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FlexTrade is the industry pioneer and global leader in broker-neutral execution and order management trading systems for equities, FX, options, futures and fixed income.Trading at one's best and making the best trades are goals shared equally by buy- and sell-side institutional traders. And yet, what enables some to consistently reach their mark?

At FlexTrade Systems, we maintain that having access to a sophisticated and integrated array of resources, including innovative and flexible technology, gives traders the edge to perform optimally on every trade and achieve best execution. We develop cutting edge functionality and workflows that support traders who want to lead, not follow, create rather than copy, and optimize returns for their clients and firm without compromise.

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FlexTrade Wins ITT Award for Best Buy-Side OMS

The readership of Intelligent Trading Technology has chosen FlexONE as the Best Buy-Side OMS at the inaugural ITT Awards ceremony, which was held in New York City on June 8.

Profit & Loss Readers Choose FlexTrade as Best Liquidity Aggregation Platform in FX

The readers of Profit & Loss have chosen FlexTrade as the Best Liquidity Aggregation Platform for FX at this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, also known as the FoXys, which was recently held in New York.

FlexTrade Launches FlexAlgoWheel

Next Generation, Intuitive Interface for Systematic Selection of Algorithms to Optimize Best Execution
New York, May 15, 2017 — FlexTrade (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems,  today announced the rollout of FlexAlgoWheel, the next generation, data-driven interface to algo selection that incorporates real-time internal and external inputs as well as TCA to optimize the broker and algo selection process.

FlexTrade Wins Two Markets Choice Awards: Best New Product and Best Multi-Asset EMS

— FlexONE OEMS Takes Best New Product Category —
— FlexTRADER Notches Multi-Asset EMS Honor for 5th Consecutive Year —
NEW YORK, April 25, 2017 – FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced the company was honored for Best New Product and Best Multi-Asset EMS at the 5th Annual Markets Media and Traders Magazine Markets Choice Awards ceremony, which was held in New York City on April 19.

FlexTrade and Commensus Answer the Call Recording Need for MiFID II Compliance

Seamless Integration of Voice Recording into FlexTRADER Platform Ensures Compliance Without Disrupting Workflows London, 24th April 2017 – Commensus, part of RedstoneConnect plc and leading provider of fully managed IT support services, announces that it will work with FlexTrade Systems, a global leader in execution and order management trading systems for equities, FX, options, futures and fixed income securities, to solve a key issue facing financial institutions, which is to ensure calls are MiFID II compliant.

FlexTRADER Named Best Sell-Side Automated Trading Platform

Receives Honor at Waters Magazine’s Sell-Side Technology Awards GREAT NECK, NY, April 19, 2017 – FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced its FlexTRADER EMS has won the “Best Sell-Side Automated Trading Platform” category during this year’s Sell-Side Technology Awards, which was held by Waters magazine at the New York Marriott Marquis on April 5.

FlexTrade to Demonstrate Augmented Reality Trading at TradeTech Europe

Breakthrough FlexAR Technology Offers Glimpse into the Future of Trading London, April 18, 2017 — FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, is pleased to announce “FlexAR” – an augmented reality trading application offering an extraordinary, new way of visualising and presenting trading via the company’s award-winning FlexTRADER EMS.

Quantopian Deploying FlexONE OEMS

FlexTrade Systems today announced that Quantopian, a quantitative investment firm, has deployed FlexONE, the company’s new order / execution management system (OEMS) for the buy side.

FlexTrade Appoints Vishal Pandya Chief Operating Officer

FlexTrade Systems today announced the appointment of Vishal Pandya as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this newly created position, Pandya will serve as a member of FlexTrade’s executive leadership team and have overall responsibility for the performance and development of the company.

Dalton Street Capital Selects FlexTrade for Global Cross Asset Trading

– Implements FlexTRADER EMS for Trading Futures, Equities and FX  – Lauds Company’s Technical Support and Development Capabilities – Singapore & Sydney, March 8, 2017 – FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced that Sydney-based Dalton Street Capital, in partnership with Prodigy Investment Partners, has deployed the FlexTRADER EMS to facilitate global cross asset trading of futures, equities and FX.

