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Change is the only constant

March 20, 2015 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

The unbundling of payment for research is a top concern for the industry. There seems to be general acceptance that, one way or another, Europe is set on the soft dollar research market becoming a hard dollar one by January 2017. Despite calls for more clarity and the recent publication of the FCA discussion paper on the regime, opinion remains divided as to how the use of CSAs can evolve to survive as a payment mechanism. There’s no denying widespread change is already underway, in roughly the same direction of travel as MiFID II.


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Shifting Sands – the harsh realities of executing in today’s markets

March 9, 2015 by mikeohara   Comments (0)

By Will Winzor-Saile, Electronic Execution Product Specialist, Fidessa
The electronic execution landscape has undergone a slow but steady transformation over the past decade. Increasingly seen as a commodity, execution infrastructure provides essential functionality without which it would be impossible to operate, but few brokers see it as a means of gaining any real advantage over their rivals. Today’s differentiators are found higher up the chain; sophisticated algos, execution consulting capabilities and other innovations that sit on top of the execution infrastructure. More crucial than ever to the bottom line, execution is now something that brokers need to get right. But getting it right has become a lot more difficult.  In its latest paper, Fidessa explores the issues and looks at the ways in which the more forward-thinking brokers are starting to fundamentally rethink their approach to electronic execution.

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