Daily Archives: April 6, 2017

Nasdaq SMARTS Wins Three Sell-Side Technology Awards – Further Solidifying Leadership in Surveillance

SMARTS Surveillance named ‘Best Sell-Side Market Surveillance Product,’ ‘Best Alliance or Partnership’ and ‘Best Overall Sell-Side Product of the Year’

NEW YORK, April 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ), the world’s leading provider of market technology, was awarded three major awards in Waters Technology’s 2017 Sell-Side Technology Awards. Nasdaq received the awards for its SMARTS Trade Surveillance technology, which enables customers to proactively address evolving compliance challenges, as well as for strategic alliance with cognitive computing leader, Digital Reasoning, to offer next generation surveillance technology.

Nasdaq was honored with three major awards:

  • Best Sell-Side Market Surveillance Product – Nasdaq’s SMARTS Trade Surveillance has been honored as the ‘Best Sell-Side Market Surveillance Product’ for four consecutive years. The category focuses on solutions that incorporate real-time surveillance capabilities for both internal and external obligations, including pattern-recognition software and case-building capabilities.
  • Best Alliance or Partnership – This category is new for 2017 and is awarded to two technology providers that have combined their technologies or services over the course of the last 12 months into a single offering that is currently in use at a sell-side firm.
  • Best Overall Sell-Side Product of the Year– The winner of this category is selected from the 26 winning entries from each category.

“We are thrilled to be honored with three awards from Sell-Side Technology this year,” said Valerie Bannert-Thurner, Head of Nasdaq’s Risk & Surveillance Business. “These awards are a testament to our continuous innovation and dedication to delivering the most comprehensive investigative capabilities for our clients, who are the driving force behind our technology.”

As the industry benchmark for real-time and T+1 cross-market surveillance platforms, SMARTS Trade Surveillance technology leverages over 22 years of experience to create meaningful alerts that analyze complexities in trading across asset classes and trading venues. SMARTS Trade Surveillance automates the detection, investigation and analysis of potentially abusive or disorderly trading, to help improve the overall efficiency of the surveillance organization and reduce cost, even as market complexity and new regulations increase.

SMARTS Surveillance solutions are used to power monitoring in more than 45 marketplaces, 17 regulators and 140+ market participants across 65 countries.

About Nasdaq:

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 85 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a market value of $10.0 trillion and approximately 18,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com


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A pickup can carry no more than six passengers on its back: Government spokesman

Passengers can sit in the cab of a pickup truck and no more than six passengers can ride on the back of the same vehicle as the government has agreed to ease the seat belt regulation during the Songkran festival in order not to cause too much trouble to the public who are not ready to adjust to the new measure.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, however, said that the reprieve would be temporary in order to give more time for public to make adjustments. He insisted that the regulation would be strictly enforced for public safety.

As for private cars, the spokesman said police would strictly enforce the seat belt regulation requiring the driver and all passengers to fasten seat belts. However, during the initial stage, he said police might give a warning if any of the passengers were found to not fasten a seat belt.

The regulation will be strictly applied to taxis, passenger vans and inter-provincial buses.

Also during the Spongkran festival, police will get tough with drunk driving, speeding and reckless driving in an attempt to reduce road accidents during the festive period.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

King signs new Constitution

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn affixed his signature on the new constitution, Thailand's 20th, at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on Thursday afternoon.

The constitution was then given to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to be stamped with a Royal seal and then put on a gold tray on a pedestal.

The ceremony for the proclamation of the new constitution was witnessed by members of the Royal Family, privy councilors, cabinet members, members of the National Legislative Assembly, members of the Constitution Drafting Committee, members of the diplomatic corp, presidents of the Supreme Court and independent organizations.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

Transport aims to reduce highway fatalities by 5% during Songkran festival

The Transport Ministry aims to reduce traffic fatalities by 5% with the enforcement of tougher traffic rules during the upcoming Songkran festival, beginning April 8-18.

Last year, death toll during the Thai traditional New Year stood at 442 deaths.

Transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith assured of achieving the 5% target after presiding over a ceremony to launch the campaign this morning.

With the tough enforcement of traffic law this year, particularly on key accident causes such as speeding, safety belt fastening, daytime headlight switching on, at least 5% fatality rate could be reduced, he said.

Commenting on the delayed enforcement of the traffic rule by the police banning sitting on the back of pickup truck which triggered public outcry, the transport minister made clear that the rule won't be enforced pending further notice by the police.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)