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By Kevin Darby


BTS recently embarked on a research project to examine the feasibility of leveraging machine learning strategies to augment the performance of popular futures execution algorithms. During the course of this blog series, we will examine common execution algorithm structure, work through how machine learning (ML) can improve performance, and test accepted ML methods as well as present the results of new methods as applied to futures trading.

We are excited to announce that Kevin Darby, BTS Managing Partner, will be speaking at the Chicago edition of the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Event.  Organized by John Lothian News and sponsored by Cboe Global Markets, Nasdaq, Thomson Reuters, Options Clearing Corporation and more; the event brings students and interns together to learn about our fast paced and always-evolving derivatives space as well as enables them to explore career opportunities in the financial industry.

Kevin will join other influential leaders including Tim McCourt, Managing Director at CME Group, Scott Ferris, Managing Director at BMO Harris Bank and John Hague, Retired Partner from RSM US LLP, among others.

A worldwide gathering, the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Event takes place annually in New York, Chicago, Stockholm and London.  Dates have just been announced for New York and Chicago.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit:

We are excited to participate in this great event and are pleased to support the efforts of John Lothian News.

Driven by changes in regulatory requirements at Cboe Global Markets, Blue Trading Systems and Actant have aligned services to offer a compelling new solution for floor and screen traders. Participants leveraging BTS’ flagship product, BTS Edge, will continue to have modeling, risk, analytics and floor capabilities but will now benefit from additional quoting capabilities including RFQ response functionality via Actant.

“Changes in options technology providers drove us to look at our offering and how we could enhance BTS Edge to better meet the needs of today’s traders,” said Kevin Darby, Managing Director at Blue Trading Systems. “We were impressed with the talent employed at Actant and their product suite. After careful consideration, we decided to partner to extend our capabilities and become a more thorough alternative as consolidation in the options space has forced traders to look at new platforms.”

Actant Quote is a safe, fast and reliable quoting engine with features that help traders quote many concurrent products in out right options and complex options orders. Users have the ability to customize quoting and trading strategies as well as participate in auctions and meet obligations. Multiple volatility and pricing models are included with the platform including a library of strategies.

“We were impressed with BTS’ focus on engineering excellence, flexibility and reliability when it comes to their options platform,” said Dan Sacks, CEO of Actant. “Our shared values have brought us together and we look forward to working with BTS to further help traders navigate these evolving markets.”

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About Actant

Actant provides trading solutions for financial firms trading on the world’s major derivatives and stock exchanges. Actant delivers unique algorithmic programming flexibility and control to proprietary trading and market making firms, investment banks and hedge funds. Designed for both exchange members and non-members, Actant software is fully customizable and scalable to meet individual strategic, connectivity, deployment and integration needs.

In January, we introduced you to the Blue Trading Systems team to show you the people behind our exceptional products. Thank you for taking the time to read our profiles. We hope they helped you get to know us a little better. It would seem we have a diverse range of species on display in the BTS zoo, including: a Buddha, a King Cobra, a Unicorn, a Vampire, two Crocodiles, two Dolphins, a Goat, a Cheetah, a Tiger, an Octopus, a Mantis Shrimp and an Alpine Swift!

But our personal greatness does you no good, so we invite you to learn more about our products, which quite possibly will. BTS Edge is our advanced, intuitive trading system for options market makers, proprietary trading groups and brokers. BTS Spark is our new futures trading solution, furnishing traders added control over server hardware, better support from vendor partners, and lower latency with an FPGA option.

While relegating your trading application to the cloud might make sense for traders less concerned with security, speed and accountability; we offer an alternative for those unwilling to relinquish control to this nebulous, anonymous hardware platform. By collaborating with hosting vendors staffed by professionals familiar with the standards demanded by professional traders, we offer superior performance, reliability, and support, at essentially zero additional cost.

Please give us a call at 919 913 0850 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a demo or more information about our products.

Also, follow our blog for updates about our products, team and partners, and industry conference reports. We have been active in the options community for over twenty years. Now, as we introduce our futures system, BTS Spark, we look forward to getting to know futures traders and their colleagues.

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