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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Why the Daleks and Vogons were right about financial markets

08 January 2015  |  3926 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  |  2438 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 expensive retail stores, and instead shop at one of the big wholesalers. But, there’s a problem. Somebody has passed a law capping the amount that any...

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Steve GrobFidessa - London

Back in Block

25 November 2014  |  3092 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  |  1760 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  |  1445 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  |  2095 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  |  2118 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  |  2107 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

The Watchman's Rattle - financial regulation in 2014

22 January 2014  |  1527 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  |  1753 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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