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Steve Grob
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Key to the Highway: The Changing Face of High and Low Touch Execution

This paper by Fidessa's Steve Grob looks at high and low touch trading in capital markets and how they are morphing to meet the practical realities of participants today.

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TRADING THE WEEK: Back to Trading After Fed Meeting

– Now that the Federal Reserve is out of the way -- for now -- traders can get back to trading for reasons other than speculating whether the central bank will raise rates sooner or later compared with market expectations.

The Market Data Battleground

– Once a plain-vanilla add-on to an exchange offering, market data has evolved into a key battleground between market participants, i.e. the consumers of market data, and market operators, the producers of market data.

Options Auctions Vex Market Makers

– Some major trends in the options market have been the same for a number of years. Flat volumes. Marketplace fragmentation. A bifurcation of liquidity. But at least one noteworthy development is of a more recent vintage: auctions.

Re-Imagining Reg NMS

– When Regulation National Market System was established in 2005, George W. Bush was five months into his second term as U.S. President. A lot has changed in 11 years, both in the world at large and in financial markets. So it stands to reason that Reg NMS, the sweeping ruleset that was aimed at modernizing and strengthening equity market structure, has passed its ‘best by’ date.

Maker-Taker Under the Microscope

– In a complex electronic equity marketplace with myriad points of contention, ‘maker-taker’ stands out as especially complex and contentious. But many wonder, is it time for this pricing schema to go the way of the Edsel?

November 8 Looms Large

– If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the view of many trading professionals regarding the upcoming U.S. presidential election, with ‘it’ referring to the economy and markets.

Spotlight on HFT Dims

– High-frequency trading has served as sort of a catch-all, market bogeyman phrase for about the past half-dozen years, or about as long as the methodology has been in the awareness of the general public. But now perhaps that perception is finally changing.

Market Structure Insights

– In this contributed piece from Andrew Upward of Weeden & Co., the broker analyzes how regulator have gone on record with some new thoughts about how best execution should be pursued in light of new technologies and practices.

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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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