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Financial Markets Operations Response to COVID-19: Best Practices for Working from Home

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting all walks of life, and carries with it implications for society beyond even the obvious and immediate health impact. Business is being hit across the board, with many corporations sending staff home in an effort to keep them both safe and working. It’s clear that firms can’t rely on a…

Kepler Cheuvreux Taps Big xyt to Add Value via TCA

Execution-only broker Kepler Cheuvreux’s decision to implement Big xyt’s execution analytics and transaction cost analysis solution is part of a growing tendency for trading firms to view TCA as an opportunity to improve the business rather than as just a compliance box to tick. Big xyt’s independent execution analysis solution supports TCA functions like benchmarking…

Hg Acquires Stakes in SmartTrade

French trading platform supplier SmartTrade last month quietly announced that private equity firm Hg had acquired stakes in the company from existing investors Keensight Capital and Pléiade Venture. SmartTrade isn’t saying much about the deal but in a statement reported that the existing management team under CEO David Vincent will remain in place and as…

BestEx Research System Offers Continuous TCA Review to Reduce Implicit Costs

Former AQR trading chief Hitesh Mittal’s new BestEx Research Group has launched its multi-asset trading system with a strong emphasis on best execution and lower trading costs. The new platform features a back-testing platform, broker-neutral transaction cost analysis (TCA) and sophisticated execution algorithms, which will be made available to more than 500 fund managers via…

US SEC Seeks Fairer Market Data Access, Deeper Data in SIP Feeds

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is calling for reforms that would level the playing field for access to market data. In a bid to narrow the differential between those with access to high-cost data feeds that contain a greater depth of information, and other investors in the marketplace, the SEC proposals would subject…