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Standing out from the pack or reinventing the wheel?

Last week our CEO, Mike Powell, took part in a panel exploring the much debated issue of whether firms should buy or build trading technology at the JSE’s SA Trade Connect event in Johannesburg. A familiar topic, but one that is constantly worth revisiting given advances in technology and the   margin pressure facing financial institutions. […]

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Living with Giants; tough times for the institutional sell-side market

The institutional sell-side market has had a tough time over recent years. Concerns over economic outlook, shrinking commissions and rising costs driven by regulatory and structural change make equity broking and client facilitation ever more challenging. And while competing with the large global investment banks can appear daunting, the regional players, national champions and domestic […]

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Connecting Markets – Welcome Aboard!

Regulatory scrutiny of buy-side broker selection and benchmarking, together with research unbundling rules, has meant that many asset managers are looking to rationalise their broker list. Winning and retaining mandates is harder than ever. Typically, sell-side firms look to differentiate themselves through the quality of their execution or TCA performance, but a poor onboarding experience […]

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Nordic Trading – Market Insight a Competitive Advantage

Rapid Addition was in Stockholm last week for the FIX Trading Community’s Nordic Trading Briefing 2019 event. A strong turn out from local market participants and London counterparts led to some interesting discussion, particularly in regard to the Nordic equity market landscape. In terms of fulfilling their primary purpose of facilitating capital raising, the Nordic […]

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TradeTech FX shines light on evolving industry

The fact that last week’s annual forex event was well attended may have had something to do with the choice of Barcelona as a venue, but more likely is testament to the current pace of evolution in this sector of the financial industry. From a purely trading perspective, the instability of the global political environment […]

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Three things learned in Reykjavik

Last week our Executive Chairman, Kevin Houstoun, was invited to participate in “The Regulation and Operation of Modern Financial Markets”conference, hosted by the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. Held in cooperation with the London School of Economic Systemic Risk Center, where Kevin is a research associate, the event brought together leading academics, regulators and central […]

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Mike Powell joins Rapid Addition as CEO

Mike Powell has joined the organisation as Chief Executive Officer. Majority shareholder, Kevin Houstoun, will remain in his role as Executive Chairman, handing over operational responsibilities with immediate effect. Based in London, Mike will lead Rapid Addition’s growth plans, building on their position as a leading provider of high-performance enterprise solutions for electronic trading and […]

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