Tools of the traders

Trading and risk management technology has developed hand in hand with the growth of the derivatives market. But how are technology vendors adapting their systems to cope with today's markets? Clive Davidson investigates


Derivatives trading has always been heavily dependent on technology, from the days when electronic calculators were tasked with pricing the first options using the Black-Scholes formula in the 1970s, to the early attempts to model value-at-risk on basic IBM desktop computers the following decade. Since then, the evolution of technology for derivatives and risk management has assumed the look and feel of an arms race, with banks adopting ever more sophisticated models to give them an advantage

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