July 2007

NEWS ANALYSIS: Traders need multi-asset technology

Fund management traders need multi-asset trading technology as they move towards more sophisticated investment techniques, a report by the Tabb Group says. They need systems that can oversee complex transactions involving cash equities, fixed income, derivatives and currencies. The most sophisticated money managers are approaching investing in a whole new way.  They no longer gain exposure to an industry by simply investing in the equity of the most promising companies.  Instead they are using complicated, inter-related plans that expose them to securities and strategies outside of their traditional comfort zone, exploiting arbitrage opportunities across capital structures and achieving investment goals by using the most efficient financial instrument – or combination of instruments – to attain their desired exposure, risk and reward. It will also become imperative to have technology that can handle market access in different geographies, where trading protocols may be different. The issues affect the sell-side brokers as well as buy-side fund managers, says the Tabb Group in its report, Cross-Asset Trading Systems: Controlling the Trader's Desktop.Traders with the fastest, most powerful tools are winning, Tabb says. Andy Nybo, the report’s author, says: “Perhaps most importantly, traders will have the ability to view their book of business in realtime, through a consolidated blotter that shows the status of all their portfolio activity, executed in any market or security around the world.” © fe July 2007

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