FlexAdvantage Blog

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.

21
Nov

Equity Trading Update: Relationships, Liquidity and IOIs

With stricter regulations, capital constraints and technology costs impacting the sell side, large brokers are rationing their services and this trend is being felt on equity trading desks. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

25
Oct

Smart New Rules for Smart Order Routing?

Disclosure is the rage in financial markets regulation and the latest set of proposals relate to order handling rules. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines further.

11
Oct

Impact of MiFID II: Unbundling, the Sell Side and Research Trends

European regulators are pressing to unbundle research payments from executions. Experts say that a regulatory overhaul driven by MiFID II has the potential to disrupt the global research industry. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines further.

29
Aug

FX Algo Usage Rises as Buy Side Takes Charge

Algorithmic trading is gaining ground in FX among the buy-side, but there are variations between asset managers/pension funds and hedge funds/CTAs in adopting these tools. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines further.

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