Category: Trading Technology

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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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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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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Electronic Trading Platforms Partners and Links

CEO CHAT: Traders Magazine sat down with Rapid Addition

Optimizing economies of scale is the way to go – especially when it comes to growing in the foreign exchange space. Rapid Addition specializes in the provision of high-performance enterprise solutions for electronic trading. The firm is a pioneer in FIX/FAST and FPGA technology and offers a messaging platform that combines the benefit of software […]

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Citi Partners with Rapid Addition to Grow Market Share in FX Electronic Trading

London: Citi has appointed electronic trading platform provider Rapid Addition as one of its core FIX platform partners for currency trading, based on the company’s latency performance and scalability to meet business requirements. Citi has integrated the Rapid Addition FIX engine, as well as the Rapid Addition Hub platform into its new pricing technology for […]

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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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