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March 2014
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View From The Top: A look at the future of buy-side dealing

Fidessa recently hosted an event at the City of London's Heron Tower where a select group of industry practitioners gathered to discuss the future of the buy-side dealing desk. The discussion began with the pros and cons of outsourcing, moved on to the challenges of measuring the value of buy-side trading and ended with a fascinating debate on the relevance of the dealing function in today's marketplace.

   

February 2014
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Algos in Futures Markets: Shifting into High Gear

Futures algorithms provided by futures commission merchants (FCMs) and facilitated through frontend trading systems are beginning to mature. Current users have new demands to support existing practices and are looking to further build out their advanced execution strategies. At the same time, a number of large buy side institutions, including those that have traditionally shied away from using futures algos, are showing interest, with a rising number of requests being received by algo providers.

   

December 2013
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You Only Live Twice: Creating the FCM of the future

Published in 1964, Ian Fleming’s eleventh Bond novel describes the change in 007 from a depressed man in mourning, to a man of action ready to rise up and take on the world again. In a similar way, the global derivatives industry is undergoing the same metamorphosis. For some time now the industry has been battling against multiple headwinds - low interest rates, falling commissions and an image tarnished by the spectacular failures of some individual firms. New regulations have also tilted its entire axis as exchange-traded and OTC workflows look set to run into each other.

This paper assesses the likely effect of these changes and describes how the FCM community in particular has been impacted. It also describes how some firms have already begun re-tooling and re-aligning their businesses accordingly and look set to take on the new world order with renewed vigour and appetite.

   

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