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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Symphony strikes a chord

06 October 2015  |  928 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I have been following the Symphony story with interest and the recent news that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is looking to invest certainly got my attention. Is this the sound of the mighty Google taking its first lumbering steps into the world of capital markets, or just another of the many investments that Google makes? More importantly, w...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

The rise of the Super Sales Trader

15 September 2015  |  2972 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Spent a great few days in Madrid last week at the International Trader Forum. The event brings together key figures from the buy and sell-side to debate the current and future likely shape of the industry. One of the key predictions this time was the rise of a new type of sales trader. One that that could do all the relationship stuff of before, ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

BATS auctions off the block problem

10 September 2015  |  3268 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

There has a been a lot of talk about how to trade blocks that are smaller than the LIS waiver but that are still too big to go to regular lit markets. The debate has been ratcheted up by the 4 and 8% ...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Unbundling versus Best Ex

05 August 2015  |  5227 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

So, the September date looms for ESMA’s final clarification on unbundling. What seems evident is that payment for research with trading commissions is definitely going to be out. What seems less clear...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Too big to fail or too big to succeed?

02 June 2015  |  7146 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Interesting to see that Martin Wheatley, head of the FCA, is siding with the largest asset managers in their push back against the Financial Stability Board. The basic idea is that because of their s...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

GMEX - going to eleven?

19 February 2015  |  4462 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...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Why the Daleks and Vogons were right about financial markets

08 January 2015  |  4476 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...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Back in Block

25 November 2014  |  3532 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  |  2138 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  |  1708 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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