Kx for Algos

Kx for Algos is an algorithmic trading solution designed for capital markets participants. It provides buy side and sell side institutions with the tools to research, engineer, backtest and deploy a wide range of trading and risk management strategies. Kx for Algos is a modular system covering the complete trade life cycle, and is used by portfolio managers, trading desks and risk managers across the capital markets industry.

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BACKTESTING

Kx for Algos includes a powerful backtesting module for rapid testing of trading strategies and order execution methods in the pursuit of quality P&L. Candidate algorithms can be tested on historical data to allow traders to better evaluate how a strategy will perform, using real data for accurate scenarios. Transaction costs, slippage assumptions and market shocks can be applied in order to evaluate algorithm performance under realistic and varying market conditions.

RISK & ANALYTICS

Kx for Algos provides a library of risk analytics that can be used and extended for comprehensive hedging and risk management. Position, P&L and order rate limits are enforced on a per trader, instrument and market basis, with pre and post trade credit checks also available. In addition, Kx for Algos includes a rich analytics development environment which allows advanced users to generate alpha signals from market data trend analysis.

CONNECTIVITY

Kx for Algos is natively connected to all major third-party data vendors, exchanges and liquidity providers. From standard market data feeds to low latency collocated adaptors, Kx for Algos provides a range of connectivity options to suit each deployment. Bidirectional connectivity allows for automated order entry as well as tick data capture.

STRATEGY MANAGEMENT

Strategies can be controlled in test and live environments using the Kx for Algos Trader Dashboard. From strategy selection to parameterisation, the dashboard provides traders with the tools necessary to monitor and alter the behaviour of automated trading strategies in real-time.

Kx TECHNOLOGY

The basis for Kx Technology is a unique integrated platform which includes a high-performance historical time-series columnar database called kdb+, an in-memory compute engine, and a real-time streaming processor all unified with an expressive query and programming language called q.

Designed from the start for extreme scale, and running on industry standard servers, the kdb+ database has been proven to solve complex problems faster than any of its competitors.

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Performance

The performance is built in.

Kx's time-series database is optimized for Big Data analytics. The columnar design of kdb+ means it offers greater speed and efficiency than typical relational databases. Its innovative native support for time-series operations vastly improves the speed and flexibility of queries, aggregation, joins, and analysis of business information – be it structured, semi-structured, or key value data.

Kdb+ is different. Its built-in functional array language, q, includes a superset of SQL that operates directly on the data, removing the need to ship query results to other applications for analysis. Kdb+ and q make full use of the intrinsic power of modern distributed architectures, delivering unparalleled performance, proven again and again in industry benchmarks and real world experience.

Scalability

Getting bigger without getting slower.

The design of kdb+ allows it to easily scale horizontally and vertically as data volumes grow, without losing performance.

Banks, trading firms and financial institutions have used Kx technology for lightning fast processing of vast amounts of data for over two decades, before the phrase "Big Data" was even coined.

Today sectors including retail, utilities, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and genome research are adopting kdb+ to solve their Big Data problems as they find more stack-based architectures are proving too expensive and slow to scale efficiently.

Single Platform

On disk. In memory. Streaming.

For many businesses, the promise of Big Data analytics was the ability to use both streaming and the vast amounts of historical data effectively.

However, the reality found by many is having to install a stack of different solutions from different vendors. Each layer in the stack brings its own set of compatibility, maintenance, and support issues, often requiring a plethora of different skill sets. Kx Technology can address every part of the data-stream as it passes through the business, in a single unified architecture.

Historical disk-based data, in-memory databases, the complex processing of events, and real-time streams are all managed by Kx using just one underlying technology. Analysis of historical trends can be re-used for real-time analytics, creating tremendous reductions in development time and ongoing maintenance costs.

Kdb+'s exceptional speed in analyzing data, wherever it is stored, enables businesses to visualize its complexities in ways they found impossible before.

Lower TCO

More costs less.

When choosing a technology platform, a seemingly difficult balance needs to be achieved between the bottom-line impact of real world costs, and the top-line benefits of rapid delivery, high performance, and ability to meet the changing requirements of the business. Kx Technology demonstrably allows for both, without compromise.

Our market-leading efficiencies of hardware utilization, the lower footprint, the lower maintenance and operational costs coupled with the otherwise unheard of productivity with developing in the kdb+ environment means that a Kx implementation will always work out to be more cost effective than alternatives.

In conjunction with this, the Kx Technology platform has both the tooling and the underlying language, q, that our customers tell us enables for the very rapid development of full solutions, thus delivering to the business the rapid change ability that the top-line demands.

The basis for Kx Technology is a unique integrated platform which includes a high-performance historical time-series columnar database called kdb+, an in-memory compute engine, and a real-time streaming processor all unified with an expressive query and programming language called q. Designed from the start for extreme scale, and running on industry standard servers, the kdb+ database has been proven to solve complex problems faster than any of its competitors.

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