Liquidnet, an institutional trading network, has doubled down on its efforts to push its innovation-focused agenda heading into the end of the year with the launch of Liquidnet Labs, a new virtual hub designed to highlight the group’s latest technology developments, per a company statement.
Liquidnet Labs is available to the company’s institutional investors, part of its equity membership composition. The new virtual hub was created to serve as a multilateral exchange of ideas and information, encompassing piloting, feedback, and the testing of new features between the group and clients.
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Since its preview earlier this month, Liquidnet Labs plans to roll out an in-depth snapshot into its R&D process. This included such topics as mobile technology, enhanced trading functionality, commission management automation tools, and advanced data analysis, among many others. The hub itself went live today is available directly through Liquidnet’s front-end equity trader application. The initiative is important as it gives clients and Liquidnet unfiltered access into the design process, which will help streamline innovation moving forward.
According to Natasha Shamis, Head of Product at Liquidnet, in a statement on the launch: “Our most successful products and innovations have always been the ones that we’ve created hand-in-hand with our Members. The launch of Liquidnet Labs allows us to strengthen that collaboration and bring them in even earlier in the development process. Our Members can now see the newest tools we are creating for them, provide input as the products are built, and sign up to be part of a pilot program all in one place.”
Earlier this month, Liquidnet debuted its Virtual High Touch, the group’s buy-side technology offering that was engineered to aggregate a number of different trading functionalities into one cohesive utility.