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Overbond Extends into Primary Bond Market Toronto-based Overbond, a fintech entrant into the new bond issuance market, has launched an end-to-end platform and support framework for primary bond origination. The fully-digital platform for primary bond issuance provides, the firm says, higher transparency, better price discovery, and ...
Is it Time to Re-Write How FX Infrastructure Works? After a number of years having to take reactionary measures in response to new regulatory requirements, panellists at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network New York conference expressed enthusiasm for a new wave of innovation that has the potential to re-shape FX ...
Lmrkts, Tradition Team Up for FX Compression Service Lmrkts, a compression provider which recently facilitated the first multilateral FX compression designed to lower counterparty exposures and consolidate cash flows, has agreed a strategic partnership with Tradition to handle execution and compression processing for FX forwards. A limited release ...
ISDA Calls for Infrastructure Standardisation The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published a whitepaper calling for greater standardisation and automation of derivatives market infrastructures. The new paper, The Future of Derivatives Processing and Market Infrastructure, highlights a number of challenges with existing structures and processes, and recommends several steps the derivatives industry can take to create efficiencies – in particular, by embracing opportunities for further standardisation. "The derivatives industry has become reliant on legacy infrastructures and processes that have been layered on top of each other over time. That might be the result of historical acquisitions, where the respective systems haven't been fully integrated. More recently, the sheer pace of regulatory change has meant firms have been under pressure to tackle the next pressing deadline. The result is a derivatives infrastructure that is duplicative and based on incompatible operating standards, and this isn't sustainable," says Scott O'Malia, CEO of ISDA.
New Study Highlights Hedge Fund Tech Spending Hedge fund managers are increasing their investment in technology to create competitive advantages and address regulatory and operational concerns, according to a new study by KPMG International, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Managed Funds Association (MFA). The study polled more than 100 global hedge fund managers representing approximately $300 billion in assets under management (AUM) and found that 90% of these firms are investing in technology to improve controls and compliance. A similar amount, 88% of respondents, said that efficiency objectives were their top reason for investing in technology.
Edgewater Targets LatAm Growth with Matching Engine Launch Edgewater Markets is expanding its LatAm business with the launch of a local matching engine in Mexico City. The deployment of the server in the KIO-5 data centre in Mexico, which recently went live in Q3 2016, enables customers to cross connect directly to Edgewater’s local environment. It will support a range of currency pairs, with a strong focus on MXN crosses. “We are constantly looking for ways to grow our business and to penetrate into new areas of the market and we identified order management as a gap in our offering. We have clients aggressing rates on our platform very actively, but we were lacking on order capability.
Portware Announces Upgrades to its EMS Portware upgraded its execution management system (EMS), Portware Enterprise. Portware Enterprise is designed as a customisable EMS that acts as a central platform for the creation and execution of trading strategies for global equities, futures, options, fixed income and FX. The firm says that the latest version, Portware Enterprise 6.4, focuses on assisting traders in managing regulatory and administrative burdens, while freeing up their time to concentrate on preserving alpha with “state-of-the-art”, AI-driven tools. The EMS is designed to offer users data warehouse functionality, advanced venue analysis and an enhanced ability to record and analyse growing volumes of execution and Indication of Interest (IOI) data.
How Technology is Shaping Regional FX Banks Svante Hedin, global head of electronic markets at SEB Merchant Bank, explains to Galen Stops, deputy editor of Profit & Loss, how technology is changing the role of the regional banks. Hedin says that the evolution of the regional or super-regional banks is being driven by a number of factors, one of which is technology. “It’s an enabler for some of the banks that at some point were dominant players in their particular currencies and then as the years have gone past they have perhaps under-invested and not quite kept up with the overall progress of technology and effectively get swallowed up by some of the larger guys,” he says.
FinTechs: Enablers, Not Disrupters David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange, talks to Galen Stops, deputy editor of Profit & Loss, about why FinTechs are enablers rather than disruptors of the FX market. The world “disruption” is often applied to FinTech firms, yet Mercer argues that in FX the role of these firms is not to disrupt but to enable the growth of the market. “We’re trying to enable the industry to operate more efficiently and more fairly. Other people put that disruption word around companies like LMAX Exchange but the FX market is the biggest asset class in the world, it doesn’t really need disrupting, it needs to grow and it needs to be enabled to allow it to grow.
Building a Modern FX Platform Rick Schonberg, global head of product for trading and clearing and the North American head of trading solutions at Currenex, talks to Galen Stops, deputy editor at Profit & Loss, about the launch of X2 trading platform. “In some ways it’s easier and in some ways it’s harder,” explains Schonberg, who describes the number of execution choices available to these traders as “mind numbing”. He says that many institutional clients, such as corporate treasurers, used to trade FX by doing what was effectively a telephone request for quotes (RFQ) to a handful of banks and then automating that into a GUI on a multi-bank platform