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TT®: Breaking the Browser Tab

How Trading Technologies leveraged OpenFin and the web platform to build the most performant front end in the industry.

Nick Kolba OpenFinThe following is a guest post authored by Nicholas Kolba, CTO at OpenFin. With 19+ years in software development, Nick has focused on bringing web and open source technologies into finance for a majority of his career—much of it at Thomson Reuters working on the Eikon platform.

OpenFin is the financial industry’s first common operating layer, enabling rapid and secure deployment, native experience and desktop interoperability. The world’s largest banks and trading platforms use OpenFin to deploy desktop applications both in-house, and to their buy-side and sell-side customers. With Trading Technologies’ new TT Desktop, TT adopted the OpenFin platform to deliver an HTML5-based trading application on par with the performance of their legacy C++ application.

At OpenFin, we were blown away when we saw what TT has achieved with their new TT Desktop. The application, which scales to 16 monitors of low-latency data presentation, dispels all previously held industry conceptions about HTML5 performance.


5 Questions with Deanna Lahre of StatFutures

Deanna Lahre StatFuturesDeanna Lahre started her futures industry career in market surveillance at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), where her work included investigating the controversial May 1977 soybean deliveries and March 1979 wheat deliveries as well as the Hunt brothers’ attempt to corner the silver market in 1979-80. A former member of both the CBOT and Kansas City Board of Trade, Deanna has held prestigious positions in both commercial and proprietary trading. She managed the wheat pit trade operations for Pillsbury and then co-founded Aardvark Financial, which was the predecessor to TransMarket Group. Deanna launched TransMarket’s grain trading operations, with Ray Cahnman heading the large financial and cash arb partnerships, and Bill Feldman managing business operations.

Deanna is currently focused on rolling out StatFutures, a firm she co-founded that’s dedicated to commodities market decision science and education. You can follow her on Twitter at @statFutures.

– Brian Mehta, CMO


FinTech Exchange 2017 Puts the Focus on Data

Last week, hundreds of financial and technology professionals, including myself, gathered in Chicago for Barchart’s third annual FinTech Exchange. The event focuses on technology specifically for the markets and trading. The theme each year has evolved to reflect timely topics. As Barchart CEO Mark Haraburda shared in the John Lothian Newsletter, this year’s content was “focused on data, the way data is delivered, the way data is stored, the way data is analyzed and visualized as well as the new types of data in the alternative data space.”

While the attendees and presenters came from all over, Chicago’s presence was the strongest—not only because the conference is held there, but because Chicago has become an epicenter of fintech innovation.


TT® Desktop: A Powerful, New Reason to Want the TT Platform

Adding the most performant front-end application to the world’s fastest commercially available futures trading platform.

Trading Technologies is very proud to announce the release of the new TT Desktop application. This release is a significant step forward for the TT platform, and a significant technical feat in its own right. What it means for our customers is that even the largest, most complex workspaces will thrive on TT Desktop, enabling access to the industry-leading benefits of the TT platform for our most demanding customers.

During my time as a trader, one of the most important things for me was performance. To me, “performance” meant both low-latency order execution for my automated strategies as well as a front-end that remained responsive under incredibly heavy load. I actively traded around 75 instruments on any given day and managed hundreds of unique algo instances. As a long-time customer of Trading Technologies, I directly benefited from their decades-long tradition of catering to the most demanding and sophisticated professional traders.