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The Trading Mesh

June 2011

FPGA, The Next Wave of HFT Technology?

June 30, 2011 Comments (0)           

By David Quarrell | Sponsored by OnX Enterprise Solutions
At a trade conference recently, the platform asked for a straw poll of those people developing solutions using FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), about a third of the room put their hands up. This is a new technology to the financial services industry and is beginning to be adopted into the HFT stack and I thought it was worth finding out what the buzz is all about.

Gate arrays have in fact been around since the...

HFT and European Market Structure

June 23, 2011 Comments (0)           

An Interview with Niki Beattie
In this interview for the High Frequency Trading Review, Mike O’Hara talks to Niki Beattie, Owner and Managing Director at Market Structure Partners (, an independent strategic advisory firm that specialises in capital markets structures. Niki is a leading expert on the makeup of Europe’s financial markets, and her clients include some of the world’s leading investment banks, trading venues,...

High Frequency Trading Solutions from Mantara

June 20, 2011 Comments (0)           

Mantara is a name that seems to have been popping up again and again recently in the context of high frequency trading solutions. The firm recently announced the opening of its Toronto office, to support what it sees as a growing demand for its HFT solutions in the Canadian market.
Not knowing much about the firm, I was curious to find out more, so I spoke with Michael Chin, President and CEO, and Shawn Sloves, Co-Founder and Head of Product Management and Strategy at Mantara.

High Frequency Trading in India

June 13, 2011 Comments (0)           

Citihub Conversations, Part Two
Welcome to the second in our series of Citihub Conversations, where we discuss a range of topics on the intersection of technology with the financial markets – particularly in the high frequency trading space – with associates from Citihub, the specialist IT consultancy focused on the financial services industry.
In this interview, Mike O’Hara talks to Paul Chew, Partner (Asia Pacific) and Bob Mudhar, Associate Partner at...

Kx Systems and High Frequency Trading

June 10, 2011 Comments (0)           

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Simon Garland, Chief Strategist of Kx Systems, who was over in London on a visit from Switzerland.
The company’s kdb+ database is used extensively in a high frequency trading capacity to store, analyze, process and retrieve large data sets at high speed, so I wanted to find out more about the company and their product set.
HFT Review: Simon, can you explain what sets Kx Systems and kdb+ apart and why you guys...

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and the Technology Around MILA

June 3, 2011 Comments (0)           

Earlier this week, the stock exchanges of Colombia, Chile and Peru came together to form MILA, the Integrated Latin American Market. MILA will enable cross-border trading and common access between the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia, Chile’s Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago and Peru’s Bolsa de Valores de Lima.
I spoke with Jitendra Puri, Chief Information Officer of the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia, to find out more about about his exchange’s plans regarding technology,...