Evolving at the Speed of Light

During times of rapid change and fast-moving markets, brokerages need to adapt and grow quickly and efficiently. At Lightspeed, we highly value our ability to accommodate our clients’ needs while anticipating upcoming trends in the industry. Now that 2018 is well underway, we decided to take some time to reflect on our recent growth and discuss some of our thoughts on developments currently on the horizon.

Security and Stability

Only a few months have passed since the new year, but the need for secure and reliable online stock trading platforms has already proven as pressing as ever. Political turmoil and uncertainty abound, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding digital information and creating airtight processes. At Lightspeed, we’re always assessing our technology and processes to ensure that they remain as secure as possible. Through mandatory training, our staff stays up-to-date on current threats. Education, process, and technology all factor into our continual efforts to optimize security.

Recent events have also underscored the importance of stability. During highly volatile markets, volume peaks, sometimes pushing trading platforms to their limits. Where other platforms stuttered or failed, our offerings continued to perform at optimal levels. We build our Lightspeed Trader software with such eventualities in mind, ensuring that traders can buy and sell at the same speed during these crucial periods.

Updates and Enhancements

As we maintain the optimal performance of our software, we also continue to develop new features and expand our clients’ options. Here are just a few of the updates we rolled out for Lightspeed Trader in the last year:

  • Short Locator Window – This feature allows our clients to request access to difficult-to-borrow symbols directly from our platform and gives them the ability to accept or reject based on price.
  • Option Enhancements – During the past year, we’ve implemented P&L risk graphs for complex strategies, roll-ups/outs, smart routes for spreads, and the ability to group positions by underlier in position windows.
  • Order Types – Besides adding VWAP and TWAP order types, we also added VWAP study on charts.

In addition to these new features, we will be combining our teams, operations, and accounts with those of Lime Brokerage. This partnership creates a whole new world of possibilities — we cannot wait to reveal the synergies and features that come along with this deal.

Predictions and Expectations

As 2018 progresses, we expect to see more and more brokers consolidate — including ourselves. That notwithstanding, new brokers may find a market if they offer something unique to their clients. In the meantime, we will focus on scale and continue to develop innovations that serve the best interests of our clients. With that in mind, we are keeping a close eye on trends like the cryptocurrency phenomenon. Our energy remains centered on providing an impeccable core experience. However, client demand will always directly inform our development priorities.

To learn more about our advanced options trading platforms, call us at 1.888.577.3123.
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Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC is not affiliated with these third-party market commentators/educators or service providers. Data, information, and material (“content”) are provided for informational and educational purposes only. This content neither is, nor should be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation to buy or sell any securities or contracts. Any investment decisions made by the user through the use of such content is solely based on the users independent analysis taking into consideration your financial circumstances, investment objectives, and risk tolerance. Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC does not endorse, offer nor recommend any of the services or commentary provided by any of the market commentators/educators or service providers and any information used to execute any trading strategies are solely based on the independent analysis of the user.

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