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A breath of fresh AIR 2.0

I was lucky enough to be invited back this week to Franklin Templeton’s annual Alpha Innovation Required summit. Basically it allows new tech firms to pitch their wares to our industry and then fosters debate and discussion about the cutting edge of IT in finance. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun too. What is interesting is how we solve for the compulsion/repulsion syndrome with new technology in finance. On the one hand, there is so much... Read More

GMEX – going to eleven?

The announcement that new derivatives exchange GMEX has received investment from SocGen reopened the debate here as to the future of rates trading and who the likely winners are going to be. Reliable data is hard to come by on exactly what is happening to OTC volumes and where they are going. Such evidence as does exist seems to show a steady increase in SEF volumes, although this is masked by several anomalies, including volume which is still transacted... Read More

Why the Daleks and Vogons were right about financial markets

An interesting debate broke out here at Fidessa Towers this morning concerning the infamous Sci-Fi phrase “resistance is useless”. Should it be attributed to Dr Who’s nemesis, those metallic, warbly-voiced Daleks, or to the slug-like, green-skinned Vogons that appear in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? Anyhow, whilst folks furiously searched Google for the answer it got me thinking about the contrast between... Read More

FragPro all wrapped up for Christmas

Following on from my last blog on the subject, the guys at Fidessa Labs have now made the latest version of the Fragulator available. Despite its name FragPro is still free, and yet it contains a bunch of cool new features. These include the ability to view stocks or indices by order book or venue owner (e.g. LSE Group including Turquoise, or all Euronext venues), track dark pool volumes and a download capability too. My personal favourite, however,... Read More

Last minute shopping in Europe

Imagine you are doing the last of your Christmas shopping – all that’s left to get is a large chunk of your favourite stock. Because you generally buy in bulk, you know to avoid the brightly lit but expensive retail stores, and instead shop at one of the big wholesalers. But, there’s a problem. Somebody has passed a law capping the amount that any one of those stores can sell to 4% and the total that can be sold by all wholesalers together... Read More

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