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Kevin Houstoun Elected as Director, FIX Protocol Limited

Overbond and Rapid Addition form strategic alliance

Overbond and Rapid Addition form strategic alliance to bring interoperability and market connectivity to bond trading automation   The collaboration gives fixed income traders around the globe the ability to harness the precision analytics, industry-leading speed, and extensive market coverage of Overbond AI alongside Rapid Addition’s high performance electronic messaging platform to automate up to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Competing for Order Flow – The Differentiation Dilemma

What does competing order flow mean to you? 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 […]

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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 as trading platform strategy evolves.   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 […]

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