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Dr. John Bates

Anyone for Tea and Sympathy with Beleaguered HFT Firms?

Guest columnist John Bates wonders if anyone feels bad for the high-frequency trading firms that are now facing lawsuits, sluggish markets and regulators.

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SEC Examines Wrap Trading Practices

Is trading away from a sponsor a bad thing? Can best execution be achieved given the troubling problems of sponsor rotation? The analysts at CAPIS don't think so and say with the right tools trading away is OK.

Can Barclays Dark Pool Regain Its Near Top Ranking?

Barclays Plc will never recover its second-place ranking among U.S. dark pool operators because a lawsuit alleging it lied to customers has permanently damaged its reputation, according to Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd.

Buysiders Expected to Trade More Futures in Next 12 Months

Seventy percent of buyside investors said they expect their futures trading volumes to increase during the next 12 months, according to new research from market consultancy Tabb Group.

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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.

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