Inside RBC’s Aiden project: 5 years of deep learning

Aiden, a trading platform launched last year, is the product of five years of experimentation with deep learning by RBC Capital Markets on top of an additional five years of hypothesizing about what best execution would one day require.

When RBC Capital Markets launched its artificial intelligence-powered trading platform, Aiden, in the fall of 2020, it was the culmination of 10 years of active development work, as the firm sought to address common client issues such as slippage and alpha erosion while executing trades, and periods of volatility that could upend the best historical models.

Machine-learning and AI projects on Wall Street become outdated quickly as market conditions and technology evolve, keeping the makers of

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