FlexAdvantage Blog

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.

22
Aug

Treasury Trading Evolves with Bilateral Streaming

Electronic trading in the US Treasury secondary market is evolving and shifting, as non-bank liquidity providers and dealers participate on venues that offer bilateral streaming on a disclosed basis.

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.

3
Oct

FlexTRADER Executes Large Block Trade From Goldman Sachs Using New Indication of Interest (IOI) Functionality

FlexTrade Systems today announced the successful execution of a large block trade from an actionable Indication of Interest (IOI) sent by Goldman Sachs within the FlexTRADER EMS. The trade was completed using FlexIOI — a new, customisable feature of FlexTRADER, which allows users to trade on actionable IOI’s from their blotter.

24
Jan

Six Trends for Currency Markets

Political shocks such as Brexit and the U.S. election of Donald Trump jolted the foreign exchange markets in 2016, fueling more trading activity for hedge funds and bank trading rooms. Uncertainty around a stronger U.S. dollar and higher interest rates could drive more volatility into 2017. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

3
Jan

Our Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog Stories for 2016

It’s been an interesting year for the FlexAdvantage blog’s coverage of industry news. From government regulations, such as MiFID II, Last Look, Tick Pilot and Maker Taker, to buy-side involvement in FX and Fixed Income as well as a 20th Anniversary celebration with FlexTrade. Here is our countdown of the Top 10 FlexAdvantage Blog posts for 2016.

21
Nov

Equity Trading Update: Relationships, Liquidity and IOIs

With stricter regulations, capital constraints and technology costs impacting the sell side, large brokers are rationing their services and this trend is being felt on equity trading desks. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

4
May

Will the Buy-Side Become Fixed Income Liquidity Providers?

Due to liquidity constraints, are buy-side fixed income traders prepared to play a more active role as price- makers on electronic trading platforms? FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

19
Jan

FX Liquidity and Technology — An Ecosystem in Flux

Change is accelerating in the electronic foreign exchange markets. With the fixing scandal and the currency rigging cases resulting in multi-billion dollar bank fines, investors are choosing a mix of liquidity providers or venues in an FX ecosystem that has become more complex.

14
Dec

Buy-Side Backs Block Trading Venues

Buy side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately.

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