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Investing in the UKs digital infrastructure

October 29, 2013 by Julian King   Comments (0)           

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Three years ago Volta decided to invest tens of millions of pounds in building a new data centre in the heart of London. At the time confidence in the economy was hard to come by with very little money being invested in technology infrastructure, the City and elsewhere.
So why did we push ahead with our plans?
Data centres are a fundamental part of advanced economies and underpin so much in our digital, networked...

Dumb and dumberer?

October 22, 2013 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

This article was originally published at the Fidessa blog, and is reproduced here with permission.
By Steve Grob

Not surprisingly, the recent political elections in Germany have brought the question of financial transaction tax (FTT) back to the fore. Basically, the Social Democrats (SPD) are making it a condition of participation in a European banking union. The reason for this, they claim, is that: “For the SPD, it’s important that taxpayers in the...

Infographic on the History of High-Frequency Trading (HFT)

October 17, 2013 by Adam             

High-Frequency Trading (HFT) is one of the most controversial topics in trading today.  HFT now makes up more than 70% of all US equity trades and up to 95% of all market quotes.  While some see it as the natural evolution of technology, others see it as a potential risk to the marketplace.
The following infographic courtesy of illustrates the history, development and technology of High-Frequency Trading.

The dark gets darker

October 17, 2013 by Fidessa   Comments (0)           

In the past 6 months, European dark pool trading has grown by 45% compared to the same period last year, and yet the universe of stocks traded in the dark has only grown by 2%. Read the full analysis in our latest report.

Power down? Were always on.

October 16, 2013 by Julian King   Comments (0)           

Power is a big issue for data centres in fact it is perhaps their number one critical issue. They use a lot of it and making sure it stays on is a primary concern in ensuring that essential IT services are not interrupted.
As society relies more and more on the electronic economy to conduct anything from mobile banking to trading the stock markets to storing our family photographs in the cloud, the more important it becomes to manage the risk that those services could be interrupted because of...

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...