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ABN AMRO Loves Fidessa Blog,Commentary,Fintech,Mwiki,Tech / HFT

The romance between ABN AMRO Clearing (ACC) and Fidessa is a strategic and growth-oriented one and the relationship is driven by James Fairweather. James Fairweather is the global head of execution services at ACC. He is driving this installation and rollout of Fidessa’s systems at ABN. ABN AMRO Clearing is hoping to expand beyond active traders into services for corporate clients and even prime broker services, and Fairweather said Fidessa’s platform is the right fit for the job. “The breadth of technology was better with Fidessa,” Fairweather said on Monday from London in a telephone interview. He noted Fidessa has previously…

Sun Trading up for sale; Plight of Deutsche Boerse’s Kengeter; MiFID negotiations John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Resumes from students interested in the MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event on October 16 are starting to flow to us. If you know of a student who may be interested in an internship opportunity in the industry, please direct them to www.marketswikieducation.com. Look for the “Send Us Your Resume” link in the upper right. Our sponsors for the event so far include CBOE, Geneva Trading, OCC, ED&F Man Capital Markets, Fidessa and NFA.~JJL Students attending our MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event can get a FREE studio quality photo taken at the event, courtesy of…

Bill Harts, Modern Markets Initiative – How a Small Group of Traders Improved Markets for All Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Regulation,Tech / HFT

“The most liquid stocks in the world used to trade at a minimum spread of one-eighth, but was quite often trading at a quarter spread. If you were an average retail investor buying 100 shares, you would have been paying an extra $25 for that stock, just in terms of the spread costs. Today, that quarter spread is less than a penny.” The 2014 release of Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys” unleashed widespread criticism of the automated trading community amid Lewis’ assertion that markets are “rigged” against small investors. According to Bill Harts, CEO of the Modern Markets Initiative, nothing…

Nils-Robert Persson, Cinnober Financial Technology – How to Manage a Challenge Video

“You should be prepared to walk on thin ice. It’s not dangerous if you know what you are doing.” Thirty years ago, Nils-Robert Persson left a job at communications software giant Ericsson to join the financial technology space, where he has been ever since. Back then, when one made a trade, it was a cumbersome process that involved many hands over several hours, and bank settlement took three to five days. Now, that same trade can be placed on a fifth-generation Ericsson smartphone and be matched in 100 microseconds… and bank settlement still takes three to five days. Persson says…

Dear CFTC: Give Us 90 Days Blog,Commentary,Tech / HFT

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Some representatives from the CME Group trading floor at the Chicago Board of Trade don’t believe they are being heard by exchange leaders or regulators. More importantly, they don’t believe the interests of their customers are being heard. To rectify that, they are asking the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to delay the closing of the pits and to conduct a 90-day public comment period for the rule change the CME Group seeks to allow closure of the futures trading pits. The issue they are concerned about is something called “user-defined spreads.” There are customers across various trading pits and…

Stefani Sandow, product manager, Trading Technologies – What Vitruvius Can Teach Us About Software Development Tech / HFT,Video

“If you’re interested in getting into financial software, you should remember Vitruvius. You should create software that is solid, that is useful, that is delightful.” Stefani Sandow, product manager at Trading Technologies, shows the relationship between the Roman architect Vitruvius and software development. She discusses three key concepts of Vitruvius’s teachings, Firmitas, Utilitas and Venustas, which translates to Solid, Useful and Delightful. Sandow stresses the importance of the user experience and how developers should be paying close attention to the design and interface of the software as well as its functionality. Finally, Sandow concludes by discussing the future of trading…

Steve Brodsky, CEO, Spot Trading – My LIFFE: Markets Then and Now Tech / HFT,Video

“I know this is the most dynamic industry out there…the creative renewal in this industry is like no other.” During a time when LIFFE was battling for the Bund futures contract, Steve Brodsky, CEO of Spot Trading, remembered sitting in a meeting with Deutsche Börse and talking about how electronic trading was going to become a game changer for the marketplace. Those in the meeting proceeded to laugh. Today, electronic trading has become dominant in the financial industry, and the way futures contracts were traded changed significantly. Brodsky highlights the rise of electronic trading, from its unsure beginnings to today’s…

Steve Crutchfield, EVP at IntercontinentalExchange – How to Build an Options Trading System (In Ten Minutes) Tech / HFT,Video

“You’ve got to come up with some numbers that describe the universe based on data that fit that model.” Steve Crutchfield, Executive Vice President at IntercontinentalExchange, explains the three key components of building a trading system. Beginning with a brief history of the New York Stock Exchange, Crutchfield gives a glimpse of trading activity in its early stages and its evolution into today’s intricate electronic systems. Crutchfield emphasizes that looking at historical data and determining which numbers to pull out from it is a difficult problem to solve, among many other challenges in the trading world today.

Kurt Oeler of optionMonster Discusses Options Education Interview,Options,Video

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With the advent of electronic trading, individual investors have gained the ability to use options to manage their portfolios. But as the options industry grows more accessible, it has also grown more complex, and the industry is focusing on education as the key to expanding the audience for options trading. Chicago-based optionMonster was founded eight years ago by brothers and frequent CNBC contributors Jon and Pete Najarian with the aim of educating individual options traders. The company offers market analysis and option trading ideas, as well as free online courses, webinars, and local investor conferences, and it specializes in helping…