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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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ICE gets green light for Brazilian fixed income trading platform

IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global markets and clearing houses, and Cetip S.A., Latin America’s largest private fixed income depository, announced that the jointly developed fixed income trading platform Cetip | Trader is expected to launch on February 25, 2013.

This follows a successful beta test that started in August and final regulatory approval from the Brazilian securities regulator Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios (CVM) today.

“This platform reinforces Cetip’s commitment to develop an efficient and transparent secondary market, respecting and improving the practices of our local over-the-counter market,” said Cetip Managing Director Carlos Ratto.

Cetip | Trader offers market participants access to voice confirmation, electronic trading and historical data in a single platform. Over the past few months, it has been thoroughly tested in a simulated trading environment with approximately 80 institutions entering more than 100,000 mock trades. While the platform was initially developed for corporate and government bonds, its flexible architecture is adaptable for new products as driven by market demand.

“We are providing an innovative solution that brings the front office a more dynamic and intuitive language,” said Cetip Trading Solutions Manager Ricardo Vit. “Cetip | Trader is a flexible and simple tool that will help keep our customers ahead of the curve.”

“ICE was pleased to work with Cetip to build a product that is customized for the Brazilian market, available in Portuguese, and that provides a complete trading solution to the market for corporate and government bonds,” said ICE Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer Dave Goone.

ICE Link, ICE’s post-trade processing service, will also be available to Cetip | Trader customers beginning February 25. ICE Link has developed straight-through-processing workflows customized for the Brazilian bond market. These workflows enable middle and back office operations to more efficiently and effectively allocate trades and submit them to Cetip for registration.

Said Vit, “In addition to easier access to liquidity and execution, the complete solution also aims for better operational risk mitigation and total cost reduction on the life of a trade. ICE Link allows standardization in the trade workflow and better data integrations with counterparties and internal systems. This provides market participants a level of automation never before experienced in the Brazilian over-the-counter market.”

Source:  IntercontinentalExchange, 08.02.2013

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Mexico City-Based Broker CI Casa de Bolsa Signs with Perseus Telecom

  •  For the Fastest, Market-To-Market Connection with Mexico
  • Partnership enables New York and Mexico City trading communities to receive market signals and send transactions at the lowest latency rates available

Perseus Telecom, a leading global provider of connectivity, today announced that it has signed CI Casa de Bolsa to its ultra-low latency network between the New York and Mexico City markets. The launch of this partnership represents a landmark development as the fastest trading route between the two marketplaces and creates new opportunities for trading firms across the globe.

CI Casa de Bolsa, a leading Mexico City-based brokerage house, has a global client base seeking liquidity in the Mexican marketplace. With US-listed stocks displayed in Mexico, CI Casa de Bolsa has chosen Perseus Telecom for its high-speed, ultra low-latency network connection from New York to Mexico City for the fastest execution capabilities possible for foreign investors.

“We are very happy with our decision to use Perseus Telecom. Their network is built for performance and customer satisfaction without the overbearing costs that low-latency technology can sometimes bring to our bottom line,” states Mauricio Suarez, Head of International Sales at CI Casa de Bolsa. “The beneficiaries of lower costs and lower latency are our clients and serving them stands as CI Casa de Bolsa’s primary objective.”

Dr. Jock Percy, CEO of Perseus Telecom, explains, “We are quite pleased to have a reputable firm like CI Casa de Bolsa join the Perseus Telecom global network. As Perseus Telecom looks to bring more value to investment communities at different corners of the globe, markets like Latin America, led by Brazil and Mexico, are important to us and our customers. CI Casa de Bolsa coming on-net is a testament to our commitment to these markets.”

Source: Perseus Telekom, 07.01.2013

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ICE to acquire NYSE Euronext for 8.2 billion USD – Back Ground and Analysis

The overall mix of the $8.2 billion of merger consideration being paid by ICE is approximately 67% shares and 33% cash. The transaction value of $33.12 represents a 37.7% premium over NYSE Euronext’s closing share price on Wednesday.  The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.

Investors see plenty of upsides in a takeover by ICE, which would create a powerhouse in cross-asset trading and reduce Nyse Euronext’s reliance on stagnating, hyper-competitive equity markets. Nyse’s share of trading on stocks listed on the Big Board has shrunk from 82% to just 21% in a fiercely competitive market.  For ICE, a tie-up with Nyse Euronext will give the energy trading bourse a leg-up into the expanding market for over-the-counter derivatives contracts and the geographical outreach to take on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The two companies have already inked an agreement for Nyse Liffe to move its clearing operations to ICE Clear Europe. The implications of the deal for Nyse Liffe’s plans to move its clearing from LCH.Clearnet to a newly-constructed inhouse CCP by June 2013 have not been spelled out.

