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Posted: Jul 2, 2015 12:12 PM
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Getting ever more complex and difficult !
Complexity of U.S. Options Markets Requires Advanced Order Routing, TABB Reports
Traders Magazine Online News, June 29, 2015
John D'Antona Jr.
As the options market continues to grow in terms of trading volume and complexity, the ability to execute orders will get increasingly difficult and require the buyside to conduct more research and more advanced order routing strategies.
These are the findings of Tabb Group research, which in its latest report "Solving the Labyrinth: Smarter Access to U.S. Options Market Liquidity," also noted that advanced order routing technology is ciitical to supporting an expanding set of trading instruments, trading velocities and diverse exchange trading models.
Tabb wrote that with U.S. options market structure becoming more complex, options traders are facing four major challenges in their search for liquidity: the expanding number of exchanges, a diverse set of market models, an expanding array of options and accelerating trading velocity.
"Aadvanced order routing is seen as a key competitive differentiator for brokers with the ability to route to multiple exchanges with minimal latency, a necessity now for catering to institutional investors across the options markets," the market consultancy wrote.
Andy Nybo, TABB principal and head of derivatives research, examined in the report how the current 12 options exchanges, with two more expected by year's end, have created a complex market structure for traders looking to access liquidity and improve execution performance.
Managing the exponential increase in options data creates difficulty for analytical and execution processes, said Nybo. As the number of options series now exceeds 800,000 instruments.
"Peak message rates are approaching 10 million messages per second, putting massive strains on technology infrastructure at sell- and buy-side firms alike," he wrote. "The ability to analyze real-time data is important, but what these firms need is the ability to analyze historical tick data to refine execution strategies that contribute to improved returns."
The new report examines the effect of competition for order flow from the 12 exchanges, creating a hyper-competitive environment where exchanges tweak trading rules and protocols constantly to influence routing of order flow from market participants, driving market makers to invest significant resources to fine-tune their models and strategies.
"Market makers have by necessity become increasingly sophisticated in managing exposures," Nybo said. "They are using exchange-provided risk tools to manage quotes, as well as low-latency infrastructures, co-location and advanced analytics to better manage risk."
Furthermore, the market's complexity has also forced trading firms to dig deeply into the details of their trading activity to gain a better understanding of where orders are being routed and executed. As a result, Nybo added, trading firms are investing considerable resources in analytic capabilities to evaluate the impact of fee and liquidity parameters on performance. "Traders want the ability to understand routing logic within algorithms and at the same time understand the impact of fees associated with their executions."