FlexAdvantage Blog

10
Jun

Globally Distributed Teams Prove Vital in Pandemic

Banks and asset managers relied on global teams to backup and transfer workloads during the pandemic. But, in moments of crisis, exposure to operational risks, model risks, cybersecurity attacks, and fraud can increase exponentially.

30
Apr

Factor Strategies React to Crisis-Induced Volatility

In volatile markets, asst managers were monitoring portfolios in real-time to determine how factors were behaving and affecting risks in their portfolios.

25
Mar

Reforming the SIP with Odd Lots and Competing Consolidators

With attention riveted on volatile stock and bond markets and the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, brokers and asset managers are focused on keeping up with the high volumes of market data and trades. With so many unknowns, the situation could impact market data reforms to overhaul the securities information processor or SIP.

19
Feb

FX Algos Gain Adoption on the Buy Side as Best Ex and TCA Fuel Change

With the proliferation of algorithms in currency markets and regulatory pressure to prove best execution, buy-side trading desks are adopting algorithms to source liquidity and lower trading costs in FX trading.

27
Jan

Unlocking Data Silos to Reach the Promised Land of Smart Data Analytics

With mountains of market data, historical prices, and transactions data stored in disparate systems, securities and investment firms are shifting from a focus on collecting data to extracting value from it. But the problem is that most of these huge and large data sets are siloed in legacy system architectures.

19
Dec

A Year in Review: Top FlexAdvantage Blog Posts in 2019

Topics such as market data costs, natural language processing, MiFID II research unbundling, Algo Wheels, exchange startups, market structure, dark pools, and desktop interoperability, resonated with the readers of the FlexAvantage industry blog.

5
Dec

Revised SEC Rule 606 Shines the Light on Order Routing Disclosures

The revamped SEC 606 regulation requires more extensive disclosures by broker dealers about the handling and routing of institutional customer orders including the average rebates the broker received from, and fees the broker paid to, trading venues.

16
Oct

Exchange Landscape Gearing Up for Expansion in 2020

As a sign of the evolving U.S. equity trading landscape, two startups and one options exchange operator plan to launch as many as three new exchange platforms in 2020, and a fourth could be waiting in the wings. Emphasizing the need for competition and innovation in US equity market structure, new entrants have downplayed the increased connectivity costs and additional fragmentation of orders across trading venues.

25
Sep

Data Analytics Overtakes Big Data

While the concept of big data has focused on the problem of collecting and processing vast quantities of data i— the trend is moving toward data analytics.

5
Sep

AI: Natural Language Processing and the Battle for Unstructured Data

Increasingly banks are turning to the field of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to extract valuable information from voice, documents, and audio to boost productivity on trading desks.  It’s all part of a broader push to gain efficiencies by training machines and bots to analyze language, capture insights, and replace manual tasks and drive workflows further downstream.

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