Wireless Institutional Trading: Function over Fashion?

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28 August 2001


Boston, MA, USA August 28, 2001

Institutional Wireless Trading: Fashion over Function?

In a new report entitled Institutional Wireless Trading: Fashion over Function? Celent Communications examines the potential for wireless trading at securities firms worldwide.

The report examines the use of wireless applications for internal users - traders, sales force, operations staff; and external users - institutional clients and correspondent brokers.

The study presents a detailed market overview of the adoption of wireless trading in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, as well as penetration for the various wireless applications. The major vendors in the space are briefly highlighted in two main categories -- wireless specific solutions and trading systems. In addition, the report contains a selected series of case studies, which reflect the different uses for wireless devices by both securities firms and stock exchanges. Finally, the study concludes with our future perspective on this market.

Case studies in the report include:

UBS Warburg
Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
New Zealand Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange

Isabella Fonseca, co-author of the report , notes, "While current IT spending constraints and technology limitations are slowing the adoption of wireless by institutional brokerages, our survey has found a surprising amount of activity on the wireless front. Several stock exchanges, including the New York and New Zealand bourses, have also innovated ways to employ wireless technology to improve connectivity and efficiency. We expect that within fours years full-fledged wireless solutions will be deployed at virtually all major securities houses, as well as an increasing number of smaller and regional firms."

According to Neil Katkov, co-author of the report, "At present, the wireless applications most commonly deployed in the institutional trading context are mobile email, followed by market information and alerts, and finally by trade order entry. These will include applications such as contact management and order management systems. Adoption will be driven by improvements in wireless devices and software, as well as by the need to remain competitive with the early adopter firms who are already rolling out advanced wireless platforms."

A Table of Contents is available online.

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