New York, NY, 25 September 2019

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Sep 2509:00
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Opening keynote: The Three Digital Horizons – Analyzing how enterprise transformations are reshaping the financial landscape

Keynotes
  • Digitizing processes – the importance of putting all business functions on digital platforms to reduce inefficiencies
  • Client interaction – reimagining the process of connecting clients to the world
  • Digital ecosystem – working with vendors to create various products that benefit and build trust with clients
Sep 2509:20
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Keynote panel: State of the Crypto Market – how is the rise of digital assets impacting portfolios, electronic trading desks & capital markets at large?

Keynotes
· Institutionalization – what entities are beginning to accept/introduce as a legitimate form of currency?· Crypto block trading – current and future developments for facilitating the execution of large institutional digital currency trades· Regulatory Risks – what developments do risk-adverse institutions need to see on the regulatory front to quell concerns about compliance?· Crypto ETFs – how are ETFs being structured for SEC approval and what will it mean for the greater digital asset marketplace?· Capital inefficiencies – is there a better way to manage the necessary capital for bid requests across exchanges?· Volatility & systemic risk – could the wild price swings associated with cryptocurrencies pose a risk to clearing houses and overall market stability?· Non-correlation effect & institutional portfolios – how can institutional investors leverage bitcoin’s extremely low correlation with traditional asset classesto optimize their portfolios?
Sep 2510:00
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Data Modeling – using a 3-stage process for improving data analysis

Keynotes
  • Screening – fundamental view of companies and sectors
  • Evaluation – eliminating outliers and diving deeper into data
  • Stock heartbeat – monitoring your models for thesis validation
Sep 2510:20
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Connectivity: A Review of the Latest Developments

Keynotes
  • Private vs Public Feeds
  • The Role of Transport
Sep 2511:40
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High-performance systems strategy – how are you aligning HPC hardware & software to optimize performance?

Automated Trading & HPC
  • To invest or not to invest –what types of latency problems are best addressed through hardware implementation vs. a software-based approach?
  • Future of FPGAs in trading – how will FPGAs fit into the future market landscape as the pursuit of alpha straddles between faster and smarter trading?
  • Deep learning chipsets – are specialized chipsets the future platform for implementing deep learning algorithms?
  • Mission-critical servers & AI infrastructure for data-intensive workloads – how are new breeds of enterprise servers ushering in the next generation of accelerated computing?
  • HPC software implementation – what are the key software challenges of developing and deploying increasingly complex HPC, big data, machine learning and visualization workloads?
  • Open source big data frameworks – integrating Hadoop, Spark and otFher big data technologies into your trading operation
  • Big data productivity tools & software utilities – compilers, debuggers, performance analysis and visualization tools
Sep 2511:40
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Data infrastructure – aligning technology, and strategy to achieve peak investment performance

Alternative Data & Quant
  • Outsourcing vs. internalizing – how to decide whether to fully outsource, partially outsource of fully internalize big data infrastructure?
  • Data integration – how to incorporate new datasets into existing trading processes?
  • Machine learning & analysis tools – visualization software, open-source libraries
  • Human capital dynamics – how to assemble the most effective team to execute your alternative data strategy
Sep 2511:40
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Realities of Machine Learning – Effective applications of ML in Stock Selection

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
Sep 2511:40
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Digital Asset Custodians – how is the way digital assets are stored impacting the way cryptocurrencies are traded?

Cryptocurrencies
  • Cybersecurity – using cold storage and protocols to safely hold cryptocurrencies
  • Digital Wallets – developing secure keys for on and offline wallets
  • Balance of power – should exchanges be allowed to act as custodians and brokers?
  • Number of Custodians – are digital assets safer with a lesser amount of large institutions holding AUM?
Sep 2511:40
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Tokenizing assets: how will blockchain change the meaning of liquidity?

Blockchain
  • Securities – a new landscape for traditional stock trading
  • Real Estate – changes to investing via blockchain REITs
  • Real assets – using blockchain to purchase commodities, art, diamonds, and other alternative assets
  • Token Offerings – understanding the digital space to gain a leg up in raising capital funds
  • Exchanges – how blockchain and tokenization will lead to AI-only exchanges
Sep 2512:00
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Smart Betas - Enhanced Smart Betas via Machine Learning

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
Sep 2513:50
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1. Speed on a budget – determining the right connectivity architecture based on costs

Automated Trading & HPC
Sep 2513:50
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2. Automation in the cloud – structuring off-site systems that maintain high speeds

Automated Trading & HPC
Sep 2513:50
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3. Open Source Finance – how sharing codes can maximize output, minimize inefficiencies and push the industry forward

Automated Trading & HPC
Sep 2513:50
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4. HR Solutions – Attracting star talent while building a positive trading culture

Automated Trading & HPC
Sep 2513:50
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5. Smart Beta – identifying true factor exposure and understanding factor correlation

Alternative Data & Quant
Sep 2513:50
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6. Enterprise data management – how are you managing, governing & integrating data to achieve peak performance across applications, systems and services?

