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Changing landscapes: Electronic trading picks up the pace in commodity markets

May 31, 2018 Comments (0)           

While electronic trading, technology and related infrastructures are now a well-established, if not essential, part of highly-liquid markets such as equities or spot FX, the rate of adoption has been markedly slower in the commodities space. But the past year in particular has seen a notable upturn in demand for electronic trading, from both newer entrants as well as more established venues. Nicola Tavendale and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group talk to Ollie Cadman of Vela, Jamie...

HPC strategies for financial services: The playing field widens

May 29, 2018 Comments (0)           

Produced by The Realization Group in association with Verne Global
Introduction
The financial marketplace today is dominated by growing regulatory requirements, constantly changing liquidity conditions and increasingly complex asset-class strategies by firms across the spectrum. In such an environment, it’s no longer only top-tier banks that need vast amounts of high performance computing (HPC) capabilities to handle the huge number of calculations needed for risk management, trade idea...

Bridging the Gap: New Approaches to Creating a Culture of Innovation

May 24, 2018 Comments (0)           

In the last four years, investment banks have been significantly underspending on innovation. According to data compiled by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)1, change-the-bank (CTB) spend is almost flat at a rate of around one percent and only a small proportion of that spend is on true innovation, with as much as 80% focused on legacy system upgrades.

At the same time, demand for cutting-edge technologies and agile systems has never been greater, with financial...

Systematic Internalisers – Data holds key to challenges and opportunities in MiFID II era

May 4, 2018 Comments (0)           

MiFID II broadens the scope of the systematic internaliser (SI) regime, not only to cover more asset classes, but also to apply more stringent rules, with the aim of improving pre-trade transparency and improving price efficiency and client executions. To examine the far-reaching consequences and practical implications for liquidity seekers and providers, against a backdrop of tougher Best Execution requirements, Chris Hall and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group...

Taking the Leap into Asia and Cryptocurrencies: The Future for FX Trading?

April 9, 2018 Comments (0)           

As the world’s largest financial market, the ability to swiftly identify and capitalize on key trends in foreign exchange is crucial – which is why the BIS Triennial Central Bank Survey of global FX trading is one of the most significant datasets currently produced for the capital markets. The latest report, published in September 2016, underscored a particularly noteworthy shift for many participants in this space, namely the increase in market share for...

Alpha profiling, strategy toolkits, broker scorecards: The keys to best execution?

March 5, 2018 Comments (0)           

Various tools are emerging to help buy-side firms optimise their broker selection for best execution. Examples include algo wheels, broker scorecards and bracketing frameworks that allow for effective monitoring of broker performance on an ongoing basis. Joel Clark and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group discuss the most effective use cases for alpha profiling and the challenges that may be associated with such an approach. They talk to Dan Royal of Janus...

Q&A with Allan Goldstein, Trade Informatics

February 2, 2018 Comments (0)           

Harrington Starr announced Definitive List of the 100 Most Influential FinTech Companies 2018 at the FinTech Influencers event in London.
Allan Goldstein, CFO, COO and CCO at Trade Informatics explains why
Why was the company set up? How did you select the vertical and decide to be a part of the global FinTech community?
We set up Trade Informatics in 2009, prior to the global FinTech surge, to extend on our experiences in institutional equity trading. At this time the industry was largely...

Beating repetitive strain: Value-added services in post-trade

February 1, 2018 Comments (0)           

New technologies and new business models, as well as regulatory drivers such as MiFID II and Dodd-Frank, are contributing to a transformation in the post-trade landscape. From a regulatory standpoint, the push towards central clearing of OTC and bilaterally traded instruments presents firms with a number of challenges but also new opportunities, as clearing firms and technology vendors innovate to overcome some of the obstacles associated with these changes.
In this Financial Markets Insights...

AI and Deep Learning in Risk and Investment Management

December 5, 2017 Comments (0)           

Deep learning, or the ability of machines to learn using artificial neural networks, has been around since the mid-1960s. In recent years, however, advances in computation performance and storage technologies are enabling the large quantities of data required for effective neural networks to be rapidly processed. As a result, the use of deep learning is increasingly being explored across multiple industries and geographies. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization...

Making the market: Building prices in fixed income

November 13, 2017 Comments (0)           

The fixed income markets are going through a period of significant transition. While capital constraints and a long period of low volatility have led to challenges in how firms source liquidity, recent increases in bond volatility have led to renewed profitability - and investment - in the markets. And with regulatory reforms forcing more and more trading into the electronic domain, new liquidity venues are beginning to proliferate. Firms across the buy side and the sell side are now having to...