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BTS Edge, our flagship options trading platform, was built with a focus on engineering excellence, speed, reliability and flexibility. We aim to provide our users with an efficient and easy way to manage trading operations in the derivatives markets.

Here in our BTS Real Edge video series, we demonstrate how our options tracking system initiates the electronic eye functionality for outright calls and spreads. We walk users through the task command center as well as how to modify tasks and edit parameters.

With the BTS Edge API currently in beta, you will soon be able to integrate your own proprietary algos with our innovative tasking system.

Blue Trading Systems is back in the office after a busy week at FIA Expo in Chicago. We met with a lot of traders that are challenged by their current futures platform. We heard that traders want lower latencies, more control over their server hardware and better support from their vendor partners. BTS Spark answers all those concerns elegantly.

BTS Edge, our flagship options trading platform featured at past FIA Expos, was built with a focus on engineering excellence, speed, reliability and flexibility. Once we saw the need in the futures space, we brought the same philosophy to building BTS Spark.

We introduced BTS Spark at this year’s Expo (you may have seen the kick plates at the 8th Street entrance or visited us at booth 1013) because we believe this is what the market needs right now.

We have invested heavily in R&D to establish our niche delivering the lowest latencies commercially available. You can read the Quantitative results on speed in our white paper here. Also, we will be sharing more information on latency in BTS Spark in the coming months.

Your algos can be linked through BTS Spark API, and we’ve partnered with Celoxica for more deterministic latencies with less jitter. Reasonably priced for $1000 a month, the accelerated FPGA version upgrade costs an additional $1000 per month.

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BTS Invites you to FIA expo 2017

Blue Trading Systems is making a play for the futures market. Visit us at Booth 1013 to learn more about how leading players in the derivatives space have moved over to BTS Spark for a competitive alternative platform with API access. We support all instruments on the CME, with plans to expand our market connectivity offering in the near future, and have partnered with a deterministic FPGA provider for accelerated versions.

If you need an FIA exhibit hall pass, please register here. We look forward to showing you how the game is changing with a demo of BTS Spark and helping you make your move.

FIA Expo 2017
October 17-19th
Blue Trading Systems – booth 1013
Hilton Chicago
725 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605

In preparation for FIA Expo, we are excited to announce a partnership with Celoxica, a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) market access company, to bring you BTS Spark Powered by Celoxica.

Our joint efforts will result in far less market data jitter though lower, deterministic latencies and superior overall trading performance. The offering also includes a low latency spreader and a front-end User Interface with API access. Written in C++ for minimal latency, the solution can be collocated on private or shared servers.

While researching FPGA providers, we were most impressed with Celoxica’s well-regarded position in the market. We recognized their solution's performance advantages and breadth of market coverage, including 65 major venues, as a perfect fit. Ensuring the most predictable market data for algorithmic and automated trading; Celoxica provides normalized data structure to trading applications with a single API integration.

“We are pleased to work with Celoxica, who shares our commitment to engineering excellence. Expanding our market connectivity under this partnership significantly broadens our potential market,” said Taha Afzal, Managing Partner at Blue Trading Systems. “Our hardware-accelerated version of BTS Spark was built to answer futures traders’ calls for a solution that better serves their needs. We expect it to become popular very quickly.”

“We look to partner with first rate technology providers such as Blue Trading Systems to bring enhanced solutions to the market,” said Kevin O’Connor, VP Sales, North America at Celoxica. “And with Celoxica now powering BTS Spark, we can combine best of breed products to deliver a truly unique Futures trading platform either directly to clients, or via a fully managed service.”

We will be showcasing BTS Spark at FIA Expo Booth 1013 and invite you to visit us for a demo. Built from the ground up to meet today’s demanding markets, BTS Spark offers a consistently fast platform with a robust futures functionality interface. We look forward to introducing you to our new solution for futures traders and the accelerated version powered by Celoxica.

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