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Category: Technology

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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Want to improve your cost income ratios? Our trading technology guru, Kevin Houstoun, explains how to TRADE TV at TradeTech 2019

TRADE TV caught up with our executive chairman Kevin Houstoun at Trade Tech 2019 to discuss some of the challenges we face across the industry. In an ever more competitive industry, where we are all increasingly focused on the bottom line, what are doing to help clients meet these challenges whilst providing them with that […]

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Examining the similarities between cars and electronic trading

What do the Audi Q7 & Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, and Volkswagen Touareg have in common and what are the parallels to the world of Electronic Trading? The answer is platform engineering. The design and manufacturing of cars is an expensive business, and there are many non-differentiating components in that […]

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10 reasons why your competitors see value in a premium FIX Engine

Why pay for a Fix Engine? It is almost impossible to estimate the size of the FIX Engine market, BUT what we do know is that there is a FIX engine at the heart of the trading infrastructure of just about EVERY investment bank and Investment Manager across the globe. Even small firms using 3rd […]

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