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Ivy Schmerken

Buy Side Backs BlockTrading Venues

Buy side firms have shown signs of impatience with U.S. equity market structure. While they are leery of radical reforms, institutions have seeded a number of trading venues lately. The topic of buy s...

14 Dec 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Equity Market Structure: The Buy-Side View

Buy side traders debating the pros and cons of the U.S. equity market structure recently gave high marks to the computerized stock trading landscape, though it didn’t take long for concerns to surface...

03 Dec 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Swap Execution Facilities: What's Next?

The US ecosystem for swap execution facilities continues to evolve, but not as rapidly as regulators and lawmakers anticipated. Despite the shift to electronic trading, some observers question if swap...

19 Nov 2015
Ivy Schmerken

SEF Trading: Challenges and Regulatory Hurdles

The regulatory overhaul of the OTC derivatives market has brought mandatory clearing and electronic trading to standardized swaps, but many say the market structure is stuck, citing regulatory ambigui...

10 Nov 2015
Ivy Schmerken

MiFID II: The Buy Side Transparency Challenge

MiFID II is going to boost transparency in financial markets and improve and broaden best execution standards for the buy side, but not everyone is prepared to handle all the data. Last month, the Eur...

27 Oct 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options - Part 2

Primary Challenges Traders seeking an edge in multi-leg options trades are relying on technology to navigate a complex market structure. One major challenge is that there is no linkage with regards t

21 Oct 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Simplifying Complexity: Trading Complex Order Books in Options Part I

The appetite for multi-leg options strategies is on the rise. But this also means capturing liquidity that is fragmented across multiple options exchanges. Complex orders or spread trades allow trader...

15 Oct 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Buy Side FX Shifts in Evolving Market Structure

As electronic trading grows on the buy-side and top dealers retreat from sharing market color, exchanges are snapping up FX trading venues. In July, Deutsche Borse said it will buy foreign exchange t...

09 Sep 2015
Ivy Schmerken

Tick Pilot: The Road Forward

Trading in securities of some small cap companies will change next May when the industry is scheduled to implement the tick-size pilot widening spreads for more than 1,000 stocks. But like Y2K, Reg NM...

22 Jul 2015