Sell-side equities front office headcounts are levelling off from the radical reductions that followed the financial crisis. Capitals markets consultancy GreySpark expects staffing levels to plateau at roughly 70% of pre-crisis levels by 2020. But while there is relief that the numbers are stabilising, the bottom line is there are now fewer traders to manage client business.
Inevitably, this has spurred further automation, with more orders flowing through direct market access (DMA) and algorithmic trading. It has also meant that separate specialist high and low touch roles are a luxury and traders increasingly have to handle both types of orders. Having different systems for care and automated orders is inefficient, especially where a trade might be under performing in low touch and needs to be pulled into high touch care. This convergence of operations calls for a hybrid system that can manage both types of orders in an integrated way.
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Interview: The case of the cost-effective execution stack
Ofir Gefen, President APAC at Itiviti, discusses trends in automation and low-touch trading. Exploring the impact this has had on firms in terms of technology and costs, he provides his answer to the age-old question: should firms buy or build?
White paper: The integration of high and low touch capabilities
This white paper takes an in-depth look at the evolution of low touch trading and its implications for order management technology, exploring the need for fit-for-purpose solutions that provide clients with the quality service that they demand - now and in the future.
Case study and customer expectations
Buy side expects seamless service for high and low touch orders Ismael’s blog 3 (converging expectations).
In this case study, a joint venture investment bank in mainland China selected Itiviti’s agency trading solution to enhance order management, onboarding and middle office capabilities, to better serve its expanding global client base
Itiviti Agency Trading Solution
Key feature description
In a trading landscape influenced by regulation, automation, cost reduction and performance, the demand for a fit-for-purpose low-touch trading system has never been higher. Itiviti’s low-touch platform is specifically designed to automate high-volume trade flow across all asset classes.Learn more
Low-touch trading windows
Move orders, manage exceptions features
Low-touch trading windows
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The shifting balance between high-touch and low-touch trading technology
Published by Intelligent Trading Technology
As global trading markets continue to evolve, moving from high-touch to low-touch trading...
OMS-EMS evolution: Tools for efficient order workflow
This is the first of a multi-part series that explores the past, present and future of Order Management...
- Multi market, multi asset DMA supervision tool
- Manage DSA flow
- Sophisticated pre trade risk control
- Cancel, amend, mass cancel, kill switch
- Sophisticated search tools
- Support high volume and velocity of updates