TradingTech Insight Briefs
FlexTrade Integrates MSCI Risk and Factor Analysis
FlexTrade Systems, a provider of multi-asset execution and order management systems, and Woodline Partners, a San Francisco-based investment firm, have integrated MSCI’s Barra real-time portfolio risk and factor analysis solutions into the FlexONE OEMS. The integration allows portfolio managers using FlexONE to model orders more efficiently and better understand pro forma risk before staging the order for trading. Additionally, risk managers using FlexONE’s pre-trade compliance engine can set thresholds to be observed in real time. For Woodline, the goal was to integrate factor analytics with institutional grade position, performance and trade management, which has been achieved.
TNS Reaches Connectivity, Hosting and Market Data Access Agreement with HKEX
Transaction Network Services (TNS) and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) have signed an agreement for connectivity, managed hosting and market data access giving market participants greater choice on how to trade with the HKEX. The agreement will provide local and international low latency connectivity to the exchange and between trading partners. TNS will offer traders managed hosting options at the HKEX data centre and will become an application service provider for HKEX equities and derivatives market data. The TNS offer will include market data feeds from the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Futures Exchange.
Horizon and ULTUMUS Extend Partnership with Dividend Forecast Data
Horizon Software, a provider of electronic trading solutions and algorithmic technology, and ULTUMUS, a provider of data services for index and ETF products, have extended their partnership to enable the pricing, sourcing and trading of ETFs with a comprehensive dividend dataset integrated within the Horizon trading platform. Aggregating and distributing additional ETF dividend forecasts data on top of index and reference data, all as a single source, is expected to benefit Horizon’s clients in terms of trading performance, flexibility and accuracy.
McObject Offers eXtremeDB on AWS
McObject has has made its eXtremeDB high-performance computing database management system available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company’s decision to add a pay-as-you-go AWS version of eXtremeDB was driven by capital markets participants as they move to the cloud. The cloud version of eXtremeDB replicates all of the in-memory database’s features, including options to use the system as a client/server model or embedded DBMS.
Interactive Brokers Adds Access to Moscow Exchange for Worldwide Clients
Global electronic broker Interactive Brokers has opened access to the Moscow Exchange (MOEX) for its worldwide clients. The company previously provided trading in MOEX listed stocks exclusively for Russian residents. The extended arrangement provides access to MOEX via Raiffeisenbank, which holds a Russian broker licence. The ability to trade directly on MOEX outside of Russia and through a local broker is supported by MOEX’s Sponsored Market Access (SMA) model, low latency, and fully redundant global point of presence architecture.
New Change FX Joins IOWA.rocks Financial Data Marketplace
New Change FX (NCFX), a data and analytics business, has joined the financial data marketplace operated by IOWA.rocks. NCFX allows market participants requiring objective trade cost measurement capabilities to quickly calculate all related expenses against a recognised and registered independent data feed. NCFX is ESMA approved and FCA authorised administrator of live spot FX benchmarks for the FX market. The company creates data by aggregating aggregated live market bids and offers in real time, and calculates benchmark rates 20 times a second, giving clients competitive advantage as
FX execution can happen immediately, rather than waiting for delayed ‘fixing’ windows.
Emblaze shows significantly reduced latency in STAC benchmark tests
Exablaze, a provider of ultra-low latency network devices, has broken the previous best STAC-T0 benchmark results with its newly-announced ExaNIC FDK-XP (Firmware Development Kit Extension Pack). It has slashed latency to less than half the previous benchmarked best, recording actionable latencies of 31-44 nanoseconds, signalling a marked advance in tick-to-trade system performance. In the STAC benchmarks, Exablaze demonstrated a high degree of determinism, with maximum latency remaining constant even while running at 11 million packets per second (7.72 Gbps), 3.4 times the maximum ingress (message) rate tested previously.
ICAP Information expands data products offer with EURO IRO and Global Inflation datasets
ICAP Information, part of TP ICAP, has extended its data products offer with the release of datasets covering EURO Interest Rate Options (IRO) and Global Inflation. By making these datasets commercially available for the first time, TP ICAP aims to provide market participants with greater transparency in a traditionally opaque asset class.
The information in the datasets can be used for price discovery and accurate securities pricing in the front office, as well as risk management, valuation and independent price verification in middle and back office functions. The information also comes with historical data.
The company says the EURO IRO dataset provides an unprecedented level of coverage and granularity in the asset class, while the Global Inflation dataset is a broader offering, encompassing a wide variety of inflation data from across the world.
Ovie Koloko, global head of product management at TP ICAP, explains: “Since last year, the Data & Analytics and Global Broking divisions have been working closely together, the aim being to take advantage of the brokers’ market leading position, gather data from across the business, and make it available to the wider community. Filling existing gaps in quality or coverage, or where information has simply never been accessible before, has been our initial focus.”
Looking forward, the company hopes to create a virtuous circle based on disseminating information more widely, driving better analytics and services in its broking division, and gaining better data. Koloko says the EURO IRO and Global Inflation datasets are just a start and customers can expect more innovative data packages over the coming year.
Trading Technologies adds connectivity to JSE derivatives market
Trading Technologies International (TT) and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) have announced that all derivative products listed on the JSE derivatives market are available
for trading through the TT platform. The JSE’s equity derivatives market, formerly known as the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX), is accessible to TT’s global user base. Clients can leverage TT’s full suite of tools, including functionality for charting and analytics, mobile trading, options, FIX services and API development, to trade equity and currency derivatives, including futures and options, on the JSE derivatives market. TT’s connection to the JSE derivatives market was driven by institutional clients.
FSB publishes UPI governance arrangements
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a report on governance arrangements for the Unique Product Identifier (UPI). The UPI will uniquely identify the product involved in OTC derivatives transactions reported to trade repositories. This will help authorities aggregate data on OTC derivatives transactions by product, allowing the effective use of OTC derivatives trade reporting data to help authorities assess systemic risk and detect market abuse. The Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) will become the International Governance Body for the UPI and Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI). The UPI Technical Guidance should be implemented by Q3 2022.