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Less Smoke; More Mirrors

Published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 06 July 2007

Lets start with a quick multiple-choice quiz. What are Cobra, Ambush, Arid, Nocturnal and Covert? A) The line-up for a heavy rock weekender? B) A new range of toiletries for adolescent boys? or C) A new five-part Iraq War saga by Andy McNab? The answer of course is D) all of the above. Oh, and they’re also the names of algorithms, too. Add in a few references to dark books and deep pools of liquidity and you begin to understand how staff at certain marketing departments (mis)spent their youth.

Peek AheadAt AT however, we sympathise. We know that, unlike BMW or Mercedes, banks don't have the option of making their products sound distinctive and cuttingedge purely through a cunning juxtaposition of letters and numerals (the SLK algorithm anyone, or perhaps the X5?), if only because the financial markets are already too full of TLAs (three-letter acronyms).


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