What's in store for Automated Trader: a note from the editor
First Published 16th May 2012
Adam Cox writes about plans for the website and magazine
You may have seen the announcement last week that I've taken over as Editor of Automated Trader.
If you did, you'll know that I'm a veteran of Reuters, where I held a number of senior roles in Europe and Asia over the past two decades; so I've been close to financial markets for a very long time now. Still, I can honestly say that of all the different subject matters I've covered, few can claim to be as fascinating as algorithmic trading. It's an amazing time for the industry, with new technology, new markets and a plethora of new rules all coming at dizzying speed. With the unrelenting pace of change altering the way that markets are traded, having access to insight and news that helps to make sense of it all is more important now than ever before.
So I'm delighted to be joining a magazine that has earned the respect and devotion of some of the brightest minds in the business and built up a reputation for focusing on the issues that matter.
My challenge is to keep doing everything that Automated Trader has done so well, but also much more.
One of the first changes you'll notice is that we're going to be adding more coverage on a daily basis on the website. On top of the regular stream of articles on new developments in the industry, we'll be writing more in-depth pieces each week. In the past, we've put each entire magazine issue on the site as it comes out. This has meant that one week each quarter you've suddenly received an avalanche of stories. Now we'll be posting them as they're written so that Automated Trader subscribers don't need to wait for the magazine to read about what other traders and asset managers are doing, what the experts are saying or to find out about a new technology.
We'll also be posting more exclusive content on the website for Automated Trader subscribers. So in some cases, when you see an article you like in the magazine, you'll find that when you check it out on the website, there's even more. Think of it like the "Extra Features" on a DVD.
Another change is that we'll be taking a more thematic approach to the print editions. We'll usually pick a couple of interesting themes and then tackle them from a variety of angles. The Q2 edition has just been published. For the Q3 issue, in addition to many of the regular features, we plan to focus on India, a country where algorithmic trading has gained a foothold and now looks set to take off in a big way. We will also examine how the financial community - both the buy and sell side - is trying to work with governments on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure that new regulations do more good than harm.
What won't change is our commitment to write about your industry with the enthusiasm and focus that has made Automated Trader a trustworthy resource for the myriad types of firms involved in the algorithmic world. As such, we welcome your views. Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you see something you like - or something you don't - in the magazine or on the website, or if you have a thought about an issue that's just crying out for a story. Write to me anytime at email@example.com.
In the meantime, I'd better get cracking on my next story.