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The Art and the Science of Leveraging Cloud Infrastructure: Making Cloud Computing Work in the Trading Environment

Having demonstrated an initial, and understandable, wariness of cloud services, trading firms and other players such as hosting providers in the institutional trading environment are slowly coming to embrace the technology. With storage demands for mid-size firms growing at approximately 90 terabytes a year, perhaps this is not surprising. Building proprietary infrastructure that can keep up with this level of growth is comparable to painting the Golden Gate Bridge: a never-ending task.

Garbage In, Garbage Out: An Optical Tour of the Role of Strategy in Venue Analysis

We address a single question in this paper: is consideration of trading strategy an essential component in assessing venue performance? The answer is, yes. We arrive at this conclusion through comparisons of strategy use across venues and performance metrics, by venu…

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ITG Peer Analysis Global Cost Review: Q1 2014

Our Global Cost Review report for the First Quarter 2014 studied global commissions and implementation shortfall costs for the period.

Measuring the Trading Activity at the Open and Close Auctions Around the Globe

ITG Financial Engineering has recently completed its R&D work on international stock specific intraday volume profiles, extending its robust estimation methodology to common stocks and several other security types to cover more than 50 markets around the world.1 The intraday volume profiles, which include the estimated percentages of the daily volume to be traded in each 15-minute interval of the continuous trading session and at the  and closing call auctions, are estimated for individual securities traded on each market and can be used for efficient execution of large orders.

Driving competitive advantage through FX TCA

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information” – to quote Gordon Gekko from the 1987 movie classic Wall Street. This line has never been more significant than in today’s data-fuelled financial markets, where detailed analysis of information can provide that all important competitive edge – both now and in the future. To achieve this, firms are looking towards Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA), which enables them to reduce costs and hone trading strategies.

How Analytics Can Help Make the Most Out of Asian Liquidity

The term ‘TCA’ has now become so common across the industry, and some would argue commoditized, that its value is in danger of becoming misunderstood. While most buyside firms use some form of broker post-trade analysis to measure how they’ve performed against their benchmark, the firms who are out-performing versus their peers are using a broader approach of pre-trade, real time and post-trade analytics to answer questions about how and why trading costs are incurred, and what actions can be taken to reduce them.

ITG Peer Analysis Global Cost Review: Q4 2013

Our Global Cost Review report for the Fourth Quarter 2013 studied global commissions and implementation shortfall costs for the period.

Examining the WM/Reuters London Close through the Prism of Foreign Exchange Transaction Cost Analysis

Please find this article referenced in the Wall Street Journal.

Responding to many client requests, the FX team at ITG Analytics reviewed trade data surrounding the WM/Reuters London Closing Spot Rate Service (“the fix”). By observing the factors that influence trading costs using ITG TCA® for FX’s rich quote data we found trade patterns that were unique. Consistent with academic literature1,we show that volume and volatility around the fix spikes and the spread costs tighten temporarily. In addition, we see mean reversion of the FX rates on days when there is substantial price pressure shortly prior to the fix. Our analysis does not prove the allegations of manipulation brought about by some market participants.

What Makes an Exchange a Unique Institution?

I recently received my copy of the Winter 2014 Journal of Trading.  Quickly scanning the journal’s cover, I began flipping through to an article on real-time TCA visualization.  I stopped, when I came across the title which I reuse for this comment.  The Journal piece is an edited manuscript of a panel session of the same title held during a conference, organized by Robert Schwartz of Baruch College in New York.  The participants, led by Andy Brooks of T. Rowe Price Associates, are well-known in the industry, and I recommend a read by anyone who did not see that crew in action.

The full version of this article can be found in the Journal of Trading

MiFID II: Worth the Wait, or a Missed Opportunity?

This piece was originally published in Best Execution magazine.

On the 14th January the European Parliament and Council of Ministers finally agreed a new directive to update rules for markets in financial instruments (MiFID II). Rob Boardman, CEO of ITG Europe asks whether it was worth the wait?

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