https://tabbforum.com/opinions/the-problem-with-algo-wheels/ Michael Mollemans - TABB Group "The problem with algo wheels, however, is that they tend not to account for the risk factors underlying the fat-tail distribution of algo returns, and algo wheel selection processes often turn into a game of guessing the finer points in the algo wheel’s logic. The better the guess, the better the fit to the algo wheel, the better the ranking. All in all, algo wheels need to go beyond gross median cost calculations to include standard deviation risk factors, as well as netting out market and sector betas, or the end result likely will be broker algo rankings that just oscillate between best to worst and then from worst to best along a mean reverting system over time." Click here for other articles on the wheel.
https://news.crunchbase.com/news/grafiti-a-search-engine-for-charts-raises-nearly-1-6m-in-pre-seed-funding/ Jason D. Rowley Crunchbase - "Headquartered around the corner from a diabolically delicious pizza shop in Brooklyn, New York, Grafiti is a startup aiming to solve just that. Its stated goal, to build the leading search engine for charts and data visualizations, belies a broader mission: to help people surface insights from a mass of mostly-structured, increasingly visual information sources." Grafiti https://beta.grafiti.io/ Google Dataset Search https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch
From Beginning to ‘N’: What the History of Regulations from Reg ATS to Form ATS-N Tells Us About the Future of Dark Pools
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/from-beginning-to-n-what-the-history-of-regulations-from-reg-ats-to-form-ats-n-tells-us-about-the-future-of-dark-pools/ Craig Viani Liquidnet - "Based on the intensification of regulatory scrutiny in the past few years, it’s probable that the number of US dark venues will remain stagnant for a period of time. Additionally, with future rule changes such as proposed amendments to Rule 605 requiring greater granular statistical measures of execution quality17, we believe that it’s likely the competitive landscape will remain in a narrow band for the coming years."
https://www.tradersmagazine.com/departments/algos/academic-research-takes-center-stage-at-iex/ Elaine Wah - "After opening the call for papers in early August, we received nearly 60 submissions — addressing a wide range of modern market structure topics. We ultimately selected eight papers, some of which focus on the most important issues being debated today, others on those which will likely be discussed in years to come. For those who were not able to attend, we are providing brief summaries of the eight papers in this blog post. Of course, as we cannot do full justice to the papers here, we encourage you to read the papers, which are hosted on the conference website."
http://svdaily.com/refinitiv-appoints-news-industry-veteran-as-head-of-news-performance/ BUSINESS WIRE - "New role created in response to increased demand for trusted news in turbulent geopolitical environment." ... "Refinitiv has appointed Richard Mably as Head of News Performance to enhance the value of Refinitiv’s extensive news coverage to help power and advance the financial community." ... " Refinitiv has invested heavily to expand news coverage on the Refinitiv Data Platform in response to demands from customers for market moving insight across the globe. Refinitiv now carries news from over 10,000 sources up from 7,000 thousand sources two years ago."
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/blockchain-for-the-buy-side/ Monica Summerville TABB Group - "The areas of significant benefits in using blockchain-based solutions were overwhelmingly cited as improved clearing and settlement as well as increased operational efficiency. The areas in which respondents said blockchain would have a significant impact over the next five years were: Fees and costs. Compliance and regulation. Data management." Mutual fund giant Vanguard has partnered with Nasdaq Ventures-backed blockchain startup Symbiont to develop a trading platform for the $6 trillion currency market, the companies said. https://www.coindesk.com/vanguard-developing-blockchain-platform-for-6-trillion-forex-market
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/revised-sec-rule-606-shines-a-light-on-order-routing-disclosures/ Ivy Schmerken FlexTrade Systems - "Currently, an OMS has the primary level information, and gets the last market where the order was executed, including whether it added or removed liquidity, and it can calculate execution costs based on known fees, explained Chu. “But, if those algo providers routed the order to another venue or exchange, and that gets routed out further, we don’t have that secondary or third-level or fourth-level of information today,” said Chu. “There’s no structure to get that information today,” he said. Gathering the information on these downstream orders has been a challenge, especially if brokers utilize more than one OMS or have an EMS, said Chu. “If our clients use us solely for their trading, we have all the data in the OMS, so we would provide the data over to the 606 [data] vendor,” said Chu. “When some clients use another OMS or EMS, we have no visibility.” "
https://www.finextra.com/blogposting/18200/due-diligence-2o-how-vendor-risk-assessment-will-evolve Alex Golbin IHS Markit - "Due diligence transformed ... Redesigning due diligence with control objectives makes the process more logical and the outcomes more applicable to assessing and managing third-party risk. ... Notably, the process is more efficient for financial institutions and vendors alike, time to market is faster for firms making risk-based decisions, and firms can have much more confidence that their assessment and monitoring procedures produce actionable insight. ... All of these combine to improve the overall risk posture of the industry. ... It will be a journey, but the faster we start, the better off we will be."
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/sixs-bid-to-acquire-bme-will-ultimately-prevail-creating-a-new-pan-european-exchange/ David Tabaka - Burton-Taylor International Consulting "A combination of the two exchange operators would reach Pro Forma 2019 revenues totaling $1.2 billion, with the largest revenue impact in the Trading, Clearing & Settlement segment, increasing SIX’s existing revenues by more than 35% as it brings equity, fixed income, and derivatives trading revenue to the combined entity. The deal would also further bolster SIX’s information services efforts that include data sold by SIX’s Securities & Exchanges unit as well as data, indices and other services from SIX’s Financial Information unit. The acquisition would give SIX a new data footprint in the EU, and significantly expand its ability to offer Spanish datasets and index products."
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/mifid-ii-the-blocks-are-back/ Tim Cave TABB Group - "October also was a record month for dark trading overall under MiFID II. Dark MTFs accounted for 10.4% of on-exchange volumes and dark average daily notional was €4.4 billion, up 26% on September and the highest since February 2018"