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Exchanges Are Becoming Data Marketplaces

Exchanges and other trading venues have long derived revenue from sales of their data; in some cases they operate substantial businesses based around sales of their real-time quotes and other market data services. But few are well set up to deal with growing demand for other datasets they may generate from their core activities, such…

MiFID II: Navigating the Emerging Liquidity Landscape

The September 1 deadline for full implementation of the Systematic Internalisation (SI) regime marked the beginning of a whole new liquidity landscape, with firms on both sides of the equation grappling to understand the long-term implications of the new system on Europe’s financial markets. Navigating these waters in the coming months will be challenging for…

Systematic Internalisation Under MiFID II: What’s Needed Now

From September 1, 2018, firms within the scope of MiFID II that breach volume thresholds set by ESMA on August 1, 2018 for internal matching of client orders will be required to register as systematic internalisers (SIs) and operate within the SI regime detailed in the regulation. Sounds pretty straightforward, but that is far from…

Countdown To MiFID II: Best Execution, Brexit and Trading Infrastructure Best Practices

The events of 2016 have muddied the waters for financial institutions operating in Europe that need to figure out how planning for possible outcomes of Brexit will in turn affect compliance with European MiFID II regulation taking effect in January 2018. While it is widely recognised that firms will have to make major changes to…

How to Create an Agile Trading System

High speed, low latency trading connectivity is no longer enough to differentiate you from your competitors – so how do you add value to your trading systems? How can you create a trading platform that is: Flexible enough to accommodate the transaction lifecycle? Powerful enough to deliver the analytics for better informed trading decisions? Fast…

A Flexible Approach to Market Infrastructure

he growing speed and complexity of today’s financial markets are placing all but the most technologically well-resourced participants at a strategic disadvantage. Buy- and sell-side firms, the execution venues they use, and the wide range of post-trade, market data and other service providers whose offerings they consume, are all struggling to keep up with the…

Data Management for New Trading Opportunities

As high-frequency and quantitative trading techniques mature, trading firms are finding it harder to make money. Market practitioners are recognizing that speed of market access alone is no longer sufficient to stay ahead of the pack, as low-latency connectivity enters the mainstream. The emphasis is returning to the quality of the trading model. In order…

Trading Beyond the Horizon: Fragmentation Drives Multi-Market Execution

In 2010, financial markets participants will continue to expand their trading activities as liquidity increasingly becomes fragmented, seeking alpha in new markets, best execution in dark pools, arbitrage opportunities across the order book and by implementing high frequency and complex, multi-leg, cross asset class strategies. The successful operations – whether they be the proprietary desks…