With the debate about 'a 'trade at' proposal in the Small Tick Pilot program raging on, one executive talks about what should be in the actual pilot and what its goal should be - widening spreads or better relating tick sizes to prevailing spreads.
Does the future of dark pools lie in the hands of the buyside and not the brokers?
In a move to simplify trading in the equity markets, a group of traders has called for the elimination of the trade-through rule and the ban on locked and crossed markets, among other things.
Are the equity markets running too fast for their own good?
Agency-only brokerage ITG has announced its predictions for what's to come in the Canadian equity markets - with dark pool routing, final order protection rules and the implementation of t+2 trade settlement, to name a few.
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.