Driven by the need to stay competitive in the complex and volatile derivatives market, institutions such as Sanwa Bank are turning to sophisticated software to help them calculate the risk of arcane instruments ever more quickly.

A New York-based trading unit of Sanwa, the world's largest bank holding company, is installing a system from Infinity Technology Inc. that will tie together front and back offices. The software is expected to enable traders to price deals more quickly, taking advantage of market conditions, and to allow the bank to better manage the increasing number and complexity of instruments used to hedge customers' portfolios.

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