MIAMI: The forecasting firms are fairly unified about their expectations for information technology spending by financial services firms in 2011.

Then there's Brad Lyman, director of technology at Matthews International Capital Management, an independent, privately owned firm in San Francisco that is the largest dedicated Asia-only investment specialist in the United States. He's expecting to spend 20 percent more on information technology this year, he told attendees during a CIOs Roundtable Tuesday morning at the National Investment Company Service Association 2011 Conference & Expo.

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