In order to stay competitive in the increasingly complex derivatives market, banks large and small are turning to hightech software to help them navigate the sometimes arcane waters of risk management.

As derivatives trading grows - the market currently is about $16 trillion globally - newer and more Complex instruments are constantly being introduced. Financial institutions have to be able to price instruments quickly and calculate risk measurements as accurately as possible. The number of types of derivative instruments currently is estimated at between 300 and 400.

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