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Editor at Large
Member Since: 5/8/2014
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Blog Posts: 2629
Posts: 638

Ivy is Editor-at-Large for Advanced Trading and Wall Street & Technology. Ivy is responsible for writing in-depth feature articles, daily blogs and news articles with a focus on automated trading in the capital markets. As an industry expert, Ivy has reported on a myriad number of topics including high frequency trading, algorithmic trading strategies, market structure, electronic trading in fixed income , colocation in data centers, Dodd-Frank regulation and the new derivatives landscape. Ivy meets with software companies and other innovators and writes about cloud computing, OMS/EMSs and other financial technologies.

Articles by Ivy Schmerken

The End of an Era: Farewell to an Icon

1/27/2015
After more than two decades of writing for Wall Street & Technology, I am leaving the media brand. It's time to reflect on our mutual history and the road ahead.

The Clock For Market Structure Change Is Ticking

1/7/2015
Capital Markets Outlook 2015: The SEC is conducting a broad review of US equity market structure, but the most important proposals are the tick-size pilot, maker-taker rebates, dark pools, and order routing transparency.

Swap Markets Debate Anonymous Trading in SEFs

1/5/2015
Capital Markets Outlook: With more than a year of SEF trading up and running, swap participants are looking at standardized Market Agreed Upon or "MAC" swap products, to fuel anonymous order book trading next year.

Trad-X SEF Reaches $1T Volume Milestone

12/9/2014
Tradition's SEF Trad-X has seen a sharp increase in trading activity since September for USD interest-rate swaps on its central limit order book, citing its hybrid voice and electronic platform as a differentiator.

ICE Licenses Swap Futures Methodology From Eris Exchange

12/5/2014
Intercontinental Exchange plans to begin trading swap futures in 2015 in credit and interest rates based on intellectual property licensed from Eris Exchange. ICE will offer a rival product to cleared OTC swaps.

A Conversation About Bitcoin Exchanges

12/1/2014
Platform providers are drawing upon experience with high-frequency trading and fintech to create infrastructure for virtual currency exchanges.

FIX for Post-Trade Gains Traction: How Far Will It Go?

11/25/2014
A group of heavyweight asset managers has collaborated on a solution for non-US trade confirmations and affirmations that is fueling interest in FIX for post-trade use as an alternative to Omgeo's Central Trade Manager.

Exchanges Gain as Equity Volumes Hit 3-Year High

11/18/2014
With the return of volatility last month, exchange volumes surged 29%, off-exchange share slipped, and one dark pool closed up shop, according to analyst market structure reports.

Finra to Focus on Fixed Income ATSs & Algo Providers

11/12/2014
Finra CEO Richard Ketchum outlines plans for requiring brokers that use fixed-income "RFQ systems" to provide more pre-trade price transparency to customers. In equities, Finra wants to register firms involved in designing algorithms.

SEC Chairman Discusses Rule Changes on HFT

11/11/2014
SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed HFT and the agency's plans for equity market structure in 2015 in a video interview with Bloomberg Market Makers at the SIFMA annual meeting.

Cyber Risk Is a Top Concern, 84% Tell DTCC

10/23/2014
DTCC released its recent "Systemic Risk Barometer" survey showing that cyber risk is among the global financial industry's top five concerns, along with the impact of new regulations.

Raymond James CIO Focuses on Ease of Use

10/6/2014
Raymond James’s financial advisers are becoming more productive, partially through the use of new technology and data analytics provided by the firm’s IT group, led by Vincent Campagnoli.

Fidelity Labs Takes Innovation to the Next Level

10/2/2014
Fidelity Labs is running a pilot on LinkedIn that lets financial advisers interact with their book of customers. That's just one example of how the tech incubator is seeding ideas and developing future products for its parent company.

The New Race to Zero

10/2/2014
The low-latency trading race is almost over, but the in-memory analytics race is just beginning.

IEX CTO Runs 10-Month Marathon

9/30/2014
The most influential time in Rob Park's career was the 10 months it took to take IEX from conception to production.

SEF Trading Volumes Emerging From Summer Doldrums

9/18/2014
Tradeweb's SEF saw a twenty-fold increase in interest-rate derivatives trading volume in the first two weeks of September, while Tabb Group looks for signs of summer doldrums turning around.

SEC Eyes Cyber-Security Planning

7/22/2014
In addition to regular audits, the SEC will start to scrutinize the cyber-security preparedness of market participants.

TradeKing Enters the Online Advisory Market

7/7/2014
As robo-advisers target independent investors with automated tools, TradeKing teamed with Morningstar's Ibbotson Associates to deliver professionally managed portfolios with low fees.

BATS to Launch BATS One Data Feed

6/30/2014
Reflecting its merger with Direct Edge, BATS Global Markets will offer a new direct data feed product with a unified view of aggregate quotes, trades, and optional depth information for all four equity exchanges it operates.

FIX Protocol Gains Traction Among SEFs

6/17/2014
Most swap execution facilities have adopted the FIX Protocol to avoid fragmentation and allow for aggregation across multiple liquidity pools.

Market Data Expense Expert Hires New CEO

6/16/2014
The Roberts Group has hired a former Omgeo executive as CEO to expand the company, which already helps buy-side and sell-side firms reduce market data expenses between 10% and 30%.

Motif Investing Enters Financial Advisor Market

5/13/2014
After raising $35 million in a second funding round, the online site announced a platform for financial advisors along with plans to expand internationally and roll out asset allocation models to self-directed investors.

Javelin's CEO James Cawley Departs SEF

5/5/2014
An advocate for transparency in swaps trading, James Cawley, founder and CEO of Javelin SEF, is parting ways with the derivatives trading platform.

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