14 Aug 2018

The A – Z of financial trading technology

Invest in AI? Reduce latencies between Tokyo and Mumbai? Migrate to an exchange’s data centre?

Trading firms face dilemmas like these every day and with so many technologies, marketplaces and trends to track and evaluate, it can be overwhelming.

Our A to Z guide is here to help by explaining the intricacies of our industry and equipping you with the knowledge required to build an effective global network that raises your competitive advantage.




is for Asia Pacific.
The world’s economic workhorse. The region’s 5.5% growth rate far surpasses Europe’s 2.4% and North America’s 2.8%. As an immensely diverse region that’s investing heavily in technology and connectivity, Asia has become essential for portfolio diversification and growth.



is for Blockchain.
Relative to cryptocurrencies and tokenisation, these emerging technologies have whipped the industry into a frenzy. Hundreds of billions of dollars have poured into the asset class as endless ICOs appear on the horizon. And then there are Blockchain’s other applications for financial institutions and banks to consider.



is for Customers.
 absolute focus and the driver behind every single decision we make, and Cloud, because of its raw power to deliver substantial cost savings and efficiencies. A company’s cloud success is defined by what infrastructure it has, so ensure you weigh up the true cost of public vs. private cloud first by asking the right questions.



is for Diversity.
This is a crucial component for delivering network stability, scaling internationally effectively and delivering maximum ROI. Sucden Financial and its customers demonstrate the business benefits that accompany a diverse global network.



is for Emerging marketplaces.
These may be leaving advanced economies for dust, though they present unique technological, cultural and cost challenges. Managing risk effectively is vital and speed of access is as important. Reliability is everything. Is your network up to scratch?



is for Forex trading.
Which consists of trillions of dollars of volume every day. A shift towards Asia is in full effect within FX and Shanghai is becoming a trading hub for FX in the region. Trading infrastructure must keep pace with industry changes. Is yours?



is for Global.
From an international outlook to a diverse cross-border trading strategy or global network infrastructure, harnessing new trading opportunities around the world keeps our customers ahead in a hyper competitive industry.



is for HFT traders.
Their mission is for a reliable user experience and robust technological foundation to grow their businesses from. HFT customer expectations are intense, always changing and unforgiving. We thrive under these conditions.



is for India.
A financial behemoth, fintech leader and newly christened HFT powerhouse. Its proximity to other Asian economies makes the country a serious player in the global economy. India is here to stay.



is for Johannesburg.
The city may skirt the base of the Southern hemisphere, but it’s as accessible as any other financial marketplace. With the JSE hitting highs throughout 2018, connecting to the exchange from London in record speed is as easy and important as ever.



is for Knowledge.
We believe our experienced engineering team can’t be beaten and they are leading the charge against high latencies.



is for Latency and the race to zero.
Speed is everything to algorithmic traders and HFTs and these demands are driving constant innovation. Routes are constantly being refined because traders are only as effective as their network infrastructure.



is for Managed Services.
The freedom network teams can achieve from entrusting their time-consuming network management to an expert provider. And when a provider exceeds expectations, is highly flexible and understands different cultural nuances, the business benefits come thick and fast.



is for New Regulations.
They are everywhere. MiFID II is still causing operational headaches, GDPR is a never-ending battle and Blockchain is poised for regulation the world over. Working with an expert that keeps abreast with changes is invaluable in our turbulent world.



is for One provider, not many.
Companies yearn for a single point of contact and the ability to simplify infrastructure management, reduce costs and have a proactive team on hand to help at any given time.



is for Paris.
One of the locations BSO calls home (alongside London, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dublin, Davao City and Casablanca). It’s also a highly strategic trading hub for accessing North America, the UK, Eastern Europe, North Africa and beyond.



is for Quality of service.
A measurement that underpins every successful global network connectivity strategy (as long as there’s a team going above and beyond for customers). Get Quality of Service right and it will boost revenues, strengthen customer relationships and deliver long-term success.



is for Radio-Frequency (RF).
The next generation of financial trading infrastructure and offers unrivalled performance, sub-rate capacities and greater resiliency. It’s not a futuristic concept, it’s already here today.



is for Singapore.
Which has one of the most advanced financial exchanges on the planet thanks to SGX’s close partnerships with market data providers, managed network providers, liquidity hubs and dedicated gateway services.



is for Tokyo’s technological prowess.
From specialist local dark fibre networks for ultra low-latency connectivity to exceptional regional access to other trading venues, Japan’s sprawling megacity dominates Asia for good reason.



is for Unrelenting passion.
The benefits that customers experience when a passionate team is led by a truly inspirational CEO who unites together people under one vision.



is for Value.
A resource in short supply and something that’s hard to come by. It might look a little something like this



is for Wall Street.
The heart of modern capitalism and financial hub doesn’t sit alone though. New York is one of many diverse trading ecosystems across the USA and it’s constantly innovating to maintain its global credentials and reputation.



is for Xenocurrency.
A currency traded or circulated in money markets outside of its country of issue. For example, the Chinese Yuan and United States Dollar which are traded as futures on DGCX in Dubai.



is for Yield, the return gained from a financial investment.
Experienced traders utilise many approaches to increase yield, such as lowering latencies to ensure trades are executed as quickly and reliably as possible.



is for Zero Disruption.
Something every network project manager wants in life when expanding their network to new trading venues. You just need to know where to look and who to contact



The company was founded in 2004 and serves the world’s largest financial institutions. BSO is a global pioneering infrastructure and connectivity provider, helping over 600 data-intensive businesses across diverse markets, including financial services, technology, energy, e-commerce, media and others. BSO owns and provides mission-critical infrastructure, including network connectivity, cloud solutions, managed services and hosting, that are specific and dedicated to each customer served.

The company’s network comprises 240+ PoPs across 33 markets, 50+ cloud on-ramps, is integrated with all major public cloud providers and connects to 75+ on-net internet exchanges and 30+ stock exchanges. The team of experts works closely with customers in order to create solutions that meet the detailed and specific needs of their business, providing the latency, resilience and security they need regardless of location.

BSO is headquartered in Ireland, and has 11 offices across the globe, including London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Access our website and find out more information: www.bso.co