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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Build vs Buy becomes Rent vs Collaborate

12 June 2014  |  1743 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

An interesting couple of days at the International Derivatives Expo in London this week. Alongside the usual debate on OTC clearing, algo tagging and other regulatory conundrums, I was on a panel looking at the changing face of vendor relationships. What is evident is that the build vs buy debate has reached a new dimension as the economics of th...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Maybe markets are unfair, but are they rigged?

02 April 2014  |  1476 views  |  3  |  Recommends 0

The publication of Michael Lewis's new book Flash Boys has reignited the whole HFT/dark pool debate (actually, maybe it's never really gone away). The point people seem to continually miss in this debate is the distinction between "unfair" and "rigged". To me the term rigged implies some malevolent conspiracy between certain me...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

The Twilight Zone

05 February 2014  |  1847 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I came across the term 'Twilight Pool' for the first time this week. The basic idea is that it is essentially a dark pool that lights up certain pieces of information, or at certain times, in order to...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

The Watchman's Rattle - financial regulation in 2014

22 January 2014  |  1200 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

In her excellent book, ‘The Watchman’s Rattle’, Rebecca Costa explains the tendency to substitute belief for science when problems become too complicated. The first sign of this is a cognitive thresho...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Ready, SEF, go

14 January 2014  |  1573 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

If 2013 was the year we spent forming our responses to the new rules for the derivatives industry, then 2014 will be the year we see if we got it right. Central to this will be how liquidity is disper...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Dumb and even dumberer

25 October 2013  |  1881 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I wrote earlier this week about Financial Transaction Taxes and why the regulators’ ‘rationale’ for these taxes is either misplaced or disingenuous. An even more extreme example, however, was pointed ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Dumb and dumberer?

22 October 2013  |  1794 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Not surprisingly, the recent political elections in Germany have brought the question of financial transaction tax (FTT) back to the fore. Basically, the Social Democrats (SPD) are making it a conditi...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Where there's muck there's brass

03 September 2013  |  994 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I don’t venture to the north of England often, but I do have a work colleague who hails from Yorkshire – the origin of the phrase “where there’s muck there’s brass”. Its basic meaning is that there is...

Steve GrobFidessa - London

Why the big exchanges need to visit Amsterdam

21 August 2013  |  3331 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

My friend Nandini Sukamar at Bloomberg broke a story yesterday that Eurex is to compete with CME Europe by offering competitive FX contracts. So it looks like we are going to see a few more spats as...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

A question of life and SEF

01 May 2013  |  1956 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

There has been a lot of debate around the role of SEFs in the global derivatives market. Some commentators are even claiming that the whole concept is dead and buried before the rules have even bee...

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