We explore the current state of blockchain adoption, continued investments by market participants and key challenges and expectations for the future.
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The wait is almost over. Since their introduction in 2013, Dodd-Frank-inspired swap execution facilities (SEF) rules have been widely perceived as overly prescriptive. 
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Total U.S. equity commissions fell for the eighth year in a row to $7.65 billion and are now down 45% from their peak. Any glimpses of growth in the past decade have ultimately been fleeting.
Regulated ICOs could transform fnancial market structure.
The line between fundamental and quantitative investing is blurring as fundamental investors adopt tools and approaches long employed by “quants.”
Exchange-listed options are a popular tool, as they offer relatively high transparency and price discovery compared to some other derivatives products. They also provide lower regulatory complexity and counterparty risk.
Institutional investors are leaving money on the table by using familiar investment vehicles like bonds without first looking to see if they could obtain the same exposure more efficiently with another product like an ETF or a future. 
Institutional investors increased their annual spending on risk and analytics platforms to $700 million, as “risk tech” expenditures nearly doubled to 10% of total buy-side trading desk technology budgets in 2017.

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