Birgir Haraldsson and Mario Manna, co-founders of Nightberg, an independent macro strategy firm, talk to Profit & Loss about getting noticed in a crowded market and how data analytics is changing the traditional research model.
Profit & Loss: given your experience in the market, how have you seen financial research change over the years?
Mario Manna: Spending a lot of time on the buy side we’ve always been big users of research and it has changed quite a bit, in particular it’s become more siloed. So now you often have specialists carved out to cover a specific niche, firms have a US rates strategist, an EU rates strategist, etc, and so the research becomes narrowly focused and at risk of constantly reporting about a topic or asset when perhaps nothing much is happening.
SmartTrade Technologies has launched a new cross-asset big data analytics solution.
The new solution, smartAnalytics, is designed to enable firms to achieve a greater control and transparency by leveraging smartTrade’s ability to store, analyse and visualise all the data flowing through their trading infrastructure.
David Vincent, CEO of smartTrade, says that there are two distinct reasons why market participants need these tools.
“The first reason is because new in regulations such as Mifid II regulators are asking for much more transparency into the trading process. So for compliance purposes, it’s important to have the reporting capabilities to provide data explaining the way that they traded.
If data is the new oil, then how trading firms “drill” it in order to generate alpha becomes increasingly important. Galen Stops reports.
So often has the phrase been used recently that it’s in danger of becoming something of a cliché but, apparently, data is the new oil.
To see evidence of this, look no further than the technology giants that have emerged out of Silicon Valley. Yes, Facebook doesn’t charge users money for the social media platform it provides, but is it free? Arguably, users “pay” with the data that they create via their interactions on the platform, which Facebook is then free to use and sell to generate profits.
Although fintech solutions are likely to change how FX operates throughout the trade lifecycle, expect these changes to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, explained speakers during a recent Profit & Loss webinar.
The word “disruption” has become synonymous with fintech in recent years, with numerous articles, whitepapers and analyst reports warning that fintech upstarts are looking to upset the applecart in financial services.
Yet speakers on a recent Profit & Loss webinar, FinTech in FX: Getting Beyond the Hype, which was sponsored by IHS Markit, preferred to talk in terms of innovation rather than disruption when discussing the impact of fintech in the FX markets.