FlexAdvantage Blog

3
Jan

Our Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog Stories for 2016

It’s been an interesting year for the FlexAdvantage blog’s coverage of industry news. From government regulations, such as MiFID II, Last Look, Tick Pilot and Maker Taker, to buy-side involvement in FX and Fixed Income as well as a 20th Anniversary celebration with FlexTrade. Here is our countdown of the Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog posts for 2016.

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.

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.

14
Dec

Buy-Side Backs Block Trading Venues

Buy side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately.

2
Dec

Equity Market Structure: The Buy Side View

Buy side traders debating the pros and cons of the U.S. equity market structure recently gave high marks to the computerized stock trading landscape, though it didn’t take long for concerns to surface.

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 ...
5
Jan

Markets Media: FX Execution Costs Drive Tech Upgrades

  For institutional asset managers, measuring foreign exchange trading costs has become imperative as the global FX market moves electronic. The emergence of FX transaction costs analysis (TCA) is directly attributable to the spread of algorithmic trading from equities to other asset classes, with FX being the prime class next in line. However, there are hurdles to overcome in …

20
May

Thomson Reuters: Expands Buy-Side Equity Trading Capabilities in Thomson Reuters Eikon

Buy-side customers to gain aggregate view of broker liquidity and improved trade execution capabilities through integration of Autex Indications of Interest data and FlexTrade Execution Management System in Thomson Reuters flagship financial markets desktop NEW YORK, LONDON, May 20, 2014 – Thomson Reuters today announced that it has enhanced equities and futures trading capabilities in …