FlexTrade Wins Award for Best FX Trading Platform Technology

Receives Honor at Fund Technology and WSL Awards Dinner GREAT NECK, NY, February 16, 2017 – FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced it has won the “Best FX Trading Technology Platform” category at the Fund Technology and Wall Street Letter Awards 2017 ceremony, which was held at 583 Park Avenue in New York on February 14.

FlexTrade Appoints Matthew York Product Owner — Fixed Income

London, 1 February 2017 – FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced the appointment of Matthew York as Product Owner – Fixed Income.  Based in the company’s London office, York will lead product and business development for FlexTrade’s fixed income EMS.

Sanlam Investments Chooses FlexTrade for Global Cross Asset Trading

 - Will use FlexTRADER EMS for Trading Global Equities, Futures and FX – New FlexAlert Application for Real-Time Mobile Notification.

FlexTrade Appoints Aaron Levine Vice President, OEMS Solutions

New York, December 6, 2016 – FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced the appointment of Aaron Levine as Vice President, OEMS Solutions.  Based in the company’s headquarters in New York, Levine will manage sales and business development for FlexTrade’s new OEMS solution, FlexONE.

FlexTrade Notches Hedge Fund Award for Best Trading and Execution Technology

Receives Honor at HFM European Hedge Fund Technology Awards Ceremony2016 London, December 5, 2016 – FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced its FlexTRADER execution management system (EMS) has won the “Best Trading and Execution Technology” category at the HFM European Hedge Fund Technology Awards 2016 ceremony, which was held at Plaisterers’ Hall, London on 29 November.

FlexTrade Multi-Asset EMS Chosen As Best Buy-Side Algorithmic / DMA Product For 2016

FlexTrade today announced its FlexTRADER execution management system (EMS) has been named the Best Buy-Side Algorithmic / DMA Product or Service at this year’s Buy-Side Technology Awards, which was held at The May Fair Hotel in London on Friday, November 4, 2016.

FlexTrade Multi-Asset EMS Named Best Front-Office Execution System for Second Consecutive Year

FlexTrade today announced its FlexTRADER EMS has won, for the second consecutive year, the “Best Front-Office Execution System” category at the Financial News 2016 Awards for Excellence in Trading & Technology ceremony.

FlexTrade Introduces TradeGuide in FlexTRADER

FlexTrade Systems is delighted to introduce “TradeGuide” - a unique new way of visualising and presenting trade data in the company’s award-winning FlexTRADER® multi-asset execution management system (EMS).

FlexTrade Opens Office in Frankfurt, Germany

Establishes Local Presence to Better Serve Clients
FlexTrade Systems, a global leader in multi-asset execution management systems, is pleased to announce that it has opened a representative office in Frankfurt, Germany.

FlexTrade Appoints Shane Remolina Director of Sell-Side OMS Technologies

FlexTrade today announced the appointment of Shane Remolina as Director of Sell-Side OMS Technologies for North America.

FlexTrade Wins Best Trading Technology Vendor Award for FX

Captures Honor at FX Week’s 13th Annual e-FX Awards Ceremony

FlexTrade Systems today announced it has been named “Best Trading Technology Vendor” in the foreign exchange markets by FX Week at their 13th annual US conference in New York on July 12th.

FlexTrade Opens Representative Office in Sydney

Establishes Local Presence to Serve Clients Better
Singapore & Sydney, July 5th 2016 — FlexTrade Systems (@FlexTrade), a global leader in multi-asset execution management systems, is pleased to announce that it has opened a representative office in Sydney, Australia.

Markit Integrates TCA Data into FlexTrade’s EMS Platform

Markit (Nasdaq: MRKT), a leading global provider of financial information services, today announced that it has integrated its transaction cost analysis (TCA) data into  FlexTrade’s FlexTRADER EMS platform, a multi-asset portfolio and single security trading system.

FlexTrade to Offer Institutional Research to FlexTRADER EMS Users Via RSRCHXchange

FlexTrade & RSRCHXchange Partner to Offer MiFID II Compliant Unbundled Research to Traders, Asset Managers & Portfolio Managers

FlexTrade Expands Sales Presence in APAC Region

FlexTrade Systems today announced the appointments of Tim Wong, Maroof Khan and Dan Enstedt as VP’s of Business Development, Multi-Asset Sales, for the company’s APAC region. The new team will cover North Asia, South East Asia and Australia / New Zealand, respectively.

