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White Papers 06/15
Lies, Damned Lies and IOIs?

This paper examines the issues surrounding IOIs and looks at some of the new approaches emerging in an effort to restore confidence in their use.

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White Papers 06/15
Made to Measure: Transparency of execution in futures

Demand for greater transparency of execution in futures is increasing in line with the growing adoption of algorithms. This article asserts that measurement of their effectiveness must be just as carefully tailored as the algos themselves to the unique requirements of the global futures markets.

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White Papers 03/15
Shifting sands – the harsh realities of executing in today's markets

This paper explores how the electronic execution landscape has evolved over the last 10 years and discusses the challenges that now exist for brokers wanting to trade across global markets.

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White Papers 12/14
Middle Men – the new aces in the derivatives deck

In this article we examine the issues that plague derivatives middle office and look at how these can be addressed.

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Articles 10/14
Middle office takes centre stage

Our latest paper examines the reasons why the derivatives industry lags behind its equity counterparts in terms of operational efficiency.

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White Papers 08/14
The Rise of the Asian Superbroker

As the global banks grapple with tides of regulation, fines, and a myriad of other post-crisis issues, local Asian institutions are tooling up and stepping in to fill the gaps.

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White Papers 07/14
A Revolution in Post-trade: Defining a new approach for buy-side post-trade workflow

This paper examines the challenges financial market participants are facing in post-trade and examines some of the innovative approaches firms are taking to revolutionise post-trade workflow for the buy-side.

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White Papers 03/14
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.

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White Papers 02/14
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.

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White Papers 12/13
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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