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Steve Grob
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The Periodic Table

Fidessa's Steve Grob has written a response to Marcus Ferber writing to ESMA condemning periodic auctions. The blog strongly criticizes Ferber's approach, and looks at the problems behind the "lit is good and dark is bad" attitude.

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Do you think that NY AG Schneiderman's probe into crypto exchanges will curtail growth and trading?



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Buyside Snapshot

BofA Trims Options Algo Suite

Rebirthed KCG Holdings is integrating Knight Capital's and GETCO's electronic trading groups and products and integrating them into a single trading platform.

Instinet Helps MAKE Liquidity

The agency-only broker's newest algorithm is designed to assist the buyside's desire to provide liquidity to the market rather than take it.

Off the Beaten Path

Thornburg Investment Management's head of equity trading keeps a keen eye out for bumps in the road-like HFT, algorithms and dark pools.

An Olympian Effort

Fort Lauderdale-based hedge fund Olympian Group is opening a new office away in the Big Apple, looking for yield and clients.

Teaching an Old Algo New Tricks

Wolverine Execution Services adds two new volume weighted average price algorithms where users can lengthen the duration of their orders.

Upgraded Algo Goes Real-Time

Investment Technology Group revamps an implementation shortfall algorithm so that it slows down or speeds up as market conditions warrant

BEST Algo Forward

Cowen and Company is making tools available to its buyside customers that it believes will help them when deciding which trading algorithm to use.

Global Search, Local Nets

The ongoing search for alpha is the job of Derek De Petra, partner and managing director of international trading at San Francisco-based investment firm Artisan Partners. Finding above-market returns for portfolio managers and in block size is the goal he pursues around the globe, regardless of whether it is in Russia, Nigeria or South America.

Defining the Alpha Code

The Boston Company’s David Brooks, along with his fellow traders, is spending more time mining and analyzing data to find lesser-known stocks that can provide clients with above-average alpha and boost returns.

Big Trades on Small Firms

Since 2005, Perritt Capital Management's George Perritt has been building up a specialty: trading in large blocks, which now accounts for 35 percent of its activity. Here’s how the buysider manages it.

Two Decades of Pioneering

Bob Gauvain, head trader at Pioneer Investments, has been around the securities industry a long time. Starting as a messenger on the Boston Stock Exchange Bob Gauvain, he has risen to the rank of head trader, a role he's held for the last 21 years.

Trading Moves to Maine

Rob Felvinci, director of portfolio management and trading at Spinnaker Trust, is sitting in the catbird seat, finally. After spending his entire trading career and life paying his dues in the concrete jungle that is New York City, the veteran trader and family man now can write his own ticket. And he has--trading Gotham for Portland, Maine.

Prepare Deeply, Act Quickly

Karen Heidelberger figured trading might be a career compatible with her personality after running a group inside Merrill Lynch's mergers and acquisitions department from 1996 to 1998 that tried to resolve conflicts ahead of time.

Getting With The Program

Andy Brooks is concerned about what he sees as inequities in stock markets. And as head of U.S. equity trading at T. Rowe Price Associates in Baltimore, he's doing something about it.

Getting Street Smart

Longtime JonesTrading sales trader Tom Carter wants to be an educator. Jones, the incoming chairman of the Security Traders Association, is worried that investors misunderstand what traders do.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The SEC Raises Stakes in Self-Regulation

In this week's Flashback Friday story, Traders Magazine looks aback to 2005 and the debate as to who the equity market have as a sole or top regulator? And if so, who should it be? The SROs? FINRA? SEC?

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