Push Technology and Azul Systems Partner to Enhance Real-Time Interactive Experiences in Gaming, Gambling and Trading Environments

Azul Systems, the leading provider of Java solutions for application low latency and scalability, and Push Technology, data distribution specialists, today announced a commercial agreement to combine complementary products and technologies.

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Knowsis Offers Social Media Sentiment Data to Support Trading Strategies

Knowsis Offers Social Media Sentiment Data to Support Trading Strategies


Start-up data and analytics firm Knowsis is working with an initial five clients to incorporate its social media sentiment data into their trading strategies. The company declines to name the clients, but says one will go live imminently with strategies built around signals from Knowsis data, while others are considering how to add sentiment data as an additional parameter to their strategies.

London-based Knowsis was formed as a private company in January 2012 with seed investment from Method Investment and Advisory, a funds and quant trading house that Knowsis can also work with to develop and check its concepts. Knowsis’ founder and CEO Oli Freeling-Wilkinson is joined by chief technology officer Mark Unsworth, a technologist and developer most recently working with online music company 7digital, and two further employees.

The company was conceived by Wilkinson in 2010, when there was little financial market recognition of the potential of social media, but he says the question now is no longer whether social media is important, but how to use it. He adds: “Any quantitative trader, hedge fund or risk manager should be interested in data that is proven to help make decisions and money.”

While the company isn’t naming names – its own is based on gnosis, the Greek noun for knowledge – it has worked with quantitative funds to test the use of social media sentiment data in trading strategies. The tests were based on a portfolio of stocks, with each stock being given a sentiment rating based on social media activity and simple trading strategies then being devised. The company says all trading strategies in the test generated returns above those achieved by major indices over the same time period.

Knowsis’ methodology is based on one overarching question: will sentiment make a difference to asset prices? With this in mind, its analysis identifies underlying behavioural trends rather than supporting a ‘trade by tweet’ approach.

The company initially considered using third-party sentiment data systems that are frequently used by large consumer brands to support its service, but found these lacked financial relevance. Instead, it has built technology from the ground up to mine, manage and analyse vast quantities of data produced by social media. It uses scrapers and similar technologies to gather data and filters about 1% of Twitter’s 400 million daily tweets using in-house built algorithms designed to identify Tweets that have financial relevance. It also looks at Facebook, but only to a limited extent as it is a closed system, and scans further blogs and forums that it chooses not to name as it fears malicious activity could skew results. The platform is data agnostic, meaning any social media source could be used to feed the algos and it also includes a machine learning element.

Once data is collected, a sentiment analysis tool is used to aggregate underlying behaviour around an asset and the asset is given a number on the scale of -100 (bearish) to +100 (bullish). A list of securities, predominantly macro assets and some stocks, and their sentiment scores is then made available to users via an application programming interface that is updated in real time, although Knowsis notes the volatility of intra-day conversation and prefers to promote end-of-day aggregated sentiment data that can be validated and checked for false or misleading information.

The company is working across financial markets and includes high frequency, low latency traders that pick up signals in real time, but its drive is towards understanding rather than speed. Wilkinson explains: “Knowsis is not about ultra low latency delivery, but about longer term underlying behaviour trends. The aim is for end-of-day data to be used to project how certain asset classes may behave during the next week.”

With five clients in its portfolio and R&D ongoing, Knowsis’ next plan is a sales push and a search for specialist market data partners that can distribute its social media sentiment data on a global scale.

EquaMetrics claims to eliminate coding from algo trading with launch of RIZM

EquaMetrics claims to eliminate coding from algo trading with launch of RIZM


Cloud-based platform with intuitive algobuilder claims to reduce complexity and cost of algo trading for individual traders

New York – EquaMetrics has launched RIZM, a visual programming tool which it says can enable traders who have no prior knowledge of programming, coding or high-level mathematics, to build, to test and deploy complex algo trading strategies. EquaMetrics has spent the past two years developing RIZM and has raised $3.25 million from private angel investors to date.

Offered on a monthly subscription basis RIZM will initially support equities, futures and FX trading, with live trading connections to Interactive Brokers and Forex Capital Markets (FXCM). EquaMetrics plans to add options and fixed income trading, along with live connections to all mainstream retail and institutional brokers.

