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Roundtable report: Practical steps for successful innovation within Capital Markets

October 26, 2018 Comments (0)           

Roundtable discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Ascendant Strategy, TreoTrade and Nomura on 3 October, 2018
The importance of creating a culture of innovation has long been recognised in the capital markets industry, but why this can prove hard to achieve continues to be a matter of some debate. The reasons given for these difficulties can also be complex and seemingly insurmountable, from long procurement cycles through to lack of diversity within larger organisations –...

Navigating low-latency trading technology in India

August 30, 2018 Comments (0)           

India has taken a big step forward in widening its low-latency trading community. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in March announced regulatory changes designed to let more firms trade via shared managed colocation services. The move, SEBI said, would benefit small- and medium-sized firms that may have been prohibited from such trading previously due to costs and lack of expertise.
Ahead of the 2018 FIX India Conference, The Realization Group spoke to some of the...

Roundtable Report: Systematic Internalisers: Challenges and Opportunities in the MiFID II era

June 27, 2018 Comments (0)           

Discussion hosted by The Realization Group, led by Vela, Aquis Exchange and Hudson River Trading, on May 23, 2018
MiFID II is intended to deliver better outcomes for end-investors across Europe, by increasing transparency, consumer protection and competition, while reducing cost, risk and conflicts of interest. To achieve these aims, the new directive introduces some major reforms to Europe’s equity markets: common transparency and reporting rules; tougher best execution requirements;...

Driving the institutional Cryptocurrency market

June 4, 2018 Comments (0)           

Two key trends have come to the fore in the global currency markets, particularly in the last 12 to 18 months, with both potentially resulting in sweeping changes to how, where and even why FX is traded.
The second of these shifts, namely the growth of cryptocurrency, was explored in greater depth by a panel of FX industry professional held in May at The London Stock Exchange – hosted by The Realization Group and sponsored by BSO.
The Realization Group’s Mike O’Hara began...

The Future of FX: Seizing the Asian opportunity

June 4, 2018 Comments (0)           

Two key trends have come to the fore in the global currency markets, particularly in the last 12 to 18 months, with both potentially resulting in sweeping changes to how, where and even why FX is traded.
The first of these shifts, namely the growth of FX trading in Asia, was explored in greater depth by a panel of FX industry professionals held in May at The London Stock Exchange – hosted by The Realization Group and sponsored by BSO.
Facilitated by The Realization Group’s Mike...

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...