FlexAdvantage Blog

15
Dec

A Year in Review: Top Blogs in 2020

The rise in off-exchange market share fueled by retail trading, liquidity aggregation on fixed-income trading desks, and how options traders adjusted to all-electronic trading during the pandemic were among the most popular topics. On the technology front, readers were drawn to the adoption of AI and machine learning by algo trading desks, ATSs and Algo Wheels.

16
Nov

Equity Market Structure Wrestles with “Inaccessible Liquidity”

Equity market participants are learning about new exchanges, order types, and periodic auctions bringing innovation and competition to the equity trading landscape. Citing the concept of “inaccessible liquidity,” asset managers pointed to the surge of retail trading by mom and pop investors whose orders are executed off-exchange on private platforms.  

13
Jul

AI and Machine Learning Gain Momentum with Algo Trading & ATS Amid Volatility

With the hiring of data scientists, advances in cloud computing, and access to open source frameworks for training machine learning models, AI is transforming the trading desk. Already the largest banks have rolled out self-learning algorithms for equities trading.  

19
Feb

FX Algos Gain Adoption on the Buy Side as Best Ex and TCA Fuel Change

With the proliferation of algorithms in currency markets and regulatory pressure to prove best execution, buy-side trading desks are adopting algorithms to source liquidity and lower trading costs in FX trading.

5
Dec

Revised SEC Rule 606 Shines the Light on Order Routing Disclosures

The revamped SEC 606 regulation requires more extensive disclosures by broker dealers about the handling and routing of institutional customer orders including the average rebates the broker received from, and fees the broker paid to, trading venues.

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.

28
Nov

FlexTrade Wins The Trade’s EMS Best Product Adaptability Award 2018

FlexTrade today announced it has won the EMS Best Product Adaptability category at the TRADE’s Leaders in Trading awards ceremony, which was held at the Savoy in London on November 23rd. Hosted by the TRADE, 250 industry leaders were gathered at the ceremony to celebrate their achievements throughout the year. In total, 35 awards were distributed …

13
Nov

Fixed Income Leaders Summit Amsterdam 2018 Recap

From the 6-8th of November, FlexTrade exhibited at the Fixed Income Leaders Summit in Amsterdam, where more than 300 industry participants from leading buy-and sell-side firms attended. This was FlexTrade’s second consecutive year sponsoring the event. Check out our recap of the Summit.

13
Sep

MiFID II Reaches Across the Pond: Is This the Calm Before the Storm?

Despite the view that MiFID II is a European regulation, US investment managers are experiencing disruption as they align their research payment and execution practices with the influential standard.

26
Jul

Fixed Income Trading Protocols: Going with the Flow

As the SEC turns to examine market structure issues in the bond markets, it comes at a time when there has been a flurry of new electronic trading venues entering with a range of protocols. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

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