The combined company is expected to save up to $450 million through cost synergies in the second full year post closing. ICE has successfully integrated more than a dozen acquisitions in the last decade.  An earlier bid by ICE to take over Nyse Euronext in tandem with Nasdaq OMX was nixed by the US Justice Department on anti-competitive grounds. Observers see no similar objections being raised to a straight merger, with Nasdaq OMX removed from the equation. FinExtra 20.12.2012

NYSE and ICE: Not So Nice for European Equities

Given the sweeping changes hitting exchanges on the back of growing regulation and falling equity volumes in Europe, the combined entity would increase its chance of success, dominating European energy, commodity and short-dated fixed income trading, as well as OTC credit clearing; and leap-frogging Deutsche Boerse to become the world’s third-largest exchange group, with a combined market value of $15.2 billion.

However, not all divisions would benefit. Whilst a tie up with ICE would enable London-based Liffe to compete more effectively with CME Group in both trading and clearing of OTC products, for Euronext the future looks less certain. According to NYSE’s investor presentation explaining the deal, ICE “intends to explore an IPO of Euronext if market conditions allow and if European policy makers are supportive.” See full article at TABB Forum 20.12.2012.

ICE and NYSE Euronext Enter Clearing Services Agreement; ICE Clear Europe to Clear NYSE Liffe’s Derivatives Markets

ICE and NYSE Euronext agree that their wholly owned subsidiaries, ICE Clear Europe Limited and LIFFE Administration and Management have entered into a clearing services agreement pursuant to which ICE Clear Europe will provide clearing services to the London market of NYSE Liffe (“NYSE Liffe”). The clearing services agreement will allow NYSE Liffe to transition seamlessly from their current clearing arrangements. See full article at Bob´s Guide 20.12.2012

Inside ICE takeover of NYSE Euronext ( Tabb Forum Video Interview)

Exchange Consolidation: Getting Over Merger Mania

At this time last year, NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Bourse were more than midway through a year-long merger push that would have resulted in an exchange operator with an estimated $16 billion in combined market capital and a near monopoly on the European exchange-traded derivatives business. Consolidation, it seemed, was the key to competing in the global exchange landscape.

But dreams of consolidation, synergies and economies of scale were quickly dashed. The two biggest cross-border exchange deals — NYSE/DB merger and the proposed merger of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) — were blocked by regulators, and the LSE’s attempt to buy the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMX), which also failed initially due to reluctant regulators, eventually lost out to a domestic bid from Maple Group Acquisition Corp. earlier this year. see full article at TABB Forum 12.12.2012.

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Nyse Technologies expands SFTI network in Asia

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology division of Nyse Euronext, today announced the continuing expansion of its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) in Asia with the introduction of two access centres located in Hong Kong.

Customers now, for the first time, have direct access to the SFTI network, allowing them to connect from Hong Kong to services offered by NYSE Technologies through SFTI, including access to Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx), all major international trading venues, market data solutions, plus the NYSE Euronext capital markets community.

As part of the expansion of the SFTI network to include Hong Kong, NYSE has also extended SFTI to the new HKEx Data Centre colocation facility, giving customers there access to all the services available on SFTI through a simple cross connect to their colo racks. NYSE Technologies also plans to expand SFTI in the region to connect other markets like Australia and Korea.

NYSE Technologies’ Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure provides access to a comprehensive range of capital markets products through a single point of access and offers low-latency trading access to the NYSE Liffe and NYSE Euronext markets. SFTI Asia is the most recent extension of the global backbone, enabling Asian firms to receive market data and trade on multiple markets. Designed to be the industry’s most secure and resilient network, SFTI is specifically built for electronic trading and market data traffic thus enabling firms to reduce their time-to-market, improve their performance and significantly lower the cost of their trading infrastructure. Furthermore, the global backbone allows customers to connect to their trading infrastructure distributed in financial centres around the world using a SFTI connection on the other side of the world.

“The addition of these important access centres in Hong Kong is a further step in the expansion of NYSE Technologies’ footprint and reach of the SFTI Asia network and adds to our established presence in Singapore and Tokyo.” Daniel Burgin, Head of Asia Pacific, NYSE Technologies, commented. “Offering multiple access centres in the Asia Pacific region allows them to use SFTI Asia to connect to regional and global exchanges and markets in a cost effective way through a single connection at each of the client’s locations around the region. This eliminates the overheads and costs associated with maintaining separate network connections in each location to multiple trading venues.”

