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The Race to Zero – Three Rules for Winning

Deutsche Boerse Group, one of the world’s leading financial exchanges, recently developed a new ultra-low-latency trading infrastructure linking Frankfurt to five other key worldwide trading centres. The target for the Frankfurt-London link was 5 milliseconds (0.005 seconds). Pushing the limits of how quickly computers can process instructions is the new battleground in finance. True zero…

Optimising Value from High Performance Connectivity

High frequency trading (HFT) is now a term recognised by the mainstream. This wide familiarity has coincided with maturity of HFT practices, the explosion in their use, and a flattening out of the potential returns as competition increases. Early adopters of HFT were able to leverage high-performance technologies to generate vast returns. Today, the environment…

Seeing Colt Through a Different ‘Prizm

While it may not be the biggest transaction, Colt’s agreement to acquire a majority stake in MarketPrizm, which finally materialised this week after months of speculation, gives the UK telecom services provider some teeth with which it hopes to bite off a larger chunk of the trading connectivity marketplace. No cash will change hands as…

Will NYSE Tussle Turn NASD?

Keeping abreast of the to’ing and fro’ing between the various entities vying for control of NYSE Euronext has added a certain piquancy to simultaneously hosting a panel discussion on Optimising Latency in a Fragmented World at our Business & Technology of Low Latency Trading events this month in London and New York. Assessing the connectivity…

More on Recent News from Spread Networks

I’m pretty focused on A-Team’s “Business & Technology of Low-Latency Trading” events coming up in London in less than two weeks, and in New York City at the month end. We’ll have Brennan Carley of Spread Networks on a panel in NYC, and so I’m reminded that Spread has put out a couple of interesting…

Trading on Unstructured Data 101 at SXSW

SXSW – for South by Southwest – is a massive festival of music, film and web-related technology that just got going here in Austin, TX. I’ve been attending now for a few years for the music shows, where the event got its start, 25 years ago. But nowadays the ‘Interactive’ side is bigger, and this…

Q&A: Fidessa’s Justin Llewellyn-Jones on Hosting and Latency

An increasing number of execution systems vendors are now offering their products as hosted services, running them from their own data centres, and taking on the job of managing them, including keeping their latency low. Fidessa has been doing this for some time. IntelligentTradingTechnology.com caught up with the company’s managed services head Justin Llewellyn-Jones to…

Precise Time – A Data Centre Utility

Endace suggests the Commission should require any of these venues that offer co-location services to make GPS timing signals available to users of the venues at a “reasonable cost”. This has already been advocated in an article I wrote for Equinix’s Winter 2010/2011 Newsletter. If you missed it first time around, here’s a ‘reprint’: We’ve…

Angela Merkel’s Trading Platform Decision

If you think Angela Merkel had a tough time convincing the German public to bail out Greece, think what she’s facing as she prepares to tell them that their beloved Xetra trading platform is relocating to a former Ford car park in Basildon, a desolate corner of Southeast Essex. For that is what almost certainly…

Aux Temps Perdus en Fleet Street

Just because we could, we took lunch on Fleet Street yesterday. I managed to squeeze in a quick haircut at the hairdressers just across the street from the Punch Tavern, then ambled over to Lutyens, the newish chi-chi restaurant housed at – yes, you guessed it – 85 Fleet Street. This building – designed by…