TT® Compliance and TT® Quantitative Trading Solutions build on existing strengths, recent acquisitions through new strategic focus
CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT), a global capital markets technology platform provider, today announced the launch of two new lines of business, TT Compliance and TT Quantitative Trading Solutions (QTS), to further support the company’s growth into new asset classes. The two dedicated lines of business build on TT’s past offerings in trade surveillance and algorithmic/quantitative trading solutions that were strengthened by TT’s acquisitions of Abel Noser Solutions – the industry-leading provider of transaction cost analysis (TCA) for investment managers, brokers, asset owners and consultants – in August 2023 and RCM-X – a technology provider of algorithmic execution strategies and quantitative trading products – in March 2022.
TT Compliance will leverage both the firm’s long-standing TT Score trade surveillance offering built originally for exchange-traded derivatives as well as Abel Noser’s complementary Compliance+ solution largely used for U.S. equities. In addition, TT is working with KRM22 plc (AIM: KRM), which focuses on risk management and capital markets, to extend the capabilities of TT Score and Compliance+ by building a new multi-asset class surveillance platform scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2024. The new TT Compliance business line will be run by Ted Morgan, who has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Abel Noser and will assume the role of EVP Compliance on Jan. 1.
TT CEO Keith Todd said: “Sound compliance and robust trade surveillance are must-haves and only growing in importance across asset classes as regulators around the globe are imposing significant fines and holding firms accountable for the actions of their people. We see a tremendous opportunity to both capture new business and provide a second line of defense for clients who already rely on our technology for their trading-related needs.”
Since TT’s acquisition of RCM-X, the firm has significantly bolstered its capabilities in quantitative trading solutions, including the introduction last year of TT Premium Order Types, a suite of sophisticated algorithmic execution strategies based on popular RCM-X technology. The newly branded TT QTS led by Joe Signorelli – who has been serving as Managing Director – RCM-X and prior to the acquisition as CEO of RCM-X – will encompass a broader multi-asset algorithmic trading offering, including not only TT Premium Order Types and the firm’s TT Strategy Studio but also a new suite of quantitative solutions for fixed income trading, beginning with U.S. Treasuries. TT also previously announced the forthcoming acquisition of START, a broker-neutral trade optimization platform, from Abel Noser LLC in a second transaction expected to close in the first quarter of 2024. That technology, which is used by some of the largest U.S. investment management firms, particularly for equities, will be integrated into the TT platform as part of the new TT QTS business line.
Todd said: “We are calling the new business line QTS to underscore that our team is not just developers building algos. These professionals are experts in data science and analytics, along with trading and risk management in multiple asset classes, on top of their coding and development skills. We’re excited to further expand into new asset classes and bring our award-winning tools to a broader user base as we continue to grow our multi-asset offering.”
In July, TT won the 2023 Waters Rankings Award for Best Algorithmic Trading Provider, based on votes from thousands of sell-side and buy-side market participants.
Reorganization into Six Business Lines
The two new business units are part of a reorganization of the firm into six distinct lines of business that will work in concert to support clients’ multi-asset needs. The new lines of business include:
- TT Futures & Options – led by Alun Green, as announced last week
- TT Fixed Income – led by Christopher Heffernan, also announced last week
- TT FX – led by Tomo Tokuyama, as announced in June
- TT Data & TCA (transaction cost analysis) – led by Abel Noser Solutions CEO Peter Weiler – who will become EVP Data & TCA on Jan. 1
- TT Compliance – led by Morgan
- TT QTS – led by Signorelli
All business line leaders will report to Justin Llewellyn-Jones who, as announced last week, will join TT as COO on Jan. 1.
With the restructuring of TT’s offerings into these new lines of business, Nick Garrow, who currently serves as EVP Multi-Asset & Buy-Side, will assume the role of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) on Jan. 1. He will be responsible for driving revenue growth across business units and geographies, with specialists for each business unit and teams devoted to buy-side and sell-side clients throughout three primary regions – the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC).
About Trading Technologies
Trading Technologies (www.tradingtechnologies.com) is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology platform provider to the global capital markets industry. The company’s award-winning TT® platform connects to the world’s major international exchanges and liquidity venues in listed derivatives alongside a growing number of asset classes, including fixed income and cryptocurrencies. The TT platform delivers advanced tools for trade execution and order management, market data solutions, analytics, trade surveillance, risk management and infrastructure services to the world’s leading sell-side institutions, buy-side firms and exchanges. The company’s blue-chip client base includes the Tier 1 banks as well as brokers, money managers, hedge funds, proprietary traders, Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), commercial hedgers and risk managers. These firms rely on the TT ecosystem to manage their end-to-end trading operations. In addition, exchanges utilize TT’s technology to deliver innovative solutions to their market participants. TT also strategically partners with technology companies to make their complementary offerings available to Trading Technologies’ global client base through the TT ecosystem.
Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions
SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.
According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.
Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.
More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.
“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.
“Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect
-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate–
HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.
At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.
To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.
Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.
Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.
Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.
Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website
LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.
With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.
“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.
Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.
Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.
In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:
- Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
- Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
- Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
- Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
- Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
- Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.
Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.
Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.
Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:
Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.
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