Upcoming Events

Multi-Asset Trading Roundtable


SEPTEMBER 18, 2018                       BOSTON, MA


Rob Hegarty is leading a roundtable discussion of buy side trading and technology leaders on the challenges and opportunities of multi-asset class trading. Topics to be explored include: What's important for an optimized multi-asset trading desk; what's the role of technology in building and maintaining a multi-asset trading desk; is a siloed framework for trading desks truly a thing of the past; where do emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, blockchain, cloud, big data, etc.) fit on the multi-asset trading desk of today -- and tomorrow. 

Front, Middle and Back Office Consolidation

OCTOBER 4, 2018                       JERSEY CITY, NJ 


For DTCC's Institutional Trade Processing Advisory Council, a member group of senior technology and operations leaders from buy side, sell side and custodian firms, Rob Hegarty is leading a discussion on the consoliidation occurring in the industry. He will present on the ongoing trend of back and middle-office processing and administration firms moving into the front office through acquisition, in a bid to offer a comprehensive full trade lifecycle service for capital markets firms.  He will discuss and present on the trends, deals, players, and future of the industry resulting from this consolidation.

Innovations in Financial Markets


OCTOBER 16, 2018                       NEW YORK, NY 


Rob Hegarty is moderating a panel exploring innovations in the financial markets, from emerging trading venues based on new technologies, to the use of block chain in post trade processing, to how capital markets firms are leveraging the explosion in web services to define new business models. 

Equities Leaders Summit


DECEMBER 5-7, 2018                       MIAMI, FL 


Rob Hegarty will be chairing the track on New Liquidity Initiatives in Equity Trading.  Topics include: Buy Side Wish list for new liquidity initiatives; which new initiatives are getting traction; what are key characteristics required for new liquidity venues.


Rob will also be moderating 2 other sessions:

  • Buy Side Only Workshop:  Implementing Next-Gen Algo’s 
  • Panel: Exploiting New Trading Strategies 

Thought Leadership/In the news

Waters - Rationale behind State Street's acquisition of Charles River Development

“It’s important to remember that this isn’t just a bank or a custodian acquiring an OMS, this is a much bigger deal than that because this is a large-scale, full-service asset servicer acquiring an integrated asset management platform,” Hegarty says. “To even put CRD in the OMS-only bracket isn’t fair; I think many people know it’s bigger than that but it's been getting characterized as a bank buying an OMS and this is not that.”

Technology Disruption on the Buy Side

Read my views on how the buy side can turn the immense technological disruption occurring in their industry to their advantage.  Whether it’s harnessing the vast amount of structured, unstructured and alternative data coming at us every day, taking advantage of the power of AI and Machine Learning, deploying practical uses of RPA, or understanding and responding to the disruptive forces of block chain and emerging FinTech players, the investment industry is poised for change unlike any other time in its history. 

TrendSpotters - Podcast

Are you on top of FinTech trends that may affect your business?


Disruption, market shifts, and economic changes can cause a previously successful company to flat-line very quickly. You have to be constantly on the alert for changes in your market that will impact your business. You have to be ready and able to pivot in time.

Waters - From Data to Insights

Waters Reference Data Hegarty

 Efforts to gain greater insights from data by making it "more intelligent" as it is gathered, reconciled and analyzed continue to evolve in the financial services industry.  From the 22nd  annual ISITC Industry Forum in Boston.  

Tabb Forum - Exchange M&A (Video)

Rob Hegarty on how the change in ownership and governance at stock exchanges around the world is pushing them to seek new revenue streams   

FT - Equity Trading Volumes (Video)

Rob Hegarty on how equity volumes are set to record their first rise in five years. Robert Hegarty, global head of equities at Thomson Reuters, talks to Philip Stafford, FT Trading Room editor, about what this means.    

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Previous Events

Applying Advanced Technologies to the Investment Process

MAY 9-11, 2018          NEW ORLEANS, LA


Rob Hegarty chaired and moderated IdeaLabs, TraderForum’s annual look at how artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and advanced data visualization are revolutionizing the investment process. TraderForum’s buy side head trader members will hear “elevator pitches” from a group of financial technology startups who are bringing these technologies to bear on trading, portfolio construction and research.

Reaping the Benefits of Technology Disruption

APRIL 22-25, 2018             BOCA RATON, FL


Rob Hegarty moderated a panel “Reaping the Benefits of Technology Disruption” at BNY/Eagle Engage 2018.  The panel addressed how to harness the vast amount of data coming at us every day, take advantage of the power of AI and Machine Learning, deploy practical uses of RPA, and how they're responding to the disruptive forces of emerging FinTech players.

Trends at the Intersection of Financial Markets, Technology, and Data

APRIL 6, 2018                                BOSTON, MA


Rob Hegarty presented "Trends at the Intersection of Financial Markets, Technology, and Data" to the Boston Asset Management CIO Roundtable.  The presentation and discussion covered the major trends defining the future of investment management, and how emerging technologies and the evolution of data are dramatically changing the industry.

Trader Forum: Structural Shifts in the FX Market

JANUARY 19, 2018                       MIAMI, FL


Rob Hegarty was a panelist on "Foreign Exchange: New Regulation, New Players, New Structure" at Institutional Investor's Trader Forum -- a  private association of Head Traders at the world's leading buy side firms. The panel debated how FX market participants are facing new waves of regulation, including the new code of conduct and MiFID II. 

  • How these  regulations  affected  trading  workflows  and 
  • How technology advances impact the future of FX trading...and where are the opportunities?

Financial Crime Convergence

OCTOBER 25, 2017                  BOSTON, MA


Rob Hegarty moderated the keynote panel at this dinner event hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton’s Financial Crimes group. Senior executives from throughout the Boston area AML, fraud, cyber and compliance communities came together to discuss the growing opportunities, threats and challenges related to the convergence of these domains in the asset management, wealth management, and other financial services sectors. 

Boston FinTech Week

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018             BOSTON, MA


It's back!  And bigger than last year!  One of the most informative, content-rich and valuable FinTech events in the country.  


Rob Hegarty moderated the closing panel for Boston FinTech Week, "The Future of FinTech"  Sponsored by Babson College's Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investments and Finance, the panel discussed the latest trends and predictions for the future in finance technology. Topics included: how financial businesses are changing the way they adapt to technology, collaboration with startups, data privacy issues, and opportunities across markets.