FlexAdvantage Blog

27
Nov

CAT is Out of the Bag

Despite a one-year delay and other missed deadlines, the order-tracking system known as the Continuous Audit Trail is back on track as exchanges were due to begin reporting required equities and options data into the CAT on Nov. 15.

31
Oct

BIG Data: Getting Granular with ESG Factors

Despite some of the weaknesses in company-published ESG data, big data and artificial intelligence have enabled the construction of new data sets for analyzing investments.

18
Oct

A.I. on the Fast Track

In the future, analysts will consult artificial intelligence software to crunch big data, find historical precedents, and run statistics to predict what lies ahead, all within a few minutes.

4
Oct

Data Science Platforms Help the Buy Side Integrate Alternative Data

Asset managers are looking for ways to mine alternative data sets for investment ideas, recognizing that stock pickers cannot rely on traditional research.

22
Aug

Treasury Trading Evolves with Bilateral Streaming

Electronic trading in the US Treasury secondary market is evolving and shifting, as non-bank liquidity providers and dealers participate on venues that offer bilateral streaming on a disclosed basis.

1
Aug

Buy Side Juggles Efficiency and Workflow in Search for Corporate Bond Liquidity

Corporate bond investors are seeking operational efficiencies on their fixed income trading desks to lower costs. As the search for liquidity across a fragmented credit trading marketplace remains a priority,-side firms are grappling with two distinct workflows – voice-based and electronic – in the $8 trillion corporate bond market.

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 ...
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