How should Investment Banks capitalise on the new Apple Watch for financial trading? (from Caplin’s tech blog)


At Caplin we run two blogs. This business focused blog, and our hugely popular tech blog called Platformability.

The tech blog mainly deals with technology issues, particularly those surrounding agile development and using native web technologies to build high-performance real-time web apps for financial trading.

It also looks at UX design, code testing and occasionally more diverse topics such as the psychology of UX design or how office environments can be, or not be, conducive to productive work.

As the audiences for the two blogs tend to be quite different, we rarely cross-post between the blogs.

However, given that today sees the new Apple Watch going on sale (apparently only in six stores globally), our tech team has marked the occasion by posting a discussion on how the Apple watch might be used by banks in finance, and it’s certainly worth a read.

With the launch of the Apple Watch Caplin wanted to board the wearable tech bandwagon. We wanted to ask the questions why and how should a sell side Investment Bank want to use wearable tech?

How should Investment Banks  capitalise on the new Apple Watch for financial trading?

Here is a link to the full post: How should Investment Banks capitalise on the new Apple Watch for financial trading?

Mobile institutional trading – Its time has come


Despite mobile trading has long been the accepted norm in the retail trading space, banks have been slow to embrace mobile trading for their corporate and institutional clients, with most citing security and compliance concerns.

There have been some exceptions, like JP Morgan’s MorganDirect/Mobile and Deutsche’s Autobahn/mobile which permitted institutional and corporate clients to view live rates, access research see econ calendars, and modify existing orders and are now tentatively allowing trading.

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Single-Dealer Platforms evolve and remain relevant


The evolving global regulatory landscape is fundamentally changing how banks operate, the returns available, the business lines and markets in which they can effectively compete, and the way in which they interact with and service their clients via their Single-Dealer Platforms.

For example, under Dodd Frank, standardised swaps trading with clients will migrate from OTC bilateral trading, over to regulated venues such as SEFs. This will see the value proposition and revenue generated for banks likewise shift from a Continue reading

New Canadian exchange will not allow HFT access


Over the past year we have seen a number of platforms in the OTC space change their rules in order to “create a more level playing field for participants”, to ensure they are not disadvantaged by those with ‘high speed trading platforms’ – ie the High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms.

Now a new Canadian stock exchange being launchedAequitas Innovations Inc‘ that will not permit high-frequency trading! Press release here and more background info here

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Caplin Systems lead sponsor at APTAS Conference


Caplin is proud to be the lead sponsor for the Asia Pacific Trading Architecture Summit held at the Regent Hotel in Singapore on June 27.

Patrick Myles, Caplin CTO, will present a white paper titled “HTML in 2013 – Where now?”

Caplin’s booth will feature the latest FX Motif, Bladerunner and Multi-Asset trading solution.

For a complimentary pass, please email me at Randy.Hebert@Caplin.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Panoptican sold to Datawatch – another Big Data play


Datawatch Corporation, the provider of information optimization solutions, has agreed to acquire Panopticon Software AB, a privately held Swedish company specializing in the delivery of real-time visual data discovery solutions.

Panoptican Software provide high performance real-time visual data discovery to speed up business processes. used in many areas with Cap Markets, and in a number of trading platforms to visualise market sector performance, and in FX for liquidity visualisation. (demo site here).

Michael A. Morrison, President and CEO of Datawatch, said:

“This acquisition will immediately benefit our combined customers, partners and prospects by allowing them to accelerate the development and deployment of solutions that use the wide variety of data formats and sources present in every organization.

…..Our collective capabilities to address Big Data opportunities are vastly improved with the high velocity access enabled by Panopticon’s real-time visual data discovery solution and the variety of data sources and formats that can be transformed by the Datawatch Information Optimization platform.”

So, another Big Data play, following last weeks sale of Streambase to TIBCO and Apama to Software AG.

Full story on Panoptican  here

The Evolution of Executing Futures – Part 2


Part 1 looked at the history of executing futures leading up to the beginning of this century. This part will have a look at some of the technologies that were introduced during my time on the trading floor over the last decade, as well as some advancements that have been presented since I joined Caplin.

Auto Spreaders

As a spread trader, I was required to enter long and short positions on two or more contracts at the same time. The ‘hedged’ positions alleviate the risks of outright positions and allow one to take views on the widening direction of the spread between two or more markets without necessarily having a view on their underlying direction.

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