Tim Quast

The Age of Intermediation

Guest commentator Tim Quast argues that the Securities and Exchange Commission's recently formed Market Structure Advisory Committee highlights only hollow rhetorical politics and the need for obsessive-compulsive governmental intermediation.

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Trade Informatics' Anti-Gaming Solution Hunts HFT Predators

TI Fact analyzes how your trade occurred and whether your brokers are allowing high-frequency traders into their dark pools.

Fortress Earnings Rise 1.7% as Credit Funds Realize Profits

Fortress’s credit business, run by Pete Briger, earned 65 percent more in the quarter than a year earlier as its private equity-style credit funds sold assets and collected a share of profits for beating performance benchmarks.

Woodbine Reports $7.5Bn in Equity Commission Pool Available to Traders

It looks like the five year contraction in the equity market's commission wallet is over. Finally. Woodbine Associates, a market consultancy, reported commission spending contraction has stopped.


Structural Changes in Canada

More change is coming to the equity trading markets of the Great White North.

Omega ATS's New Lynx Venue Opens for Business

Canada's Omega ATS has opened its second trading venue in the Great White North -Lynx ATS. After receiving final approval and making all the tweaks and getting its trading technology in order, the new venue is officially open for business.

PDQ Opens New Institutional Desk

PDQ ATS is looking to get into the institutional trading business and has started an institutional equities group to get the buyside's business and its bigger trades. And it has hired two new ex-exchange pros to help get the new venture going.

The Dark Pool Rises

The dark markets have become so efficient that the costs of execution and market impact are lower than at the display markets, where take fees are highest and market impact is most significant.

Dark Pool Trade Size Down

Traders believe dark pools have entered a "mature phase" and use them to avoid "toxic liquidity" from high-frequency trading firms, but the size of trades in those pools is getting smaller. These are among a few findings from a new report published by market research firm Celent.

Fragmentation Stirs Ire

Industry professionals took the opportunity to gripe about the proliferation of stock exchanges at this year's Security Industry and Financial Markets Association market structure conference.

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