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The Trading Mesh

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Building the Future of Finance

February 20, 2017 Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara, publisher of The Trading Mesh, examines the infrastructure needs for financial markets firms as use cases for artificial intelligence and machine learning expand, with John Denheen of Tyler Capital, KPMG’s Robert Mirsky, Trade Informatics’ Aaron Schweiger, Sybenetix’s Taras Chaban, Jan Machacek of Cake Solutions, Michael Cooper of BT Global Banking and Financial Markets, Vincent Kilcoyne of SAS UK & Ireland and Verne Global’s Tate...

MiFID II creates cross-asset revolution across buy & sell side

February 15, 2017 Comments (0)           

The cross-asset nature of MiFID II will demand significant investment from the asset management and banking communities. In this article, Dan Barnes and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group speak to Matthew Coupe of Barclays, James Baugh and Ashlin Kohler of Citigroup, Bob Fuller of Fixnetix, Glenn Poulter of Stratevolve and Ollie Cadman of Vela Trading Technologies about how firms are addressing the various cross-asset challenges of MiFID II in order to stay both compliant and...

Forex flows to the East

February 6, 2017 Comments (0)           

Foreign exchange trading has long been concentrated in the financial hubs of London, New York and Tokyo, but as major western markets face up to structural and macro-economic challenges, turnover is beginning to shift further to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group discuss this with Jon Vollemaere of R5FX, Matthew Lempriere of Telstra, Julie Nicolas of The FX Hive, and James Maudslay of Equinix. They also examine the...

Harnessing RegTech to address culture & conduct in financial institutions

January 25, 2017 Comments (0)           

The evolution of RegTech has brought a wave of new providers and systems to market to help financial institutions deal with the wide-ranging new regulations they face, such as MiFID II. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group hear from Mark Tantam of Deloitte, Adrian Shedden of Burges Salmon, Geraldine Gibson of AQMetrics, Furio Pietribiasi of Mediolanum Asset Management and Sam Tyfield of Vedder Price. They agree that RegTech has a role to play in helping...

A Qualitative Approach to Best Execution

October 19, 2016 Comments (0)           

Buy-side firms are increasingly focused on finding qualitative ways of vetting their trading counterparties, with the advent of a new electronic order handling questionnaire marking a milestone in that journey. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group hear from Allan Goldstein of Trade Informatics, Paul Collins of Franklin Templeton Investments, Natan Tiefenbrun of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ross Barrett of the Investment Association and Mark Northwood of...

Under surveillance: Getting to grips with the new Market Abuse Regulation

September 30, 2016 Comments (0)           

In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at how prepared financial firms are for reporting requirements under new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). Many firms that previously did not need to worry about market abuse – at least from a regulatory compliance perspective – now must put in place systems that will enable them to report to their local watchdogs any suspicious activity in near-real time. The regulation throws up a host of issues, from broad...

The secret to Nordic fintech success? A culture of curiosity and creativity

September 15, 2016 Comments (0)           

 
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group examine the factors behind a seemingly unusual success story. Despite small populations and a relatively conservative banking scene, the Nordic region is one of the most dynamic places in the world of financial technology. Many in the Nordics will cite the legacy of OM, a derivatives exchange that evolved into a regional powerhouse that was ultimately taken over by NASDAQ, and which spawned a generation of fintech...

What is the Future of Voice & Collaboration in Financial Services?

June 20, 2016 Comments (0)           

 
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group examine the business benefits, and challenges, from voice integration and collaboration in financial services. Voice trading represents a sizable part of business for many firms and as technology advances, they are looking to reduce costs and integrate voice activity with other operations. Regulation and compliance have been drivers, but they are only part of the story. Commercial factors have created new...

Margin compression in interest rate derivatives: The big squeeze

May 6, 2016 Comments (0)           

 
In this article, Mike O’Hara, publisher of The Trading Mesh, examines the cost pressures on interest rate swaps from regulatory reform and the steps required of buy-side firms to assess their hedging options, with the help of Robert de Roeck of Standard Life Investments, MSCI’s Laurent Louvrier, Nick Green of Crédit Agricole CIB,  Hirander Misra of GMEX Exchange, independent consultant David Bullen,  and Cassini Systems’ Liam...

The Voice of the Future? Flexible Trading, Lower Cost, More Value

April 18, 2016 Comments (0)           

Introduction
For many market participants, the deal only becomes real when there is a voice at the other end of a line. Despite the proliferation of electronic markets, voice trading is still proving to be alive and well. Yet, historically speaking, the provision of voice-based broking and trading services has been a costly, cumbersome business with little scope for operational flexibility or evolving compliance needs.
However, technological innovation, an increasingly tough competitive...