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A-Team Insight Brief

Chronicle Software & Reactive Markets Partner to Provide Access to FX & Crypto Liquidity

High-performance trading technology vendors Chronicle Software and Reactive Markets have announced a partnership that will provide ultra-low latency access to multiple FX and digital assets liquidity pools via a single API. The partnership provides out-of-the-box integration between Chronicle FIX and Switchboard, Reactive’s institutional trading network, and will provide simplified access to additional pools of FX and cryptocurrency liquidity.

The Chronicle FIX low latency engine is used across multiple asset classes including equity, FX and cryptocurrencies. Switchboard gives liquidity takers free, instant access to fully disclosed pricing from a rapidly growing list of FX and cryptocurrency OTC liquidity providers. Liquidity providers using Chronicle FIX can now scale their distribution by pricing to any taker on the Switchboard network.

SmartStream Partners with Acadia to Automate Collateral Interest Payments

Financial transaction solutions vendor SmartStream has partnered with risk management services provider Acadia to automate the processing and calculation of interest statements for SmartStream’s customers and their counterparties. Acadia’s Margin Manager platform will work alongside SmartStream’s TLM Collateral Management solution, to dispatch interest statements, reconcile, and resolve issues with counterparties in a standardised messaging format, removing the reliance on email exchanges and the uploading of statement data to resolve disputes. Acadia’s matching engine will pair statements, highlight discrepancies, and produce final interest statements for clients and their relevant counterparties.

Murex Collaborates with Gulf Bank to Launch MX.3 Treasury Management System

Paris-based technology vendor Murex has launched the MX.3 treasury management platform with Gulf Bank of Kuwait, to allow the bank to develop and automate its treasury and capital markets systems, and to enable seamless workflow across front-to-back-to-risk management and processing.

The platform will enable Gulf Bank’s Treasury Department to benefit from synergies in connected functions, organisation modelling, trade repository, workflow dashboards, in-depth reporting, automated triggers, and real-time monitoring of positions and risks. The new system will also help the bank improve efficiency, reduce costs, and instil greater control over trade aspects, from initiation to final matching.

Chronicle FIX Engine Deployed at ‘Leading North American Stock Exchange’

Low-latency technology solutions vendor Chronicle Software has deployed its FIX engine at a leading North American stock exchange, to provide low-latency connectivity to the exchange’s clients. The unidentified exchange cited Chronicle’s superior engine performance, microsecond latency and differentiated commercial model as reasons for working with the vendor. As part of the deal, the exchange has access to source code, enabling it to create and maintain a high throughput, performant and scalable FIX engine tailored to its exact requirements. The deployed solution is built on the Chronicle industry library and supports all versions of FIX.

Financial Stability Board Calls for Action on LIBOR Transition

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a progress report to the G20 on LIBOR transition and remaining issues, noting that with timelines for cessation of LIBOR panels confirmed at the end of 2021 and mid-2023 ‘there should be no remaining doubts as to the urgency of the need to transition away from LIBOR by the end of 2021’. The FSB says the extent of risks associated with a failure to prepare adequately for LIBOR transition means the onus is now on firms to act. With limited time available until end-2021, it urges market participants to complete the steps set out in its Global Transition Roadmap.

Exchange Data International Partners XTAL Strategies

Exchange Data International (EDI) has partnered XTAL Strategies with the aim to support XTAL’s regulated private market benchmark initiative. The initiative comes ahead of EU Benchmark Regulation (BMR), which comes into force in 2022 and will require EU supervised users of indices to only use benchmarks that comply with the regulation. XTAL predicts the adoption of BMR standards will make current private market investor benchmarking tools obsolete. The initiative to develop private market benchmarks aims to fill the gap. EDI will source detailed information required to construct private equity indices on unlisted private market funds.

Santander Bank Polska Deploys Horizon for Market Making on Warsaw Stock Exchange

Santander Bank Polska, one of the largest financial institutions in Poland, has deployed Horizon Software for its market-making activities on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE). The partnership gives Santander the tools and technology for both quoting and hedging, and covers a range of asset classes, including equities, equity futures and index futures on the WSE. The deployment provides clients who trade on WSE with a single cross-asset, algo-powered platform for both principal and agency trading, providing efficient access to the market and allowing clients to obtain an accurate monitoring of positions, according to the company.

GoDoFX Selects Integral MarginFX to Support Growth of FX and CFD Business

FX technology provider Integral has been chosen by fledgling UAE-based retail brokerage GoDoFX, to support the growth of its FX and CFD business in the region. GoDoFX, founded earlier this year, selected Integral for its institutional-grade technology, which provides a high degree of customisation around trading workflows, seamless connection to the market through MT4, and sophisticated pricing and risk management. Deployed in an interoperable cloud-based environment, Integral’s MarginFX will enable GoDoFX to rapidly design workflow and to deliver tailored and personalised offerings to its customers.

TORA Integrates Glimpse Fixed Income Data Sharing Platform

Cloud-based front-to-back office technology provider TORA, has integrated the Glimpse Markets data sharing platform for fixed income into its order and execution management system (OEMS), enabling TORA’s OEMS users to seamlessly view Glimpse’s aggregated buy-side execution data at point of trade. The integration aims to give the buy-side more control and visibility.

Clients can also choose to contribute their trading data from TORA’s OEMS to Glimpse, thus receiving a ‘data dividend’ for the information that they contribute, based on the number of trades and total volume. TORA’s OEMS provides bond traders with access to advanced trading functionality, and Glimpse Markets provides the buy-side with a post-trade data-sharing service for bond investors.

Etrading Goes Live with Digital Token Identifier Registry

Etrading Software, acting as the exclusive registration authority for the ISO standard for Digital Token Identifiers (DTIs), has gone live with the DTI Registry that will assign the identifiers. Etrading’s Digital Token Identifier Foundation (DTIF), a non-profit division of the company, is responsible for the DTI Registry and will provide golden source reference data for the unique identification of digital tokens based on ISO’s new standard for digital assets, ISO 24165. The DTI Registry has been launched ahead of the ISO standard, which is scheduled to be published in Q3 2021, to meet industry and regulatory need.