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PERSEUS launches Precision Time Service in CME AURORA Data Center

CHICAGO and NEW YORK, October 3, 2013 – Perseus Telecom and CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced a new service offering called High Precision Time™. This enables customers to synchronize their time systems across a multitude of data centers where Perseus offers this service and is available at CME Group’s data center in Aurora, IL effective immediately.

 The service includes access to a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-certified GPS antenna as well as Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) connectivity with nanosecond accuracy to the Coordinated Universal Time UTC(NIST) timescale.

 “The build out of High Precision Time™ with the CME Co-location Services Group in Aurora, was an important undertaking in helping our mutual customers mitigate the risks of poor or out of sync time stamps when disseminating and trading on sensitive market information,” said Andrew Kusminsky, Chief Operating Officer at Perseus Telecom. “We look forward to serving trading firms and vendors such as those within CME Group’s data center which require a high level of responsibility in compliance and high precision trading.”

CME Co-Location Services will provide cross-connect access to High Precision Time™ with the following services now available:

  • Certified NIST GPS Antenna access
  • Certified UTC(NIST) timescale accuracy and reporting
  • Choice of delivery protocols: NTP (Network Time Protocol) and PTP (Precision Time Protocol)
  • Choice of connectivity access: RJ45 copper, COAX Cable, 1Gbps, 10Gbps and  Dedicated fiber cross connect

“We are committed to providing the CME Group trading community with the proper and relevant technology needed in a high-tech datacenter environment,” said Craig Mohan, Managing Director, Co-Location and Data Center Services for CME Group. “We have partnered with Perseus Telecom to make this service available to all customers located in Aurora at a time when regulatory changes and the need to have more precision in reporting trading events are crucial to sound risk management.”

Source: Perseus, 03.10.2013

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Perseus Opens Throttle on Award Winning New York to Brazil Exchange Network

  • Global Telecoms Business Innovation awarded fastest network from New York to Brazil increases in speed

  • Perseus customers see ‘Evergreen’ latency enhancements with CME, NYSE, Nasdaq OMX with BM&F Bovespa connection

NEW YORK and SAO PAULO – 24 July 2013 – Perseus Telecom, a leading global provider of ultra-low latency, high capacity networks from market-to-market, today announced it has made the company’s industry leading network between Nasdaq OMX in New York and BM&F Bovespa in Sao Paulo, 2.5 milliseconds faster than the already fastest recognized connection by the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award in 2012.

Perseus has operated the fastest market-to-market network connection between New York and Brazil from the datacenters of Nasdaq OMX and the BM&F Bovespa for almost two years while working tirelessly to enhance performance. Dozens of companies within financial markets including exchanges, banks, brokers, high frequency traders, market data and order management vendors have all found advantageous opportunities with accelerated speed over this unique Perseus network.

Customers have selected Perseus Telecom for the fastest connections from Chicago to New York, New York to Brazil, New York to London, London to Frankfurt and with other key market-to-market connections. Moreover, Perseus customers rely on best-in-class speed to market backed by a performance driven “Walk-Away” Service Level Agreement (SLA).

The Perseus SLA is a standard for all customers allowing them to enjoy the benefit of having one contract to negotiate the lowest latency routes with a given expectation that as a lower latency solution becomes available, the customer will benefit from the service enhancement at no extra charge.

Andrew Kusminsky, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer at Perseus said, “Optimizing our network to and within Brazil in an effort to keep our commitment to our customers is a part of a daily regimen for our team. We are committed to ensuring our network meets the performance requirements our customers demand.”

Brazil continues to surge in appeal for high performance trading from foreign institutions in the US, Europe and Asia participating in the markets of the BM&F Bovespa exchange. Financial markets are a major part of Brazil’s attraction for low-latency networks, but as Brazil hosts the world’s main attractions FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Rio de Janerio Olympics in 2016, there is increasing need to serve BIG data, real-time broadcast and digital media add to the driving need to have service providers meet lower and lower latency metrics.

“Perseus has taken all of the necessary steps through our operations unit in Brazil to ensure we meet the regulatory environments as a licensed facilities carrier,” Kusminsky added. “The Perseus connection from New York to Brazil is now optimized through custom built networks spanning from Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and on through Sao Paulo, ideal for trading, broadcasting and the movement of big data.”

 

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Derivatives: Struggling Into the New Era – Outlook 2013/14

The past few years have been challenging for the global economy but it seems as though the derivatives industry sustained more than its share of insults and injuries over the past year or so. Still reeling from the trauma of MF Global in October of 2011, exchange-traded volume went into its first nosedive in decades.

Urgent regulatory requirements added intense cost and time pressures to company staffs that were already stretched. A non-clearing FCM, Peregrine Financial, collapsed in scandal. OTC derivatives struggled with complex regulatory mandates and weak volume.

Perhaps the only positive for the year was that mergers and acquisitions at both the macro and micro level imply that innovation and creativity are still powerful industry drivers. That in turn suggests that the creative dynamism that has characterized the derivatives industry for so many years still has some innings to go.

Read the detailed report about Derivatives market outlook, challenges and issue of big deals, exchange mergers and new start ups, customer protection, Regulatory,Extraterritorial and Tax problems  and more. 

Source: WEF 25.04.2013 by Nicolas Ronalds

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Mexico, The Emerging Latin American Powerhouse

TABB Forum:  For the past few years, coverage of Mexico in the U.S. media has largely been dominated by stories of violence stemming from the country’s drug cartels. Lately though, the media have increasingly been turning their attention to the story of Mexico’s booming economy, and new president Enrique Peña Nieto’s bold moves to radically reshape it. This robust growth in Mexico looks set to continue for some time, which has led the Financial Times to label Mexico as the “Aztec Tiger.”1

MexDer, the nation’s only futures exchange, has been taking steps to ensure that it grows apace with the nation’s economy by making substantial upgrades to its matching engine, while continuing to make it easier for foreign investors to access the market. As a result of these changes, as of yesterday, April 14, north-to-south routing to MexDer via CME Group’s Globex® platform is available on Trading Technologies. You can read the details in the news release that we published today and on  TradingTechnology website.

