FlexAdvantage Blog

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 …

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.

15
May

FlexTrade Launches FlexAlgoWheel

FlexTrade today announced the rollout of FlexAlgoWheel, the next generation, data-driven interface to algo selection that incorporates real-time internal and external inputs as well as TCA to optimize the broker and algo selection process.

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.

18
Nov

Algorithmic Trading: FX Algos Gain Traction

FlexTrade’s David Ullrich, Senior Vice President, FX, recently spoke with FX-MM’s Francis Faulds about the current trends and role of algorithms (algos) in the FX market.

20
Oct

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options-Part 2

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director Primary Challenges Traders seeking an edge in multi-leg options trades are relying on technology to navigate a complex market structure. One major challenge is that there is no linkage with regards to complex order books spread across seven US options exchange.  Hence, it’s very important to scan all the exchanges …

14
Oct

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options-Part 1

By Ivy Schmerken, Editorial Director The appetite for multi-leg options strategies is on the rise. But this also means capturing liquidity that is fragmented across multiple options exchanges. Complex orders or spread trades allow traders to simultaneously buy or sell a number of different options in what otherwise would require separate orders. “The vast majority ...
23
Sep

Buy-Side Options Trading: Covering the Spread in Complex Order Books with Multi-Leg Strategies

As multi-leg options strategies gain traction on the buy- and sell-side, sophisticated front-end tools are essential for accessing complex order books at US options exchanges. Multi-leg orders have been around a long time, but in recent years they have moved from the trading floors to electronic systems. A complex order (or spread trade) allows an …

22
Jul

Buy Side Seeks Greater Control of Algos

July 22, 2015 Users of FX algorithmic execution tools are increasingly looking for greater control and customization so that they can tap liquidity from multiple sources in the most efficient way, says Jessica Brown, vice president in sales at FlexTrade Systems. “FX is a very electronic and fragmented market with tight spreads, so people are constantly trying …

1
Jul

e-FOREX: Which, When and Why – Taking a More Informed Approach to Algorithmic FX Trading

What is it about FX algorithms? You wait millennia for somebody to automate the global foreign-exchange market, and then all of a sudden you get dozens of smart, intelligent, intuitive, even educative FX-algo solutions all coming along at once. Yes, it took a near-terminal global financial meltdown coupled with a large-scale exodus of talent from …

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