A kick in the privates: In-demand unlisted stock trading faces tech, transparency challenges

Private stocks are opaque, illiquid, behave differently from public markets, and lack the same infrastructure as public marketplaces, creating back-office integration challenges for firms that want to trade these stocks in a more liquid manner. But as interest grows, that’s starting to change.

The news that stock trading app Robinhood may be building a platform to enable ordinary investors to participate in IPOs—potentially including its own upcoming IPO—alongside institutions has heightened existing excitement over the prospect of trading pre-IPO stock in private companies. While this may appeal most to individual investors fed up with volatile stock markets, or dreaming of acquiring stock in the next Apple or Microsoft before it goes public, institutional investors are eyeing the

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CME: CFTC OKs clearing move to Google Cloud

The CFTC has given the Chicago-based exchange approval to run its clearing and settlement infrastructure on the Google Cloud Platform, while the exchange and vendor have extended their partnership to last until at least 2037.

Once a blockchain cheerleader, Axoni changes its playbook

The fintech, whose origins can be traced back to the genesis of capital markets’ complicated flirtation with DLT, has largely ditched the tech as the foundation of its data synchronization offering, opting for more familiar territory.

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