Wavelength Podcast Ep. 206: Liquidnet's Simon Maughan

Simon joins to discuss some of the challenges that buy-side firms are facing in today's trading environment.

Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, and Anthony Malakian, Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

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This week on the podcast, Simon Maughan, Liquidnet’s head of trading alpha, joins (3:00-35:30) to discuss the current landscape in the agency-broking space and the buy side’s need for strong analytics in today’s trading environment. Then Wei-Shen and Tony jump back on (35:30) to discuss a documentary that they both watched, and somehow they try to connect it to the world of AML/KYC.

(Note: There's a bit of an awkward cut as Wei-Shen and Tony went longer than anticipated talking about a documentary, so we tacked that on at the end.)

3:00 Simon joins the podcast.

7:00 He first talks about the state of agency trading and cost-of-trade issues.

10:30 How have the needs of the buy side changed?

19:00 Over the past few years we’ve seen agency brokers use block trades to drum up business, employ nifty algos to attract clients, while incorporating transaction-cost analysis and other data points as value-adds. Is there a point where the road runs out on what an agency broker can offer?

23:00 He then explains the need to deliver the right information, at the exact point that it is needed, to the right person.

26:00 After the acquisitions of OTAS, Prattle, and RSRCHXchange, what were the greatest challenges in bringing those systems together?  

30:00 The world of execution management and analytics is evolving; how can a firm like Liquidnet differentiate itself from the major execution and analytics providers?

33:00 To round things out, Simon talks about some of the lessons he’s learned during the pandemic.


Contact Info: 

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners.

Wei-Shen Wong: + 852 3411 4758;  [email protected]

Anthony Malakian: + 1 646 490 3973; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 196: Bloomberg’s Gerard Francis, Part 3

Episode 197: A Look at Innovation

Episode 198: DTCC's Peve on DLT

Episode 199: Working Through Covid-19

Episode 200: The Reunion Special

Episode 201: Refinitiv Labs on Unstructured Data

Episode 202: Northern Trust’s Pete Cherecwich, Part 2

Episode 203: Finos’ Columbro on Open Source 

Episode 204: Nasdaq on Cloud Strategy

Episode 205: Just Talkin'

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