Thomson Reuters Exchange Magazine. Tackling the theme of Innovation, issue three explores the various ways in which financial professionals and organizations are evolving and innovating to meet the challenges and changes of the marketplace today.

Highlights from this issue include our IP & Science business President Basil Moftah on ten areas of innovation that will change our world by 2025; Mona Vernon of our Data Innovation Lab and F&R Chief Technology Officer Philip Brittan discuss how innovation is changing our business and that of our customers; David Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techonomy (and former technology editor for Fortune) contributes his thoughts on fostering an innovation culture and we take a look at our 15-year partnership with the F1 racing program WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING and the role of innovation and information in Formula One racing.

Additional features in this issue include:

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Conduct risk – Graphic of the day

Among the many forms creative compliance may take, several consistent patterns of behavior have been explored in recent research studies. We surveyed over 200 compliance and risk practitioners on the concept of conduct risk and has identified distinct industry-wide trends. Read The Global Conduct Risk Report 2013 and benchmark your firm’s preparations.

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Journalist spotlight: Ryan McNeill on his special report on the impact of rising sea levels

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Last week, Reuters published the first in a series of special reports examining the phenomenon of rising seas. The report combined data analysis and shoe-leather reporting to find that flooding is increasing along much of the U.S. coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, data journalist Ryan McNeill offers an inside look at the reporting behind the story.

Q. How did the team get started on this story? (more…)

Smart watches compared – Graphic of the day

The new Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet and monitor heart rates. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold. Today’s graphic compares the Apple Watch to seven competitors already on the market.

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SEC has jurisdiction over county’s swap deals with JPMorgan, judge rules

From Westlaw Journal Derivatives: The Securities and Exchange Commission has jurisdiction over interest-rate swap transactions that are part of its lawsuit accusing two JPMorgan employees of paying Alabama county government officials’ friends so the investment bank could get $5 billion in underwriting contracts for municipal bonds and swaps, a federal judge has decided.

The defendants in the case, JPMorgan managing directors Charles E. LeCroy and Douglas W. MacFaddin, argued the SEC did not have jurisdiction over two types of interest-rate swap transactions.

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The World in 2025 – Teleportation is tested

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Kinematical techniques used to understand the Higgs Boson particles generated in the Large Hadron Collider advance such that quantum teleportation is more commonplace.

World-2025_pdf__page_24_of_28_The frequent request heard on Star Trek® will not be such an abstract concept as we move through the 21st Century.

Since the 2013 success at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), research related to the Higgs Boson particle has increased. In fact, papers on this topic have been the most prevalent in fundamental physics in 2014.

Measurement techniques developed to understand the particles generated in the LHC were ground breaking through the use of new kinematical techniques. Kinematics is a form of classic mechanics that studies the motion of points, objects and groups of objects regardless of the impetus for motion.

We are on the precipice of this field’s explosion; it is truly an emerging research front. Early indicators point to a rapid acceleration of research leading to the testing of quantum teleportation in 2025.

Although in 2025 we as humans won’t yet be able to teleport through space, a significant investment in and testing of quantum teleportation will be underway using other forms of matter.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation