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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…

LDX Taps Exberry Matching Platform for Expansion Plans

The London Derivatives Exchange has selected newcomer Exberry to provide it with matching engine technology for its expansion into new asset classes and global markets. The deal is Exberry’s first; the company launched its multi-asset class platform in June. LDX plans to use Exberry’s platform to widen the range of asset classes it lists, from…

Equiduct Commits to Exactpro in Long-Term Software Testing Deal

Pan-European trading platform Equiduct has extended its master services agreement with Exactpro following a successful proof of concept (POC). Under the arrangement, Exactpro will provide functional testing of Equiduct’s trading software, including its Apex best execution solution for retail brokers. Established as one of the first multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) under the original MiFID regulation,…

Primus Deploys Vela’s Metro to Take Advantage of Options Market Volatility

Chicago-based options trading firm Primus Capital has deployed Vela’s Metro trading platform to take advantage of the recent high volatility and trading volumes in the listed options marketplace. Primus was able to deploy the Metro platform on a remote basis and within 48 hours, offering traders working from home robust direct market access and the…

Could EU Probe of LSE’s Refinitiv Acquisition Force Spin-Off of TradeWeb?

The European Commission’s investigation into the London Stock Exchange’s proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv under the EU Merger Regulation – announced this week – will examine potential competitive issues stemming from the parties’ respective ownership of market-leading European government bond trading platforms MTS and TradeWeb, respectively. The commission says it has ‘horizonal concerns’ about…

Recorded Webinar: Financial Services Infrastructure in the Post-Covid Environment

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken financial institutions’ working practices to the core. Trading volumes have exploded, with some venues recording more than 10X the usual volume of transactions. Volatility has raged, with the benchmark VIX index testing new highs. And nor are these one-offs; the impact has been sustained since the virus hit in early…

Aquis Adds Market Structure Analytics via Big Xyt

Pan-European equities market Aquis Exchange is adding market structure analytics based on big xyt’s Liquidity Cockpit data analysis platform. Aquis will make the analytics available for use internally and by clients to power independent analysis of liquidity and market share. According to Jonathan Clelland, COO, Aquis Exchange will use Liquidity Cockpit “to understand and develop…

Equiduct Reports Record Trading Volumes

Pan-European retail trading venue Equiduct has reported a record turnover of €9.8 billion for the month of March 2020, an increase of 203% in comparison to March 2019. This strong finish to the first quarter saw new quarterly records set for the platform with a total turnover of €20.1 billion, representing a 109% increase compared…

Diginex Partners with Itiviti on NYFIX Connectivity

Itiviti has partnered with Diginex, a digital asset financial services and advisory company, to provide its global NYFIX connectivity platform to Diginex clients: enabling them to access to a FIX-based order routing network that connects 1,600+ buy-side, sell-side and trading venues across all asset classes. According to the announcement, the partnership was driven by demand…