The Aztec Tiger 

A perfect storm of positive influences is coming together to make Mexico one of the world’s emerging economic powerhouses. Mexico has a young and growing population, low levels of government debt and low inflation. The country is developing into a leading exporter due in part to widespread implementation of new manufacturing processes, but also due to the fact that Mexico has free trade pacts with 44 countries—more than any other nation on earth.These forces have combined to make Mexico’s economy one of the few bright spots in a global economy still working off the hangover resulting from the credit bubble. Mexico’s economy grew at around four percent in 2012, quadruple the growth rate of Latin America’s largest economy, Brazil.2 The Mexican peso hit a 19-month high against the U.S. dollar in March, and has outpaced 16 other major world currencies over the last month.3

With its growth track record and favorable conditions for growth to continue, a Nomura Equity Research report in July 2012 predicted that Mexico would overtake Brazil to become the largest Latin American economy within the next decade.4 In addition, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch have indicated that in the near future, they are likely to upgrade Mexico’s debt, which is already investment grade.5

A Pact for Mexico, An Open Door for Growth

Much of the optimism for Mexico’s future can be traced back to its new president, Enrique Peña Nieto. He hails from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico uninterrupted for 71 years and was identified with corruption and inefficient bureaucracy. That being said, President Nieto is quickly making himself known as a risk taker, willing to take on fights in which none of his predecessors seemed willing to engage.

Within two days of his swearing-in last December, Nieto’s PRI signed a “Pact for Mexico”6 with the opposition National Action Party (PAN). This pact outlines 95 proposals to modernize and liberalize Mexico’s economy. Nieto began by taking on the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, by announcing plans to foster competition in the telecommunication and television industries, which are currently dominated by monopolies. Later this year, Nieto is expected to propose his most significant change, opening up Mexico’s energy market and allowing the state-run oil concern Pemex to work with the world’s largest oil companies. It’s expected that these reforms, once enacted, will increase Mexico’s GDP growth from four percent to six percent a year.7

Making MoNeT

In parallel, MexDer and the Mexican government have done quite a bit to attract foreign investors, and to make it easy for them to access the market. Perhaps one of the most significant changes has been the development of the MoNeT matching engine, which went live on Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV), the equities segment, last fall.

The MoNeT matching engine was designed to attract high-frequency traders, mainly from the U.S. and Europe. It boasts internal latencies of 90 microseconds, which is faster than the 110 microseconds of NASDAQ or 125 microseconds at the London Stock Exchange.8 BMV volumes have increased 30 percent to 40 percent since the launch of the new matching engine.9For international traders and investors, accessing MexDer is straightforward. The north-to-south routing available via CME Globex allows any TT customer with an existing CME infrastructure to route orders to MexDer’s matching engine. MexDer is also accessible now in TT’s MultiBroker environment, which is currently available in beta. Additional information regarding how CME users can access MexDer is posted on the CME website.There are a number of other reasons why doing business in Mexico is easier than most other Latin American countries. Unlike Brazil, there is no withholding tax of any kind on foreign investment. The Mexican peso is a freely traded and easily convertible currency, and MexDer’s clearing house, Asigna, accepts U.S. dollar-denominated collateral.

La Oportunidad Está En Todas Partes

Owing to the fact that the U.S. does $1.5 billion per day in trade with Mexico,10 the Mexican markets are, predictably, highly correlated with America’s. North-to-south customers trading MexDer via Globex have access to a number of financial futures that allow for arbitrage opportunities against their American counterparts.

MexDer lists the IPC index of the BMV, which in general tracks closely to the S&P 500. The full Mexican yield curve is available on MexDer, from one-month bills to 30-year bonds, and it converges with the U.S. yield curve. Finally, MexDer lists a Mexican peso/U.S. dollar FX future, one of the 20 biggest FX futures contracts in the world by volume, which sets up arbitrage opportunities with the CME’s equally liquid peso/U.S. dollar future. In a recent MarketsWiki interview, MexDer CEO Jorge Alegria indicated that going forward, the exchange would likely look to list commodity futures linked to similar contracts listed on CME Group.

BMV IPC vs. S&P 500
Chart obtained from Yahoo! Finance

The ascent of the Aztec Tiger is no sure thing. There is always the danger of President Nieto’s PRI party losing its appetite for reform and returning to its old ways. There’s the chance that the hiccups in the U.S. economic recovery may impact Mexico, given that 30 percent of the Mexican economy is tied to U.S. exports. There may even be signs that Mexico’s economy is stalling already, which led the central bank to reduce interest rates for the first time since March 2009. Either way, TT users now have the ability to participate in one of today’s most interesting markets.

1 Thomson, Adam. “Mexico: Aztec tiger.” Financial Times. January 30, 2013.
2 Rathbone, John-Paul. “Mexico’s reform plan lifts hopes for greater prosperity.” Financial Times. March 20, 2013
3 Kwan Yuk, Pan. “Mexican peso hits 19 month high”. Financial Times. March 14, 2013.

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Mexico:RTS Powers Bolsa Mexicana de Valores Trading Front-End for Members

Chicago/Mexico City, June 14, 2012 – RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, and the Mexican Stock Exchange BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) announced today the roll-out of a new front-end for the BMV equity marketplace powered by customized RTS front-end technology. This further expansion of their relationship comes after RTS has provided next generation trading technology for more than three years to MexDer, the Mexican Derivatives Exchange owned by the BMV Group.

The launch enables members of both BMV and MexDer to access the equity and derivatives markets and their market data on one, exchange-provided trading screen. It also brings members of BMV markets the ability to utilize sophisticated RTS risk management technology to control access to all available asset classes.

  • Access equity and derivatives markets on one exchange-provided trading screen
  • Trade multiple markets across asset classes with sophiticated new capabilities and speed
  • Easily combine click and algorithmic trading to automate orders
  • Trade spreads between BMV, MexDer and CME Group

Alfredo Guillen, Chief Operating Officer for the Equity Markets at BMV Group, said:  “We are pleased to offer our members the sophisticated new capabilities and speed provided by RTD Trader, RTS’ solution for click traders.  As our members are increasingly interested in trading across asset classes, this new deployment will bring them the opportunity to easily access and participate in the equity and derivatives markets alike.”

Timo Pentner, RTS Managing Director, Americas, said:  “We’re very proud to expand on the important relationship we have established with the BMV Group and its markets. For algorithmic trading, members can easily transition to our RTD Tango Trader solution which combines click and algorithmic trading. With this we support sophisticated order execution capabilities including the ability to automate all types of orders.”

Jorge Alegria, Head of Market Operations at BMV Group, said:  “This is a great example of successful collaboration between a technology vendor and exchange staff to introduce the seamless integration of multiple trading platforms onto one screen.  Thanks to a terrific, dedicated effort in recent months – and groundwork laid in 2009 by MexDer and RTS – when we complete the final phase of adding cash bond markets execution capabilities, BMV Group will be one of the first exchanges to list all asset classes on one, exchange-provided front-end.”

Pentner said that RTD Tango Trader can enable members of BMV and MexDer to trade spreads not only between those two markets but also the markets of CME Group, as part of the South to North order routing agreement established between BMV Group and CME Group.  He said adding access to other international markets would also be an easy upgrade as RTS offers connectivity via RTD Trader to more than 135 marketplaces globally.

Source: RTS, 14.06.2012

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Brazil: BM&F BOVESPA – March 2012 -News Nr 31

Cross-Listing of Global Benchmark Equity Index, Commodity and Energy Futures
BM&FBOVESPA (BVMF), CME Group and S&P Indices announced on March 6 a cross-listing and cross-licensing agreement involving S&P 500 Index and BOVESPA Index (IBOVESPA) futures.

BRICS Exchanges to Cross-list Benchmark Equity Index Derivatives
The five founding members of the BRICS Exchanges Alliance will begin cross-listing benchmark equity index derivatives on each other’s trading platforms on March 30.

New Market Maker for Options on the Stock of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSNA3)
BM&FBOVESPA announced on March 20 that Citadel Securities LLC is the third institution selected as market maker for options on the stock of CSNA3.

Volumes and trades by Direct Market Access (DMA)

BM&F Segment (Derivatives)
In February, the transactions carried out via Direct Market Access (DMA) in the BM&F* segment totaled 25,853,695 contracts traded in 2,616,094 trades.

BOVESPA Segment (Equities)
In February, the transactions carried out via Direct Market Access (DMA) in the BOVESPA* segment had a total financial volume of BRL104.5 billion in 14,985,594 trades

MARKET RESULTS

BM&F Segment February 2012 (derivatives)
In February, the markets in the BM&F segment had a total of 47,434,891 contracts traded with a financial volume of BRL3.11 trillion.

BOVESPA Segment February 2012 (equities)
In February, the total financial volume in the BOVESPA segment reached BRL157.36 billion, compared to a total of BRL132.26 billion in January.

Click for detailed announcement

Source: BM&FBOVESPA, 24.03.2012

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Brazil: The emergence of High-Frequency Trading

Brazil’s stock exchange is in the midst of a strategic initiative to lure high-frequency traders. Jake Thomases looks at what BM&FBovespa is doing to entice them, including a $200 million platform upgrade, and whether it is producing results.
In January of 2009, high-frequency trading (HFT) volumes made up 0.01 percent of all equities trades on BM&FBovespa (BVMF), Brazil’s near-monopolistic exchange. Less than three years later that number stands close to 12 percent, an increase of over 1,000 percent. If the exchange operators have anything to say about it, the HFT elevator won’t stop any time soon.

As the US and European markets struggle their way through the seven stages of high-frequency grief—denial, anger, bargaining, acceptance and so forth—Brazil is feeling no such ambivalence.

It desperately wants additional liquidity and sees HFT as the way to get it. In 2009, shortly after the merger of equities exchange Bovespa and derivatives exchange BM&F, BVMF began a strategic initiative to lure low-latency traders.

In 2010, as a major component of that initiative, it began work on a new trading platform that would solve its latency and capacity issues and attract high-performance brokers from overseas.

“What motivated us was our capacity to deal with flow and the growth we are seeing on the Brazilian market,” says BVMF trading director, Andre Demarco. “We also wanted to add one technology that makes an easy path for the client and the customers in general, because they have only one protocol to send orders to the exchange, and only one protocol and technology to get our market data.”

Work on the Puma trading platform began in March of 2010 with the help of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Puma is based on CME’s Globex platform, the world’s first for futures and options.

Two years ago, BVMF’s platform allowed for 50 messages per second per client and latency of over 30 milliseconds, according to Nilson Monteiro, head of the high-frequency direct market access (DMA) desk at Link Investimentos, a local brokerage with approximately 10 percent market share.

Small upgrades improved those numbers to 200 messages per second per client and latency of 20 milliseconds—better, but still far short of the performance needed to sustain HFT practices.

Puma Power
Puma, by contrast, can handle 200 million messages a day. It posts a latency of either one millisecond, according to the exchange, or 1.1 milliseconds, according to Aite Group analyst Danielle Tierney. Puma’s ability to receive orders and produce market data far exceeds its predecessors and its latency figure is expected to drop in 2012.

Gone will be BVMF’s four platforms for different asset classes. Puma offers a multi-asset vertically integrated system with a single code that can support all asset classes. “That’s important for arbitrage, hedging, and all the fun things that HFTs like to do,” says Tierney.

There has been heavy investment in market data feeds and additional, though less substantial, investment in clearinghouse integration.

As a venue that offers lending, settlement, registration, and other full-service perks, BVMF is constantly playing catch-up with itself. Every Brazilian real spent improving one wing means another is lagging behind.

According to Tierney, Puma carries a cost of $200 million spread over 10 years. Testing began in the fourth quarter of 2010. The first half of 2011 was spent tweaking. Puma launched on August 29 with the migration of all derivative contracts from the old Global Trading System (GTS).

First up was spot foreign exchange (FX). Then came the agricultural derivatives contracts—Brazilian commodities like sugar and coffee were migrated from GTS. Next up were financial derivatives, including inflation indices and interest rates. Last were the index futures, effectively terminating GTS.

Next in line for the chop is Mega Bolsa, the equities and equity derivatives platform. That migration is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

The final implementation will be on the fixed-income side in 2013. Currently, those contracts are traded on Bovespa FIX and Sisbex, for corporate and government securities, respectively.

HFT on the Rise
“The efforts that they’re making are working,” Aite Group’s Tierney says. “You can see it already in the volumes. So if you can see it in one year, I would expect it to look very different in three years.”

HFT in derivatives was at 6 percent a year ago. The latest figures provided by the exchange have it nearly in double digits. As late as April of 2009, it was less than 1 percent.

The brokerage operations of Western investment banks like Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan, Newedge, and Morgan Stanley have had a presence in Brazil for a while. But they are paying renewed attention to the market thanks to the exchange upgrades and an increase in co-location possibilities.

Citi’s director of international electronic sales, Mani Singh, has seen substantial tightening of spreads and decreases in volatility since September of 2010. Co-location, done at one of five datacenters, accounts for 5 percent of equity trading and 6 percent in derivatives.

Monteiro of Link Investimentos says the positive trend goes all the way back to his firm’s implementation of HFT in 2009. “Since we started to send daily orders to BVMF from high-frequency clients back in 2009, the price discovery here in Brazil became much better,” he says. “So spreads tightened quite a lot. We have a big volume on the top of the book being built by high-frequency firms. So, if you are a client waiting to trade, you need a tighter spread and you need a bigger volume being offered on the top of the book. That’s what the high-frequency clients have been doing for the past two-and-a-half years.”

With its entrenched position in the market, Link Investimentos stands to benefit from any additional investor attention, but especially an increase in HFT.

Link, which is in the process of being purchased by UBS, boasts 70 percent of the exchange co-located HFT volume in the country, according to Monteiro. There is no naked access in Brazil, so anyone who wants to take advantage of Puma will have to trade through a local broker. Monteiro also credited HFT and algorithmic trading with increasing the general sophistication of the investment community.

Brokerages like his are protected by the watchful eye of the Brazil’s regulatory body, the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM). It is difficult to get a license to trade on the exchange, although banks like Citi and Deutsche Bank have obtained them.

The CVM is generally described as a careful but fair regulator. There is a misconception that Brazil is the Wild West simply because it is an emerging market. Yet in many ways, it is more tightly regulated than established markets, even in the new area of high-frequency trading, which should mitigate some of the angst that traditional traders will feel as quants invade São Paolo.

“A lot of the noise that you hear about high-frequency trading is people adjusting to the new market microstructure that high-frequency trading and electronic trading in general has brought about,” says Jose Marques, global head of equity electronic trading for Deutsche Bank. “In the US and in Europe, you can no longer look at a quote screen and have a human interact with that quote. Just like in the automobile business in the 1980s where we had tens of thousands of people displaced by robots, fundamentally changing the way cars were being built in the US, we’ve seen a similar sea change around trading. And it’s very disruptive. Now, that has not happened yet in Brazil. People still trade relatively manually, certainly on the institutional trading side—asset managers and hedge funds and those kinds of participants. As those markets become electronic, it will be disruptive, it’ll create angst, and I’m sure we’ll hear a lot of the same concerns that we’ve heard in the US. There will be some noise, but I think it will be a lot less than you heard here.”

Bringing in Money from Home and Abroad
BVMF’s advertising campaign is aimed mostly at international traders, but it would like to grow Brazil’s fledgling HFT industry as well. At a recent FIX Protocol Ltd. (FPL) conference, the exchange’s US representative, Marcelo Gualda, said that there are only 800,000 accounts nationwide, including foreigners. Soccer legend Pelé is the spokesman for a national campaign to educate the country of 200 million people about the capital markets.

Frustrating BVMF’s efforts to lure foreign HFT into the country is the central bank’s Imposto sovre Operacoes Financeiras (IOF), or financial operations tax. All inflows destined for derivatives, fixed income, and government bonds are taxed at 6 percent, while all inflows destined for equities are taxed at 2 percent. The price of clearing is also considered steep.

The exchange has tried to anaesthetize this sting by charging high-frequency participants less, based on their flow. On a national level, there is no capital gains tax on derivatives, equities, and government bonds. The market as a whole is also considered an attractive one, and, despite its benchmark iBovespa index performing at one of the worst levels in the world, sentiment is generally positive.

“What’s attractive about the Brazilian market is that even with those growth projections cut, the financial system is well capitalized,” says Aite’s Tierney. “They have huge cash reserves, as does everybody in Latin America, because they’ve done well. They haven’t done the silly overleveraging things that we [in the US] have. They have strong domestic growth prospects. They’re not coupled or leveraged to developed economies. For international trade we see big emerging markets are trading with each other. You’re seeing huge flows between Brazil and China, and you’ll see more of that. China has big demand for Brazilian commodities. The emerging markets are basically like a self-contained unit. So that’s why you see, not just Brazil, but emerging markets in general, weather global storms like the Eurozone better than developed markets do, because they have a healthier domestic consumption and international trade profile.”

Although the nation has been on everyone’s radar for a decade or more, BM&FBovespa’s upgrade to Puma and its US-based advertising campaign should have foreign HFT firms taking a second look.

CEO Edemir Pinto told Bloomberg News that he expects HFT volume will soon reach 20 to 30 percent. Though an enormous leap from where the exchange was, that still represents less than half of US volumes.

As long as it does what officials expect and shakes out the liquidity that now exists mostly in the top 10 to 20 listings, it will be embraced in the market, says Newedge’s Evandro dos Reis, Jr., director, co-head, Latin America.
Because of the lack of naked access, says Monteiro, there will not be predatory messaging sent only for the purpose of price discovery.

The pushback could come as discounts for low-latency traders mount, which will put pressure on BVMF’s margins. At that point the discounts will either shrink or the exchange will have to turn to other revenue sources, like its market data feed.

“We think that we’re in the very early stages of a much bigger and better market for firms with this profile in Brazil,” Monteiro says. “So it is an exciting moment we’re living in right now.”

Source:Waters, 29.11.2011 Jake Thomas

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Mexico´s Exchanges take huge steps to boost High-Speed Trading.

The Mexican Exchange, which is the second largest exchange in Latin America, announced a number of strategic and technology initiatives designed to promote foreign investment in the Mexican financial markets and its position as a Latin American leader in high-frequency trading.

While Brazil continues to be the hottest emerging market in Latin America, the Mexican Exchange (BMV Group), is taking huge steps to boost its growth in the high-speed marketplace.

The Mexican Exchange, which is the second largest exchange in Latin America, announced a number of strategic and technology initiatives designed to promote foreign investment in the Mexican financial markets and its position as a Latin American leader in high-frequency trading.

Mexico now provides worldwide participants with seamless, high-speed and efficient access through low touch direct market access (DMA), high speed co-location services, and FIX standard protocol for order routing and market data Part of Mexico’s success is down to its determination to improve its operative rules to better comply with international market standards, as well as adopting new technology.

In 2012, the Mexican Exchange will announce the launch of a new trading engine, internally developed. This multi-market, multi-asset, flexible and scalable trading engine has throughput of more than 200,000 messages per second. The trading engine will be ultra low latency, executing trades in 100 microseconds roundtrip (improvement over 25 milliseconds on legacy trading system). Full deployment is planned for Q2 2012. Further in 2012, The Mexican Exchange will introduce several new initiatives including midpoint hidden order book trading, aimed at institutional investors looking to trade large blocks anonymously with reduced execution risk. Simpler cross order rules will also be implemented; all stocks, global market equity securities and debt instruments will be crossed within the best bid/ask spread with no intervention. And, VWAP executions for the day will be able to be entered from 8:00 AM CT to 2:40 PM CT.

Recently, the Mexican Exchange has established major alliances broadening investment opportunities in the Mexican market. The Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) established phase one, “south-to-north,” of its strategic order routing agreement, giving Mexican investors access to CME Group’s benchmark derivatives contracts, including interest rates, foreign currencies, equity indexes, energy, metals and agricultural commodities.

