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Nov 28, 2018
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Reuters
Old habits die hard: European equity traders still prefer the dark, defy Mifid

Tough rules aimed at boosting European equity trading volumes on regulated public exchanges appear to have failed a crucial test, data shows, undermining regulators’ efforts to raise transparency almost one year after the reforms were introduced.

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Nov 13, 2018
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Institutional Investor
Rosenblatt, Shah Named To Fintech Finance 40 List

Successful technology ventures often spring from small, agile teams of innovators. The same can be said about the fintech investment bank that New York–based institutional brokerage firm Rosenblatt Securities launched when Vikas Shah joined it in 2009.

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Nov 9, 2018
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Traders Magazine
Who Created This Mess, Anyway? Hint: It Wasn't the Exchanges.

Justin Schack Managing Director/Partner at Rosenblatt Securities I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how intense the debate is getting over potential equity-market-structure reforms, as big banks and brokers, with support from many buy-side firms and upstart exchange IEX, line up against the big three exchange groups. And I think some historical perspective is essential to understanding what’s going on right now and what should be done, if anything, to modernize market structure.

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Nov 6, 2018
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Rosenblatt Securities
Rosenblatt Securities acts as deal advisor to GTS

Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce its role as an advisor to GTS, a leading electronic market maker across global financial instruments and the largest designated market maker (DMM) at the New York Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of the ETF and wholesale market making business of Cantor Fitzgerald.

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Nov 2, 2018
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ABC News
Breaking the glass ceiling on Wall Street

Lauren Simmons, 24, is one of the youngest traders and only full-time female traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. ABC News' Briana Stewart tells us about her leap into history.

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Oct 30, 2018
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Rosenblatt Securities
Rosenblatt Forms Investment Banking Advisory Board

Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce that it has formed an Investment Banking Advisory Board. Comprised of a distinguished group of financial-technology and capital-markets industry leaders, the Advisory Board will help Rosenblatt’s well-respected banking team stay on top of cutting-edge industry developments, expand its network and source transactions.

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Oct 18, 2018
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Financial News
Why Mifid II is missing the mark, nine months in

A proliferation of new trading venues has left traders less clear on best execution and damaged regulators’ attempts to increase transparency

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Sep 14, 2018
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Barrons
Congress’ Failed Stock Market Experiment Cost Investors $900 Million

A failed experiment to help small-company stocks will be buried at September’s end, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday. The Tick Size Pilot Program was supposed to revitalize trading liquidity, stock offerings, and job creation for small-cap public companies–by quoting and trading their stocks in increments of a nickel, rather than the usual penny.

