Category: Equity

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Europe’s institutional sell-side firms have had a tough time in recent years. As well as the costly overhead of implementing and complying with MiFID II, the industry continues to grapple with a deteriorating economic outlook (compounded by the Covid-19 outbreak) and shrinking commissions, while structural changes have made equity […]

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A Match Made in Heaven? The Growing Importance of Systematic Internalisation

It’s easy, and perhaps convenient, to forget the mad scramble to be ready for MiFID II. Many firms struggled to interpret the operational implications of the 1.7 million paragraphs of text, turn them into policy and assess their potential business impact. The ‘day 1’ priority was just getting compliant with the new regime, and few […]

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Beware the onboarding nightmare in the battle for client order flow

Regulatory scrutiny of buy-side broker selection and best-execution benchmarking, together with research unbundling rules, have led many asset managers to rationalise their broker lists. With sell-side firms being held to ever higher standards, winning and retaining client mandates has never been more challenging. Typically, sell-side firms look to differentiate themselves through the quality of their […]

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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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Trading Nodes

Fluid Dynamics – the evolving shape of European market liquidity

Nearly 2 years after the implementation of MiFID II, the equity market landscape is now taking shape. What was initially a race to be compliant has rapidly morphed to a battle of who can evolve their business models to take advantage of the new market structure and behaviour.

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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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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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