Phase two of the partnership, “north-to-south,” now in place provides CME Group customers with access to MexDer benchmark products, including Mexican Stock Exchange Index futures, bond futures and MXN Peso / US dollar futures contracts.

Source: Wallstreet&Technology, Melanie Rodier, 18.11.2011

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Mexican Market Leaps Forward – FIX, Technology, Co-Location and Regulation

In the last 12 months dramatic changes have occurred at Mexico’s stock exchange and among its brokerage clients. Cross border partnerships, technology upgrades, new FIX infrastructure and business friendly regulatory changes have opened the Mexican market to high frequency trading (HFT).

While US regulators can be seen to scold HFT firms, the Mexican market has opened its arms. The Mexican Exchange (BMV) and its brokerage firms have upgraded their infrastructure and sought business opportunities north of the border. Earlier this year after the CME Group and the BMV signed their partnership, high frequency traders on the CME Globex trading system began to route orders to the Mexican Derivatives Exchange or MexDer. Today 90 percent of average daily volume on the MexDer comes from high frequency traders north of the border.

Mexico’s brokerage firms have completed significant infrastructure upgrades. Last spring only a few brokers in Mexico could handle a highfrequency hedge fund client and many Mexican brokers could process no more than one connection to the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) at a time. The landscape has changed quickly and improvements in broker and exchange systems have ushered in a new capacity for speed in the transmission and execution of orders in Mexico.

Over the summer a major milestone occurred for the industry. Working with the BMV, Mexico’s brokers completed an industry-wide upgrade to FIX 4.4. The top 25 brokers are now certified with FIX 4.4 to the BMV. Leading the way, are brokerages like GBM, Interacciones, Actinver, UBS Mexico, IXE and others.

Now that Mexican brokers speak FIX 4.4, all of the order routing to the BMV can now be done through FIX allowing the BMV to retire the antiquated SETRIB protocol. The only way the BMV will allow Mexican brokers to continue to use SETRIB is by paying excessive fees, and even this will not be allowed by the end of 2011. Retiring SETRIB sets the stage for more positive changes in the industry and at the BMV.

Work is already underway to upgrade the BMV’s trade matching engine. The existing engine was built in the 1990s for a Tandem mainframe. Retiring the Tandem has many benefits. Faster order matching and processing is high on the list. In addition, more choices for application and software vendors and significant cost savings are expected. Retiring the mainframe will also eliminate the scheduling nightmares associated with the limited availability of the central mainframe for testing with the broker community. The new matching engine will be hosted on modern Unix based hardware. The release of the new matching engine and infrastructure is planned for the first quarter of 2012.

Another important milestone is the availability of a state-of-the-art co-location facility at KIO Santa Fe. The BMV infrastructure is located here and starting in October it will be easy for brokers and third party providers to collocate order routing and market data in this hosting facility leading to high throughput low latency services.

While all of the infrastructure and matching engine upgrades are momentous, they would bear no fruit without the simultaneous modernization of Mexican regulations. The initiative to modernize Mexico’s regulations, called RINO, began a year ago and phase two is due to rollout in the fall of 2011. The goal of RINO is to conform Mexican regulations to international standards. By converging with international standards, regulators hope to bring more international order flow and greater liquidity to the market, resulting in increased investment in the Mexican market.

While regulations in the US like Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd-Frank can be seen to drive businesses offshore, the regulatory changes in Mexico are removing handcuffs from businesses and facilitating opportunities. The first step forward occurred early this year with RINO I. RINO I allowed brokers to have multiple channels to the BMV’s electronic trading system. Previously all orders were in a single queue. Multiple access points per broker provides more flexibility in executing strategies and handling client requests, including separate BMV channels for program trading and orders called into the trading desk. RINO I also eliminated sizebased criteria from order management,  thus leveling the playing field in the processing of orders. RINO II takes effect on October 10, 2011, bringing more modernizations including pegged orders, improvements in crossing operations, average price operations, price delivery regardless of volume, and decimal bids for fixed income securities.

Crosses, in which a brokerage carries out a transaction through the stock exchange between two of its clients, were permitted previously but the rules were very arcane. Starting in October, the crossing operations will be vastly simplified allowing clients to simply choose whether to cross inside or outside the spread. With this modernization, the BMV hopes to repatriate orders that brokers would previously carry out in the US, where crossing orders was possible using ADRs in dark pools or at the NYSE.

In addition the RINO II regulations a very important new mid-point hidden book order. The orders execute at the midpoint, broker anonymity is guaranteed and the order priority is determined by volume. This is effectively a dark pool. Similar to Xetra, this new BMV order helps the market participants and simultaneously protects the BMV from  providers toying with moving into the Mexican marketplace.

As the regulations modernize and the FIX infrastructure hardens, opportunity beckons. Brokers are beginning to push for more high frequency trading algorithms, more efficient routing of international orders, and more sophisticated risk controls, all of which will attract even more international business. As the need for speed grows, co-location previously offered by the exchange may become more strategic, particularly to brokers wanting to attract high frequency traders.

All of this progress was made possible in large part because of the exchange’s demutualization and subsequent listing in 2008. The demutualization coincided with rule changes allowing Mexico’s pension funds or AFORES to invest. Before the rule changes, the AFORES were forced to invest almost entirely in short-term government paper. Today, Mexico’s pension funds are allowed to invest up to 25 percent, in individual stocks and shares and 12 percent in a hybrid of corporate debt and equity capital to allow companies to raise funds to expand businesses.

Considered together, regulatory improvements and infrastructure updates have morphed the BMV and the Mexican brokerage community into a thriving and modern marketplace. The BMV reported a 22 percent jump in earnings last year, with operating income increasing 70 percent in the last three months. A record six initial public offerings made it to market last year and overall trading volumes rose 50 percent in 2010. This year Mexico’s IPC index has tested and hovered near record highs.

In 2011 there are fewer IPOs, but trading volume remains strong. The order-routing agreement signed with Chicago’s CME Group has opened Mexico’s derivatives market to the world. Now, electronic trading infrastructure and investor friendly regulations have set the stage for act two.

Latin America has enjoyed a strong recovery for the most part it has sailed through the recession without lasting damage. Boosted by capital inflows, by record prices for commodity exports, by sound policies and by a heady expansion in domestic credit, the region saw economic growth of 6% last year and is on course to notch close to 5% this year. The region faces slower growth but not disaster. To up the pace, now is the time for reforms to boost productivity.

The main engines for growth in Latin America are China’s demand for minerals, food stuffs and raw materials – this looks set to continue – and consumption as tens of millions edge out of poverty and benefit from newly available credit.

