Tag: market structure

Rethinking Institutional Bitcoin Investments

I might have been hasty in my last post regarding being bearish on institutional investments in bitcoins. After interviewing Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead for Trader Magazine’s current cover story, I refined my views a bit. Buy-and-hold asset managers will still find investing in the digital currency directly difficult. The bitcoin market remains relatively small, highly fragmented,…

Institutionally Bearish on Bitcoins

The more research that I dig up for an upcoming feature on institutional investors and bitcoins, the more I believe that it will be a few more years before asset managers are able to profit from digital-currency investments. This has nothing to do with the maturity of the bitcoin infrastructure, which is fine and only needs…

The Sound and Fury of Fixed-Income Trading

This may be a poorly timed post since the Tabb Forum’s annual fixed-income conference is tomorrow, I’m pretty bearish on meaningful changes in corporate-bond market these days. There’s been a lot of activity in the electronic-trading space for fixed income over the past year as agency brokerage ITG and Tradeweb launch their respective trading platforms…

BATS Market Structure Reform: The Devil Take the Hindmost

The industry might have rung out 2014 discussing the “grand compromise” on the US equity market structure led by the Intercontinental Exchange that would lower access fees in exchange for a trade-at rule, but BATS Global Trading wasted no time in the new to offers its market-structure alternative. In an open letter to the industry, exchange CEO…

Kiss the SIPs Goodbye? Hell No!

The Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA) published its recommendations for changes to the US cash equities market structure that promises enough pain for broker-dealers as well as exchanges and alternative trading system operators. Since reporting on it earlier this week, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the impact SIFMA’s proposed…