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The 2016 Trading Technology 40: Ronald DePoalo

< The 2016 Trading Technology 408Ronald DePoaloChief Information OfficerFidelity InstitutionalLast year: 10

Hedge fund managers are major beneficiaries of recent technological innovation at Fidelity Institutional, says Ronald DePoalo, chief information officer of the Fidelity Investments unit that offers capital markets, clearing, institutional asset management and family-office services. The developments center on PB Optimize, which was introduced in 2012 “to give our hedge fund clients transparency across their prime brokers,” says DePoalo, 51, who was Merrill Lynch & Co.’s CTO for global wealth management before joining Boston-based Fidelity in 2008. PB Optimize, used by more than 100 of Fidelity’s hedge fund clients, “has really taken off,” he says. “We’ve added a corporate action capability that’s really important for hedge funds in securities lending in terms of the economics of how they’re borrowing. We’ve added rates to the intraday platform as well, so they can take a look at the lending rates during the day” rather than relying on overnight data. The job is a dream come true for DePoalo, who is the son of Salomon Brothers CIO Phillip DePoalo and says he “fell in love with financial technology in my high school years.” After graduating from Ramapo College in New Jersey, he entered a Merrill Lynch training program in 1986 and stayed at the firm for 22 years, earning a St. Peter’s University MBA along the way. Also new at Fidelity Institutional are EX-RAY, an online best-execution tool for equity traders that a few asset management firms have tested, and RUBRIC, a fixed-income analytics and automation platform currently used by internal teams. Both will be released to wider audiences this year. “The tools that we’re building provide openness and transparency,” the CIO asserts. “A lot of people talk about transparency, but not all the claims are the same.”


 2016 Trading Technology 40Click below to view profiles
1. Raymond Tierney IIIBloomberg2. Richard PragerBlackRock3. Chris IsaacsonBATS Global Markets4. Jonathan RossKCG Holdings5. Bradley PetersonNasdaq
6. Brad LevyMarkit7. Dan KeeganCiti8. Ronald DePoaloFidelity Institutional9. Raj MahajanGoldman Sachs Group10. Ari StudnitzerCME Group
11. Mayur KapaniIntercontinental Exchange12. Gerald O’ConnellCBOE Holdings13. Nicholas ThemelisMarketAxess Holdings14. Gil MandelzisEBS BrokerTec (ICAP)15. Bill Chow and Richard LeungHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Rob ParkIEX Group17. Philip WeisbergThomson Reuters18. John Mackay (Mack) GillMillenniumIT19. Robert CornishInternational Securities Exchange20. Paul HamillCitadel Securities
21. Eric NollConvergex22. Tyler Moeller and Joshua WalskyBroadway Technology23. Rishi NangaliaREDI Holdings24. Veronica AugustssonCinnober Financial Technology25. Alasdair HaynesAquis Exchange
26. Manoj NarangMana Partners27. Gaurav SuriArcesium28. Robert SloanS3 Partners29. Anton Katz and Stephen MockAQR Capital Mgmt30. Stu TaylorAlgomi
31. D. Keith Ross Jr.PDQ Enterprises32. Donal ByrneCorvil33. Alfred EskandarPortware34. R. Cromwell CoulsonOTC Markets Group35. Masayuki HosakaRakuten
36. Peter Maragos and David KaratDash Financial37. Amar KuchinadElectronifie38. Jennifer NayarSR Labs39. Dave SnowdonMetamako40. Dan RajuTradier