FlexTrade Named Best Multi-Asset EMS and Best FX EMS by Markets Media

Notches Multi-Asset EMS Honor for 4th Consecutive Year At Markets’ Choice Awards 2016

FlexTrade Wins Award for Best Technology Provider – Overall

Receives Honor at Fifth Annual WSL Institutional Trading Awards 2016

FlexTrade Integrates Symphony’s Secure and Compliant Communications

FlexTrade Systems, a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, today announced the integration of Symphony Communication Services LLC’s platform with FlexTRADER EMS. The integration brings secure and compliant messaging directly into the trading blotter for any FlexTrade clients using Symphony.

FXCM Integrates CFD Pricing into FlexTrade’s Technology

FXCM Inc., a leading online provider of foreign exchange (FX) trading and related services, with FlexTrade Systems Inc., a global leader in high performance execution management and order management systems for equities, foreign exchange, options, futures and fixed income, announced the integration of FXCM’s CFD pricing into FlexTrade’s technology.

FlexTrade Expands FX Sales Staff for EMEA Region

FlexTrade Systems, a global leader in multi-asset execution and order management systems, announced the appointments of Glen Sargeant and Marek Lewandowski as FX Sales Managers for the company’s EMEA region. 

FlexTrade Wins Hedge Fund Award for Best Trading Platform

FlexTrade's FlexTRADER execution management system (EMS) has won the Best Trading Platform category at the HFM European Hedge Fund Technology Awards 2015 ceremony.

FlexTrade Integrates OTAS Trading Intelligence And Analytic Solutions Into FlexTRADER EMS

The flexible integration ensures all current and future OTAS Apps will be available in FlexTRADER EMS.

FlexTrade Launches FlexEdge Daily Alpha Blog

FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in multi-asset order and execution management systems, today debuted its new FlexEdge Daily Alpha blog, which illustrates the advanced alpha forecasting capabilities inherent in the FlexEdge predictive analytics trading solution.

Advanced Trading Analytics: A Look at TradeMap Execution Strategy Designer

When a buy-side trader turns on the execution management system in the morning, the blotter could have a large number of orders clamoring for attention.  Determining a path for each order can be time consuming. Each order has different characteristics and can be traded in different ways. Now traders can visually design strategies in an efficient and systematic way without writing code.

New Excel Plugin Available for FlexEdge’s Predictive Analytics Solution

Do you use Microsoft Excel to assist with your trading analytics? FlexTrade’s FlexEdge Predictive Analytics platform has been enhanced with an Excel plugin that allows clients to access updated volume and return forecasts automatically from a spreadsheet.

FlexTrade Named Best Multi-Asset EMS by Markets Media

FlexTrade notches EMS honor for 3rd consecutive year at Market's Choice Awards 2015

FlexTrade Wins WSL Award for Best Options Trading Platform

Best-of-Breed OEMS For Buy-Side and Sell-Side Options Trading Receives Honor at Fourth Annual WSL Institutional Trading Awards 2015 

Blackwell Global Chooses FlexTrade for White Label FX, Precious Metals Trading and TCA

Implements Global FX Solution with MaxxTrader, A Turnkey ASP Front-End for Trading Spot Currencies & Precious Metals, & FlexTCA

FlexTrade Selected By Berkeley Futures Ltd for Global FX Trading

Implements MaxxTrader to Enhance FX Offering, including G10 Currencies, NDFs as well as Base and Precious Metals


Ethical FX via the Global Code

With the release of the FX Global Code for the wholesale foreign exchange market last month, the FX industry is counting on a single set of guidelines to prevent bad behavior in currency trading.

Discretionary Managers Seek Alpha in Alternative Data

While early movers in the big data analytics industry have mainly been quant hedge funds and systematic fund managers, is the next wave going to come from discretionary fund managers? FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Options Insider Radio Interview: Talking API vs. GUI, Complex Order Books and More with FlexTrade

Live from the Options Industry Conference 2017 FlexTrade's Rob Brogan appeared on Options Insider Radio to discuss: What's going on at FlexTrade? What does FlexTrade do, and who is their typical end-user? What is being done to counteract the trend of liquidity providers leaving the industry? Optimal data presentation: API or no? Major trends: cloud, mobile, hosted solutions What are highlights from the conference? Complex order books and the communication gap.  

