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David Weisberger
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The False Dichotomy of Active vs Passive Management

Forward-thinking asset managers can rewrite the rules of management to provide hybrid portfolios that combine the benefits of both active and passive strategies by leveraging quantitative techniques.

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Globalized Capital Markets Demand a Globalized Solution to Regulations

– In this special opinion piece, Ralph Achkar writes that clashes in regional rules make capital market regulations on a global level something of a mess and increases the costs of complying with these differing regulations. But, he says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Debating Market Data

– The Investors' Exchange launched the latest salvo in the fight between exchange operators and clients over market data access fees.

Bringing Sexy Back…to FIX

– In a new blog called "Bringing Sexy Back...to FIX," Trading Technologies CTO Drew Shields talks about the modern twist on the boring service of FIX, which they're called FIX-as-a-Service, or "FaaS."

GTX and Ideal Prediction to Provide TCA, Advanced Execution Analytics to Clients

– GTX and Ideal Prediction are offering clients FX data and advanced analytics to optimize their currency trading.

MiFID II - Where Will All The Research Analysts Go?

– In this guest commentary, Convergex's Eric Noll talks about the implications of MiFD II compliance, solutions and asks the question just what will happen to the research analyst.

The Buyside is Taking the Bull by the Horns—In-sourcing Trade Execution

– Guest commentator Nick Savona discusses that if hiring levels are an indication, the buyside is taking the bull by the horns, as it were, by in-sourcing trade execution.

Visible Alpha Offers Research Transparency Via New Premium Platform

– Visible Alpha announces the commercial availability of its new investment research platform with content contributed by more than twenty research firms.

The Rise of the 'Federated' Desk

– As more asset managers adopt centralized trading desks in the name of efficiency, they could be robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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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.

Equity Exchanges Evolve

North American equity exchanges face swirling winds: rapidly advancing technology, evolving market structure, and the arrival of a splashy new competitor.

Shining Light on Dark Pools

So-called dark pools are getting less dark. Well, sort of.

CAT Moves Forward: Slowly

For market participants and operators standing on a shore, the Consolidated Audit Trail is like a distant ship on the horizon. It's moving very slowly - so slow that sometimes movement is imperceptible. And it has been out there on the water for what seems like a very long time. But as hard as it may be to envision, one of these days, the ship will dock, and all its details will be known.

EMSAC Comes of Age

With a half-dozen meetings under its belt, it’s fair to say the 20-month-old Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee has moved beyond the brand-new stage and is doing what it was established to do — act as a consigliere to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on all things pertaining to equity market structure.

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