LEHMAN AND MERRILL'S TECH EFFECT

Tech spending will be down next year and not just because everyone's going to be tightening belts during the market downturn. According to Financial Insights, recently bankrupt Lehman Brothers accounted for more than three percent of U.S. securities and investment services IT spending and made up nearly 20 percent of spending among the top 10 securities firms. Merrill Lynch, which is being purchased by Bank of America, is actually ahead of Lehman in this regard. Add in Bear Stearns, which made up seven percent of the top 10's spending, and 2009 figures to be even slower than once thought. On the flip side, Barclays' planned purchase of Lehman's North American investment banking business was driven in large part by the institution's trading technology and impressive New York City headquarters. Of the $1.75 billion cost, according to reports, $1.5 billion is earmarked for the HQ, two data centers and the trading technology.

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