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Ethical FX via the Global Code

With the release of the FX Global Code for the wholesale foreign exchange market last month, the FX industry is counting on a single set of guidelines to prevent bad behavior in currency trading.

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Time Ticking on Next Margin Deadlines

In a blog shared with Traders Magazine, ISDA's CEO discusses margin deadlines. As the variation margin forbearance period is set to end on September 1 in some jurisdictions, including the US, there’s little time left to make changes to the remaining 20-25% of CSAs.

Instinet Launches RQ to Creates a Hub for MiFID II Research Payments

Instinet announced the launch of RQ Connect (Research Quality Connect), a provider-neutral application within its research payment and commission management platform, Plazma.

GLP’s Lang Muses on Trade Cost Analysis Provision

In a conversation with Timothy Lang, CEO of Red Bank, NJ-based Global Liquidity Partners, mused about the development of Trade Cost Analysis and its evolution.

Aquis Technologies Joins with LiquidMatrix to Offer Trade Analytics

Aquis surveillance customers gain access to LiquidMetrix's trade cost analysis tools.

TCA Expands in FX

More than one quarter of buyside traders in the US and UK are using tools for transaction cost analysis in foreign exchange, which is now a major input to execution strategies according to consultancy Greenwich Associates.

TCA Growth Being Fueled by Regulators and Investors

The buy side is increasingly looking to trade cost analyst – TCA – to help it meet its growing mandate for transparency. And the need for TCA is not just for equities trades anymore.

U.S. Equity High Touch Commissions at 14 bps; ETFs Richer on Popularity

The cost to trade U.S. equities via people has held steady during the last year at 12 basis points while exchange traded funds (ETFs) , which are gaining in popularity and provide more stability, are getting more expensive to trade.

Thomson Reuters Launches MiFID II-Ready Data Analytics Platform

Thomson Reuters has made key enhancements to its data analytics platform, Velocity Analytics, to provide ultra-high-speed processing of real-time, streaming and historical data that will help EU and non-EU financial markets participants meet their MiFID II obligations.

ITG Launches Turnkey Research Payment Account Solution

ITG announced the rollout of an enhanced Research Payment Account (RPA) solution to enable asset managers to adapt to the unbundling of research and execution required under the coming MiFID II rules in Europe.

Instinet Adds Research Search Function to its CSA Platform

Instinet announced it is helping buy-side traders better manage their commission dollars and spend by adding two new tools to its Plazma online account management platform: Vendor Search and Credit Tracker.

North American Buy-Side Increasingly Concerned About MiFID II

North American buysiders are growing increasingly concerned and following the lead of their European counterparts and preparing for impending regulations affecting the way institutional traders will pay for research.

MiFID II and the Buy-Side Identity Crisis: Whose Trade Report is it Anyway?

In this contributed article, author Ken Gold says that MiFID II is a paradox. He argues that the more claritythe industry gets around the new rules, the less participants seem to actually know about what to do and there are more questions to answer.

Buy Side Pushes Brokers on Unbundling

Broker-dealers, increasingly struggling to make profits in the current low-commission environment, are increasingly turning to unbundled commission payment plans to stay afloat.

Performance Driven Trading

Guest commentator Ben Polidore shares his thoughts on how trading desks can reduce the noise in broker assessment and take on more brokers at scale using performance-driven metrics. It goes into detail about assessing risk, strategy selection, auto-routing, broker selection, and evaluation.

Smaller Brokers Poised to Grab More of U.S. Equity Pie

Small and regional brokers can grab business and extra commissions in current market environment.