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Fixed Income Trading: New venues ( How many Fixed Income trading venues are there? )

How many Fixed Income trading venues are there?  [153]  A simple question came up recently in a conversation – how many new Fixed Income t...

Thursday, 16 July 2020

MQTT versus SBE : Fight!

Recently we have completed phase one of a full stack MQTT framework. Client simulator, server, data repository and associated analytics stack.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Fintech: Why you need thought leadership, not content-light marketing

Interesting article in The Economist of 27th June 2020 entitled "The New Admen".  One of the insights is 

"...the growing number of firms that only exist on the internet cannot easily cut online ads.  For them, digital advertising is "the new rent", says Mark Shmulik of Bernstein, a research firm. Online retailers save on physical shopfronts but must maintain a visible virtual presence, recession or not."


This is directly appropriate for Fintech firms. How many of them are on a cycle of spending money to win trade show awards, sponsoring conferences and paying for drinks receptions?

Yet surely the better way to market the firm is by publishing useful, actionable research that contributes to a body of knowledge within an industry vertical? Such as:

Consider that these questions are asked on a daily basis, and answered by this blog.  Then consider: what questions are answered by the marketing material your firm produces? 

If you want some guidance, contact us enquire (at) alignment-systems.com

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

FIX Orchestra - throwback to 7th July 2017

July 7th 2017 this was posted to YouTube




Still working on FIX Orchestra, slowly making progress.  If you want to get involved, get in touch...

Monday, 25 May 2020

Portfolio Management Processes: rebalancing index aware funds

When managing an index aware fund* one intellectual challenge is to know how often to rebalance the fund to the index and how to do this.

While working with a greenfield Fixed Income asset management client we established a multi-stage protocol for this process:

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Shakti - replacement for kdb+ ? And MQTT

The main (very large) brain behind kdb+, Arthur Whitney, has been working on a new project since January 2019. The firm is called Shakti which is:


"Shakti is designed to manage streaming, in-memory and historical data in any format. Structured data, such as relational or time-series data can co-exist alongside, semi-structured and unstructured data creating a single platform for storage and analytics. Our technology takes advantage of the latest in hardware advancements from multi-core architectures, CPU cache, RAM, SSD and Intel® Optane™ technology all the way to cloud storage.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

FIX Training Paris 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Paris in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Johannesburg 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Johannesburg in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Cape Town 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Cape Town in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Brussels 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Brussels in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Amsterdam 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Amsterdam in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Frankfurt 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Frankfurt in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Sydney 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Sydney in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Singapore 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Singapore in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training Melbourne 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in Melbourne in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

FIX Training London 2020

We are offering customisable, remote, FIX training in London in 2020 and in other locations.  Sample agenda below, we can work with you to refine and focus on areas of interest.  Contact us at enquire@alignment-systems.com

Monday, 13 April 2020

G-Technology, Apple Mac, Bootcamp, Windows and Thunderbolt 3 - a word of caution

Working within the broadly defined field of "Consulting" one gathers a great deal of information, both public and private.  All needs to be safely stored and accessible readily.  I have always adhered to the maxim: "If your data is not in three places, it's nowhere."

tl;dr version - avoid G-Technology RAID devices if you use Windows on Bootcamp.  Full reasons below...

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Policy frameworks for pandemics - part 3 - cost evaluation...

Every day we hear the news about the number of cases of people dying from Coronavirus.
These numbers are shocking and every death is a tragedy. How can we look at this with more structure?

Monday, 6 April 2020

Policy frameworks for pandemics - part 2 - benefit evaluation...

Every day we hear the news about the number of cases of people dying from Coronavirus.
These numbers are shocking and every death is a tragedy. How can we look at this with more structure?

Friday, 3 April 2020

Policy frameworks for pandemics - part 1 - frameworks...

Every day we hear the news about the number of cases of people dying from Coronavirus.  These numbers are shocking and every death is a tragedy.  But not all deaths are equal.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Meta-Programming & FIX Orchestra


But how do we add value when using FIX Orchestra?  One technique is something that is a little difficult to grasp conceptually at first - meta-programming.