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The Trading Mesh

April 2011

Chas Cooper From Xignite Discusses NASDAQ Data on Demand

April 29, 2011 Comments (0)           

Earlier this week, a joint press release came out from Xignite, Inc andNASDAQ OMX, announcing the launch of Mass Download, a new service that will augment NASDAQ’s existing Data-on-Demand service, using Xignite’s cloud technology platform to generate highly customized data sets of trade and quote data on US stocks.
I caught up with Chas Cooper, Director of Product Marketing at Xignite and asked him to tell me more about the service, particularly as it relates to...

Paul Wilmott on the Role of Mathematics in Finance

April 27, 2011 Comments (0)           

I came across a really enlightening video this morning, which was a recording of a recent lecture and slide presentation given in Paris by mathematician, author, researcher, consultant and founder of, Paul Wilmott.
Describing himself as the “grumpy old man” of quant finance, Paul explodes various myths on the topic and gives his take on why calibrating models is invariably a useless pastime (maybe the model itself is wrong?), why arbitrage opportunities still exist...

SGX Singapore Launches Co-Location

April 19, 2011 Comments (0)           

Yesterday, just a week after opening its new data centre, SGX Singapore Exchange announced the launch of a new co-location service, which will enable ultra-low latency connectivity into its markets.
This service will allow the exchange’s customers to host their own “black box” trading systems within the SGX data centre, thus ensuring the fastest routes between those systems and the exchange’s market data services and matching engines.
According to SGX...

TradeTech HFT Focus Day

April 14, 2011 Comments (0)           

Earlier this week, I went along to the TradeTech HFT Focus Day at London’s Canary Wharf.
Arriving a bit blurry-eyed after picking my son up from Heathrow at 6:30am (he’d just come back from a couple of weeks in New Orleans, lucky bugger), I think I managed to get the last seat in the room, after which it was standing room only. So it seems as if demand is still outstripping supply on the high frequency trading conference circuit, surprisingly.
The day started with a...