FlexAdvantage Blog

2
Apr

CAT: Moving the Ball Forward

With a new contractor taking over the Consolidated Audit Trail project in March, the order-tracking system for all U.S. stock and option trading activity is pushing ahead with equities testing starting in December and a go-live date of April 2020.

11
Mar

Bond Algos Tap into ETF Liquidity and Efficiency Gains

Algorithmic trading has picked up steam in the corporate bond market as fixed income trading desks appear to follow the playbook of equities.

25
Feb

Brokers Routing to Their Own ATSs Face Scrutiny

A FINRA working paper has raised concerns about broker order routing to affiliated alternative trading systems (ATSs), shedding light on order routing decisions and potential conflicts that can impact execution quality. Can a higher level of scrutiny by regulators be on the way?

11
Feb

A Look into Futures with FlexTrade’s Marco Bianchi

Marco Bianchi, FlexTrade’s Head of Futures Business Development, discusses current trends and changes in the Derivatives markets for 2019.

16
Jan

Consolidated Market Data Feeds Gain Traction in Algo Trading and Fixed Income

Amid all the fire and fury of the battle over costs, there are signs that buy-and sell-side firms have shifted some of their execution needs for data over to consolidated market data feeds.

20
Dec

Bond Traders Flock to ETFs, Venues and Technology to Manage Risk in Credit Markets

With volatility spiking in global stock and bond markets, there’s been a profound shift in market psychology from chasing higher yields to focusing on risk in the credit markets. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

13
Dec

Alt Data: A Work in Progress

Banks and investment firms have increased their consumption of alternative data sets, but there are still challenges around selecting the most relevant data for trading purposes, according to panelists at a recent industry fintech conference.

27
Nov

CAT is Out of the Bag

Despite a one-year delay and other missed deadlines, the order-tracking system known as the Consolidated 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.

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