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November 28, 2018
Old habits die hard: European equity traders still prefer the dark, defy Mifid
Tough rules aimed at boosting European equity trading volumes on regulated public exchanges appear to have failed a crucial test, data shows, undermining regulators’ efforts to raise transparency almost one year after the reforms were introduced.
November 13, 2018
Rosenblatt, Shah Named To Fintech Finance 40 List
Successful technology ventures often spring from small, agile teams of innovators. The same can be said about the fintech investment bank that New York–based institutional brokerage firm Rosenblatt Securities launched when Vikas Shah joined it in 2009.
November 9, 2018
Who Created This Mess, Anyway? Hint: It Wasn't the Exchanges.
Justin Schack Managing Director/Partner at Rosenblatt Securities I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how intense the debate is getting over potential equity-market-structure reforms, as big banks and brokers, with support from many buy-side firms and upstart exchange IEX, line up against the big three exchange groups. And I think some historical perspective is essential to understanding what’s going on right now and what should be done, if anything, to modernize market structure.
November 6, 2018
Rosenblatt Securities acts as deal advisor to GTS
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce its role as an advisor to GTS, a leading electronic market maker across global financial instruments and the largest designated market maker (DMM) at the New York Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of the ETF and wholesale market making business of Cantor Fitzgerald.
November 2, 2018
Breaking the glass ceiling on Wall Street
Lauren Simmons, 24, is one of the youngest traders and only full-time female traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. ABC News' Briana Stewart tells us about her leap into history.
October 30, 2018
Rosenblatt Forms Investment Banking Advisory Board
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce that it has formed an Investment Banking Advisory Board. Comprised of a distinguished group of financial-technology and capital-markets industry leaders, the Advisory Board will help Rosenblatt’s well-respected banking team stay on top of cutting-edge industry developments, expand its network and source transactions.
October 18, 2018
Why Mifid II is missing the mark, nine months in
A proliferation of new trading venues has left traders less clear on best execution and damaged regulators’ attempts to increase transparency
September 14, 2018
Congress’ Failed Stock Market Experiment Cost Investors $900 Million
A failed experiment to help small-company stocks will be buried at September’s end, the Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday. The Tick Size Pilot Program was supposed to revitalize trading liquidity, stock offerings, and job creation for small-cap public companies–by quoting and trading their stocks in increments of a nickel, rather than the usual penny.
July 18, 2018
Wall Street Dark Pools to Come Out of Shadows Thanks to SEC
In the past decade, discussion around dark pools evolved from an obscure market-structure issue to a highly-charged debate over whether traders armed with computer algorithms were using the private venues to take advantage of investors with slower price feeds. The fight gained traction in 2014 after the release of Michael Lewis’s book "Flash Boys.”
July 2, 2018
Light or dark? Six months on, MiFID 2 rules divide equity traders
The European Union’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II, was introduced in January with the aim of pushing more trading onto regulated public exchanges where prices and participants can be seen by all. At first glance, it seems to have failed its biggest test. The share of trading on so-called lit exchanges — where prices and trades are clearly visible — has barely risen in the first months of the new regime.
June 13, 2018
How this 23-year-old became the only full-time woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange
Working in an industry where you are one of very few women can be challenging enough — but imagine what it's like to be the only woman on staff. That's the case for New York Stock Exchange trader Lauren Simmons. The 23-year-old is an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities, and she is both the youngest and the only full-time female employee to hold that position at the NYSE.
May 10, 2018
Meet the only female broker on New York's stock exchange
The New York Stock Exchange trading floor is one of the most familiar symbols of American business. But in 2018, the arena that prides itself on predicting the future is stuck in the past in one respect - it's almost entirely staffed by men. Enter Lauren Simmons, the only full-time female broker on the New York Stock Exchange floor, as well as the only African-American woman, and at 23, the youngest. She told the BBC's Joe Miller what it's like to work in the male-dominated maelstrom.
March 22, 2018
Rosenblatt serves as exclusive financial advisor to investment-research platform Visible Alpha on $38M funding round
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce its role as the exclusivefinancial advisor to Visible Alpha, a company that is transforming the way investment managers and brokerscollaborate on research, financial models and corporate access, on a $38 million investment by a consortiumof leading financial institutions. The funding round was led by Goldman Sachs, with additional participationfrom Exane BNP Paribas, Macquarie Group, RBC Capital Markets, Banco Santander through its VC arm,Santander InnoVentures, and Wells Fargo as well as Visible Alpha’s existing investors, Bank of America, Citi,Jefferies, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Visible Alpha has seen dramatic growth over the past year and will continueto build on this momentum through the product development and global expansion enabled by this funding.
March 8, 2018
In Recognition of International Women's Day
