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Ivy Schmerken

AI and Machine Learning Gain Momentum with Algo Trading & ATS Amid Volatility

An increasing number of capital markets firms are adopting machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques to build algorithmic trading systems that learn from data without relying on ru...

21 Jul 2020
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

Factor Strategies React to Crisis-Induced Volatility

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...

14 May 2020
Hedge Fund Technology
Ivy Schmerken

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

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 ...

24 Feb 2020
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

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

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 fr...

03 Feb 2020
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

Revised SEC Rule 606 Shines the Light on Order Routing Disclosures

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 ...

10 Dec 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

Exchange Landscape Gearing Up for Expansion in 2020

As a sign of the evolving U.S. equity trading landscape, two startups and one options exchange operator plan to launch as many as three new exchange platforms in 2020, and a fourth could be waiting in...

22 Oct 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

AI: Natural Language Processing and the Battle for Unstructured Data

With digital transformation in full swing, trading desks are inundated with emails, voice calls and chat to process and analyze. Most of this data needs to be captured, tagged and stored for regulator...

09 Sep 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

Algo Wheels Spinning into Futures

Algo wheels have become a popular technology in equities trading, but now there are signs that algo wheels are expanding beyond equities into multiple asset classes such as futures. In equities, the m...

23 Aug 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

U.S. to Study Effects of MiFID II Research Unbundling

U.S. lawmakers authorized a study focusing on the provision of investment research for small issuers, a sign they are wary of the U.S. adopting the European Union’s MIFID II unbundling rules which hav...

31 Jul 2019
MiFID
Ivy Schmerken

MiFID II Research Unbundling Spreads Uncertainty to the U.S

Eighteen months after MiFID II rules to unbundle research payments from executions have been in force in Europe, U.S. asset managers are dealing with uncertainty around paying for research and how to ...

15 Jul 2019
MiFID
Ivy Schmerken

Singapore Spurs Development of FX Trading Hub & Ecosystem

With the uptick in Asian currency trading and the growth of electronic trading, Singapore’s regulator is working with the financial industry to build an FX trading hub and expand FX market infrastruct...

17 Jun 2019
Capital Markets Technology
Ivy Schmerken

Buy Side Savviness for Data Analysis Shakes Up Broker Allocations

As asset managers become more data-driven in their analysis of execution quality, they are reallocating order flows among their broker-dealer relationships at a faster pace. That finding provided the ...

05 Jun 2019
Capital Markets Technology