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Barney Dalton, Aspect Capital

If you’re driving a Porsche on the Autobahn, make sure you’ve got the right brakes

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 12:46

By James Williams – Last year witnessed an anticipated record high in quantitative (algorithmic) fund launches. As reported by the Financial Times recently, citing data provider Preqin, some 187 “quant” funds launched in 2011. Through the first six months of 2012, that number had already reached 95; the final figure is not yet known as its data normally has a six-month lag but Preqin’s Head of Hedge Funds, Amy Bensted was quoted as saying “We expect 2012 numbers to exceed those of 2011”. »

Wolfgang Eholzer, Head of Trading System Design for Eurex

New trading architecture improves data capacity

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 12:40

Interview with Wolfgang Eholzer – “One of our core beliefs is that we should offer at least two ways of hooking up to our system,” says Wolfgang Eholzer (pictured), Head of Trading System Design for Eurex. »

Henk D'Hoore, head of product, EMEA

Improved risk controls can give systematic trading firms and HFTs greater trading capacity

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 12:26

By James Williams – Technology vendors are constantly looking for ways to support increased activity in systematic trading. Trading firms, of which high frequency traders (HFTs) are but a sub-sect, are applying high precision engineering to shave millionths of a second off their latency profile. »


Trading volume in VIX futures reaches all-time high for second consecutive month

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 11:47

Average daily volume (ADV), total volume and single-day volume in futures on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) reached all-time highs during February 2013. »


Turnover at Deutsche Börse’s cash markets at EUR93bn in February

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 10:18

Order book turnover on Xetra, the Xetra Frankfurt Specialist trading and Tradegate stood at EUR93bn in February (February 2012: EUR105.8bn). »

FTSE 100

FTSE launches the FTSE Implied Volatility Index Series

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 06:11

FTSE Group has launched the FTSE Implied Volatility Index Series (IVI), an end-of-day index series that measures the implied volatility of the FTSE 100 and FTSE MIB indices. »

Electronic trading floor

NAB Asset Servicing connects to Calastone

Tue, 26/02/2013 - 14:08

NAB Asset Servicing (NAS) has gone live on Calastone, the fund transaction network for the managed fund industry. »

Nicolas Breteau, chief executive at Newedge

Newedge clears first OTC IRS swap on Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Tue, 26/02/2013 - 12:11

Multi-asset brokerage and clearing specialist Newedge has cleared its first OTC interest rate swap (IRS) contract.  »

Trading screens

Saxo Bank launches SaxoMT4 platform for MetaTrader users

Mon, 25/02/2013 - 16:03

Online multi-asset investment specialist Saxo Bank is re-launching its MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform with a new name, SaxoMT4. »

Currency cogs

Emerging markets hedge funds position for currency volatility

Mon, 25/02/2013 - 06:13

Emerging markets hedge funds posted strong gains to conclude 2012, which continued through early 2013, as stimulus measures in developed markets contributed to EM currency and equity market gains. »


EEX cancels EUA auction

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 14:13

The European Energy Exchange (EEX), in its capacity of the transitional auction platform for the Federal Republic of Germany, has cancelled Friday’s auction of EU Allowances (EUA) for the third trading period, because it would have cleared below the reserve price. »

Finance graph

Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 2.07 per cent in January

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 10:02

Hedge funds, as measured by the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index, finished January up 2.07 per cent, with nine out of 10 strategies in positive territory. »

Peter Reitz, member of the Eurex executive board

Eurex Exchange lists four new MSCI index derivatives

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 06:00

The international derivatives marketplace Eurex Exchange will start listing new derivatives on global MSCI indices on 11 March. »


ICMA publishes legal documentation in support of Russian repo market.

