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ACCX Group Secures FCA Licence for Crypto Derivatives Marketplace

ACCX Group (UK) Limited, the digital asset exchange group, has achieved a significant milestone by obtaining a licence from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for a regulated and centrally cleared derivatives marketplace. The platform is designed to offer financial institutions cash-settled futures and options based on a robust benchmark index of cryptocurrencies, in order to gain exposure or hedge risk more efficiently in a secure and liquid environment.

Authorised to operate a Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) for crypto derivatives, ACCX aims to transform the industry by providing a secure and compliant environment for the trading and centralised clearing of such instruments.

QuantArea Selects Bloomberg’s BQuant Enterprise Platform to Enhance Investment Strategy Development

QuantArea, a Swiss “Quant as a Service” firm, has chosen Bloomberg’s BQuant Enterprise Platform to enhance its research and development of systematic, rule-based, and bespoke investment strategies. The partnership aims to leverage QuantArea’s extensive expertise in creating tailored equity investment solutions for institutional clients such as banks, insurance companies, and pension funds.

Using BQuant Enterprise, QuantArea will access a wider array of data and expedite the development of new model portfolios, allowing clients to launch distinctive investment products more efficiently. The platform’s capabilities include security selection, filtering, optimisation, backtesting, and simulation, which streamline product development and lifecycle management. BQuant Enterprise, a cloud-based analytics platform, offers comprehensive financial datasets and a flexible Python environment for sophisticated quant model development.

Genesis Global and Inovotek Solutions Partner to Boost Financial Markets Software Innovation

Genesis Global has announced a partnership with IT consultancy and Murex integration specialist Inovotek Solutions to accelerate software innovation in the financial markets industry. Leveraging the Genesis Application Platform and Inovotek’s team of over 60 consultants and developers, the collaboration aims to rapidly deliver new software solutions for trading, treasury, risk, compliance, and other financial technologies.

The partnership is designed to enhance clients’ competitive edge by improving profitability, reducing project delivery times, and lowering costs. Through the partnership, Inovotek will access the Genesis Academy and dedicated developer support programs, facilitating the effective use of the Genesis platform, which integrates a low-code framework, prebuilt components, and AI-driven tools, enabling financial firms to efficiently build or upgrade applications for high-performance transaction processing, event-driven workflows, and real-time data integrations.

LIST’s FastTrade System Achieves Certification for Luxembourg Stock Exchange Connectivity

LIST, an ION company, has successfully completed the certification process for connecting its FastTrade electronic trading system to the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE). This follows the successful migration of LIST’s Borsa Italiana clients to Euronext’s Optiq technology earlier this year.

By activating a new certified adapter in FastTrade, LIST will enable its clients to seamlessly access all products listed on LuxSE across all asset classes for functionalities such as trading, execution, and liquidity provision.

Xceptor Makes Data Automation Platform Available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Xceptor has announced the availability of its Data Automation Platform for financial markets in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure.

“The collaboration with Microsoft to make the Xceptor platform available on the Azure Marketplace brings us closer to our clients as well as organisations that seek convenient, accessible tools to manage their data management and automation needs. This simplifies the purchasing process and expedites onboarding, allowing clients to focus on what matters and realise benefits quickly,” says Dan Reid, chief technology officer at Xceptor.

LTX Partners with MultiLynq to Enhance Fixed Income Trading Platform Connectivity

LTX, a subsidiary of Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., has integrated with MultiLynq, a provider of electronic trading solutions, to enhance the connectivity of its AI-driven corporate bond trading platform. The collaboration is set to streamline the onboarding process for dealers and asset managers, by leveraging MultiLynq’s API and to facilitate easier integration with the LTX platform, which currently supports over 35 dealers and 90 asset managers.

By utilising MultiLynq’s solutions, clients can now integrate LTX’s pre-trade tools and trading protocols into their existing systems without the need for extensive in-house resource deployment. The integration aims to provide significant time and cost savings, while maintaining compatibility with existing front-end interfaces and downstream systems.

Saifr Extends AI-Powered Marcomms Content Compliance Solution

Saifr has extended the functionality of its suite of marketing compliance capabilities to detect comparison, ranking, and rating claims; performance claims made about investment options; testimonials; and references to tax-free or tax-exempt income. Additionally, expanded AI models for marketing optimisation can determine grade-level readability. 

These features join Saifr’s existing compliance suite, which flags promissory, misleading, exaggerated, unwarranted, or ‘unfair and balanced’ text; detects non-compliant images; explains the risk of flagged content; suggests more compliant alternate phrasing; and recommends disclosures.  

Saifr offers multiple ways to access its AI: SaifrReview (a collaborative enterprise workflow solution), SaifrScan (software add-ins, such as Microsoft Word ), and APIs. 

“These offerings are designed to help financial institutions more easily comply with regulations including FINRA 2210, SEC 482, SEC Modernized Marketing Rule, and similar rules, and effectively market to their target audiences,” said Vall Herard, CEO of Saifr. “With the help of AI, Saifr enables compliance and marketing teams to more accurately mitigate risk while developing marketing-optimized, compliant content up to 10x faster.” 

A-Team Group recently featured Saifr following an interview with CEO Herrard. The interview revealed how Saifr’s AI-powered solutions have evolved since the company started in 2020 and offered a glimpse of what might be coming.  

Saifr is a multiple A-Team Group Awards winner and can claim: 

  • Most Innovative AI in Regulatory Compliance Initiatives. A-Team Group Innovation Awards 2024 
  • Best AI Solution for Regulatory Compliance. A-Team Group RegTech Insight Awards USA 2023.  

Symphony Expands Global Presence with New Office in Abu Dhabi

Symphony, the markets infrastructure and technology platform, is to open a commercial office in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the international financial centre in the UAE’s capital. This move highlights Symphony’s commitment to the Middle Eastern & North African (MENA) market and its confidence in the region’s commercial potential.

The expansion into Abu Dhabi aligns with the city’s emergence as a significant global financial centre. Symphony’s suite of products, including messaging and collaboration, trader voice, data and analytics, and directory and identity, is already utilised by several financial institutions in the region, underscoring the strategic importance of this new office for its growth in the MENA region.

TS Imagine Expands TradeSmart Fixed Income EMS with TDS Automated Trading

TS Imagine, the trading, portfolio, and risk management solutions vendor, has included TDS Automated Trading (TDSAT) in its TradeSmart Fixed Income EMS platform. TDSAT, a market-maker in municipal and investment grade corporate bonds, provides buy-side clients direct access to fixed income dealers, with pricing information, dealer quotes, and real-time trade data.

This addition marks the latest enhancement to TradeSmart Fixed Income, following the recent integration of LTX, an AI-powered trading platform, and a connection to ICE Bonds for improved access to fixed income execution protocols and liquidity. The developments aim to bolster pre-trade transparency and price discovery for mutual buy-side clients within their existing workflows.

S&P Global Completes Acquisition of Visible Alpha

S&P Global has completed its acquisition of Visible Alpha, a provider of industry and segment consensus data, creating a premium offering of fundamental investment research capabilities on S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Capital IQ Pro platform.

Founded in 2015, Visible Alpha provides consensus forecast estimates, key performance indicators, and analytics from in-depth sell-side analyst models and distributes the data through a variety of distribution channels including a web-based platform, APIs and feeds. It is backed by a group of investment banks that are key contributors of research and data to the platform. Their continued contributions will continue to enhance the depth and breadth of the overall Visible Alpha and S&P Capital IQ Pro offering.