By: Zoe Schiff
Alize Trading, a Paris-based algorithmic prop house, has gone life with Horizon Platform with a view to developing its algorithmic trading business. The flexibility of Horizon’s algorithmic trading software allows smaller prop trading firms to engage in trades with a few exchanges and gradually increase their scale of operation as they grow.
Bruno Morel, head of IT at Alize Trading, explains: “There were two key factors in choosing Horizon’s trading platform. The first was the ability to tailor the platform to the needs of smaller operations. The second was the flexibility to widen the scope of the system as and when needed. Horizon is constantly improving connectivity to exchanges in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which is also of real benefit.
“The platform’s functionality and built-in features have helped us recreate sophisticated features and code our algorithmic strategies for statistical arbitrage quickly using Horizon Algo Designer. This meant we were able to get the system into production very quickly.”
Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of electronic trading a Horizon Software, adds: “For Alize, the ability to access the full depth of the features of our platform was a major advantage. Horizon’s 70+ native gateways to exchanges worldwide give our clients the flexibility that is essential for high frequency trading and access to brokers for algorithmic trading.”
Horizon provides a user interface giving clients the ability to code trading algorithms in SCALA, an object-oriented programming language, and run the algorithms via servers for high frequency trading. The company also provides a native exchange gateway for market data and connectivity to third-party vendors for algorithmic trading.