Source: FIX Global Trading, 15.09.2011

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Brazil: BM&FBOVESPA – News September 2011 – Nr.20

Launch of the first stage of the BM&FBOVESPA PUMATrading System

BM&FBOVESPA announces the conclusion of the first stage of development and integrated tests with the market of its new trading platform, named the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System. This is a multi-asset electronic trading platform that has been developed by BM&FBOVESPA and CME Group. BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System will replace the Global Trading System (GTS), Mega Bolsa, BOVESPA FIX and SISBEX, integrating them into a single system with greater processing capacity, extremely low latency, and new functions. The implementation will occur in stages:

  • 1st Stage: Substitution of GTS (derivatives and spot foreign exchange);
  • 2nd Stage: Substitution of Mega Bolsa (equities and equity derivatives);
  • 3rd Stage: Substitution of BOVESPA FIX (fixed-income corporate securities) and SISBEX (government securities).

The Exchange implemented the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System in the spot foreign exchange market on August 29, 2011. The other stages will be executed in the following weeks, at dates to be announced at an opportune moment. As part of the GTS replacement effort, instruments will migratein four-stages. At each stage, orders sent to the Exchange for these contracts will be processed exclusively by the new system. The migration stages are:

  • 1st Migration: Spot foreign exchange contracts.
  • 2nd Migration: Agricultural derivatives.
  • 3rd Migration: Financial derivatives (interest rates, foreign exchange, inflation indices, gold etc.), except for derivatives based on stock indices.
  • 4th Migration: Derivatives based on stock indices.

Automated solution for market surveillance, operation and market oversight

BM&FBOVESPA and BOVESPA Market Supervision (BSM), the Brazilian self-regulatory organization in charge of inspecting and supervising transactions and trade authorizations, announced on September 15 that they will use NASDAQ OMX’s SMARTS Integrity market surveillance platform to monitor trading across their equities and commodities platforms. Using SMARTS Integrity, BM&FBOVESPA and BSM will have a comprehensive portfolio of alert scenarios for market behavior.

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BM&FBOVESPA and BNDES present new portfolio for the Carbon Efficient Index

BM&FBOVESPA and BNDES announced on September 5 the composition of the theoretical portfolio of the Carbon Efficient Index, valid from September to December 2011. The ICO2 is an index composed of stocks in IBrX-50 index companies that have accepted involvement in the initiative, adopting transparent practices as regards greenhouse gas emissions (GGEs). The calculation of shares in the ICO2 index takes into consideration the greenhouse gas emissions and free float of companies.

The portfolio valid as of today can be viewed here.

New head of BM&FBOVESPA for UK

BM&FBOVESPA announces that Sergio Gullo has been hired as the new chief representative for BM&FBOVESPA in London. He will report to BM&FBOVESPA International Business Development Officer Lucy Pamboukdjian and be responsible for operations with the European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Sergio Gullo has been active in the financial market for more than 27 years. He was Business Development Manager in the United Kingdom for BGC Partners and has worked in financial institutions such as Banco Votorantim and Renaissance Capital, specializing in emerging markets and always in commercial areas with a focus on fixed income and structured products. He also held a wide range of positions at Lloyd’s TSB Bank for 19 years, in both Brazil and the UK.

New office in London

The BM&FBOVESPA office in London has moved to One New Change, 4th floor (London, EC4M, 9AF, United Kingdom). The London office may be contacted by e-mail at sgullo@bvmf.com.br and by telephone at (+44) 203 379 3978.

BM&FBOVESPA and Shenzhen Stock Exchange Sign Memorandum of Understanding

BM&FBOVESPA (BVMF) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) signed on September 26 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which includes personnel exchange, mutual training and information and experience sharing. Ms Song Liping, President of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and Mr. Edemir Pinto, CEO of BM&FBOVESPA, signed the MOU last month during the 5th International, Financial and Capital Market Conference in Campos do Jordão, in the state of São Paulo.

BM&FBOVESPA’s options and capital raising activity

According to the WFE (World Federation of Exchanges), BM&FBOVESPA is ranked as #1 in volume of Stock Options contracts trades and #4 in IPOs (Capital Raised). These and other regulated exchange industry numbers are available at: http://www.world-exchanges.org/statistics

Securities Lending

In August, the total number of securities lending transactions reached a record 141,721 compared to the previous record of 121,971 in May 2011 and to 114,989 in July. Financial volume was BRL 62.63 billion in August from BRL 52.16 billion the previous month.

Ibovespa and other index portfolios, valid for September-December 2011

BM&FBOVESPA has announced the Ibovespa theoretical index portfolio, which will be valid from September 5 to December 29, 2011, based on the closing of the September 2, 2011 trading session. The new portfolio now includes common shares in BR Malls and Cia Hering, which brings its total to 68 stocks in 63 companies.

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BM&FBOVESPA launches app for Google Chrome web browser

BM&FBOVESPA announced on September, 16th that users of the Google Chrome web browser can download a free app that allows real time monitoring of the share prices of companies traded on BM&FBOVESPA and of the directions taken by the main capital market indexes. This tool allows users to customize their share portfolio, storing in the “Favorites” tab the companies that they wish to monitor daily. The app includes films that explain stock investment, wealth creation, and financial education. It also contains messages that are sent to the BM&FBOVESPA twitter channel @Info_BMFBOVESPA

To obtain the BM&FBOVESPA Google Chrome app, please access the Google Web Store and download the file at: https://chrome.google.com/webstore.

2011 EVENTS

Family Office Summit – Latin America

BM&FBOVESPA is currently sending invitations for this event promoted by the World Research Group and which will be held in São Paulo September 26-28. A BM&FBOVESPA representative is scheduled to talk about alternative investments. The summit will present current trends for optimizing effective strategies and alternative methods to produce investments for single and multi family offices in the Brazilian capital market. There will be a special networking session bringing together managers, single and multi family offices, advisors and consultants.

Location: Intercontinental São Paulo – Alameda Santos, 1123, São Paulo , SP.
Date: September 26-28, 2011.

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2nd FX Growth Markets Series: Brazil – Profit & Loss

BM&FBOVESPA will join the Profit & Loss FX Growth Markets conference on October 20, 2011 at the Tivoli Hotel in São Paulo. Profit & Loss has been operating its highly successful series of Forex Network and FX Growth Markets conferences for more than 10 years, with regular annual events held in London, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Shanghai and Toronto, and comes to Brazil for the second time. A BM&FBOVESPA representative will talk at the event.

Location: Tivoli Hotel São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Date: October 20, 2011.

