FlexAdvantage Blog

30
May

Discretionary Managers Seek Alpha in Alternative Data

While early movers in the big data analytics industry have mainly been quant hedge funds and systematic fund managers, is the next wave going to come from discretionary fund managers? FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

16
May

Options Market Structure: Fragmented Reality

Some experts are debating whether the complexity of the listed U.S. options market structure is hurting liquidity providers and driving some market makers out of the business. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

25
Apr

Order Protection Rule Tug-of-War

by Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director There is still uncertainty around the fate of the Order Protection Rule, a key rule governing U.S. stock trading that has led to more complexity, speed and order types, but also protects retail investors from receiving inferior prices on their orders. Also known as the trade-through rule, Rule 611 has …

4
Apr

Next Steps in Bond Trading: All-to-All Matching Catching on?

Corporate bond trading platforms are in the news again. Platforms that have launched innovative all-to-all trading protocols are attracting buy-side firms to their venues. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

14
Mar

MiFID II Regulations to Impact U.S. Asset Managers

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director North American broker-dealers and asset managers domiciled in the U.S. are watching their European counterparts gear up for compliance with MiFID II. But will MiFID II affect U.S. broker-dealers and asset managers based in the U.S.? Could the massive regulation that requires asset managers to unbundle research payments from executions, …

15
Feb

Is the Maker-Taker Pilot DOA?

After more than a decade of debate, regulators are poised to act on a pilot for maker-or-taker pricing, a practice whereby market makers are paid a rebate to add liquidity and are charged a fee to remove liquidity by electronic trading venues. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

24
Jan

Six Trends for Currency Markets

Political shocks such as Brexit and the U.S. election of Donald Trump jolted the foreign exchange markets in 2016, fueling more trading activity for hedge funds and bank trading rooms. Uncertainty around a stronger U.S. dollar and higher interest rates could drive more volatility into 2017. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

17
Jan

What Demands Will Pull the Buy Side Towards an OEMS?

Competitive forces are at play in the OMS and EMS markets where vendors are expanding their capabilities at both ends to build the coveted OEMS. Due to tighter IT budgets, compliance mandates and expansion of electronic trading across asset classes, firms may be looking to bring these two platforms together. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

27
Dec

FX Volatility “Trumping” Forward into 2017

The unanticipated election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency has boosted trading volume and volatility in currencies, and many see an opportunity to generate profits that has eluded them for several years. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

14
Dec

Multi-Asset Trading Now in Vogue for the Buy Side?

Demand for multi-asset trading on the buy side has “renewed” the importance of the execution management system’s role on buy-side trading desks in the battle for screen-based real estate. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

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