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 …

13
Jun

FlexTrade Wins ITT Award for Best Buy-Side OMS

FlexTrade today announced its FlexONE OEMS has been chosen by the readership of Intelligent Trading Technology as the Best Buy-Side OMS at this year’s inaugural ITT Awards ceremony, which was held in New York City on June 8.

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.

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).

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, …

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.

10
Nov

FlexTrade Multi-Asset EMS Chosen As Best Buy-Side Algorithmic / DMA Product For 2016

FlexTrade today announced its FlexTRADER execution management system (EMS) has been named the Best Buy-Side Algorithmic / DMA Product or Service at this year’s Buy-Side Technology Awards, which was held at The May Fair Hotel in London on Friday, November 4, 2016.

29
Jun

MiFID II: Brexit, Pain Points and Other Hurdles

The UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union sent a shock through financial markets, but will it throw Britain’s compliance with MiFID II into a tailspin? FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

4
May

Will the Buy-Side Become Fixed Income Liquidity Providers?

Due to liquidity constraints, are buy-side fixed income traders prepared to play a more active role as price- makers on electronic trading platforms? FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

19
Jan

FX Liquidity and Technology — An Ecosystem in Flux

Change is accelerating in the electronic foreign exchange markets. With the fixing scandal and the currency rigging cases resulting in multi-billion dollar bank fines, investors are choosing a mix of liquidity providers or venues in an FX ecosystem that has become more complex.

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