Trading Amsterdam

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam , Netherlands

21 Mar 2019


Now in its 9th year, FOW Trading Amsterdam is the leading event for the Dutch algorithmic and proprietary trading community. 

The 9th annual edition of FOW Trading Amsterdam will be held at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam on 21st of March.

The event is aimed at asset managers, hedge funds and prop traders active in derivatives across the region. It will bring together industry leaders from The Netherlands and Europe to discuss the latest news, issues, opportunities and challenges in the market today.

The event is expected to have 250+ delegates, representing all layers of the financial stack.


If you have any questions about the event please contact Yasmin Okolo
To discuss sponsor options email Hanna DeBank







08:15 Registration and Networking Break


09:00 Welcome Address


09:05 Keynote Address


09:25 Trading places: is market structure becoming too complex?

Mifid II spurred a shake-up of the traditional trading landscape with a surge of new venues, platforms and market models. What are the unintended consequences of these rapid changes and what is in store for the future of execution?


  • How has the market adapted to the SI regime?
  • Are alternative platforms like RfQs adding value?
  • What are the pros and cons of speed bumps?
  • Has there been a loss of transparency in the equities markets?



10:15 Coffee Break


10:45 Capital constraints: is there enough capital to support the industry?

As post-crisis reforms require firms to hold increasingly more funds back, capital has become one of the main constraints for derivatives businesses. How will firms balance capital requirements with efforts to grow, and will some be forced to take a step back?


  • Where is the most capital being consumed?
  • What will the investment firm regulation mean for non-banks?
  • How are firms coping with CRR capital charges?
  • How will capital constraints change markets as we know them?
  • Is there enough left for growth and innovation?



11:30 The new world of FX trading

The futurization trend is shifting towards the OTC FX space while political uncertainty has created demand for fixed income derivatives, both creating fertile ground for new products and solutions to facilitate trading.


  • What is driving the trend toward futurization of FX?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities for market markets?
  • As exchanges broaden FX and Fixed Income offerings, is there now too much choice?
  • Is the FX Global Code enough to keep the markets in check?


12:15 Lunch


13:15 OTC to CCP: what new risks have taken shape?

Post crisis reforms saw the central clearing of derivatives as a key tool to mitigate risk and the subsequent increased cost of uncleared business is pushing more business into CCPs. Yet this has incited concerns about where the risks in the market are and whether CCPs are too-big-to-fail and whether the centralisation of risk has created new problems.

  • What impact has Brexit had on clearing?
  • What are the biggest risks in the central clearing space?
  • Is there enough liquidity for clearing members to withstand a stress situation?
  • Do CCP risk management policies require further attention?



14:00 ETFs : do we really understand the liquidity risks?

Exchange-traded fund markets have grown rapidly over the past few years, offering investors a low-cost way to gain exposure to an asset class, sector or region. But with intra-day liquidity being provided in an ETF tracking an illiquid underlying, are the risks fully understood?

  • Is there enough liquidity to withstand market shock?
  • What ETF-related rules could we see policy makers introduce to mitigate liquidity risk?
  • How will the markets develop in comparison to other investment vehicles?



14:45 Brexit: one week to go….

Hopefully with one week to go before the UK leaves the EU there will be more clarity on the future arrangements and how both EU and UK markets will adapt. At present there isn’t much at all, forcing some firms to spend time and money preparing for the worst case scenario. Questions are very much open to change.

  • What impact has Brexit had on the Netherlands economy?
  • Has the bonus cap affected the type of business and leaders brought over from the UK?
  • How much have firms spent on Brexit?
  • Where are the opportunities?
  • What are the ongoing risks and concerns after exit-day?



15:30 Coffee Break


16:00 Networking Roundtables

A series of consecutive roundtables on the future of the industry

[To be confirmed]


17:15 Drinks Reception












Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

1072 LH Amsterdam