Options Market Structure: Fragmented Reality

Some experts are debating whether the complexity of the listed U.S. options market structure is hurting liquidity providers and driving some market makers out of the business. FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Order Protection Rule Tug-of-War

There is still uncertainty around the fate of the Order Protection Rule, a key rule governing U.S. stock trading that has led to more complexity, speed and order types, but also protects retail investors from receiving inferior prices on their orders.  FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Next Steps in Bond Trading: All-to-All Matching Catching on?

Corporate bond trading platforms are in the news again. Platforms that have launched innovative all-to-all trading protocols are attracting buy-side firms to their venues. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Q&A: FX Trading in Asia Pacific (Part 2)

As regulators place more scrutiny on best execution policies and transparency in OTC markets, institutions trading FX in Asia Pacific are watching closely. Hedge funds and asset managers are facing indirect pressure from investors to monitor the performance of their brokers and venues in FX spot, forwards and NDFs. In Part II of the Q&A: FX Trading in Asia Pacific, Vinay Trivedi, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Head of FX Sales, APAC at FlexTrade Systems, discusses how the regulatory push for best execution is impacting FX trading in Asia, and why it’s driving demand for transaction cost analysis (TCA) through the execution management system (EMS).

FX Trading in Asia Pacific: Q&A With Vinay Trivedi (Part 1)

With the growth of electronic trading in FX markets, Asia Pacific has become one of the fastest growing regions for currency trading. Vinay Trivedi, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Head of FX Sales, APAC at FlexTrade Systems, discusses trends in FX markets and trading technology, specifically how the buy side is using aggregation tools and algorithmic trading through the execution management system (EMS) to seek the best price in Asian currency markets.

MiFID II Regulations to Impact U.S. Asset Managers

North American broker-dealers and asset managers domiciled in the U.S. are watching their European counterparts gear up for compliance with MiFID II. But will MiFID II affect U.S. broker-dealers and asset managers based in the U.S.?  FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Is the Maker-Taker Pilot DOA?

After more than a decade of debate, regulators are poised to act on a pilot for maker-or-taker pricing, a practice whereby market makers are paid a rebate to add liquidity and are charged a fee to remove liquidity by electronic trading venues. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Six Trends for Currency Markets

Political shocks such as Brexit and the U.S. election of Donald Trump jolted the foreign exchange markets in 2016, fueling more trading activity for hedge funds and bank trading rooms. Uncertainty around a stronger U.S. dollar and higher interest rates could drive more volatility into 2017. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

What Demands Will Pull the Buy Side Towards an OEMS?

Competitive forces are at play in the OMS and EMS markets where vendors are expanding their capabilities at both ends to build the coveted OEMS. Due to tighter IT budgets, compliance mandates and expansion of electronic trading across asset classes, firms may be looking to bring these two platforms together. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Multi-Asset Trading Now in Vogue for the Buy Side?

Demand for multi-asset trading on the buy side has “renewed” the importance of the execution management system’s role on buy-side trading desks in the battle for screen-based real estate. FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Equity Trading Update: Relationships, Liquidity and IOIs

With stricter regulations, capital constraints and technology costs impacting the sell side, large brokers are rationing their services and this trend is being felt on equity trading desks. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Smart New Rules for Smart Order Routing?

Disclosure is the rage in financial markets regulation and the latest set of proposals relate to order handling rules. FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken examines further.

Impact of MiFID II: Unbundling, the Sell Side and Research Trends

European regulators are pressing to unbundle research payments from executions. Experts say that a regulatory overhaul driven by MiFID II has the potential to disrupt the global research industry. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines further.

MiFID II: The Impact of Unbundling

As we approach the final stages of MiFID II approval, FlexTrade’s Editorial Director, Ivy Schmerken, considers what the rules on unbundling are likely to include, and what the impact on the buy-side and the sell-side is likely to be.

FX Algo Usage Rises as Buy-Side Takes Charge

Algorithmic trading is gaining ground in FX among the buy-side, but there are variations between asset managers/pension funds and hedge funds/CTAs in adopting these tools. FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken examines further.

