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2021: Brexit, No Equivalence and the Day of the SEF

By Kirston Winters, Managing Director – MarkitSERV, IHS Markit. The transitional period ended on 31 December with no relief for European Union (EU) firms on the derivatives trading obligation (DTO) from the European Commission (EC) and only limited adjustments from the United Kingdom (UK). This left many firms with conflicting and incompatible DTOs in the…

Genesis and XP Investments Launch FX Trade Capture Solution

Genesis, the Low Code Application Platform (LCAP) vendor specialising in financial markets, has launched a new FX trade capture application. The system – FX Prime – was developed in partnership with XP Investments, the US-based subsidiary of XP Investimentos, Brazil’s largest broker-dealer and an early adopter of Genesis’ microservices approach to application development. The latest…

Capital Group Joins Plato Partnership

Investment manager Capital Group has joined Plato Partnership, the not-for-profit with a focus on equity market structure and operations, as a founding buy-side member. The firm joins Plato’s ranks of buy-side members including Axa Investment Managers, Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Fidelity International, Norges Bank Investment Management, Union Investment, Liontrust, Legal & General Investment Management, Janus Henderson,…

Beeks’ Colocation-as-a-Service Offers Agile Test Access to SGX

Beeks Group’s Colocation-as-a-Service (CaaS) collaboration with the Singapore Exchange (SGX), announced last week, offers market participants rapid access to high-speed connectivity without a major financial or contractual commitment. The facility allows firms to test new approaches and products, using on-demand virtual machine (VM) access, then easily shift to a bare-metal production environment should the test…

Electronification in Fixed Income – Where is it Headed?

By Mike O’Hara, Special Correspondent. As we approach the third anniversary of its implementation date, the impact of the EU’s MiFID II continues to be felt around the world as global players adopt key measures as a form of best practice. Part of its wide remit to recast the mould for European institutional financial markets…

A-Team Group Introduces 2021 Innovation Awards

Here at A-Team Group we have been working hard on plans to celebrate innovative projects and teams with the launch of our A-Team Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to reward teams that have found innovative ways to make use of new and emerging technologies to solve challenges at financial institutions in capital markets. The…

Luminex Teams with LeveL for ATS Matching Engine Upgrade

Buy-side block trading platform operator Luminex Trading & Analytics has launched a new, faster matching engine using technology provided by erstwhile competitive platform LeveL ATS. The new platform represents what Luminex calls a “dramatic speed upgrade” to the matching engine behind its dark pool, which is available only to buy-side institutions. Luminex launched in 2015…

Time for Exchanges to Overcome Longstanding Barriers to Fair Pricing

By Sylvain Thieullent, CEO of Horizon Software. From Euronext beating off stiff competition for the Milan stock exchange, to Cboe agreeing to purchase block trading venue BIDs, October was quite the month for exchange deal making. But given how so many post-2008 regulations aimed to increase exchange competition as opposed to reducing it, this recent…

ION to Spin Off Broadway’s Bond Platform in CMA Deal

ION Investment Group will spin off the fixed-income operations of acquisition target Broadway Technology to an investor group led by Broadway CEO Tyler Moeller, under a deal forged with the UK Competition & Markets Authority. The arrangement paves the way for regulatory approval of the transaction. The CMA deal leaves ION to focus on Broadway…

Archax’s FCA Approval Paves Way for Institutional Trading of Digital Assets

London-based Archax last week received long-awaited regulatory approval for its digital securities exchange for tokenised assets. The development makes Archax the first FCA-regulated digital exchange, paving the way for institutional market participants to trade in tokenised assets when the exchange launches sometime in 2021. Archax was founded by a group of market practitioners to offer…