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Citadel and KCG Targets of DOJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal authorities investigating the market-making arms of the $25bil hedge fund Citadel LLC and broker KCG Holdings Inc, are looking into the possibility that the two giants of electronic trading are giving small investors a poor deal when executing stock transactions on their behalf. The Justice Department has subpoenaed information from […] Read More

10 May, 2016
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Bloomberg ETF RFQ Tool For Blocks: A Blockbuster

Bloomberg LP’s agency broker Bloomberg Tradebook is continuing to grab market share in the ETF execution space thanks to introducing a blockbuster approach that has proven to work across a universe of hard-to-trade financial instruments: RFQ (“Request For Quote”). The “Bloomberg ETF RFQ” tool, which, according to a statement issued by Bloomberg LP,  has triggered “a 3-fold […] Read More

10 May, 2016
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Convicted Libor Trader Launches Crowdfund Campaign

(FinanceMagnates.com) Supporters of Tom Hayes, the former UBS rates trader and the first person to be convicted for the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), have launched a crowdfunding appeal via UK platform Fundrazr to raise £150,000 ($217,403) to underwrite a further appeal against his conviction. The former trader, currently serving an 11-year […] Read More

4 May, 2016
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Buy-Side Says: Don’t Just Set It and Forget It

Cheryl Cargie, head trader at buy-side fund manager Ariel Investments in Chicago, said that while the buy side is looking for more from its sales trader coverage, it depends on whether a buy side trader is representing a passive or active strategy. For a veteran with over 20 years in trading and representing all of […] Read More

4 May, 2016
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Finra Sends Brokers Notice of Spoofing

“Report Cards” Delivered to Brokerages Citing High-Speed Manipulative Practices, Including Spoofing and Layering (WSJ) –Finra, the securities industry’s self-regulator sent out its first monthly “report cards” to brokerage firms warning about manipulative superfast trading practices, marking the beginning of an effort to encourage the firms to cut off traders that aren’t playing fair. The Financial […] Read More

29 April, 2016
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SEC Proposes System to Catch Market Manipulators

In effort to thwart the “Catch Me If You Can” crowd, the SEC has proposed a new audit system that will purportedly allow regulators to track every bid and offer submitted to stock and options exchanges in effort to catch market manipulators. (WSJ)–U.S. market regulators on Wednesday proposed a massive data repository that will eventually allow them […] Read More

28 April, 2016
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UST Trading Invaded by HFT Firms

The high-frequency arms race, aka “Battle Between Wall Street-style Transformers” has extended to trading in USTs and HFT firms are invading the US Treasury market, according to latest from BusinessInsider.. (BusinessInsider)-High-frequency traders have taken over the market for US Treasuries, and a bunch of market participants say they’re alarmed by the change.   The US Treasury recently asked […] Read More

25 April, 2016
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Deutsche Börse Gets Into ETF Block Trades

(MarketsMedia)–European exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers have welcomed a new service from Deutsche Börse which aims to make it easier to trade large ETF orders on the German exchange. Deutsche Börse has launched Xetra Quote Request which allows investors to send quote requests for large orders to all registered market makers of a selected ETF, rather […] Read More

25 April, 2016
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A New Social Media ETF :$BUZ

Not to be confused with yet another social media ETF comprised of social media companies, the latest flavor in the creative world of exchange-traded funds is courtesy of ALPS Advisors and Sprott Asset Management; an ETF that tracks the performance of the BUZZ Social Media Insights Index, which in turn, identifies U.S. companies that rank […] Read More

22 April, 2016
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e-Bond ATS “OpenBondX” Promotes Maker-Taker Rebates

Start-up corporate bond trading system OpenBondX is hoping to pull a rabbit out of its hat and jump start activity by emulating what the universe of equities-centric electronic exchanges and ATS platforms do in order to attract order flow to their respective venues: pay broker-dealers for orders given to them buy customers (retail and institutional) […] Read More

21 April, 2016
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To Whom It May Concern: Inflation Risk Is On

Memo: To Whom It May Concern: Inflation Risk is Back In Play Below is a special edition of global macro commentary courtesy of Stamford-based think tank Rareview Macro LLC, the publisher of “Sight Beyond Sight.” The following has been excerpted by the curators at MarketsMuse and republished with permission from the author, Neil Azous. For […] Read More

20 April, 2016
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Bitcoin ETF: Navigating SEC Spider Web: Spider Woman

Call it a Rat’s Nest, a Rabbit Hole, or a Rubik’s Cube, but no certified marketsmuse can dispute the fact the ETF industry has become a Spider’s Web of complexity when it comes to the assortment of products being promoted. And, who more qualified to advocate on behalf of a Bitcoin ETF than Kathleen Moriarty, who is […] Read More

20 April, 2016
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JP Morgan Takes Stake in ETF firm Global X

Big Banks and Broker-Dealers Continue to Carve Out Stakes in ETF Ecosystem (Reuters) JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM.N) asset management arm said it has taken a passive, minority stake in New York-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Global X Management Co LLC. Traditional asset managers have been eager to build ETFs, which are typically lower cost […] Read More

15 April, 2016
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ETF and ETP: Now a $3 Trillion Industry

Back in the day, when “trillion dollar” was a phrase not even contemplated by film writers, and barely envisioned by financial industry wonks (other than in context of US government deficit), and when even being a billionaire was limited to a universe of less than two dozen people, (e.g. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates 25 […] Read More

14 April, 2016
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Global Macro Gut Trade: China ETF

For those following global macro think tank Rareview Macro’s “Sight Beyond Sight”, you already know that the firm’s chief strategist Neil Azous is on a roll and the firm’s model portfolio is outpacing many who have an ax in global macro style investing. Today’s edition of the firm’s commentary caught the attention of MarketsMuse curators […] Read More

13 April, 2016
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NYSE Uses Sharp Elbows to Box Out IEX; Hijacks…

The electronic exchange playing field is not for boy scouts. All is fair in love and war. That’s the message NYSE is sending to upstart “Investors Exchange” aka IEX, as the world’s most formidable financial market trading platform is simultaneously lobbying SEC regulators to block IEX’s application to be designated as a full blown exchange […] Read More

11 April, 2016
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Fintech 201: ESG Investing with Algos

If you are into fintech, that means you ‘get the joke’ when it comes to using algorithms aka “algos” and for institutional investors having an ax with regard to environmental, social and governance factors (commonly known as ESG investing), Arabesque Partners, a new player in the fund management space might have a solution for you. […] Read More

10 April, 2016
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Experts Eye Equity Options v Credit-Default Swaps

Violent price swings across financial markets this year have forced corporate bond investors to re-evaluate their portfolio allocations, and subsequently, their hedging strategies. Diminishing liquidity in credit-default swaps has led many traders to delve into equity options. (TABB Group) by columnist Callie Bost– Imagine you’re a corporate-bond trader and the world is falling apart around […] Read More

8 April, 2016