Quant Funds Get Sentimental About Big Data

Social media is creating a torrent of data every minute.  But how much of this firehose is relevant to making better investment decisions? FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Managing Big Data After Brexit

The UK’s Brexit vote threw traders and investors off-balance and disrupted global financial markets. In a global, interconnected market, Brexit reminds firms that IT systems must be prepared for shocks to the financial system. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

FlexTrade — Celebrating 20 Years of Leading the Way in FinTech!

On the milestone of FlexTrade’s 20th anniversary, President and CEO Vijay Kedia offers his unique perspective on the past, present and future of the company and electronic trading technology in general.

MiFID II: Brexit, Pain Points and Other Hurdles

The UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union sent a shock through financial markets, but will it throw Britain’s compliance with MiFID II into a tailspin? FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken investigates.

Raising the Curtain on Treasuries

U.S. regulators are pushing for more transparency into the $13 trillion US Treasury market after several regulatory agencies found that the government securities market is more opaque than they realized. FlexTrade’s Ivy Schmerken examines.

Will the Buy-Side Become Fixed Income Liquidity Providers?

Due to liquidity constraints, are buy-side fixed income traders prepared to play a more active role as price- makers on electronic trading platforms? FlexTrade's Ivy Schmerken investigates.

TCA Trends: Venue Analysis Tops Buy-Side Priorities

It’s no secret that institutional traders are utilizing transaction cost analysis (TCA) for equities trading as a tool for measuring execution quality and reducing slippage against trading benchmarks. But now that TCA has matured in equities, the question is where is TCA moving next?

A Tale of Two Pilots: Maker-Taker and the Tick Pilot

Senators conducting a hearing on U.S. equity market structure earlier this month vented their frustrations at the slow pace of regulatory change in equity market structure reforms. At the March 3 hearing, lawmakers repeatedly cited delays in developing the consolidated audit trail, or CAT system, for market-wide surveillance, questioning to what extent progress has been made.

TCA: Bridging the Gap Between Equities and FX

Transaction cost analysis has been the Holy Grail of best execution in equities trading, but the evolution of TCA in foreign exchange trading must consider the OTC nature of currency markets.

A Hard Look at Last Look in Foreign Exchange

The debate over ‘last look’ in foreign exchange trading has resurfaced in 2016 as regulators continue to eye the practice and investors worry about slippage and potential market abuse.

Best Execution FX: A Shifting Landscape

As European regulators eye the FX market, the onus is falling on buy-side firms to develop best execution FX standards  and take more control over their trades.

The SEC’s ATS Transparency Rules: What’s the Impact?

The SEC’s new proposed rules on transparency in alternative trading systems are going to shine a light on the operations of dark pools, ensuring fair access to information for all market participants.

FX Liquidity and Technology — An Ecosystem in Flux

As transparency and compliance become top of mind, buy-side participants are also seeing a second wave of consolidation ripple through the markets, while new venues keep emerging.

Buy-Side Backs Block Trading Venues

Buy-side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately.

Equity Market Structure: The Buy Side View

Buy side traders debating the pros and cons of the U.S. equity market structure recently gave high marks to the computerized stock trading landscape, though it didn’t take long for concerns to surface.

Swap Execution Facilities: What’s Next?

The US ecosystem for swap execution facilities continues to evolve, but not as rapidly as regulators and lawmakers anticipated. Despite the shift to electronic trading, some observers question if swaps trading has reached a new equilibrium. 

SEF Trading: Challenges and Regulatory Hurdles

The regulatory overhaul of the OTC derivatives market has brought mandatory clearing and electronic trading to standardized swaps, but many say the market structure is stuck, citing regulatory ambiguity and separate liquidity pools.

MiFID II: The Buy-Side Transparency Challenge

MiFID II is going to boost transparency in financial markets and improve and broaden best execution standards for the buy side, but not everyone is prepared to handle all the data. While MIFID II standards go into force as of January 3, 2017, buy side market participants have suggested there is not enough time to prepare for the technology changes.

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options-Part 2

Traders seeking an edge in multi-leg options trades are relying on technology to navigate a complex market structure. One major challenge is that there is no linkage with regards to complex order books spread across seven US options exchange. Hence, it’s very important to scan all the exchanges to see what’s out there.

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options-Part 1

The appetite for multi-leg options strategies is on the rise, but this also means capturing liquidity that is fragmented across multiple options exchanges.

