FlexAdvantage Blog

21
Jul

Tick Pilot – The Road Forward

            By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director Trading in securities of some small cap companies will change next May when the industry is scheduled to implement the tick-size pilot widening spreads for more than 1,000 stocks. But like Y2K, Reg NMS and other regulatory projects, the technology changes are not trivial ...
29
Jun

Liquidity and Fixed Income Trading — Trends to Keep in Mind (Part 2)

Corporate Bonds By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director Electronic bond trading is in the spotlight as traders and investors focus on a potential liquidity crunch in the U.S. corporate bond market, setting the stage for an influx of fixed income trading platforms to match buyers and sellers. As dealers have pulled back from risk-taking, market participants …

23
Jun

Liquidity and Fixed Income Trading — Trends to Keep in Mind (Part 1)

US Treasuries By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director While media headlines have obsessed over a lack of liquidity in corporate bonds, some market experts appear to be more nervous about U.S. Treasuries, which is the largest and most liquid asset class in fixed income. Electronic trading has grown in U.S. Treasury bonds just as it has ...
12
May

Spoofing and the Flash Crash – Six Things You Need to Know

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director Charges against a UK futures trader accused of manipulating the U.S. futures markets has ignited debate on whether “spoofing”  was a contributing factor in the 2010 Flash Crash in U.S. stocks. In the entertainment field, you often watch a spoof on Saturday Night Live, but the consequences are usually innocuous. ...
20
Apr

FX Trading – Seven Trends the Buy-Side Needs to Consider

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director It’s hard to escape the headlines about FX trading lately. Words such as rigging, currency manipulation, chat rooms and billion dollar fines are grabbing attention and alarming many buy-side customers. It's an environment that could give pause to investors, so it's interesting to note that, in spite of these transgressions, the ...
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