In this guest blog, Greenwich Associates' Craig Viani ponders why equity trading trails the technological progress made in other industries.
According to Tabb Group's Equities LiquidityMatrix, month-over-month volume decreased 3% while year-over-year industry volume decreased 9%. Also, October 2015 had the smallest industry trade size in the last 10 years.
U.S. futures volume continues it meteoric rise in the third quarter, leaping 11% percent from the second quarters levels.
To its fans, blockchain is the future of finance -- a way to complete transactions in seconds or minutes. But those warp-speed ambitions are bumping up against the antiquated banking system, creating a near-term challenge for startups using the technology.
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.