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.
http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/12/17/1961861/0/en/InfoReach-Includes-Algo-Wheel-with-TMS.html InfoReach TMS Algo Wheel includes: Broker and algo selection backed by machine learning Best execution reporting Improved performance Decision making based on Historical performance with a variety of benchmarks Commission schedules and commitment levels Which broker has received orders in the same instrument TMS’s Algo Wheel is an excellent option for many buy-side teams.
https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/what-is-liquidity-2019-12-12 Phil Mackintosh "There is an entire industry dedicated to collecting and computing trading costs. The data overwhelmingly show that transaction costs are falling, and that U.S. costs are the lowest in the world." Article originally seen by BizTT editor on Tabb
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."
Trading Technologies Contracts with SBI Thai Online for Distribution of the TT® Platform from Thailand
https://www.tradingtechnologies.com/news-releases/trading-technologies-contracts-with-sbi-thai-online-for-distribution-of-the-tt-platform-from-thailand/#more-87850 SBI Thai Online’s client base will have access to the TT platform’s full range of professional trading tools, including Autospreader®, ADL, and APIs. “We are thrilled SBI has chosen TT as a solution to extend to their clients. As we expand into what are new markets for TT and exchanges such as TFEX, having the endorsement of local brokers like SBI, who are the experts in their region, is important. It allows us to bring our technologies to a brand new set of customers and extend the reach and interest in the Asian markets as a whole out to our wider international clients,” said Mark Pottle, Regional Executive Sales Director for Trading Technologies in Asia.
https://tabbforum.com/opinions/are-crypto-miners-the-modern-hedgers/ Thomas Chippas ErisX - "Miners, similar to traditional hedgers, are foundational elements of a well-functioning capital, commodity and commercial market. The act of mining is performed by high-powered computers that solve mathematical puzzles to produce digital assets such as bitcoin or Ether. Miners are rewarded with the respected coin and are similar to traditional hedgers in that they are looking to offset the market risk of their production related to price volatility and offsetting counterparties. This is a nearly identical use case to a traditional physical commodities producer that uses futures contracts to lock a price at the present for the future sale of the commodity. The producer foregoes the potential upside if the commodity increases in price beyond the settlement price of the futures contract but is also protected on the downside if the price falls."
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://tabbforum.com/opinions/three-predictions-for-the-future-of-the-desktop/ James Wooster Glue42 - "A major trend we are witnessing right now is what is labelled as “Digital Transition” – that is to say, the common-sense alternative to a multi-year application rewrite. The key steps are: Host the applications in a desktop workspace alongside the other (non-legacy) applications. Deploy user-behavior analytics to identify the areas of the legacy applications that are most used and/or would benefit from a rewrite. Provide external access to these areas via simple interop data-sharing techniques and expose as discoverable micro-applications . These micro-applications can then be used as is or selectively replaced with new and/or more functional replacements. Critically, all of this can be done while preserving the user experience before, during and after change." Related video: - https://tabbforum.com/videos/the-financial-desktop-of-the-future-james-wooster-glue42/
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/outsourced-trading-goes-viral/ Michael Mollemans TABB Group - "Beyond the basic features of outsourced trading services, many firms try to differentiate themselves by emphasizing services such as technology and analytics, access to a wide broker network, regulatory reporting, flat monthly fee pricing options, prime brokerage services, and more. While the firms that have been providing outsourced trading services for many years argue that they benefit from experience, newer entrants in the space say they gain from leapfrog effects in trading and process technology"