> Full Agenda

BM&FBOVESPA at Chicago’s FIA EXPO

BM&FBOVESPA will exhibit at FIA EXPO 2011. The event attracts approximately 5,000 people from more than 30 countries, from senior staff at brokerage firms and exchanges to floor traders, pension fund managers, corporate treasurers, CTAs and CPOs, and individual investors. BM&FBOVESPA staff will present the Exchange’s products, connectivity, DMA access via Globlex, co-location and others.

Location: Hilton Chicago, USA
Date: October 10-12, 2011

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The World Cup of ETFs and Indexing Latin America

BM&FBOVESPA is lending its support to the World Research Group’s “World Cup of ETFs and Indexing Latin America.” The event aims at providing attendees with the best practices for ETFs use, as well as a comprehensive analysis of market structure, regulations and current and future opportunities. The expected audience includes pension funds, hedge fund managers and investors, investment advisors, financial consultants, and other market participants. A BM&FBOVESPA representative will talk about the Exchange’s ETF products.

Location: São Paulo (TBC)
Date: October 17-18, 2011.

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Volumes and trades by Direct Market Access (DMA)

BM&F Segment
In August, BM&F* market segment transactions carried out through order routing via Direct Market Access (DMA) registered 41,417,494 contracts traded and 4,431,750 trades. In July, the volume reached 20,009,841 contracts traded and 2,417,398 trades.

The volumes registered by each access modality in the BM&F segment were as follows:

  • Traditional DMA – 17,540,231 contracts traded, in 1,306,241 trades, in comparison to 7,440,774 contracts and 797,002 trades in July;
  • Via DMA provider (including orders routed via the Globex System) – 14,088,756 contracts traded, in 435,281 trades, compared to 7,040,432 contracts and 258,881 trades in July;
  • DMA via direct connection – 4,210 contracts traded in 830 trades, against 3,691 contracts and 977 trades in July;
  • DMA via co-location – 9,784,297 contracts traded, in 2,689,398 trades, compared to 5,524,944 contracts and 1,360,538 trades in July.

In August, transactions carried out by foreign investors presented by CME to BVMF (who use the Globex-GTS order routing system or access BVMF markets via co-location) totaled 5,308,308 contracts traded, in 1,235,349 trades, compared to 2,897,744 contracts and 688,862 trades in July.

BOVESPA Segment
In August, order routing via DMA in the BOVESPA* segment totaled BRL 138,522,096,000.00 and 17,021,408 trades, from BRL 95,030,778,000.00 and 11,225,193 trades the previous month.

Trading volumes per type of DMA in the BOVESPA segment:

  • Traditional DMA – Volume of BRL 120,451,427,000.00 and 14,098,638 trades from BRL 87,674,861,000.00 and 10,091,956 in July;
  • DMA via co-location – Volume of BRL 16,691,370,000.00 and 2,755,498 trades from BRL 6,381,361,000.00 and 1,007,081 in July;
  • DMA via provider – Volume of BRL 1,379,299,000.00 and 167,272 trades from BRL 974,556,000.00 and 126,156 in July.

* Direct access to the BM&FBOVESPA market segments is carried out through DMA models 1, 2, 3 and 4. In model 1 or traditional DMA, the client accesses the GTS or Mega Bolsa through technological intermediation of a brokerage house. In model 2 or via DMA provider, the client does not use the technological intermediation of a brokerage house, but rather connects to the system through an authorized access provider. DMA via order routing with CME Globex is also a form of DMA model 2. In model 3, the client connects to the system through a direct connection. In model 4 or via co-location, the client installs its own computer within the Exchange’s facilities.

Notes:

The volumes registered by access modality include both buy and sell sides of a trade.

The volumes by access modality for both the BM&F and the BOVESPA market segments have been reported in a consolidated manner in the BM&FBOVESPA statements since May 2009.

MARKET RESULTS

BM&F Segment August 2011

Derivatives markets in the BM&F segment (including financial and commodities derivatives) totaled 78,606,873 contracts and BRL 5.23 trillion in volume in August, compared to 44,199,125 contracts and BRL 3.35 trillion in July. The daily average of contracts traded in the derivatives markets in August was 3,417,690, in contrast to 2,104,720 in July. Open interest contracts ended the last trading day of August with 37,821,302 positions, compared to 30,716,596 in July.

BOVESPA Segment August 2011

In August 2011, the equity markets (BOVESPA segment) financial volume totaled a record BRL 177.906 billion, in a record 16,234,673 trades, with daily averages of BRL 7.73 billion and a record 705,855 trades. This was in comparison to the prior total volume record of BRL 155.55 billion in October 2010, the prior total trades record of 11,172,707 in May 2011 and the prior daily average trades record of 544,88 in February 2011.

Source:BM&FBOVESPA, 20.09.2011

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CME Group and BM&FBOVESPA Brazils exchange develop a joint trading platform

BM&FBOVESPA and CME Group are jointly developing a multi-asset electronic trading platform. This shall substitute the Global Trading System (GTS), Mega Bolsa, BOVESPA FIX and SISBEX, integrating them into a single system with greater processing capacity, extremely low latency, and new functions.

The implementation of the new platform, named the Puma Trading System (Puma), shall occur in stages:

1st Stage: Launch of the Puma Trading System on August 29, 2011

Puma shall substitute the GTS system gradually, in a four-stage process. At each stage a combination of instruments shall be transferred to Puma, as of which the orders sent to the Exchange for these contracts shall be processed exclusively by the new system.

We hereby inform you that when the first stage of development and integrated tests with the market are concluded, the Exchange shall implement Puma in the spot foreign exchange market on August 29, 2011 (Monday). The other stages shall be executed in the following weeks, at dates to be announced at an opportune moment.

Source: FOREX.Webtronic.com, 30.08.2011

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CME and MexDer implement north-to-south order routing

CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and the Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer), the derivatives subsidiary of the BMV Group and second largest exchange in Latin America, today announced the successful launch of their north-to-south order routing agreement, giving customers in the U.S. access to MexDer’s benchmark derivatives contracts, including Mexican Stock Exchange Index Futures, Bond Futures and MXN Peso / US Dollar Futures Contracts.

The first phase of CME Group’s strategic partnership with MexDer went live April 4, 2011 and gave Mexican investors access to CME Group’s benchmark derivatives contracts including interest rates, foreign currencies, equity indexes, energy, metals and agricultural commodities.

“Mexico is the 13th largest economy in the world and we continue to look for opportunities to provide our customers around the world with the broadest and most diverse range of globally-relevant products to help them manage their risk,” said Phupinder Gill, CME Group President. “This next phase of the partnership demonstrates how we continue to build on our successful track record of growing our business internationally through strategic partnerships.”

