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Trading Tech Talk 63: What the Heck Is a Smart Router?


Inquiring minds have been asking: what in the heck is a smart router?

Listen to Trading Tech Talk 63: What the Heck Is a Smart Router? CTO Interview: Today we feature special guest co-host Peter Maragos, CEO, Dash Financial.
  • Catching up with Dash:When Peter was last on Dash had just acquired the LiquidPoint business from Convergex with the help of private equity firm GTCR. Now they've just partnered with Flexpoint Ford, another PE firm. What was the impetus behind the second transaction?
  • Dash has an impressive suite of diverse products and services – smart order routers and algos, the Dash360 analytics platform, trading workflow tools, an options ATS and even human traders. What are the upcoming projects/initiatives at Dash?
  • Peter’s views on crypoto trading.
Hot Topics in Tech: Smart Routers
  • Today's topic was inspired by the following listener question: Question from See16: Can you please do a deep dive into smart routers on a future program? They are the secret sauce of the market these days but no one really seems to understand how they work. Shedding some light on the otherwise dark world of routing would be a great service. Smart Routing Deep Dive: Quite a few things happen after you hit the trade button in the options market - probably much more than most people realize. Your order has to get routed from your broker/execution platform to the exchange. But it's not a simple path. That's where smart routers come in. What is a smart router? What do they do? What makes them smart? What are the different rules/filters/configurations that most smart routers have to consider? - NBBO, exchange fees, size, exchange pricing model, PIP auctions, payment for order flow rates, etc. What about resting orders? Are the smart routers constantly monitoring them and rerouting if necessary? Why do we need them in the options market? How do options smart routers differ from equity smart routers? Why have smart routers become so controversial in the options market? Spreads: This is the Achilles heel for many "smart" routers since every exchange has its own spread book and they don't talk to each other. So you could easily work a spread order that lines up on one exchange but, because your order was routed to a different spread book, your trade isn't filled. How do we overcome the spread routing issue in 2018? Is it a tech problem or a regulatory problem? Final thoughts/takeaways on smart routers?
The Inbox: Listener questions and comments
  • Question from Nikes T - Hey Options Insider! Love the network particularly the tech talk. We need more episodes! On an upcoming show do you think you guys could talk about why dark pools don't exist in the options market? Is it a tech limitation or something else?
  • Question from LaLaLad - Does blockchain have any practical use on the trading front or is it all just back office stuff?

About Mark S. Longo


Mark S. Longo is the founder of The Options Insider Inc. - a firm dedicated to providing free options information, education, news and analysis for options users. Whether it's on TheOptionsInsider.com, a leading online options destination; through Options Insider Radio, the world's only radio network for options users; or through a growing number of newsletters and live events, Mr. Longo continues to provide new ways to spread the word about options.Mr. Longo's analysis of the options market has appeared in a wide variety of domestic and international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters, Futures Magazine, and more. As one of the few industry commentators with practical options experience, he has developed a substantial following among industry veterans and newcomers looking for insight into this complex market. Mr. Longo began his career as an options trader on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Author's web site: http://www.theoptionsinsider.com


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The Options News Rundown

Your source for the most important news and information from the world of options.

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The Options Insider Radio Network

All of our radio programs in one convenient place.

The Options Insider Radio Network

Options Insider Radio

The original options podcast. Features interviews with leading options figures.

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The Option Block

This high-octane program features education, analysis, strategies and unusual activity.

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Volatility Views

The premier radio program for volatility traders.

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The Long And Short Of Futures Options

Your source for futures options information.

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The Advisor's Option

Arming advisors with the info necessary to manage risk.

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Options Boot Camp

Get into peak options trading shape.

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Options Insider Special Events

Compelling panel & special event recordings from the options world.

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OIC's Wide World of Options

A dynamic mix of current events, investor resources, & strategy insights.

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Trading Tech Talk

We break down all the amazing technology that takes your trades from the click of a mouse to the clearinghouse.

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Options Playbook Radio

Break down cutting-edge options strategies and learn how to incorporate them into your portfolio

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Options Oddities

We track all the unusual options trading activity on Options Oddities.

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