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22
Nov

Will Overnight Trading Evolve into a 24-Hour Stock Market?

Despite past attempts to usher in 24-hour trading in U.S. equities, a major catalyst behind the current momentum has been the round-the-clock trading occurring in cryptocurrencies which has raised expectations for retail investors. The rise of new electronic trading venues could test these assumptions, though issues such as liquidity and settlement time frames may need to be addressed first.

1
Nov

ATS Innovators Speed Up Matches to Discover Algo-Liquidity

Dark pools catering to institutions have evolved with innovative methods of matching orders and faster matching engines to avoid moving the price after the trade. It’s also a sign of the intense competition brewing between off-exchange venues seeking to sign up brokers and institutions.

11
Oct

Facing Economic Headwinds, the Buy Side Turns to Outsourcing

With the demand for increased efficiency and fee pressure from low-cost passive index strategies, in recent years, outsourced trading desks have gained traction with small and mid-sized asset managers. Among the benefits are the economies-of-scale that can be achieved because the capability is set up to act as an inhouse execution desk for multiple buy sides.

14
Sep

SEC Revives Payment for Order Flow Debate

If PFOF is potentially curtailed or prohibited, it could impact retail investors that have benefited from commission-free trading as well as the wholesale market-maker model of matching retail orders through internalization.

9
Aug

Buy-Side Pushes for Consistent ESG Data and Standard Disclosures

Despite the boom in ESG investments, ESG metrics are not necessarily consistent across data suppliers and providers may calculate the metrics differently, according to recent industry webinars.

14
Jul

Digital Markets Propagate in the New Economy

Will the trading desk of the future hook into online marketplaces that trade fractionalized shares of real estate, or non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on art, sports or music?

10
Jun

Data Dominates Buy-Side Approach to FX Trading

By Ivy Schmerken Senior buy-side traders offered differing views on the definition of high-touch and low-touch trading in foreign exchange (FX) at a roundtable in May, shedding light on efforts to rank their brokers and incorporate data analytics into their decisions. Discussing their usage of FX electronic trading protocols and algorithms for “chunkier trades,” buy-side …

8
Apr

Converting Capital Markets to Cloud

By Ivy Schmerken The pandemic has accelerated the trend toward adopting cloud-based market data services and computationally intensive risk analytics, according to analysts on recent capital markets webinars. Despite past concerns over latency and security with the public cloud, many banks and asset managers are using cloud-based market data services and data analytics for historical …

25
Feb

GameStop Saga Puts Focus on Inaccessible Liquidity

Now experts are saying that ‘inaccessible liquidity’ is costing institutional investors three times as much in transaction costs, and it’s affecting the calculations made by their algorithms such as volume weighted average price (VWAP) and percentage of volume (POV), which rely on overall volumes.

13
Jan

Alternative Data’s Rising Star in COVID Era

With everyone seeking up-to-the minute data, analysts and investment managers utilized foot traffic from geolocation data to quantify retail sales and disruptions to the global supply chain. The rise of new marketplaces should remove some of the onerous work of sourcing, collecting, and normalizing data feeds from multiple vendors.

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