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16th February 2022 | Press Releases

Proprietary trading firms target opportunities in crypto, equity options and rates in 2022

The Proprietary Trading Management Insight Report is free to read for executives at prop firms, to request your copy visit: https://www.acuiti.io/proprietary-trading-report-q1-2022/

London – February 2, 2022: Proprietary trading firms see the most opportunity in 2022 in crypto-currencies, equity options and interest rate markets, the latest Proprietary Trading Management Insight Report has found.

The report, which is produced in partnership with Avelacom, is compiled based on anonymous submissions by senior executives in Acuiti’s global proprietary trading management network.

This quarter the report covers views on where the opportunity is for the proprietary trading industry in 2022, an analysis of cost increases in 2021 and the outlook for the next three months.

In addition, the report contains the Avelacom Exchange Growth Index, an index of the fastest growing exchanges globally, as well as a breakdown of the best performing new futures and options contracts.

Key Findings

  • The report found that, despite recent falls and uncertainty over the regulatory framework, the sheer scale of volatility in crypto presents enormous opportunities for proprietary trading firms as both retail and institutional activity continues to grow.
  • In terms of regions, firms saw the most opportunity across all asset classes in North America and APAC. The opportunity in the latter was seen most in mainland China and on HKEx while in North America firms saw the most potential for growth in 2022 on the CME and equity options markets.
  • Proprietary trading firms are also planning significant investment in 2022 with algo trading tools, co-location infrastructure and market data technology the most common targets for investment.
  • When it came to cost increases in 2021, firms were most likely to report increases in market data fees and exchange fees, exceeding the number of firms reporting costs rising from investment or bringing on new staff.


Will Mitting, Founder of Acuiti commented: “We asked executives whether latency was becoming more important for their trading strategies”. “We found that, while for ultra-low latency firms, speed remained central to their strategy as you would expect, it is becoming less important for second tier algorithmic trading firms. This is an interesting trend with regards to investment and the importance of latency. These firms appear to be investing more in being smarter than faster. Conversely, we found that latency was becoming more important for point-and-click and hybrid firms, who have traditionally not invested heavily in low-speed trading infrastructure.”

Aleksey Larichev, Founder and Managing Director of Avelacom commented: “We have spent the last two years investing heavily in our crypto market infrastructure, which is vindicated by this finding that crypto is seen as the biggest opportunity for professional, proprietary traders in 2022. Our partnership with Acuiti helps us to forecast these changes in global markets. Also, the significant investments planned by proprietary trading firms in 2022 into network and colocation infrastructure are a positive sign of the market’s maturity.”

The Proprietary Trading Management Insight Report is free to read for executives at prop firms, to request your copy visit: https://www.acuiti.io/proprietary-trading-report-q1-2022/




For more information, please contact

Nastja Konic at Acuiti

Tel.: +44 (0) 203 998 9190

Email: nastjakonic@acuiti.io


Nick Lord at Blue Pool Communications

Tel.: +44 (0) 7501 271 083

Email: nick.lord@bluepoolcommunications.com


About Acuiti

Acuiti is a management intelligence platform designed to provide Senior Industry Professionals in the Derivatives Industry with high-value insight into industry-wide performance and business operations. Acuiti provides a platform through which our exclusive network of Senior Industry Executives can share and source information on day-to-day operational challenges, providing them and their management teams with increased transparency and in-depth analysis to make more informed decisions and benchmark company performance. Financial Institutions benefiting from our services include Banks, Non-bank FCMs, Brokers, Proprietary Trading Firms, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.


About Avelacom

Avelacom’s low latency connectivity, IT infrastructure and data solutions improve market making, arbitrage and liquidity aggregation strategies, all of which are highly sensitive to latency. It provides access to 80+ liquidity centers offering best-in-market latencies and 99.9% uptime. Covering a wide variety of exchanges including equity, FX, commodity, crypto and derivatives, Avelacom’s solutions are asset neutral.

The company is particularly well known for offering the lowest latencies to/from APAC, LATAM, the Middle East, South Africa and Eastern Europe. The company’s strength comes from its own global network based on both fiber and wireless technologies.