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European Principal Traders Association

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

I’ve been reading quite a bit in the press recently about the newly formed FIA European Principal Traders Association (EPTA), which is a European-based lobby group designed to help proprietary trading firms get their voices and opinions heard by the European legislators. The EPTA is a subsidiary of the Futures Industry Association, and you can find their website at Last year, a similar group, the FIA Principal Traders Group, was established in the...

HFT and European Market Structure

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Niki Beattie An Interview with Niki Beattie In this interview for the High Frequency Trading Review, Mike O’Hara talks to Niki Beattie, Owner and Managing Director at Market Structure Partners, an independent strategic advisory firm that specialises in capital markets structures. Niki is a leading expert on the makeup of Europe’s financial markets, and her clients include some of the world’s leading investment banks, trading venues, clearing houses, asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary...

High Frequency Trading Solutions from Mantara

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Mantara is a name that seems to have been popping up again and again recently in the context of high frequency trading solutions. The firm recently announced the opening of its Toronto office, to support what it sees as a growing demand for its HFT solutions in the Canadian market. // Not knowing much about the firm, I was curious to find out more, so I spoke with Michael Chin, President and CEO, and Shawn Sloves, Co-Founder and Head of Product Management and Strategy at Mantara. HFT...

FPGA, The Next Wave of HFT Technology?

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

By David Quarrell | Sponsored by Agilysys
At a trade conference recently, the platform asked for a straw poll of those people developing solutions using FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), about a third of the room put their hands up. This is a new technology to the financial services industry and is beginning to be adopted into the HFT stack and I thought it was worth finding out what the buzz is all about.

Gate arrays have in fact been around since the beginning of the...

High Frequency Trading in India

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Citihub Conversations, Part Two Welcome to the second in our series of Citihub Conversations, where we discuss a range of topics on the intersection of technology with the financial markets – particularly in the high frequency trading space – with associates from Citihub, the specialist IT consultancy focused on the financial services industry. In this interview, Mike O’Hara talks to Paul Chew, Partner (Asia Pacific) and Bob Mudhar, Associate Partner at Citihub, about the growing opportunities...

Kx Systems and High Frequency Trading

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Simon Garland Recently I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Simon Garland, Chief Strategist of Kx Systems, who was over in London on a visit from Switzerland. The company’s kdb+ database is used extensively in a high frequency trading capacity to store, analyze, process and retrieve large data sets at high speed, so I wanted to find out more about the company and their product set. HFT Review: Simon, can you explain what sets Kx Systems and kdb+ apart and why you guys are experiencing...

Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and the Technology Around MILA

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Earlier this week, the stock exchanges of Colombia, Chile and Peru came together to form MILA, the Integrated Latin American Market. MILA will enable cross-border trading and common access between the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia, Chile’s Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago and Peru’s Bolsa de Valores de Lima. // I spoke with Jitendra Puri, Chief Information Officer of the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia, to find out more about about his exchange’s plans regarding technology, particularly if...

Florian Miciu of Chi-X Europe Discusses Technological Challenges Behind HFT

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

The following interview is reproduced with the kind permission of TradeTech Architecture. Florian Miciu Florian Miciu is the CTO at Chi-X Europe, putting him right on the cutting edge of the world of trading technology, particularly when it comes to making sure that the all-important ‘back-end’ is serving the needs of those on the trading floor – and the regulators. We caught up with Florian in the run up to TradeTech Architecture to take a look at the technological...

Jenkins Marshall Discusses Knight Capital’s Global Program Trading Service

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

More and more brokers are now rolling out services to help their institutional clients beat high frequency traders at their own game, by using intelligent algorithms to minimise the possibility of  HFTs “sniffing out” their orders. // Recently on this website, we’ve looked at both Pipeline’s predictive algorithmic switching product, AlphaPro, and Deutsche Bank’s Stealth algorithm. Today, it’s the turn of Knight Capital, who introduced their Global Program Trading service at the end of April...

Staying Competitive in the High Frequency Trading Space

July 6, 2011 by Mike O'Hara   Comments (0)

Will Mechem An Interview with Will Mechem In this interview for the High Frequency Trading Review, Mike O’Hara talks to Will Mechem, who is Managing Director of Pan Alpha Trading, a high frequency trading firm that uses quantitative, systematic, market-neutral investment strategies. Will is also Managing Director of Willard John Thomas Associates, which provides consulting services to start-ups, technology firms and financial firms globally. High Frequency Trading Review: Could you give me a...