26 November 2014

Fidessa Fragmentation Index

Steve GrobFidessa - London

Back in Block

25 November 2014  |  967 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 DMA have created a vicious cycle that continues to shrink order sizes. This is compounded by regulators who insist that lit is better than dark and ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Is Turkey voting for Christmas?

23 October 2014  |  1638 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 if, how, and when Turkish stocks might fragment like their European counterparts. A colleague mentioned to me that surely the local Istanbul exchang...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Clear danger ahead

26 September 2014  |  1301 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  |  1997 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  |  2041 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  |  2023 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  |  1667 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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Steve GrobFidessa - London

The Twilight Zone

05 February 2014  |  2002 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  |  1429 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  |  1678 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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