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Are Cloud Services Emerging as a Key Factor in Global Markets Trading?

October 10, 2013 by OneMarketData   Comments (0)           

Cloud computing, it means a lot of different things to different people and is one of the most over hyped technologies in all of computerdom.  There are public, private, hybrid, infrastructure, software and platform oriented cloud solutions. Crafty software vendors masquerade as cloud solutions, but having a hosted app in rack-mounted hardware for a monthly fee does not constitute a cloud based solution.  Gartner has identified no less than thirty-seven cloud-based services...

Make the Future Java

October 9, 2013 by Trisha Gee   Comments (0)           

I think this is a nice example of how to showcase technology and make it relevant and exciting for people.  Something with this approach could do more for increasing the number of people interested in programming as a career than any of the traditional approaches of getting kids and "minorities" interested in IT.

How to Reduce Latency by Running Trading Algorithms in a Switch

October 7, 2013 by The Trading Mesh   Comments (0)           

By Mike O'Hara
Last week, Argon Design, a design services company based in Cambridge UK working in the areas of high performance networking, processor architecture and digital logic design, released an announcement about some pretty impressive results they had achieved in tests running a trading algorithm directly on an Arista Networks 7124FX Application Switch…

“For the measured leg in the test harness, latency was reduced from a previous best of...

Identity crisis for algos

October 7, 2013 by Regulation Matters (Fidessa)   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa Regulation Matters blog, and is reproduced here with permission.
By Christian Voigt
Yesterday saw the publication of the XETRA and Eurex rule changes relating to the German HFT Act in which they provide details of how to implement the new RegulatoryID.
Under the new rules it will no longer be enough simply to differentiate between algo and non-algo orders (such as under the current CME regime). Starting from 1st...

Treasure Hunting in the 21st Century

October 4, 2013 by WorldQuant   Comments (0)           

By Igor Tulchinsky and Jeffrey Satinover
The future of trading is quite clear: markets will see a sharp differentiation with a few sophisticated and technologically well-equipped players able to demonstrate an ever-adaptive, unbounded capacity to discover new alphas plus a small number of investors who still rely on traditional research to drive their investment decisions.
Diving deep into the financial histories and management practices of a relatively small number of companies is good as...

Kids These Days

September 25, 2013 by Trisha Gee   Comments (0)           

I'm a great believer in getting kids to code early - after all, I'm of that generation that was taught  at the age of 9.  There are quite a few approaches to teaching today's kids in an engaging way, but I'm a bit wary of the sandbox solutions that teach kids things like how to navigate a virtual thingie around the screen, or lets them create things in a limited virtual world.  I don't think kids will easily make the leap between these sort of games to seeing the full potential...

Looking through the CFTCs prism

September 24, 2013 by Regulation Matters (Fidessa)   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa Regulation Matters blog, and is reproduced here with permission.
By Mark Brennan
The CFTC’s recent Concept Release on Risk Controls and System Safeguards for Automated Trading Environments represents a watershed moment for US derivatives markets, setting the stage for a new regulatory approach to electronic trading.
The CFTC’s role and powers have already been greatly enhanced, post-Dodd-Frank, through...

Value for money

September 19, 2013 by Regulation Matters (Fidessa)   Comments (0)           

The long list of topics to be tackled by ESMA in MiFID II Level 2 is laid bare in the EU regulator’s latest banking and investment services tender document, with submissions due by the end of this week.
ESMA is seeking help with data gathering and analysis on a number of fronts, not least in order to specify detailed organisational requirements to be imposed on investment firms. With the ESMA guidelines and the FOA guidance already published last year, ESMA may now add even more...

Technology Testing Culture at Exchanges Threatens Markets

September 16, 2013 by Jacob Northey   Comments (0)           

Without a new approach to testing, incidents like the recent NASDAQ trading glitch and last summer’s Knight Capital mess will inevitably keep popping up and weakening the strength and reputation of our markets. Exchanges need to adopt an approach that tightly integrates testing into development. An iterative process in which testing and development happen in parallel is the only way to ensure that systems are thoroughly tested, and that errors are found and fixed before...


September 16, 2013 by Trisha Gee   Comments (0)           

For the rest of 2013, this blog will mostly be masquerading as a travel blog.This week I've been in Oslo, and I liked it.  Actually, you'll be hard-pushed to find somewhere I've visited that I didn't like in one way or another, but Oslo does make my "definitely going back there" list.  If Seville, where I've been for the last month, is stuffed full of History, Oslo is overflowing with Geography.  I've noticed a pattern in that my favourite places were sunny when I visited them...