In this contributed article, guest commentator Patrick Flannery discusses how for the broker-dealers, the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) may seem to be another weighty technical challenge, whose cost and implementation challenges will fall disproportionately on their shoulders (and their budgets).
Greenwich Associates found that firms spend more money on traders compensation than technology drawing the conclusion talent beats technology.
The Russian capital markets infrastructure is more than ready to handle a rebound of trading volume, according to one market consultancy.
It is no secret that the Securities and Exchange Commission is going after alternative trading systems (ATS) and how they operate. But there is a way to stay a step ahead of potential future regulation and possible sanctions full and complete disclosure.
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.
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.
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.
High-frequency traders and supporters claim that HFT is helpful to the equity market. The data presents a starkly different story.
Once the fight for new regulations settled down, an unintended victor has emerged: the data and data systems used by today's traders.
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.