About IFS

Intelligent Financial Systems Limited*, through its flagship brand LiquidMetrix, is an independent provider of TCA, execution quality, market abuse and pre trade analysis services. Our clients are Sell Sides, Buy Sides, Exchanges and Regulators that are looking for actionable analysis / reports, compliance tools and global coverage.

In the last 10 years equity markets have changed almost beyond recognition. Fragmentation, high frequency market making and trading, dark pools, broker crossing networks and the rise of algorithmic trading have created a myriad of opportunities and pitfalls that all trading firms must navigate.

Recent media attention on High Frequency Trading and ‘Toxic’ Dark Pools has underlined the point that carefully monitoring execution quality is a vital function for both Buy Side and Sell Side firms as well as operators of execution venues. In a world where a predatory trading style can take advantage of a Buy Side order in microseconds, relying on ‘traditional’ TCA to identify and correct that problem is wishful thinking.

LiquidMetrix as a provider of TCA services was founded with this new world view of the markets at its core. Our services use a millisecond accurate full depth Level 2 market database. We can therefore drill into detail into any trading strategy and answer not only the traditional TCA ‘macro level’ questions (IS, VWAP, Momentum, Reversion) but also highlight what is happening at the micro level.

The LiquidMetrix Post Trade services operate on both a top down and bottom up approach. At the macro level a combination of traditional VWAP/Arrival benchmarks allows analysis of how well overall trading schedules or brokers have performed. At the micro level, we can also uniquely determine how well micro-strategies and decisions have performed. The analysis can help our clients understand venue selection, HFT gaming, order timing, algo usage, SOR configuration, liquidity distribution and availability, adverse selection and venue toxicity.

By allowing our clients to view performance from fund manager, broker placement, venue, algo and SOR strategy angles we provide analysis and actionable intelligence to execution desks and compliance departments as well as third party trustworthy client reporting.

Contact us on getintouch@liquidmetrix.com if you are interested in any of the services or data products we offer.

* Intelligent Financial Systems Limited is an independently operated company within the the Asset International Group of companies.


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The information available within this website may include ‘Evaluations’ which are not reflections of the transaction prices at which any securities can be purchased or sold in the market but are mathematically derived approximations of estimated values. Nevertheless, reference may sometimes be made to Evaluations as pricing information, solely for convenience or reference. Evaluations are based upon certain market assumptions and evaluation methodologies reflected in proprietary algorithms and may not conform to trading prices or information available from third parties. No liability or responsibility is accepted (and all such liability is hereby excluded) for any information or ‘Evaluations’.

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Data Protection

We take our obligations under the following Data Protection legislation very seriously and have taken steps to ensure full compliance

EC Directive 95/46/EC (up to and including 24th May 2018); and
(ii) the Data Protection Act 1998 (up to and including 24th May 2018); and
(iii) the GDPR (from and including 25th May 2018); and
(iv) Replacement National Legislation; and
(v) the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations 2003; and
(vi) any judicial or administrative interpretation of them, any guidance, guidelines, codes of practice, approved codes of conduct or approved certification mechanisms issued by any relevant Supervisory Authority,

This is a statement of the data protection policy adopted by IFS Ltd.

As a company that spans the fields of Market Share Analysis and Sales Data analysis, IFS Ltd can be defined as both data controller and data processor. The collection of data for our own database products, plus the need to hold information about individuals, employees, clients and suppliers, defines our responsibility as a data controller. Parallel to this, the work undertaken for many of our customers requires us to hold and manipulate our clients' data. In this capacity we are a data processor.

Specifically, the Principles of the Data Protection require that personal data:
Therefore, IFS Ltd will, through appropriate management, and strict application of criteria and controls:
In addition, IFS Ltd will ensure that: