Reflecting on an Exceptional Fixed Income Meeting in New York

The Finance Hive: Fixed Income US Exchange, 21st September
From start to finish: opening panels, buy side spotlights, fireside chats, and more!

Following a fantastic few days onsite at our Fixed Income US Exchange meeting, our Editorial Director, Despoina Koutentaki reflects on the highlights, key takeaways and actionable insights.

I recently had the privilege of hosting an array of outstanding speakers, members, and partners,” shares Despoina.

Their collective wisdom and insights have not only enriched our understanding of the Fixed Income landscape, but have also set us on a path toward progress in this dynamic field.”

Throughout this blog, Despoina retells her experience as the meeting host, walking us through the sessions from start to finish…

Raising a glass to our wonderful Fixed Income US community

Opening Panel: Collaboration between Investment and Trading Teams for Optimal Execution and Performance

Speakers: Miguel Cota, VP and Head Fixed Income Trader, Avantis Investors by American Century Investments
David Zhu, Senior Fixed Income Trader, Vanguard
Forrest McNeil, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Iseult E.A. Conlin, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Cash Credit, Tradeweb
Moderator: James Wolstenholme, Director, Alta Research

The opening panel explored the intricate relationship between investment and trading teams, discussing strategies to enhance communication, alignment, and coordination. Topics ranged from pre-trade collaboration to execution performance analysis and compliance considerations, providing invaluable insights into the Fixed Income landscape.

Dwayne Middleton shares key insights and learnings with the group

Spotlight on: The Future of the Trading Desk

Speaker: Dwayne Middleton, Head of Global Fixed Income Trading, T. Rowe Price
Moderator: Despoina Koutentaki, Editorial Director, The Finance Hive

During this inspiring spotlight session, Dwayne shared his vision of the future trading desk, emphasising the importance of empowering traders with advanced technology, reshaping workflows, and enhancing operational efficiency through interoperability.

His insights are guiding us toward a future-ready trading environment. Since this session, we’ve consolidated all of the brilliant takeaways in a dedicated blog post. Take a look…

Fireside Chat: Exploring the Advantages of a Centralised, Multi-Asset Trading Desk and the Required Technological Infrastructure

Speakers: Joseph Bacchi, Head of Trading and Investment Operations, Acadian Asset Management
Kaustuv Dasgupta, Head of Trading, Two Sigma

This fireside chat provided clarity on the concept of a centralised, Multi-Asset trading desk, discussing market offerings, automation paths, and cost analysis for implementing automation. Joseph and Kaustuv’s insights are shaping our strategies for the future.

Joseph Bacchi and Kaustuv Dasgupta take centre stage for a buy side fireside chat
Thomas Harte shines a light on the evolving role of Fixed Income quants

Spotlight on: Quant Meets Trader
Synergising Quantitative Insights and Trading Expertise

Speaker: Thomas Harte, Investment Management, Head of Fixed Income and Liquidity Strats, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Moderator: Despoina Koutentaki, Editorial Director, The Finance Hive

Next, Thomas explored the evolving role of quants in the Fixed Income space, touching on data flow management, the fusion of quantitative insights and trading strategies, and the impact of real-time data streaming among others—forging a path to progress for our industry.

We’re so grateful to all of our attending members and partners for their hugely insightful and inspiring contributions.

Want to get involved with our Fixed Income US network?

Despoina Koutentaki, Editorial Director, The Finance Hive

Just follow the link below to register your details, and Despoina will be in touch within 1-2 working days.

See you on November 16th?

We’ll be travelling back across the pond for our FX US Head Trader Dinner, hosted in partnership with 360T!

Our local, in-person dinner meetings take place in regional hubs around the world, bringing together a select group of trading heads and influencers to benchmark, share ideas, and collaborate on key priorities at the top of their agendas—and this time, we’re heading to Toronto!

You can take a closer look at our Fixed Income US Exchange meeting from the official photos. We’ve picked out some of our favourites… Spot any familiar faces?