- head of product management, Front Arena
- SunGard’s capital markets business
Tim Dodd has been head of product management for SunGard’s Front Arena trading solution for nearly five years. He began working with SunGard more than 12 years ago, initially as a consultant on Panorama Equities. Mr. Dodd then became head of professional services London, responsible for European-wide project management for Panorama. He went on to become head of product management for Adaptiv Trading before joining Front Arena.
Mr. Dodd has extensive experience in trading and risk management as well as software design, product management and customer services. His diverse background gives him a deep understanding of the needs of trading organizations and an appreciation for the complexities of cross-asset trading, from the front office and risk management to automation and back-office processing.
The electronification of markets continues apace, driving the unification of market models across different asset classes. In the OTC derivatives marketplace, we are seeing the birth of Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) as OTC derivatives in some jurisdictions are moving to exchanges or exchange-like platforms. Dark pools and Organized Trading Facilities (OTFs) are enabling higher volume transactions off-exchange. Firms need connectivity and workflows to help them trade profitably in this changing environment. They are also looking for help with systematic internalization, internal crossing and online trading.
With the growth in flow trading, algo trading and related activities, firms also require effective position management. To market make today, you need dashboards displaying exceptional activity to trade effectively against other computer-driven trade. Liquidity must be consolidated into organizations from marketplaces, dark pools, Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) and retail or institutional clients before good market insight is gained. At the enterprise level, the need for the brilliant illumination of risks has never been higher. Operational efficiency demands automation and processing from the front office through to the back.