Ivy Schmerken

Ivy Schmerken

Editorial Director at FlexTrade Systems
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Bio Writer of blogs and whitepapers about electronic trading, financial regulation, capital markets and technology. I turn complex topics into stories. Career History More than 25 years of experience as a financial tech and markets writer with Wall Street & Technology and Advanced Trading.


Hedge Fund Technology

Factor Strategies React to Crisis-Induced Volatility

14 May 2020

Given the extreme market volatility and disruptions to the economy caused by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, asset managers using factor-based investment strategies have seen their risk exposures shift in unexpected ways. At the same time, factor investing has grown as an approach to screening stocks based on the attributes that drive risk and...

Capital Markets Technology

FX Algos Gain Adoption on the Buy Side as Best Ex and TCA Fuel Change

24 Feb 2020

With the proliferation of algorithms in currency markets and regulatory pressure to prove best execution, buy-side trading desks are adopting algorithms to source liquidity and lower trading costs in FX trading. “Adoption of algorithms and TCA has been growing on the buy side for the past ten years”, said Yue Malan, senior analyst, Aite Group durin...

Capital Markets Technology

Unlocking Data Silos to Reach the Promised Land of Smart Data Analytics

03 Feb 2020

With mountains of market data, historical prices, and transactions data stored in disparate systems, securities and investment firms are shifting from a focus on collecting data to extracting value from it. A December 2019 paper by capital markets consultancy GreySpark Partners examined the potential for buy-side and sell-side firms to transform la...

Capital Markets Technology

Revised SEC Rule 606 Shines the Light on Order Routing Disclosures

10 Dec 2019

Change is brewing in the way that sell-side order routing data is reported to institutional customers. Broker-dealers will begin collecting vast amounts of data on January 1st for compliance with the revised SEC Rule 606 next year, shining the light on where brokers route U.S. equity orders in today’s highly automated, dispersed and complex nation...