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The View is Clear – the Forecast is for Cloud

The View is Clear – the Forecast is for Cloud

When it comes to capital markets, realising the promise of Public Cloud seems to have been a long time coming. Over the last decade it’s felt like there’s been an endless stream of conference panels discussing the benefits of Cloud, C-level execs proclaiming that their organisation will adopt a ‘cloud first’ strategy, and large Cloud vendors forecasting how investment banks were about to become the new Netflix. Yet at times actual adoption seemed to be moving at a […]

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The State of Capital Markets Tech – 5 key Takeaways

Discussing the state of capital markets tech In the unusual world we find ourselves, catching up with industry peers via Zoom or Teams seems to be the only way to compare notes these days. It was great then that Toby Babb pulled a group of us together on Fintech Focus TV for an in-depth discussion […]

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The Impact of Automation and COVID-19 on Workflows

Alison Hollingshead, Chief of Staff, Trading Platform & Core Technology, Man Group moderated a panel of leading buy-side panellists from across the globe. From Emma Quinn, Global Co-Head of Trading at AllianceBernstein based out in Sydney to Joseph Collery, Head of Trading at Comgest in Dublin to Neil Joseph, Managing Director, European Head of Equity […]

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The Long Journey to Frictionless Electronic Trading – A brief history of FIX Protocol

Thinking about how integral FIX protocol has become to electronic trading, it’s interesting to reflect on the long journey that has brought us to where we are today. FIX started out as an experiment between Salomon Brothers and Fidelity in the fledgling days of electronic trading with the aim of automating the sending of execution reports and […]

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Confidence to Move Faster – Control and Manage Complex Trading Infrastructure

Running trading infrastructure in large sell-side firms is a tough gig. Not only are you responsible for perhaps the most business-critical part of your organisation, but even the smallest outage or change management error is highly visible to your clients. Dropping the ball can have significant economic consequences, not least thanks to an increasingly stringent […]

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The Seventh Wave…What next in electronic trading innovation?

According to surfing folklore, the seventh wave is the largest of the set. This is perhaps a fitting metaphor for what’s about to happen in electronic trading. Recapping on the last three decades, we’ve certainly come a long way, and whether or not you agree with my preceding six waves, they are certainly significant milestones. […]

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Competing for Order Flow – The Differentiation Dilemma

The economics of providing sell-side execution services have become increasingly challenging since the financial crisis of 2008. High costs and commission compression are driving an unhealthy level of industry consolidation. And while the increasing prevalence of white label business models and improved off-the-shelf technology have helped address some aspects of cost and slowed consolidation to […]

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Trading Platform Strategy for a Faster Changing World

Rapid Addition CEO Mike Powell explores how the traditional barriers to platform modernisation can and need to be broken down   Even before the recent Covid-19 crisis, many firms were already assessing their electronic trading platform strategy against the developing needs of their clients and the evolving patterns of liquidity provision. Established electronic asset classes, […]

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Kevin Houstoun Elected as Director, FIX Protocol Limited

Rapid Addition is delighted to confirm its Executive Chairman, Kevin Houstoun, has been appointed as a Director of FIX Protocol Limited following a recent membership ballot. Kevin is appointed along with Emma Quinn, SVP, Global Co-head of Equity Trading, Alliance Bernstein, and Lou Rosato, Director at BlackRock.   Kevin has had a long association with […]

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Rethinking ‘buy or build’

Best-Execution speaks to Rapid Addition CEO, Mike Powell about market trends and the launch of their new trading technology platform. Posted by: Best Execution , April 27, 2020. Rapid Addition (RA) has been providing electronic trading technology to the market for over a decade, what have been the major trends over that period and what does the current […]

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