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Irene Aldridge

Insights: MiFID II and the End of Brokerages As We Know Them

Technology is certainly not only enabling the requirements of transparency, it is also leveling the field as far as investors are concerned, making broker-shopping easy, argues Irene Aldridge.

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Two Sigma Co-Founder `Very Worried' Machines Will Take Jobs

– Two Sigma, based in New York, is regarded as one of the biggest and most sophisticated firms that use technology to make investment decisions.

On The Move: Head of Markets and Sales Donald Bollerman Leaves IEX

– On of the co-founders of the buyside dark pool announced he was leaving the aspiring stock exchange last week.

Hedge Funds Under Attack as Steve Cohen Says Talent Is Thin

– Cohen, who started SAC Capital Advisors in 1992, said the business has “gotten crowded” with too many managers following similar strategies.

On The Move: Swiman Joins BDO As Head of Compliance

– The former chief compliance officer of Aberdeen Asset Management will now lead BDO Consulting’s Regulatory & Compliance mission.

EMS Platforms Poised to Overtake Traders' Desktop

– Execution management systems have gained the confidence of buyside traders and may overtake the traditional order management systems that were once the mainstay of a trader's desk.

Buffett Hits Hedge Funds While They're Down, Faulting Fees

– After telling shareholders that he would offer “probably the most important investment lesson in the world,” he said Wall Street salesmanship has masked poor returns for years.

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

– By the end of the day, they had seen something revolutionary: U.S. dollars transformed into pure digital assets, able to be used to execute and settle a trade instantly.

Message to EMSCA: Drop The Pilot

– In this Insights op-ed, Richard John of Greenwich Associates looks at the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee's recommendation for an Access Fee Pilot Program.

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Bitcoin, Algos and Dark Pool Fines: The Traders 2016 Outlook

Our editors look at the news stories and trends from last year that will have the biggest impact in the coming 12 months. It was a year of eye-popping fines, slipping trading volumes, and new technologies for Bitcoin and more. 2016 will be quite a year.

Buyside Profile: A Radical Fixed-Income Method

Bond trader Zachary Chavis of Sage Advisory is trading more with fellow buyside traders than with the traditional broker-dealer counterparties. The reason: deeper liquidity and tighter control.

Blockchain Adoption Seen As Early as Q2 2016, Tabb Reports

Like a runaway freight train, blockchain technology is coming to the financial markets, including equities, as soon as early next year.

Three Firms Remain in Running to Build U.S. Consolidated Audit Trail

The U.S. equity markets self-regulatory organizations have created a short list of three finalist firms who will build the much anticipated stock market consolidated audit trail.

A Celebration of Excellence: How Women Have Changed Wall Street

The fifth annual Traders awards celebrate the achievements of women in the US capital markets and the stellar work they do as mentors & leaders.

Overstock.com Registration Statement Covering Digital Securities Declared Effective

In an exclusive interview with Traders, Overstock.com chief executive officer Patrick Byrne told Traders that the Securities and Exchange Commission has declared Overstock’s registration statement covering the issuance of digital securities effective.

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