FlexAdvantage Blog

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.

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.

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.

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