“With the successful launch of South-to-North order routing in April, the second phase of the direct order routing connection now makes it possible for both of our customers to leverage access to both MexDer and CME Group, and take advantage of a modern market with a friendly regulatory framework in Mexico and a growing sophisticated local investor base,” said Luis Tellez, Chairman and CEO of BMV Group. “Our goal moving forward is to focus on increasing our volumes together and working more closely with each other to learn how we can meet the needs of our customers.”

In March 2010, the parent company of MexDer, BMV Group, and CME Group entered into a strategic partnership that includes order routing for derivatives products as well as an agreement to pursue potential joint initiatives including product development, marketing and customer education as well as clearing opportunities. CME Group is the exclusive exchange provider of derivatives order routing services to MexDer outside Latin America, and MexDer is the exclusive exchange provider of derivatives order routing services to CME Group in Mexico.

Source: BMV 01.08.2011

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Asia Trader & Investor Conference, Singapore 07-08 May 2011

ATIC @Singapore 2011 will feature more than 40 seminars conducted by international and local gurus and experts.  The Asian Trader and Investment Convention – Singapore
Covering topics like:

Futures | Equities | Options | ETF | CFD | Commodities | FOREX | Warrants | Alternative Investment | Property | Insurance | Managed Funds

Event Highlights

  • First in bringing breakthrough and new methods of trading
  • Over 50 investment educational seminars
  • A Specialised Panel of top analysts who will conduct real-time analyses of the same stock
  • Special Trading Focus Workshops on Stocks, Futures, Commodities, Gold, ETFs, Options and Warrants
  • Stock Analysis on Regional Markets by International Traders
  • Investor Clinics that help them improve trading
  • Investment Network Platform with different market segment experts
  • Property Investment Showcase – with property investment education and special panel discussion on Property vs Stock Investments
  • The largest Finance and Investment Book fair

First launched in 2006, Asia Trader and Investor Convention (ATIC) event has travelled to 7 Asian Cities, i.e., Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Mumbai, Shenzhen and Tokyo. With participation by over 300 financial services companies, including securities exchanges, retail and consumer banks, securities brokerage firms, asset/fund management firms, listed companies and other financial services providers, ATIC events have attracted over 100,000 active traders and serious investors across Asia.

Source: The ATIC, 05.05.2011

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BM&FBovespa and Chile’s bolsa sign “joint operating agreement”

Brazil and Chile’s main exchanges, BM&FBovespa and Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), signed a “joint operating agreement” on Monday allowing order routing between the two and which envisions Brazilian assistance in the development of derivatives markets in Chile.  Read FT full article here.

The development is another sign that exchanges in Latin America are gearing up for intra-regional competition for trading coming from abroad as regulatory technology barriers to easier access to the region are falling away.

Some exchanges are also forming alliances with neighbours to develop smaller markets to the levels of regional big-hitters Brazil and Mexico.

Brokers connected to BM&FBovespa, Latin America’s largest exchange, can send orders to Chile’s Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), and vice versa in an arrangement that is also being used by BM&FBovespa and the Mexican bolsa with CME Group of the US.

The Brazil-Chile arrangement will initially be limited to stocks traded on both exchanges, as well as stock options and other related derivatives.

Carlos Kawall, director of international affairs at BM&FBovespa, told FT Trading Room by phone from Santiago. “We are undertaking an international expansion, in Asia but most importantly in our region, because we think that Latin America as an integrated unit has a lot of potential to be explored yet.”

The BCS last month joined an “Andean” alliance with smaller exchanges in Colombia and Peru, which gives traders in each country access to partner markets. Next year they plan to allow for direct access to markets and the standardisation of regulation.

Brazil will seek alliances with Colombia and Peru similar to that signed with Chile, Mr Kawall said.

In the first year, the focus of the agreement with Chile will be to “improve connectivity electronically from the country”, he says, but with the later possibility of assisting Chile develop its derivatives markets, encompassing options and futures on stocks, interest rates, and exchange rates.

BM&FBovespa is the third-largest exchange in the world by market capitalisation of the group itself and houses the world’s sixth-largest derivatives market by number of contracts. At the moment, most of Chile’s derivatives trading is done over the counter, rather than centrally cleared and with a counter party, as in Brazil.

By partnering up with Brazil, Chile’s exchange will also have access to the BM&FBovespa/CME trading platform for its markets. BM&FBovespa holds a 5 per cent stake in CME Group. Edemir Pinto, chief executive of the Brazilian group, was recently named to the board of directors of the Chicago-based group.

BM&FBovespa and BCS have also agreed to receive and distribute each other’s market data, and establishment joint initiatives related to settlement and clearing.

Source: FT Financial Times, 13.12.2010 By Vincent Bevins

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RTS Introduces Ultra-Fast Gateway to CME Group; Internal Latency Less than 100-150 Microseconds

Next step in RTS technology roadmap to further enhance performance of its high frequency, ultra low latency offering.

RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, today announced that it has released a new ultra-low latency gateway for its RTD Tango and RTD Tango Trader clients, accessing CME Group with an internal latency of 100-150 microseconds. Client feedback during Beta testing has indicated that the new connectivity, as part of an off-the-shelf algorithmic trading solution, is the fastest among those currently available.

RTD Tango is the RTS event-based algorithmic trading platform. The firm recently introduced RTD Tango Trader as a first-of-its kind comprehensive trading solution that combines the advantages of “point and click” and high-speed algorithmic trading. Both platforms are powered by the same low latency, back-end technology.

Bypassing a layer in the connectivity cycle, the new gateway achieves a 60 percent speed and performance improvement over the existing RTS interface and includes pre-trade risk checking. The time-critical order handling component is located on the Tango server, allowing orders to go straight from the RTD Tango engine into the CME iLink connectivity. The new connectivity to CME Group provides access to all of the products traded on the Globex® electronic platform.

Said Steffen Gemuenden: “We are seeing internal latency on the new RTD Tango and RTD Tango Trader CME gateway ranging from 100 microseconds to 150 microseconds. This streamlined connectivity, which we plan to introduce later this year at other major exchanges globally, is the next step in our commitment to providing the fastest, most reliable exchange access possible for the world’s most demanding financial institutions.”

RTS recently introduced a 64-bit version of RTD Tango and RTD Tango Trader that enables clients to maximize the power of their hardware capabilities, further improving throughput and reducing latency. This feature is particularly appealing to clients performing extreme stress testing or back-testing hundreds of strategies simultaneously using full historical tick data.

Source: RTS 28.09.2010

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