In honor of International Women’s day, and emerging technologies that can have an impact on fintech, we would like to highlight three women who are doing fascinating things in the world of blockchain. Meltem Demirors - VP at Digital Currency Group and member of WEF Blockchain Council: At Rosenblatt’s 9thAnnual Financial Technologies Summit, Meltem Demirors, formerly of Digital Currency Group, energized the crowd with her keynote presentation titled, “The Blockchain Hype Cycle – Past, Present, Future.” Additionally, we would like to commend Meltem for her inspiring Women in Blockchain – Leaders Series. Click here to read about the talented women Meltem has written about.
February 28, 2018
MiFID ‘Big Bang’ Dark Trading Caps to Impact Hundreds of Stocks
Trading in hundreds of European stocks may be disrupted when the region’s regulator starts restricting transaction volumes from mid-March, in what could be a more sweeping crackdown than anticipated. “This is one of the biggest changes under MiFID II,” said Richard Semark, head of UBS Group AG’s multilateral-trading facility. “It will alter trader behavior as suspended stocks move to alternative venues.” He says that even more stocks may be suspended now if January and February data are taken into account as well as the 2017 period.
February 12, 2018
Industry butts heads over MiFID II SI tick size regime
Major exchange operators across Europe have urged EU financial authorities to ensure systematic internalisers (SIs) under MiFID II are subject to the tick size regime. In November, the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) proposed enforcing the tick size rules to the SI regime in a bid to level the playing field for trading on-exchange. It stated a competitive disadvantage would be created for trading venues if only on-venue orders and quotes have to comply with the minimum tick size regime, resulting in volumes currently traded on-exchange migrating towards over the counter (OTC) execution.
January 20, 2018
No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Here’s What You Need to Know
Everyone in European finance has been abuzz over an obscure acronym -- MiFID II -- that’s about to radically change how assets from stocks to commodities are traded and investors’ money is managed.
January 19, 2018
Rosenblatt Selected to Provide Assessment for US Wider Tick-Size Pilot
ew York, NY, January 19, 2018. Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce that the participants in the National Market System Plan to establish a wider tick-size pilot in the US equity market have selected Rosenblatt to provide the official assessment of the pilot. ‍ The tick-size pilot grew out of concern among some market participants and government officials that the 2001 decimalization of US price quotations adversely affected market quality for emerging-growth and other small company stocks, with attendant effects on the US and global economies. Decimalization established the minimum quoting increment at one penny, after many years of it being 12.5 cents, or 1/8 of a dollar.
January 16, 2018
Trader VIP Clubs, ‘Ping Pools’ Take Dark Trades to New Level
First came dark pools, private trading venues that challenged old-school stock exchanges. Now something else lingers in the shadows of Wall Street: ping pools. They also operate outside traditional stock exchanges, but these venues, which are gaining users in changing markets, are more opaque for the public. Running them allows some of the fastest, savviest electronic traders to dodge exchange fees and reap plum opportunities.
January 2, 2018
How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump
The 19th century newspaper editor Horace Greeley urged young Americans to “Go West” to the unsettled frontier. When he went himself, the trip from Chicago to the Pacific took two-and-a-half months by steamboat and ox-drawn wagon. He later advocated a transcontinental railroad to speed up commerce and shorten the mail service to 10 days. Wall Street’s fastest trading firms are invoking the spirit of Greeley as they build Go West, a trail of wireless towers, fibre-optic lines and submarine cables linking Chicago, the Pacific coast and Tokyo. Transmitting market data end to end will take fractions of a second for traders seeking topreserve an edge.
December 21, 2017
Traders, market makers hope '18 ends the pain of low volatility - EXCLUSIVE
Market makers and the trading desks of major banks are hoping volatility can surge back into the markets in the new year, but there is little agreement over whether that will happen. For much of the year, equity markets have steadily climbed with few dips, suppressing trading activity and volatility. So far in 2017, the Cboe Volatility Index, a measure of implied volatility, has posted the lowest average daily close in a single year since at least 1990, according to the exchange operator’s historical data. "It's been a pretty painful period for the industry," Justin Schack, a managing director and partner with research and brokerage company Rosenblatt Securities, said in an interview.
December 19, 2017
60 seconds with…Anish Puaar Market Structure Analyst, Europe Rosenblatt Securities Inc.
Since 20 October 2014 launch of the original Turquoise Block Discovery service to the end of November 2017, investors successfully matched €58 billion via Turquoise Plato Block Discovery™ of which €54 billion or more than 92.5% matched since the September 2016 cooperation agreement with Plato. How do you think MiFID II will impact block-trading volumes in Europe?
December 12, 2017
Goldman Sachs Plans MiFID Venue for Bonds, ETFs, Derivatives
For fixed-income securities, SIs will allow banks to continue offering liquidity directly to clients in largely the same way they do today, says Anish Puaar at Rosenblatt Securities Inc. But it’s a different story for equities, he says, because SIs must compete with exchanges and other trading venues for market flow. “SIs have advantages over other types of venue in how they can price and tailor liquidity to suit client needs,” said Puaar, Rosenblatt’s European market structure analyst in London. “These benefits could see bank-run SIs gain significant market share in the next 12 to 18 months.”