“We are putting powerful institutional tools into mainstream traders’ hands with the launch of RIZM,” said Amr Mohamed, EquaMetrics’ CIO. “Algorithmic trading has long been the domain of only large companies that have the resources for software engineers to build and execute on every trading strategy. We created RIZM to provide an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that will provide anyone – active professional as well as non-professional traders – access to a cloud-based platform for building, back testing, simulating and executing algorithmic trading strategies. I have no doubt that within two years’ time, every trader will be running automated trading strategies.”

Brady CTRM selected by Agrifert SA for Soft Commodities Trading and Risk Management

Brady plc (BRY.

via Pocket http://www.bobsguide.com//guide/news/2013/Jun/19/brady-ctrm-selected-by-agrifert-sa-for-soft-commodities-trading-and-risk-management.html June 20, 2013 at 06:45PM

Fixnetix Responds to Canadian Regulations with FPGA iX-eCute

Fixnetix Responds to Canadian Regulations with FPGA iX-eCute


Newswire | June 19, 2013 – 1:53pm

Fixnetix, global managed services provider for ultra-low latency market data, trading and risk control, announced today the launch of ix-eCute, the pre-trade risk FPGA microchip for ultra-low latency execution for the Canadian cash markets. Fixnetix is also pleased to announce the leading Canadian investment bank has contracted for iX-Eye, the risk command and control graphical user interface (GUI) integrated with the new FPGA iX-eCute. This solution is now live and trading markets TSX, TMX Select, TMX venture, Alpha, Matchnow and Chi-X Canada.

“Fixnetix has earned strong credibility from the sell-side community for providing the fastest most seamless financial trading solutions worldwide,” says Hugh Hughes, Chief Executive of Fixnetix.

iX-eCute, has been designed to meet Canadian regulatory requirements directed by the proposed Canadian Securities Administrators National Instrument 23-103 rule which introduces specific obligations for direct electronic access to Canadian marketplaces.

“iX-eCute empowers the broker to be the leader in transacting DMA/DSA flow within regulatory boundaries, whilst guaranteeing the security of the marketplace for all participants with zero latency impact on orders,” says Dr. Marcus Perrett, Head of Development at Fixnetix. “Our leading Canadian customer is now fully compliant with the latest IIROC-mandated regulation using our FPGA technology. This installation represents the largest “managed service” FPGA deployment in the world.”

“We understand the challenges faced by leading investments banks, markets makers, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms and the time-sensitive need to respond to regulatory changes,” says Hughes.


Raptor Trading connects to TMX Atrium community in North America

TMX Atrium™, provider of smarter infrastructure solutions for the financial community, today announced that Raptor Trading Inc., (Raptor) has connected to TMX Atrium in Toronto to take advantage of low latency access to Canadian exchange market data.

via Pocket http://www.bobsguide.com//guide/news/2013/Jun/17/raptor-trading-connects-to-tmx-atrium-community-in-north-america.html June 17, 2013 at 01:49PM

Optiver Admitted to ASX 24 as Principal Trading Participant of Australian Securities Exchange

Participants are advised that in accordance with ASX 24 Operating Rule 1000, Optiver Australia Pty Ltd has been admitted as an ASX 24 Principal Trading Participant of Australian Securities Exchange Limited with effect from 10th June 2013. Optiver proposes to commence trading on Monday, 10 June 2013.

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Deutsche Börse Group : Deutsche Börse Group

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Sumitomo to Build Three Solar Stations in Japan With SMBC Loans

Sumitomo Corp. (8053), a Japanese trading company, will build three solar power stations in Japan with a combined capacity of 49 megawatts. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will provide project financing, according to a joint statement released today.

via Pocket http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-04/sumitomo-to-build-three-solar-stations-in-japan-with-smbc-loans.html June 04, 2013 at 06:47PM

Haitong Futures Deploys FlexFutures Trading Platform

FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in broker-neutral, multi-asset execution and order management trading systems, today announced that Haitong Futures Co, Ltd.

via Pocket http://www.bobsguide.com//guide/news/2013/May/27/haitong-futures-deploys-flexfutures-trading-platform.html May 28, 2013 at 06:54PM

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