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Sarah Underwood

A-Team Group’s Intelligent Trading Summit got off to a great start last week with A-Team chief content officer Andrew Delaney enjoying a fireside chat with BNP Paribas head of electronic execution strategy Kee-Meng Tan. Delaney and Tan discussed the need for speed in electronic trading, the adoption of new technologies and opportunities to look beyond the financial services industry for inspiration. They also highlighted the drag on electronic trading caused by increasing regulation, particularly Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II).

Sarah Underwood

Itiviti has set out development plans following its formation through the unification of Orc Group, a provider of electronic trading technology for listed derivatives, and CameronTec Group, a provider of FIX messaging infrastructure and connectivity. Torben Munch, CEO at Itiviti and formerly CEO at Orc, says the combined company is more than the sum of its products and is already developing an expanded solution set including a regulatory compliance application and an extended managed service.

Sarah Underwood

DTCC has thrown its weight behind distributed ledger technology as a means of modernising post-trade processes and says it is in the best position to coordinate evaluation and standardisation of the distributed ledger platform, address challenges and decide whether it is a better solution than existing technology.

Dan Barnes

Has transparency gone too far under planned revisions to the reporting requirements of the 2007 Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)? Market participants say that it will expose sensitive market activity, while creating a massive operational headache.

Sarah Underwood

With just two weeks to go until A-Team Group’s Intelligent Trading Summit in London, we are getting pretty excited about the event’s line up of speakers, who will address everything from the challenges and opportunities of regulation, including MiFID II, to the intricacies of high performance trading; the vendors that will showcase their smart trading solutions; and the number of delegates already registered to attend the event. That said, places are limited so sign up soon and join us for what is shaping up to be a very interesting and informative day.

Dan Barnes

The type of trader you are will determine how you set your watch. That is the upshot of ‘RTS 25: Draft regulatory technical standards on clock synchronization’ published by the European Securities and Markets Commission in late September under the revision of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

By Pete Harris, Principal, Lighthouse Partners

Financial markets firms seem to be forever complaining about an increasingly competitive marketplace that is driving down revenues and increased compliance and operational procedures that are pushing up costs. No surprise then that many are looking at a technology called block chain in order to simplify their post-trade infrastructures and speed up clearing and settlement, both of which feed through to lower costs.

By Jock Percy, CEO at Perseus

Overall, 2015 was a fascinating year for the financial markets and, by extension, for financial technology solutions providers. At a macroeconomic level, the slowdown of growth in China squeezed commodity dependent markets, including commodity powerhouses such as Brazil, Australia and South Africa. Meanwhile, the Greek debt crisis unleashed a period of considerable volatility in the summer months, not least in the equity markets.

By Zoe Schiff

Toronto-based Street Contxt, which delivers highly targeted real-time information designed to enhance communication between capital markets professionals, is gearing up for launch next month, hot on the heels of its US$8 million series A funding round secured in December.