Financial Insights Releases Annual Top 10 Strategic IT Initiatives for Capital Markets; Trade Cycle Automation Key Initiative for Capital Markets in 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 7, 2006 – Leading independent research and advisory firm, Financial Insights, an IDC company, today announced the release of a new report identifying the Top 10 Strategic IT initiatives that will have key bearing on spending within capital markets in 2006. The report Top 10 Strategic IT Initiatives in Global Capital Markets for 2006: Automation Rules identifies and describes these initiatives, examines why they will have an impact in 2006, and explains why they should be on the minds of business and technology leaders at financial institutions.

This year's Capital Markets Top 10 report has a few broad themes that seem to be inextricably interwoven. Increasing automation, new regulatory regimens, and accelerating adoption of service oriented architectures (SOA) will play out across global capital markets firms during the next 12-18 months.

The top three initiatives for 2006 within capital markets are noted in the table, "Top 3 Capital Markets Issues for 2006."

"Creating new efficiencies is certainly not new to the capital markets arena, but the ever-increasing pace of change is being driven by the combined weight of regulatory, economic, and technological factors," said Randy Grossman, research manager for Global Capital Markets at Financial Insights.

Financial Insights' Top 10 Strategic IT initiatives blend a mix of actionable, present-day value propositions that have either mandatory or high payoff potential with initiatives having future payoff potential for mainstream institutions.

Financial Insights hosts webcasts throughout the year for clients to provide essential guidance as they plan their strategic IT investment initiatives. On February 9, Mr. Grossman will host the Top 10 broadcast for capital markets.

For more information on obtaining this new Top 10 report, Top 10 Strategic IT Initiatives in Global Capital Markets for 2006: Automation Rules (FIN1727), or to participate in the related webcast, please visit our website or contact:

About Financial Insights, an IDC Company

Financial Insights provides independent research, custom consulting, and detailed multiclient studies on the technology issues and challenges facing the financial services industry. Our global research covers topics of strategic importance to corporate and retail banks, insurance carriers, asset management firms, securities and brokerage firms. Our local practices in Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Canada add an in-depth regional viewpoint. Financial Insights, an IDC company, is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company.

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