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Using heatmaps of liquidity and all-to-all platforms has helped traders handle the recent volatility in emerging markets, says Chris Perryman, senior fixed income trader at PineBridge Investments. Government bond data supplied by MTS.

Three charts that tell traders what look out for in US credit in 2018. We speak with Edward Casey, independent portfolio manager, about the corporate bond market in the first half of the year, likely trends in the second half of the year and the impact they will have upon execution of investment ideas. Government bond data supplied by MTS.

Traders are developing quantitative skills in order to apply a systematic and structured approach to trading and execution analysis. In June’s show, Enrico Cacciatore, senior quantitative execution trader for Voya Investment Management explains how quant traders approach the market, and reveals what investors ought to ask of their asset manager’s quant trading desks.

The Italian markets were shaken in recent weeks, creating opportunities for investment firms with agile trading and investment operations. In our June show, Sean George, chief investment officer at Strukturinvest Fondkommission, explains how the trading capabilities of alternative investment funds (hedge funds) differ from long-only asset managers, and advantage that offers investors in volatile markets.

Dr Kay Swinburne MEP, the vice-chair for the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, doubts a commercial provider will deliver a single tape of bond trading data which has been mandated by MiFID II. She outlines her concerns and expectations in May’s Trader TV, and explains the need for a tape in democratising the market and improving transparency.

This two-minute video gives you the low-down on Aquis Exchange, which is expected to make an initial public offering on the week of the 11th June 2018. The firm offers a unique subscription-based trading model for European equities and currently sits in the top ten of European exchange operators by market share. See the Aquis team describing their business here.

Analysis of trade execution directly impacts your equity portfolio, making the use effective of transaction cost analysis (TCA) vital to investment managers. We get an expert insight into how best to use analytics from Teresa Woodard, head of trading analytics, Global Trading, at T. Rowe Price; Tom Kennedy, head of Analytics services at Thomson Reuters; and Ian Mawdsley head of ETI Trading EMEA at Thomson Reuters.

Making markets in 24/7 crypto trading presents real challenges, but electronic market makers can offer liquidity to asset managers trading crypto currencies. Bobby Cho, head of trading at Cumberland, a division of DRW, gives us his insight into the risks and rewards of market making.

This month features a crucial report for investors, analysing the difference between ‘transaction cost analysis’ and ‘best execution’. Faced with trade reports for any MiFID II compliant transactions, asset owners must challenge these in an informed way, despite the complexity of the issue.

We unravel this tightly wound thread with Carl James, global head of fixed income trading at Pictet Asset Management, and Gherardo Lenti Capoduri, head of Market Hub at Banca IMI, who expands on the goals of best execution legislation. Market data is provided by MTS.

Investors may not see the promised benefits of MiFID II as buy-side bond traders say that transparency has not been improved since last year. At the same time, Brexit negotiations threaten to overturn transatlantic agreements around derivatives trading, increasing the costs for some asset managers. Amir Khwaja, CEO at Clarus FT has looked at the data behind these issues and gives us his insight into the causes and potential risks for the end investor. Market data is provided by MTS.