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Dialing Up Availability on the TT® Platform

At TT, we take outages personally, and any time there is a major issue on any of our platforms, it’s “all hands on deck.” Still, we would much rather avoid outages and unplanned downtime altogether. So, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know what we’ve done over the last few years to avoid system outages and how the TT platform ups the ante with respect to delivering superior system availability. And while much of this blog post relates to the newer TT platform, rest assured, we are committed to delivering the highest possible availability on all platforms: TT, X_TRADER® ASP and TTNET™.

Operating and maintaining a global trading platform is not a trivial endeavor and certainly not your typical IT operation. These systems are by their very nature complex—normalizing and bridging a multitude of different market and customer systems, each speaking a different language and each with different needs—and high availability is a must. Throw multi-region regulatory compliance, security requirements, performance and counter-party upgrades in the mix and it’s not hard to see how the systems get exponentially more difficult to maintain and operate.


5 Questions with Lisa Ward, Co-founder of TankerTrackers and #OOTT

Lisa Ward Tanker TrackersLisa Ward has more than six year’s experience working in finance and banking in a range of roles including operations, customer relations, project management, accounts and Treasuries. Her drive and enthusiasm for learning new things led her to discover a passion for markets—specifically for the oil industry. As a result of her love of oil, she co-founded an online community known as The Organization of the Oil-Trading Tweeters, or #OOTT on Twitter, which has grown to include several million members. Lisa and her co-founder, Samir Madani, also developed a way to track global maritime oil movements and created the TankerTrackers website. Follow her on Twitter at @Lisa_Ward1990.

– Brian Mehta, CMO


As the U.S. Monetary Policy Debate Heats Up, It’s Not Just the Fed Funds Rate in Play…

The following is a guest post by Christopher Rodriguez, chief marketing and relationship management officer of Eris Exchange, and Geoffrey Sharp, Eris’ managing director and head of sales. Eris is a U.S. futures exchange that offers listed interest rate swap futures. Trading Technologies offers connectivity to Eris through both the TT® and X_TRADER® platforms.

Eris Fed FundsThe last 30 years of monetary policy have been dominated by control of short rates. But with an unprecedented buildup of central bank balance sheets since the global financial crisis, central banks now have another lever, and their impact on long rates cannot be ignored. Specifically, the Fed has started to signal a desire to reduce the size of its balance sheet, which could commence later this year. There is little doubt that we are in uncharted territory, with limited precedent or standard to follow, and this normalization needs to be balanced against the impact of further rate hikes and the recent apparent softening of U.S. economic data.

MiFID II: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean?

As the industry has been preparing for the implementation of MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II) in 2018, so too has Trading Technologies been working closely with our clients on planning and executing compliance solutions. Over the next few months, I will be sharing my thoughts and TT’s point of view on MiFID II and industry implications. We begin the first in a series of blog posts with what is MiFID, how did we get here and what does it all mean?

MiFID II is a consequential and reactionary financial regulation born from MiFID I and the same G20 Pittsburgh meeting in 2009 that instigated the blueprints of its older siblings, Dodd-Frank, EMIR, REITS and, recently, the seemingly stalled Regulation Automated Trading (Reg AT), post the 2008 financial crash.