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Demystifying Dodd-Frank

Commissioner Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is on a mission. He says the process of writing new over-the-counter derivative contract rules needs more transparency. Over the past year he has repeatedly called for more roundtables and public comment on how rules are written. Why is this important? Because these rules, among other things, will determine which OTC derivative contracts must go through a clearing process and which ones can continue to use the old bilateral, dealer-to-dealer model.

New Blood

Fresh-faced yet experienced graduates are entering investment firms in strong numbers. Traders looks at this crop of bright young things and the new skills and placing new demands on the buyside.

The New Topic

Some unintended consequences from the credit crisis of 2008 and the regulations that followed have come to light. Also, buyside firms are gathering their traders to rate the research and execution services from the sellside in relentlessly thorough scoring sessions.

A Clear Answer on HFT

High-frequency traders and supporters claim that HFT is helpful to the equity market. The data presents a starkly different story.

Better Data Emerges After Rules Battle

Once the fight for new regulations settled down, an unintended victor has emerged: the data and data systems used by today's traders.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Over the past year, the liquidity in emerging currencies grew in fits and starts quarter to quarter. Traders asked FX veterans for their outlook on the next 12 months.

The Big Data Edge for Hedge Funds

The term "big data" has been around for some time, but questions remain exactly how hedge funds and other buysiders exploit the vast stores of data that has never been available to them in the past, which continue to grow each day.

HFTs Lobby To Take On Critics

A newly formed trade group claiming to represent the interests of high-speed trading firms is trying to calm fears about HFT practices. Will it work?

IT Spending Seen on the Rise

Worldwide Internet technology spending is on the climb as traders and firms continue to invest in electronic trading and support systems.

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.

Stifel Likes Stockpicking

Ron Kruszewski, president and chief executive officer of Stifel Financial, believes his firm's trading desk will benefit from an increase in active investing in the coming years.

Shaking Things Up

The year ahead is a big one for traders on the trading floor, writes Editor-in-Chief Phil Albinus. Check out his views on what is to come in the year ahead.

Taking Stock

Nasdaq CEO Bob Greifeld opens up about his plans for ensuring the integrity of the market's infrastructure after some notable technology mishaps.

What A Year

When Traders Magazine looks back at 2013 with some distance and a cooler head, we might see it as the year the markets grew accustomed to the turmoil on Wall Street and beyond. In fact, with all the drama, the capital markets chugged along almost as if the outside world did not matter.

Strength in Unity

The chief executives of Direct Edge and BATS discuss the future of their soon-to-be merged exchange operation.