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Nasdaq Uncovers Tech Trends That Will Impact the Capital Markets in 2021

Nasdaq has recently published its 5th annual tech trends report, ‘Nasdaq Decodes: Tech Trends 2021’. The report dives into the technologies it sees impacting the evolution of the capital markets in the year ahead.

At the onset of the pandemic, market volatility surged and volumes soared. Nasdaq topped several records across its markets, including the US equities market experiencing its highest volume day since 2009, reaching about 5 billion messages, which was about two times its previous all-time high. The Options market recorded ten of its most active days ever, peaking at about 62 billion messages on a single day.

The events of 2020 demonstrate the importance of maintaining resiliency, capacity, performance, immediacy and security across our businesses. It is against this backdrop of unprecedented change and opportunity that Nasdaq has identified the four technology trends that it believes will have the biggest impact on our industry and outlook for the year ahead.

1. Custom chips – Innovations in this area allow us to build more efficient trading systems, deliver better performance, reduce complexity, lower the cost of end products, increase profitability and add new features that differentiate our products.

2. Edge cloud -This is a dynamic and distributed cloud model where compute and storage resources move close to where content is created and consumed, such as on mobile devices. In our industry, it can support workflows designed to evolve customer engagement models and provide deeper insights from data, as well as enable hybrid cloud strategies.

3. Technologies that enable regulatory compliant data sharing – The cloud is a neutral infrastructure for sharing data. Federated learning allows organisations to share insights without actually sharing data. Homomorphic encryption is emerging as a technology that can allow organisations to share data, retain complete control over who can access or perform analysis on it, and have auditability of that process.

4. SaaS in the cloud and security – SaaS in the cloud contributes to our resiliency and security because it alleviates some of the potential risks of data centre downtime. Deploying infrastructure as code allows us to manage and define the desired state of our technology infrastructure using configuration files, and determine the security configuration before it is deployed in a public cloud.

To find out more or read the report in full click here.


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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