The author

Peter Holmgren
Director International Markets

Peter is running the international rollout of valantic FSA's next-generation fixed-income e-trading platform. Native Swedish, he has spent most of his career in Paris and London, providing software solutions for advanced Electronic Trading workflows to the financial industry. He continuously challenges existing electronic workflows to understand how technology can be adapted to help the industry evolve its trading platforms in line with how their business evolves. In his spare time, he is a passionate follower of the Swedish Hockey league and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and son.

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Can you solve today's issues and simplify the future?

At some of our clients, Sales Traders have particular difficulty dealing with their aging tech stack and spend too much time manually working across multiple disconnected systems, the result of years of acquisition and constant market evolution.
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Seize
the
day!

Following on to my previous post, “Solutions to Our Problems are Rooted in Our Past”, where I drilled down into a specific business case on how Server-interop solutions provide an opportunity to solve the fundamental underlying issue of the traditional siloed technology.
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The solutions to our problems are rooted in our past.

Today businesses need to operate across these silos to meet client demand for more sophisticated, cross-asset trading solutions.
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Electronification pushes the need for more flexible systems.

On my way into one of my first face to face client meetings in a very long time, I read through an interesting report in The Trade (US outpaces Europe in electronic bond trading growth, report finds (thetradenews.com).
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Low code and post trade. Driving efficiency in post trade operations.

Adopting electronic trading in fixed-income has accelerated as firms see the advantages of workflow automation, not only in improving their own efficiency but in the quality of their client services as well.
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Change is never easy, but legacy thinking can be as much of a problem as the systems themselves.

One of the reasons there is so much legacy tech in our industry is down to a general fear that the new platform will either not deliver as expected or break a bunch of other systems.
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Enter
the
matrix.

One of the comments to my previous post was "how could we offer better prediction systems to allow traders to see possible outcomes before they happen". True, we may not be able to predict outcomes with 100% accuracy, but we are already close.
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Real-time data, real-time monitoring, and a real-time alarms.

I got some great feedback from my last blog post on the potential for augmented reality in trading – thanks everyone for all the DMs. It did get me thinking a bit more about the data angle, and I came across a great quote from a book I am reading by John Rossman, Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader.
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Seeing data in new ways.

One of the big ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone over Xmas was how, as an industry, we could turn the ocean of data into something even more visual and interactive which genuinely engages the playful, creative sides of our brains?
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