Big systems for small start-ups

Boutique trading software firms such as Tradar and Beauchamp have sprung up to serve the hedge fund community. They could be the future of financial technology. They’re not just sophisticated – they’re also cheap. By Clive Davidson


When star fund managers or traders set up as a hedge fund, they leave the hassle of big-office life behind. But they also lose the support and infrastructure that makes life easier at a large firm. More than anything else, they know they are going to have to find a way of replicating the efficiency of the trading and trade-processing systems they are leaving behind.

In recent years, several technology suppliers have emerged to service this market, creating lower-cost systems that

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