FlexAdvantage Blog

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.

7
Feb

Electronic Corporate Bond Trading at the Crossroads

The conversation in electronic corporate bond trading has shifted away from focusing strictly on liquidity to gathering data and analyzing relative bond pricing. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

25
Jan

Alt Data on the March with Machine Learning

The explosion of alternative data sources, such as satellite images, sentiment analysis, and geolocation data, is having a profound impact on the field of quantitative investing. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

15
Jan

Seeking Clarity on MiFID II Inducement Trading Rules

With MIFID II’s rules on inducements now a reality, buy-side firms are paying close attention to the costs associated with their front-office trading platforms and analytics. The EU regulation, which took effect on Jan. 3, could draw scrutiny to execution services and tools that are sponsored by brokers, such as order management and execution management systems as well as trade analytics. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

1
Jan

Our Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog Stories for 2017

2017 has been an interesting year for the FlexAdvantage blog’s coverage of industry news. Government regulations, such as MiFID II and the fixed income trading protocols, were obvious highlights, as were issues concerning data usage, the advent of augmented reality in trading, fragmentation in the options markets, and trends in currency markets. Check out our countdown of the Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog posts for 2017.

19
Dec

Wrestling with OMS and EMS Decisions

Many asset managers are wrestling with the decision on whether to keep the order management system (OMS) and execution management system (EMS) as two separate best-of-breed systems, or switch to a single unified platform known as the OEMS. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

30
Nov

Is Market Structure Tied up in Knots?

With a new head of trading and markets at the SEC, there is some optimism that some of the complex market structure issues – such as make-taker incentives and sky-high market data costs — will be looked at in 2018. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken covers the key takeaways on what matters to buy-side and sell-side traders, as discussed at Traders’ Magazine’s Nov. 7 Second Inaugural Market Structure Equity Town Hall.

20
Nov

Fixed Income Leaders Summit 2017 Recap

FlexTrade exhibited at the Fixed Income Leader’s Summit, Amsterdam, alongside more than 350 Heads of Fixed Income from leading buy-side companies.

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