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Build vs Buy becomes Rent vs Collaborate

June 12, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

This article was originally published at the Fidessa blog, and is reproduced here with permission.
 
By Steve Grob

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Free Resource: Continuous Testing Infographic

June 11, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

The electronic trading industry has suffered a rash of system failures over the past few years – and each has pointed to the need for more testing. Time and again it has been shown that the risk of not investing in testing is too large to ignore, yet this process is still overlooked and has gone largely unchanged for close to 20 years. Those who have built substantial automated test environments know that automating this process is not always a silver bullet.

Click the image below for a closer look or click here to download a PDF version.

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Londonâs Innovating Enterprises Helping Derivatives Traders

June 9, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

2014 is commonly recognised as ‘crunch year’ with new asset classes being systematically pushed onto regulated exchanges as part of the G20 drive towards increased transparency in financial markets.  Investors managing those asset classes, including OTC derivatives traders, have to grapple with the best way to undergo this transition.  The ultimate result of these recent regulations, such as EMIR, MiFID II and Dodd-Frank, is a rush by asset management firms towards automation.  Some players in this market are mirroring their existing equities infrastructure.  But it begs the question; are there simpler, more cost-effective solutions for derivative traders out there in the quest towards regulatory compliance?

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Fast, Smart and Integrated â The New Trading Ideal

June 2, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

By Theo Hildyard

Life cannot be easy for those in the low latency trading game right now. In recent months - and particularly since the publication of Michael Lewis’s “Flash Boys” - we have seen a marked increase in the scrutiny of high frequency trading by regulators, politicians, the media and even law enforcement agencies.

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FPGA â Beyond Market Data

June 2, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

In this article, Mike O’Hara, Publisher of The Trading Mesh, talks to Mike Schonberg of Quincy Data, Laurent de Barry and Nicolas Karonis of Enyx and Henry Young of TS-Associates, about how and where FPGA technology is increasingly being used in low-latency trading operations, beyond the traditional areas of market data acquisition and distribution.
 

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When Speed is Not the Only Factor

May 15, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

Regular followers of The Trading Mesh will be aware of the fact that we often talk about FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) and their use in the high performance trading logistics chain, particularly in the areas of market data distribution and, increasingly, order handling. In fact, a whole section of The Trading Mesh website is dedicated to the use of FPGA technology in trading.

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Grease is the Wordâ¦

May 14, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

By Peter Fredriksson, Baymarkets

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how the evolution of hybrid trading is bringing together the best aspects of voice broking and electronic trading in OTC markets such as commodities and fixed income.

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Jumbo frames - the elephant in the room for low latency

April 17, 2014 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

When every microsecond shaved from a transaction confers a trading advantage, it makes sense to seek the lowest latency links between trader - human or algorithmic - and exchange. At Zayo, as a supplier of bandwidth infrastructure, this is something we are keenly aware of.  We spend months negotiating permissions for fibre routes that enable us to cut meters, and hence microseconds, from end to end latency.

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