Industry Leaders Innovate The Derivatives Markets At Tradetech Derivatives 2008

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In today's volatile markets, the buy-side embraces the hedging and enhanced returns that derivatives offer and is looking for technology solutions to better trade these complex products. TradeTech Derivatives is an annual conference for leading buy-side derivative traders seeking cutting-edge strategies for multi-asset derivative trading, electronic trading and automation, and a general derivatives market outlook.

the Trade Tech Derivatives speakers brought practical experience in the markets to bear on the subjects. I benefited from the panels' insight on derivative applications and additionally, made some key contacts and reconnections.

At TradeTech Derivatives 2008, over 170 leaders in the derivatives industry came together with a common objective: to find out what derivative trading strategies and systems achieve highest returns. The three day event was a feat against the turbulence of today's market, as thought-leaders and senior-level traders debated and identified actionable solutions to volatility challenges, next-generation algorithmic derivatives trading, and best practices for overcoming OTC automation issues and multiple futures, options, and swaps trading strategies being embraced by innovative buy side firms today.

The conference kicked off with a pre-day in Electronic Trading Optimization, a buy-side only summit, focused on discussing effective systems and methodologies for profitable electronic trading. Through roundtable sessions and panel discussions, attendees had the opportunity to interact with their peers and get an understanding of what trends to be aware of in the buy-side trading industry.

Highlights included an insightful and energetic presentation on 'Structural Changes In The Global Economy' from Dr. Woody Brock, President of Strategic Economic Decisions. Brock's insights into the drastically shifting markets offered investors innovative tips for minimizing error in forecasting the future. Industry-shaping dialogue saturated the main conference with question-provoking interactive presentations by notable speakers like Joseph Masri, Head of Investment Risk management of Barclays Global Investors, Ian Baker, VP of Derivatives and Risk Management from Pyramis Global Advisors, Phillip Gocke, Managing Director of Options Industry Council and a host of other industry luminaries. Commending the caliber of the speaker faculty, Kenneth Armstead, Partner of Absolute Plus Management put it best when he said, "the Trade Tech Derivatives speakers brought practical experience in the markets to bear on the subjects. I benefited from the panels' insight on derivative applications and additionally, made some key contacts and reconnections."

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