Published quarterly, The DESK provides buy-side traders with precise detail on the macro-drivers, events and plans that are shaping liquidity and price discovery in fixed income markets. Contact us for your copy.

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For the second year in a row, the ‘Trading Intentions Survey’ asks buy-side traders about which liquidity aggregation systems they currently use for trading corporate bonds, which they preferred, and which they planned to use.

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We need to talk about bonds. Liquidity has been sucked out of the credit markets by regulation. It can only be replaced by a structural change in the secondary market, or a change to the issuance model in the primary market.

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Announcement : Project Sentinel

PROJECT SENTINEL COMPLETES MIFID II TECHNOLOGY SPECIFICATION. Project Sentinel, the bank collaboration to mutualise the cost of MiFID II implementation in the OTC front office, has completed the detailed business requirements that meet MiFID II regulatory obligations. London, New York, Thursday 28th July 2016: Solving the MiFID II challenge requires a significant amount of human resources

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On the desk : Jim Switzer : AllianceBernstein

JIM SWITZER: ON TAKING CONTROL. The AllianceBernstein credit trading desk has been refocused to handle market fragmentation and the withdrawal of dealer liquidity, giving its traders a commanding presence in tempestuous markets.   Jim Switzer is the New York-based global head of credit trading at AllianceBernstein. He joined the firm in 2011 and manages 12 credit

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On the desk : Juan Landazabal : Deutsche Asset Management

ON TRADER EVOLUTION. Juan Landazabal, global head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Trading at Deutsche Asset Management describes the internal and external pressures that are shaping the role of head trader. Juan Landazabal is global head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange Trading at Deutsche Asset Management. His team includes approximately 25 fixed income traders/sector managers

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Commerzbank’s head of derivatives execution and clearing departs

Eugene Stanfield has left Commerzbank as head of derivatives execution & clearing. His role has been taken on by Nick Chaudhry, who has been appointed head of derivatives execution & clearing services with responsibility for over-the-counter (OTC) client clearing, FX prime brokerage and listed clearing & execution. Since joining the bank in 2014, Chaudhry had been responsible for

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Adam Conn made head of trading at Baillie Gifford

Adam Conn made head of trading at Baillie Gifford. Adam Conn, head of dealing at Baring Asset Management has been appointed as head of trading at Baillie Gifford. Conn will replace Chris Barker, who took over the position from Robert Blaikie in April 2015, after Blaikie retired. Conn has been an active contributor to the FIX community,

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Robinson and McGrath leave Schroders

Global head of trading, Rob McGrath, and head of fixed income trading, Nick Robinson have left their positions at buy-side firm Schroders , reportedly as a result of a restructuring of fixed income and currencies trading. McGrath, who joined Schroders in 2002, has apparently moved into fintech advisory but was not immediately available for comment. Robinson, who

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Brooksbank leaves SSGA as head of Trading, EMEA

Dale Brooksbank has left his role as managing director and head of trading for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Brooksbank, who joined SSgA in 2006 from Legal and General Investment Management, could not immediately be reached for comment. He was responsible for managing day-to-day trading and execution capabilities across

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Lead feature : Trading for retirement funds : Dan Barnes

PENSION FUNDS TAKE ON TRADING. When retirement funds bring fixed income investment in-house, they have to re-engineer the trading process. Dan Barnes finds out how. Many pension funds are weighing up the viability of bringing investment processes in-house, including fixed income. However a fund bringing any aspect of fixed income investment in-house has to assess

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