Alternative Data & Quant
Sep 2513:50
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7. Cleaning and Proving Value of Alt Data – Strategies to eliminate noise

Alternative Data & Quant
Sep 2513:50
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8. The Return of Intra-day Trading – equity strategies that take advantage of the re-emergence of volatility

Alternative Data & Quant
Sep 2513:50
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10. Designing machine learning algorithms for trading & portfolio strategies

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
Sep 2513:50
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11. Back-Testing – examining A.I.’s role from conceptualization to trade execution

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
Sep 2513:50
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9. Deep Learning - effectiveness of deep learning for alpha strategies

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
Sep 2513:50
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12. Stablecoins – how will pegged tokens be regulated?

Cryptocurrencies
Sep 2513:50
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13. Systematic cryptocurrency trading – applying quantitative principles to capture ‘crypto alpha’ in digital currency markets

Cryptocurrencies
Sep 2513:50
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14. STO’s – a guide to navigating through credible opportunities as an investor or fundraiser

Cryptocurrencies
Sep 2513:50
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15. Blockchain Ecosystem – where are the best investment opportunities?

Blockchain
Sep 2513:50
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16. Regulatory Landscape – how will blockchain be governed by authorities?

Blockchain
Sep 2513:50
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17. Security – wallet protections for the institutional investor

Blockchain
Sep 2514:30
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LIBOR comes to an end…are the old models equipped to work in the new environment? Laying down a framework for traditional models in the new context

Alternative Data & Quant
  • LIBOR discontinuation -the rise of new interest rate benchmarks
  • The definition of new risk-free term rates
  • Modeling challenges -what about backward-looking rates?
  • Modeling forward-looking and backward-looking rates jointly
Sep 2514:30
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AI & machine learning for trading and investing – what new tools, strategies and products are on the horizon?

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
  • Machine learning models – supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning
  • Smart data & real-time indicators – have technology providers solved the challenge of enabling the real-time delivery of accurate and relevant macroeconomic indicators?
  • AI & machine learning solutions for emerging data sources – using the latest advances in cognitive computing, deep learning and neural networking to extract unique insights from unstructured and alternative data sources
Sep 2514:30
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Crypto trading infrastructure – architecting platforms for institutional crypto products

Cryptocurrencies
  • Execution – what systems are in place to provide trade certainty?
  • Cloud connection – will trades slow down if moved to off-site servers?
  • Liquidity – how are exchanges keeping up with a rise in volume?
  • Liquidity vs. Volatility – which matters more for institutional traders?
  • Security & compliance – innovation and initiatives for bolstering security
Sep 2514:30
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Blockchain, crypto & the future of money – how will decentralized platforms change the cross-border flow of currency and commerce?

Blockchain
  • Industry trends & business drivers – evolving customer needs, aging core infrastructure, innovation across payment products and services
  • Economic impact – how crypto assets will change the dynamics of investing much in the same way the Internet changed the flow of information
  • Opportunities for banks – improved operational efficiencies, increased digitization, parlaying enhanced infrastructure into a platform for additional innovation across businesses and product lines
  • The promise of blockchain/DLT – the ideal design for addressing concerns around trust, lack of transparency, cross- border complexities?
  • Global transaction turbo boost – how can a blockchain-based network reduce settlement time and lower costs for international payments?
Sep 2514:50
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Shortwave Trading – leveraging revolutionary technology for ultra-low latency

Automated Trading & HPC
Sep 2514:50
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Adding Optionality – A new way to look at trade insurance

Alternative Data & Quant
  • Crash Puts – what are they?
  • Bermudan Style – adding flexibility on when crash puts can be exercised
  • Pricing & Hedging – Pricing via change of arithmetic and hedging via vanilla puts
Sep 2515:10
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Maximizing connectivity – how are you balancing latency & bandwidth in 2019?

