Benchmarking Report Reveals Equity Traders Challenges for 2015
TradeTech conducted the second annual Equities Market Survey with over 60 senior equity buy side traders to offer an industry benchmark around key challenges. This second part addresses the trading technology strategies, budget spends and investments they foresee in 2015.
Key findings include:
Trading technology plays an important role in an increasingly illiquid market
Trading strategies are having to shift and develop due to the complex regulatory landscape and a difficult economic environment, and are needed to help overcome an increasingly illiquid market. In addition, trading volumes are growing and revenue projections are becoming more optimistic.
The need for speed is decreasing and affecting technology needs and innovation in the market
Technology innovation in equity markets has changed in past year with the chase of HFTs having reduced and the need for speed much less than before. Now, it seems that the need for more high touch trading strategies is required to find liquidity, yet many still trade through low touch.
Growing requirements to demonstrate best execution is driving investment in new trading technology
With growing requirements on demonstrating best execution, many buy side respondents mentioned investing heavily in new trading technology, such as OMS, EMS and SOR. TCA remains a very important area of investment, yet over 50% of respondents are unhappy with current TCA tools due to limitations in cross asset application.
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