FX data and analytics provider Tradefeedr has announced that it has appointed Dr. Michal Marcek to join its advisory group.
Tradefeedr has created what it calls a common, truly independent FX trading database allowing market participants across the sell-side, buy-side, regional banks, hedge funds, brokers and central banks to connect, analyse their trading data and collaborate. In June 2021, Tradefeedr launched its FX data analytics platform with more than 15 leading sell-side and 20 major buy-side firms onboarding and another 20 in the pipeline.
Michal Marcek worked most recently as portfolio manager on PIMCO’s Global Fixed Income desk in Munich, focusing on global macro strategies and currency trading. He was the lead portfolio manager on a $100+ billion currency hedge overlay platform. Previously, he was a portfolio associate on PIMCO’s European FX desk and has serviced German fixed income clients at Allianz Global Investors (AGI). He has 14 years of investment experience and holds a PhD. and master’s degree in finance from the University of Economics, Bratislava.
The Tradefeedr advisory group is a forum to advise Tradefeedr’s leadership team on product development and strategic roadmap delivery to ensure alignment with industry-wide needs. It is composed of a mix of senior liquidity providers, buy-side clients and industry experts. Others in the group include Tim Cartledge, previously at Barclays and NEX Markets; Richard Turner, Senior Trader, Currency Solutions at Insight Investment; Jeremy Smart, Global Head of Distribution at XTX Markets; and Ian O’Flaherty, industry expert.
Commenting on the appointment, Seth Johnson, Chair of Tradefeedr, said:
“As Tradefeedr gains traction amongst the foreign exchange community, it is critical that we continue to accrue expert industry knowledge which provides a solid basis on which to deliver our solution. We are delighted to have the rich industry expertise and depth of understanding of the FX market that Michal brings. We welcome him to the advisory group.”
Michal Marcek added:
“Tradefeedr’s exciting and unique proposition has solved for a deep pain point in the market, delivering on a real need in foreign exchange to trade using correct and standardised data, allowing faster and more accurate flows, better decision making and better relationships. I look forward to engaging with them and the market as the business creates a powerful network effect, as more and more users join the ecosystem.”
Tradefeedr was established in 2018 by Balraj Bassi and Alexei Jiltsov, who had previously worked together at Lehman Brothers and launched Blacktree, a macro systematic hedge fund. In December 2020 the company received $3 million in funding from IPGL, the private investment company owned by Lord Michael Spencer, the founder of global markets company, ICAP plc and subsequently financial technology business, NEX plc. Seth Johnson, former CEO of NEX Markets, also supported the fund raising and was appointed as Tradefeedr’s Chairman. Tradefeedr aims to level the trading analytics playing field by allowing the sell-side to submit trading data on behalf of their buy-side clients. With better-standardised data, Tradefeedr transforms the way in which market participants interact with each other and deliver new insights and better decision making for all users.