Automated Trading & HPC
  • Network overload – is shortwave radio, despite its massive bandwidth deficit, a viable way for traders to make a low-latency transatlantic connection?
  • New world of alpha discovery – how are firms balancing speed and bandwidth as the algorithmic trading arms race turns toward ingesting and analyzing increasing volumes and varieties of real-time data?
  • Network monitoring – solutions, methods and technologies for identifying trends, detecting outliers and correcting excessive latency and jitter in real time
  • Risks around building ULL systems – moving data centers, cost of data, exchanges changing the rules
Sep 2515:10
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Evaluating Datasets – analyzing alternative data through technology and human capital

Alternative Data & Quant
  • Data sources – sifting through the streams of data from vendors and other third parties to achieve peak performance
  • Training the model – using algorithms to understand the context of financial conversation
  • Building the system – which hardware and software systems are necessary for storing and running data analysis at the lowest latencies?
  • Additional examination – running further analysis of output from algorithms or AI systems for cleaner and structured results
Sep 2515:10
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TCA and AI analytics – how can AI be utilized for better trade execution?

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
  • Trading Strategy – confirming and developing algorithms that align with a firm’s preferred method of execution
  • System Integration – tying in datasets, 3rd party information, and analytical tools for alpha generation
  • Real-Time analytics – connecting to the most up-to-date trading costs for more informed decision making
  • Post-Trade analytics – factoring in variable’s like daily volume and volatility to optimize trading strategies
  • Regulatory Reporting – using AI to justify algorithmic actions to governing bodies
Sep 2515:10
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Trading Crypto Beyond 2019 – how will cryptocurrencies be traded in the future?

Cryptocurrencies
  • High Frequency Trading: developing the systems necessary to trade on a relatively high-latency infrastructure
  • Options: preparing for the buildout of derivatives that allow for less risk
  • ETFs: will the SEC allow for an explosion of crypto exchange traded funds?
  • Security Tokens: which tokens will be tied to tangible assets and how will that impact the market overall?
  • Privacy: how will future tokens avoid being tracked through chain analysis?
Sep 2515:10
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Scalability – how to improve blockchain’s capacity for a growing market?

Blockchain
  • Consumer adoption: how will systems respond as more customers join a chain?
  • Faster consensus: how can nodes communicate at greater speeds to approve transactions?
  • Subchains: can splitting up larger blockchains improve responsiveness?
  • Off-chain: conducting transactions offline to avoid overwhelming blockchain servers
Sep 2516:20
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The alpha of trade performance – how to harness emerging technologies to develop smarter execution, optimize trading algorithms & predict market behavior

Automated Trading & HPC
  • Less alpha, tighter spreads, thinner margins & increased risk aversion – how must quant funds, trading firms, asset managers and banks adjust when implementing a market data strategy?
  • Performance measurement solutions – post-trade, intra-day and real-time cost analysis
  • Capturing, cleansing, storing & analyzing market data – how to enable alpha discovery across asset classes and geographies in turbulent market conditions
  • Vendor relationships – the build vs. buy puzzle and working with your provider to improve performance, capacity and cost efficiency
  • Real-time insights – how can traders use visualization technology to aid in real-time pattern discovery and outlier detection?
Sep 2516:20
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Determining Risk – how financial firms are analyzing how much risk they’re willing to take and utilizing new technologies to enhance risk management

Alternative Data & Quant
  • Simulations – Applying stress testing into existing enterprise infrastructure
  • Compute-intensive risk – how are quants and risk managers using the cloud to scale up modelling capacity without breaking the bank on building new data centers?
  • Modernization of data management – incorporating new technologies and open source software for smarter betas
  • Predictive analytics – working with vendors and third party affiliates on algorithmic tools to measure future risk
Sep 2516:20
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Natural Language Processing – how are A.I. systems transforming sentiment analysis?

A.I. & Advanced Analytics
  • Interoperability – how are the current best-in-class software solutions addressing interoperability between legacy applications across the enterprise?
  • Unlocking the power of visualization – how can visualization techniques enhance risk management, regulatory compliance and aid in real-time pattern discovery and outlier detection?
  • Intelligent & secure storage – how to store and protect data needed for emerging AI and real-time analytics applications
Sep 2516:20
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Liquidity in Crypto – adding stability to a young and fast-growing market

Cryptocurrencies
  • Volume: how many more players are needed in the crypto market for greater liquidity or are we already there?
  • Market Price: how does the growing access to crypto-fiat conversions allow for less extreme fluctuations?
  • Speed of Trade: how much faster can trades become as a result of more liquidity?
  • Coin-coin vs. coin-fiat: how will crypto conversions be handled in the future?
  • Exchanges: what are the innovative ways in which exchanges are working to improve access and scale?
Sep 2516:20
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Protocol Trading – how will the future of capital markets be influenced by blockchain technology?

Blockchain
  • Settlement: differences between traditional processes and digital assets
last published: 08/Aug/19 18:35 GMT

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