Thu, 21/02/2013 - 10:23

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA), a trade body for the international debt capital markets, has published a legal opinion on the enforceability and validity of the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA) in Russia. »


SIX terminates Scoach cooperation contract

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 16:18

Scoach, the joint trading platform for structured products in Switzerland and Germany operated by SIX Swiss Exchange and Deutsche Börse, is to close after SIX terminated the cooperation contract between the two exchanges. »

Michael Spencer, group chief executive of ICAP

ICAP launches i-Swap in the US

Wed, 20/02/2013 - 14:46

ICAP has launched i-Swap, its electronic interest rate derivative platform in the US for trading of US Dollar interest rate swaps (IRS). »

Trading screens

Pine River selects FlexTrade for global multi-asset trading solution

Tue, 19/02/2013 - 11:29

Pine River Capital Management has deployed its Flex Trade Systems’ FlexTRADER EMS to facilitate trading for equities, FX and listed derivatives. »

European flags

European certificates market slightly weaker in Q4, says Eusipa

Tue, 19/02/2013 - 06:12

The turnover of investment certificates and leverage products traded on the European stock exchanges in the fourth quarter of 2012 was EUR20.7bn, or 13.4 per cent lower than in the third quarter of the year. »

Russian flag

QuantHouse and BCS to launch low-latency low latency market data for MICEX-RTS

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:17

QuantHouse, S&P Capital IQ’s real time operation, has partnered with the European arm of Russian financial institution BCS Financial Group to launch low latency market data for MICEX-RTS – Russia’s main equity market. »

Electronic trading floor

FIX Protocol Ltd publishes best practices for electronic bond trading

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:06

FIX Protocol Ltd (FPL), a non-profit, industry standards organisation for the global electronic trading community, has published recommended best practices and accompanying implementation guidelines for the electronic trading of bonds.  »

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Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index up 2.07 per cent in January

Mon, 18/02/2013 - 12:03

The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished up 2.07 per cent for the month of January, with nine of the 10 sub-strategies recording gains. »


RDX USD index derivatives reach one million traded contracts

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 06:04

Eurex Exchange has exceeded one million contracts traded in the RDX USD index futures and options since trading began on 19 March 2012. »

Computer screen

FSI Group lists on AlphaMetrix

Wed, 13/02/2013 - 06:35

Hedge and private equity fund manager FSI Group has joined the AlphaMetrix TransparentFund platform. FSI Group will retain its existing service providers and enhance its already robust infrastructure by offering investors risk monitoring, reporting, customised transparency and a thorough background investigation via AlphaMetrix. »

French flag

Eurex expands product offering on French government bonds

Mon, 11/02/2013 - 14:34

Eurex Exchange is to introduce a new interest rate future, the Mid-Term Euro-OAT Future, which is based on notional medium-term bonds issued by the Republic of France (Obligations Assimilables du Trésor – OAT), on 11 March 2013. »

Thomas Book, member of the Eurex executive board responsible for clearing

First hedge fund joins EurexOTC Clear for client clearing

Wed, 06/02/2013 - 16:12

The European hedge fund Whard Stewart Master Fund has joined the client-clearing services of the new EurexOTC Clear for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS). »

Two fingers

Two of the largest European investment managers join EurexOTC Clear for client clearing

Wed, 06/02/2013 - 12:12

Two of the largest European investment managers, Insight Investment Management (Global) Limited in London and OFI Asset Management in Paris, have successfully begun client-clearing services of the EurexOTC Clear for Interest Rate Swaps (IRS). »

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Credit Suisse LAB Index up 1.10 per cent in January

Tue, 05/02/2013 - 14:09

The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index was up 1.10 per cent in January, according to Dr Jordan Drachman, head of alternative beta strategies at Credit Suisse. »

Trading screen

BofA Merrill Lynch launches Instinct Natural

Tue, 05/02/2013 - 10:07

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has launched Instinct Natural, an enhancement to its alternative trading system (ATS) Instinct X, aimed at increasing opportunities to execute block trades while minimising market impact. »


Trading volume at CBOE, C2SM and CFE totalled 89.02 million contracts in January

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:17

January trading volume for options contracts on Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and C2 Options Exchange (C2SM) and futures contracts on CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) totalled 89.02 million contracts. »


Eurex Group sees average daily volume of 8.7 million contracts in January

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 10:04

In January 2013, the international derivatives exchanges of Eurex Group recorded an average daily volume of 8.7 million contracts, compared with 8.2 million contracts in January 2012. »


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