FlexAdvantage Blog

9
Aug

MiFID II Transparency Puts Stress on Data Architecture

With only four months to go until the MiFID II’s Jan. 3, 2018 implementation date, buy-side firms are facing huge changes in disclosure and transparency requirements, which could upend their data management architectures. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

26
Jul

Fixed Income Trading Protocols: Going with the Flow

As the SEC turns to examine market structure issues in the bond markets, it comes at a time when there has been a flurry of new electronic trading venues entering with a range of protocols. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

6
Jul

Riding the Wave: Speed, Algos and Consolidation

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director A wave of consolidation has hit high-speed trading firms and brokers in the past few months, and many are blaming low volatility and weak trading volumes in the face of rising compliance and market data costs. Starting with electronic market-maker Virtu’s acquisition of rival KCG in April, Two Sigma Securities buying …

14
Jun

Ethical FX via the Global Code

With the release of the FX Global Code for the wholesale foreign exchange market last month, the FX industry is counting on a single set of guidelines to prevent bad behavior in currency trading.

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.

2
May

TradeTech Europe Recap

MiFID II, the Commensus voice recording integration and augmented reality at TradeTech Europe 2017.

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.

27
Mar

Q&A: FX Trading in Asia Pacific (Part 2)

As regulators place more scrutiny on best execution policies and transparency in OTC markets, institutions trading FX in Asia Pacific are watching closely. Hedge funds and asset managers are facing indirect pressure from investors to monitor the performance of their brokers and venues in FX spot, forwards and NDFs.

In Part II of the Q&A: FX Trading in Asia Pacific, Vinay Trivedi, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Head of FX Sales, APAC at FlexTrade Systems, discusses how the regulatory push for best execution is impacting FX trading in Asia, and why it’s driving demand for transaction cost analysis (TCA) through the execution management system (EMS).

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