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Trading & Electronic Communications Surveillance in a Changing World

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. The ongoing necessity for many trading professionals to work from home has placed an additional burden on compliance teams struggling to ensure their firms play by the rules while staff operate away from designed-for-purpose trading floors. The situation has been a catalyst for change in how surveillance against financial crime…

Electronification in Fixed Income – Where is it Headed?

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. As we approach the third anniversary of its implementation date, the impact of the EU’s MiFID II continues to be felt around the world as global players adopt key measures as a form of best practice. Part of its wide remit to recast the mould for European institutional financial markets…

Refinitiv Partners Quod Financial to Add Sell-Side OMS to Trading Solutions

Refinitiv has plugged a gap in its sell-side trading line-up by making an agreement with Quod Financial to offer a multi-asset, sell-side OMS powered by Quod and using Refinitiv’s data feed solutions and connectivity to the sell-side community. Beyond the OMS, the companies have plans to build additional data-driven, automated trading technologies incorporating machine learning…

VoxSmart Launches Markets Segment to Focus on Trading Clients

Following on the heels of its recent partnership with Eventus Systems, and a $7 million Series B investment from NatWest earlier in the year, communications surveillance specialist VoxSmart has created a new Markets division to focus on serving the financial markets segment. The new segment will be dedicated to strengthening VoxSmart’s products and services for…

Overbond Launches AI-Based Pricing to Facilitate Bond Trading Automation

Fixed-income analytics specialist Overbond Ltd. has released a new AI-based pricing engine that aggregates bond data from multiple sources to provide traders with more accurate pricing data for measuring liquidity of individual securities and ultimately enabling execution automation. Overbond’s COBI-Pricing Live consolidates historical data on over 30,000 securities – with a refresh rate of under…

Primus Deploys Vela’s Metro to Take Advantage of Options Market Volatility

Chicago-based options trading firm Primus Capital has deployed Vela’s Metro trading platform to take advantage of the recent high volatility and trading volumes in the listed options marketplace. Primus was able to deploy the Metro platform on a remote basis and within 48 hours, offering traders working from home robust direct market access and the…

New Fixnetix Chief Beeman Outlines Vision for Front-Office Lift-Out Offering

Jake Beeman, who took over as general manager of Fixnetix this month following the departure of Steve Williams, has arrived with the remit to expand on the company’s vision for front-office transformation, with a specific focus on data, analytics and infrastructure. Beeman took on his new role at Fixnetix on May 13, Prior to that…

COVID-19: Regulator Round-up (14 April)

In these days of unprecedented economic pressure and accompanying financial volatility, regulators around the world are realigning their priorities and rapidly shifting their strategies to support institutions through the ongoing crisis. In this regular weekly feature, we keep you up to date on the latest regulatory news, responses and approaches – from deadline delays to…

SIX Boosts Microwave Data Delivery via 12H Stake, Nasdaq Partnership

The Swiss Stock Exchange SIX is set to boost its microwave network offering in Europe through a joint venture with Nasdaq. The arrangement comes as SIX announces that it took a majority stake in European microwave network operator 12H AG earlier this year. SIX’s moves promise to shake-up the European market for microwave-based low-latency market…

AlphaDesk Acquisition a Part of an Overall Buy-Side Strategy at Refinitiv, Says Chin

Refinitiv is executing on its strategy to significantly grow its presence in the buy-side arena through its recent acquisition and integration of AlphaDesk, according to Michael Chin, managing director and co-head of trading at Refinitiv. Changing the revenue base Refinitiv, which currently has revenues and a client base that is approximately 60% sell-side and 40%…