FlexAdvantage Blog

11
Jul

Algo Development 2.0 Looks to Open Source, Cloud & Big Data

In the next five to 10 years, don’t be shocked if hedge funds begin to outsource their algorithms to a team of quants coding in Python using the cloud and open source tools.

13
Jun

Global FX Code Gains Adoption but Last Look is a Thorny Issue

Over 200 market participants have signed the FX Global Code of Conduct, a voluntary set of principles published a year ago to restore trust and curb bad behavior in the wholesale foreign exchange market.

23
May

Equity Market Innovation Leads to Venue Proliferation

Several startups are planning to launch either new venues or order types, and even listing standards, to solve problems in US equity trading. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

13
May

MiFID II & Fixed Income: Big Changes on the Horizon

Download the whitepaper. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) is a sweeping set of financial re-forms, establishing mandates for best execution and pre- and post-trade transparency. As of early 2018, the legislation will require investment firms to give evidence of best execution to their clients and require them to publish more data ...
13
May

TCA & MiFID II: The Business Benefits of Compliance

Download the whitepaper. FlexTrade’s Editorial Director, Ivy Schmerken, discusses what transaction cost analysis (TCA) is, where it fits in a MiFID II regulatory compliance strategy, and reveals some of the business benefits that may accrue from implementing such a system. With the evolution of electronic trading in foreign exchange and fixed income markets, transaction cost ...
13
May

MiFID II: The Impact of Unbundling

Download the whitepaper. As we approach the final stages of MiFID II approval, FlexTrade’s Editorial Director, Ivy Schmerken, considers what the rules on unbundling are likely to include, and what the impact on the buy-side and the sell-side is likely to be. New rules from the European Union are going to transform the way that ...
2
May

SEC Steers Pilot on Equity Trading Fees and Rebates Amid Headwinds

Diving into one of the more controversial issues in equity market structure, U.S. regulators are moving forward with the transaction-fee pilot that will force stock exchanges to lower the fee caps on rebates they pay to brokers and market makers.

12
Apr

MiFID II Post-Mortem Cites Delays on LEIs and Data Quality as Key Challenge

With the rollout of such a massive regulation as MiFID II, there are bound to be some hiccups, but so far firms are mainly wrestling with trade reporting and data quality issues. That sentiment was expressed on a webinar hosted by A-Team Group,  MiFID II Trading Technology Requirements:  What Worked and What Hasn’t? in which panelists aired their views on the most challenging aspects of the implementation and areas that need improvement.

28
Mar

MiFID II’s Trading Hereafter: Systematic Internalizers & Block Venues

MiFID II went live on Jan. 3 without much fanfare, but the EU regulation is already  shifting trading behavior toward Large-in-Scale block trading venues and new venues called systematic internalizers run by banks and high frequency trading firms. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines.

28
Feb

Artificial Intelligence Gains Momentum: From Machine Learning to Deep Learning

Among the key benefits of artificial intelligence is that it can analyze large volumes of structured and unstructured data more quickly than humans do, which can boost productivity. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines.

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