Buy-Side Options Trading: Covering the Spread in Complex Order Books with Multi-Leg Strategies

As multi-leg options strategies gain traction on the buy- and sell-side, sophisticated front-end tools are essential for accessing complex order books at US options exchanges. Multi-leg orders have been around a long time, but in recent years they have moved from the trading floors to electronic systems.

Buy-Side FX Shifts in Evolving Market Structure

As electronic trading grows on the buy-side and top dealers retreat from sharing market color, exchanges are snapping up FX trading venues. It’s not surprising that exchanges are making this bet.

Portfolio Trading: Plotting Your Optimization

Big index funds and mutual funds that trade passively are popular these days, but moving large positions without incurring market impact can be challenging. Pension funds and index funds that periodically rebalance their portfolios once a month or once a quarter can face similar portfolio trading risks. To solve this problem, FlexTrade built FlexPTS, a sophisticated optimization tool that determines the best trading schedule for portfolios.

Regional e-FX Perspective on the Middle East -- e-FOREX

e-FOREX's Richard Willsher investigates FX trading in the Middle East region, which not only presents a mixed picture of accelerating growth in technology but also slower development in product offerings. FlexTrade's Vishal Kapadia, Vice President of Business Development in Mumbai, comments.

Tick Pilot—The Road Forward

Trading in securities of some small cap companies will change next May when the industry is scheduled to implement the tick-size pilot widening spreads for more than 1,000 stocks. But like Y2K, Reg NMS and other regulatory projects, the technology changes are not trivial and they will impact the securities industry in terms of time and resources.

Liquidity and Fixed Income Trading — Trends to Keep in Mind (Part 2)

As dealers have pulled back from risk-taking, market participants are looking to electronic platforms for alternative sources of liquidity. But why is this trend grabbing so much attention and headlines? The reason is quite simple – uncertainty.

Liquidity and Fixed Income Trading — Trends to Keep in Mind (Part 1)

While media headlines have obsessed over a lack of liquidity in corporate bonds, some market experts appear to be more nervous about U.S. Treasuries, which is the largest and most liquid asset class in fixed income. Electronic trading has grown in U.S. Treasury bonds just as it has in equities and foreign exchange, but recent price volatility and worries about liquidity disruptions are sending jitters through the ecosystem.

ETF Trading and Order Management

With an eye on new revenue opportunities, sell-side firms are launching trading desks for exchange traded funds, a global market that has close to $3 trillion in assets under management. While they want to jump on the ETF bandwagon, they can’t enter the business without the right infrastructure and functionality. But the technology requirements are forcing some banks and brokers to examine the fitness of their order management systems for handling ETFs.

Spoofing and the Flash Crash – Six Things You Need to Know

What exactly is “spoofing?” And what have we learned since the Flash Crash and the recent indictment of a UK Futures trader? Here are six takeaways from the controversy and what it means for regulators and buy side traders.

FX Trading - Seven Trends the Buy-Side Needs to Consider

It’s hard to escape the headlines about FX trading lately. Words such as rigging, currency manipulation, chat rooms and billion dollar fines are grabbing attention and alarming many buy-side customers. It’s an environment that could give pause to investors, so it’s interesting to note that, in spite of these transgressions, the $5.3 trillion foreign exchange market is growing, driven by new market participants, beyond dealers.

Smart Order Routing (SOR); From Revolution to Evolution in the Search for Liquidity and Alpha

Smart Order Routing (SOR) has ebbed and flowed as a topic of interest in the financial industry. Because the functionality has become commonplace in the market, its presence in institutional trading platforms has nearly become an afterthought. But its necessity is without doubt, especially in light of the exponential growth of electronic trading, proliferation of order types and instructions, and fragmentation of liquidity.

Quants, Compliance and the Buy-Side OMS

As hedge funds turn to a more active, quant-style of trading, they often need to run pre-trade compliance checks on hundreds if not thousands of names within seconds. But what happens if an OMS is not built to keep up with the rapid pace of executions and compliance checks? 

Execution algorithms: where innovation is driving demand in FX

William Essex explores which FX buy side sectors are now becoming the biggest users of execution algorithms and in what ways the focus on transaction cost analysis in FX is further stimulating the use of algorithms as a key component of best-execution toolsets. FlexTrade's Peter Bondesen is quoted.