November 27, 2017
Rosenblatt, Shah Named to Fintech Finance 40 List
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce that the firm and its head of fintech investment banking, Vikas Shah, have been selected as part of the prestigious Institutional Investor Fintech Finance 40 ranking for 2017.
November 3, 2017
SEC action on European research rule brought 'sigh of relief' to banks, brokers
A sweeping European market-reform initiative was poised to disrupt U.S. brokers' equity research businesses until Wall Street's chief regulator entered the fray. Europe's revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II, was designed to level the playing field among financial services companies through a myriad of regulatory changes, most prominently the separation of research costs from trading execution costs.
October 30, 2017
Brexit help wanted: Europe’s biggest exchanges seek new CEOs
Europe’s biggest exchange operators are seeking new chief executives that will be at the helm of their companies as Brexit unfolds. London Stock Exchange Group CEO Xavier Rolet is departing after leading the company for eight years, while Deutsche Boerse boss Carsten Kengeter is leaving after being dogged by insider trading allegations.
September 22, 2017
MiFID’s Controversial Dark-Trade Workaround Has Some Crying Foul
The stock exchanges that once cheered the promise of increased transparency from Europe’s new financial rulebook are now complaining. Under the MiFID II regulatory overhaul, trading venues run by high-speed trading firms and banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will get more flexibility in how they price stocks, potentially allowing them to win a larger share of Europe’s $15 trillion equity market, say critics. Bank trading venues will be allowed to quote prices in smaller increments, or “tick sizes,” than the exchanges can.
September 8, 2017
Rosenblatt speaks at MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity
“When your crystal ball gets foggy, your two greatest assets will be your humility and your flexibility.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Richard Rosenblatt, CEO of Rosenblatt Securities, explains how to choose a career that has a solid future. Rosenblatt considers himself an institutional execution expert, but when the market crashed in ‘87, he had to get creative. At the end of the day, you have to follow your smile and do what you enjoy. The person that loves what they do will win every time.
June 26, 2017
Dark-Pool Clampdown Seen Ensnaring 74% of European Equities
MiFID rules capping dark-pool trading will affect funds: study Limits impacted 94% of FTSE 100 stocks, Rosenblatt found If fund managers want to keep trading in European dark pools, they will need a big overhaul of their practices before new rules kick in next year. The MiFID II rules that come into force in January intend to cap trading on dark pools, with the intention of forcing more trading onto public, or lit, exchanges. An analysis by Rosenblatt Securities Inc. found that 74 percent of the continent’s biggest stocks would have breached the caps over a year-long study period. In the U.K.’s FTSE 100 Index, 94 percent of stocks triggered the caps.
June 21, 2017
Rosenblatt Hires Veteran Financials Analyst Christopher Allen
New York, NY, June 21, 2017. Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce it has hired veteran financial-services-industry analyst Christopher Allen. In nearly two decades as a securities analyst, Allen has developed a devoted following among investors in financial-services stocks, particularly those of global exchange operators such as CBOE Holdings, CME Group, IntercontinentalExchange and Nasdaq. He also has analyzed related companies in equity brokerage and market making, including TD Ameritrade, E*Trade Financial, Charles Schwab & Co., Interactive Brokers, ITG, KCG Holdings and Virtu Financial.
May 23, 2017
Deal Announcement: Rosenblatt Securities serves as an advisor to Euronext on its agreement to acquire FastMatch
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce its role as the financial advisor to Euronext N.V. (ENXTPA:ENX) on its agreement to acquire FastMatch, Inc., the fastest growing ECN in the spot foreign exchange market. Euronext is acquiring approximately 90% of FastMatch for $153 million initial cash consideration in addition to a contingent earnout payment of $10 million.
May 17, 2017
Rosenblatt rings the closing bell to commemorate NYSE's 225th anniversary.
Richard Rosenblatt, Founder and CEO of Rosenblatt Securities, rings the closing bell for the 225th anniversary of the New York Stock Exchange.
May 3, 2017
Joe Gawronski interview in Best Execution magazine - April 22, 2017
Sellside Profile : Joe Gawronski : Rosenblatt Securities Posted by: Best Execution , April 22, 2017 STEADY AS SHE GOES? Joe Gawronski, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rosenblatt Securities talks to Best Execution’s Lynn Strongin Dodds about the path of regulatory change, both in the US and Europe, and whether there is a risk of divergence.
February 14, 2017
Rosenblatt Hires Veteran Semiconductor Analyst Hans Mosesmann
Rosenblatt Securities is pleased to announce it has hired veteran semiconductor-industry analyst Hans Mosesmann. An electrical engineer who spent a decade working at chipmakers Texas Instruments and Advanced Micro Devices before moving to Wall Street in 1996, Mosesmann is known and respected for his coverage of such companies as AMD, Intel, Micron Technologies and Nvidia.
January 24, 2017
Thesys Technologies Selected To Develop Stock Auditing and Tracking System for SEC
Thesys Technologies LLC, the technology arm of Tradeworx, Inc, announced today that it has been selected to build a powerful new system to manage the tracking and auditing of all stocks and transactions by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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