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Steve GrobFidessa - London

GMEX - going to eleven?

19 February 2015  |  4003 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The announcement that new derivatives exchange GMEX has received investment from SocGen reopened the debate here as to the future of rates trading and who the likely winners are going to be. Reliable data is hard to come by on exactly what is happening to OTC volumes and where they are going. Such evidence as does exist seems to show a steady in...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Why the Daleks and Vogons were right about financial markets

08 January 2015  |  4126 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

An interesting debate broke out here at Fidessa Towers this morning concerning the infamous Sci-Fi phrase "resistance is useless". Should it be attributed to Dr Who’s nemesis, those metallic, warbly-voiced Daleks, or to the slug-like, green-skinned Vogons that appear in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? Anyhow, whilst ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Last minute shopping in Europe

05 December 2014  |  2559 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Imagine you are doing the last of your Christmas shopping – all that’s left to get is a large chunk of your favourite stock. Because you generally buy in bulk, you know to avoid the brightly lit but e...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Back in Block

25 November 2014  |  3210 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

On the way in this morning, I was listening to my favourite AC/DC album and thinking about the challenges of block trading. The problem is well known - a combination of multi-market trading, algos and...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Is Turkey voting for Christmas?

23 October 2014  |  1867 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The recent announcement from BATS Chi-X Europe that it intends to list Turkish stocks got the phones ringing here at Fidessa Towers. Both local Turkish brokers and pan-European houses wanted to know ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Clear danger ahead

26 September 2014  |  1510 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

As the regulators push us towards centralised clearing for OTC derivatives they may actually be making the world distinctly less safe. At face value it makes obvious sense; if one party defaults the C...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

The Future of Best Execution

18 August 2014  |  2141 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I was chatting with a few work colleagues last Friday about best execution and derivatives. They confidently asserted that without real fungibility (i.e. the ability to trade the same instrument on ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

If it ain't broke, break it

12 August 2014  |  2164 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I was hoping to enjoy the last few weeks of summer in relative peace, but it seems that another regulatory storm is brewing. This time it’s over the unbundling of research and it all stems from ESMA’s...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Build vs Buy becomes Rent vs Collaborate

12 June 2014  |  2188 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 look...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Maybe markets are unfair, but are they rigged?

02 April 2014  |  1744 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 deb...

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