Key figures from the London proprietary trading market chew the fat on the issues of the day
Prop trading firms have emerged out of the
darkness in recent years to become vital liquidity
sources. Some of Europe’s top traders talk
about the main challenges and opportunities for the
industry going forward.
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Luke Jeffs, Editor, FOW:
Prop trading has been a fixture of the futures and options
markets for decades but the withdrawal of the banks from
proprietary trading and the increased professionalism of the
industry has shone the spotlight on the specialists but what
are the main challenges they face today?
Mark Slade, Chief Rick Officer,
OSTC: The trend over the last few years is that costs
have been going up in every area. In the clearing space,
regulatory complexity increases costs for clearers that have to
be passed on and that's why value adds like margin finance and
effective collateral management have become more important
because they reduce the capital burdens and enable us to
continue growing our businesses.
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