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Traders: ELS SUMMIT: Traders Descend on Miami for WBR Conference

Amanda Perrucci

Amanda Perrucci

Winter is coming.

But some traders are fleeing to the warmer climate of Miami Beach to attend the last major educational and networking event before year-end – the WBR Equities Leaders Summit. The marquee winter meeting, spanning three days from December 5thto the 7th at the Trump National Doral Miami Hotel, promises to be a must attend event. According to WBR, it is the “leading buy side driven equity trading conference,” attracting over 300 leaders representing the ‘who is who’ from the full value chain- key regulators, buy side, sell side, trading platforms and technology partners.

More than half of the attendees represent the biggest names on the buy-side. So much so, the first day of the conference is devoted entirely to the institutional traders and their firms. There are six power sessions devoted solely to the buy-side that will discuss liquidity, data usage and algorithms from which to choose.

WBR confirmed that the day’s schedule will go ahead as planned despite the stock market’s decision to close in observance of the National Day of Mourning. WBR said in a statement that it will observe a moment of silence at the beginning of the Wednesday sessions in honor of the late former President George H.W. Bush.

Day Two, December 6th, opens the conference to the general attendee list with Lucy Bradley, Editorial Director, Worldwide Business Research providing the opening remarks. She is followed by Conference Chairperson Dave Weisberger, Head of Crypto, ViableMKTS who kicks off the day’s events. Themes for the day start with “Disrupt or Be Disrupted,” followed by “Solving the Liquidity Conundrum” and then segueing into a variety of technology and strategy sessions.

“We have found the ELS Roundtable sessions to be a unique feature of the conference,” began CODA’s Mike Lazar, Managing Director-Institutional Sales. “Traders feel comfortable providing honest feedback and seem genuinely interested in discovering new liquidity sources. We’ve been able to further enhance our offering via that collaborative setting.”

Imperative Execution CEO Roman Ginis commented: “It’s great to participate at this year’s Equities Leaders Summit alongside some of the biggest names in equities trading to debate today’s key issues in market design. Our IntelligentCross product is all about market efficiency helping institutions minimize market impact – a key implicit cost of trading that affects everyone with an investment account from Main Street to Wall Street.”

“We are heading down to Miami looking forward to connecting with our peers on the successes and challenges of the past year,” said Jonathan Clark, CEO of Luminex Trading & Analytics. “With the return of volatility, markets are again headline news and we’re expecting to hear some great discussions on how innovations in data and analytics are helping to move things forward. Improving access to liquidity will be front and center.”

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