FlexTrade Insights Blog

9
Aug

FlexAlgoWheel’s Best Kept Secrets

A key innovation is the ability to dynamically switch between algos and/or tweak algo parameters based on the current market conditions and algo performance. The concept of algo switching is not new; however, since FlexAlgoWheel focuses on order routing, we offer dynamic switching as an integral feature. Dynamic re-evaluation, an advanced feature of FlexAlgoWheel, continues to assess the real-time market conditions.

6
Apr

Risk Data Moves Upstream via the Buy-Side OEMS

With the increased demand for risk data in the front office, FlexTrade’s unified order and execution management system (OEMS) has integrated openly with different risk factor models. Through FlexONE’s open architecture and flexible application programming interfaces (APIs), the OEMS can integrate and consume risk data from the risk models and then run calculations in real time against current exposures shown in the OMS.

13
Dec

FlexTrade Signs the FX Global Code of Conduct

As a provider of technology to the FX market, our signing of the Code reflects our commitment to support the industry’s move to become increasingly open, fair, and compliant with global standards.

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.

25
May

Fixed Income Trading Desk of the Future

Data is shaping the fixed-income trading desk of the future. Keeping up with the exponential rise in data from inbound liquidity, new issues, and pricing services has become a challenge for asset managers in an OTC market landscape that is shifting and becoming more automated. Demand for data is exploding with the evolution of the …

28
Apr

Regulating Fixed-Income Platforms: Separating Fact from Fiction

The fixed-income trading space has exploded with innovation from electronic trading protocols to new pricing services. In recent years, execution management systems (EMSs) have expanded their functionality in fixed income to provide more efficiency and price transparency to the buy side. Now a global conversation is taking place about the regulation of fixed-income electronic trading …

19
Mar

Algo Wheel Takes FX Algo Trading to the Next Level

With liquidity fragmented across the foreign exchange landscape and regulations like MiFID II placing more responsibility on the buy side to obtain best execution, there has been an increased uptake in algorithmic trading. According to an October 2020 study on FX execution algorithms by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), FX execution algorithms today account for an …

9
Feb

Desktop Interoperability on the Trading Desk

Everyone is talking about the desktop interoperability (interop) movement, collaboration, and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). It’s a sign of the evolution of the modern desktop in capital markets where traders want a better user experience, more efficient workflows, and seamless data shared across applications. We are seeing the desktop interop movement gain momentum as …

9
Sep

As Election Points to Turbulence, Sell Side to Rely Even More on Technology

It is conceivable that US equity market structure could be tested again, and brokerage firms will be counting on the resiliency of their trading systems, which is why firms need a strong order-management system with integrated equity and options analytics, including connectivity to  a breadth of other broker/dealers, exchanges, and ATSs.

28
Jul

After Bond Market Turmoil, Fixed-Income Automation is Top Priority

The current workflow with so many “jumps” between platforms adds unnecessary complexity to an asset class which is already fragmented. We’re seeing more and more buy-side firms looking for solutions to consolidate available liquidity in one screen and to boost capacity to automate.

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