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What do the traders say?

Published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 20 Q1 2011

We present the first instalment of a two-part opener to our new regular feature, ‘Buyside Beat’. In the weeks running up to the publication of the Q1 issue, David Dungay spoke to a number of traders and other buysiders about the key challenges they face in the quest for alpha. Discussions ranged over model development and deployment, HFT, IT investment, and the practicalities of trading in today’s markets. Those discussions continue, and we’ll bring you more in future issues, but for now – here’s what the traders are saying in Q1.

In the first instalment of a two-part opener to our new regular feature, 'Buyside Beat', traders answer questions ranging from the life cycle of their models, to their preferences as to the software they buy - or build. What challenges do the traders themselves face on the buyside of a world characterised by HFT, data oversupply, micro-latency, market fragmentation and ever-increasing competition to catch an edge? There'll be more from our expanding panel of buysiders in future issues, but for now - here's what the traders are saying in Q1 2011.

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