Source: NYSE Technology 06.12.2012

Filed under: Australia, China, Data Management, Data Vendor, Exchanges, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Market Data, News, Singapore, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BMV – Mexico’s Stock Exchange to change trading hours from October 29 – November 1st, 2012

Mexico’s Stock Exchange  will change its trading hours from 08:30-15:00 local time (09:30-16:00 EST) to 07:30-14:00 local time (8:30-15:00 EST) from October 29 thru November 1 to adjust to the daylight savings time difference between Mexico and the US. Mexico’s Stock Exchange will continue to trade the same trading hours that the NYSE is open, during that period.

Source: BMV,10.10.2012

 

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Mexico: BMV Mexican Stock Exchange Aims to Attract High Frequency Traders with Platform Upgrade

Mexican stock exchange operator Bolsa Mexicana de Valores detailed its investment in a new trading platform that the bourse hopes will reduce execution time for trades while also boosting trading activity.

The platform will enable the bourse to complete a trade in 90 microseconds, or to facilitate around 100,000 transactions per second, putting it on par with the Singapore Stock Exchange and besting the New York Stock Exchange’s completion rate of 150 microseconds per trade, the Mexican exchange said. The platform, which began handling stock transactions on Sept. 3 and will handle derivatives trades starting in December, cost the bourse 150 million pesos ($11.5 million.)

The Mexican exchange hopes the updated platform will attract a greater number of sophisticated international market participants who are interested in executing algorithmic trades. Currently, such high-frequency trades account for 17% of the volume operated on the bourse, versus 70% of the volume in the U.S., the exchange said. In August the exchange averaged 1.9 million stock transactions a day.

The new platform also incorporates filters to prevent erroneous trades, for example by detecting price action that is out of sync with the market or unusually high volumes. In April the local brokerage house of Bulltick Capital Markets triggered a mini “flash crash” by entering an erroneous trade, knocking Mexico’s benchmark IPC stock index down about 2 percentage points.

Source: FIF Financial Information Forum, 17.09.2012

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NYSE Data Services to deliver all Market Data via Web Services

NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, and Xignite Inc., provider of web-based market data services, have announced their agreement to launch a new service providing access to real-time, historical, and reference market data for all NYSE Euronext markets via the Internet. In extending the benefits offered by the NYSE Technologies Capital Markets Community platform introduced in 2011, NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services is geared towards non-latency sensitive clients and those in remote locations. The first phase offers real-time retail reference pricing for NYSE, NYSE MKT, and NYSE Arca markets.

NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services, which is powered by XigniteOnDemand, allows clients the flexibility to access only the content that they need for a wide range of purposes from developing trading solutions for financial web portals to enabling Internet-powered devices. The user interface offers data services from across NYSE Technologies’ full portfolio of market data assets. The second phase scheduled for the third quarter of 2012 will offer NYSE Bonds data, NYSE Liffe Level 1 and Level 2 data, and NYSE and NYSE MKT Order Imbalances.

“Our goal is to connect data consumers directly to our content in multiple ways- via collocation at our Liquidity Centers, direct connection to our SFTI network and now via the web,” said Jennifer Nayar, Head of Global Data Products, NYSE Technologies. “We are pleased to partner with Xignite to address the demand for internet-based delivery of market data and as a result, further extend our client-base to non-latency sensitive and remote clients.”

Using a standard Internet connection, users can access NYSE Euronext market data and customize it according to their specific trading needs. Customers anywhere around the world, including those in remote locations, are able to access the data they need and develop to it with ease for fast time-to-market.

“The delivery of market data content via websites and mobile devices continues to build momentum and we are excited to leverage these applications to help increase access to NYSE Euronext data,” said Stephane Dubois, Xignite’s CEO and founder. “Both NYSE Technologies and Xignite have demonstrated a strong commitment to the electronic delivery of market data and the ability to serve today’s growing, diverse array of applications, especially the mobile market.”

The initiative with Xignite complements NYSE Technologies’ enterprise cloud strategy. NYSE Technologies Capital Markets Community Platform enables a range of industry firms and registered market participants to purchase computing power as needed, freeing them to focus on core business strategy rather than complicated IT infrastructure. NYSE Technologies Market Data Web Services provides clients with another market data delivery option for NYSE Euronext content, supporting current access methods offered by NYSE Technologies where direct connect clients and SuperFeed clients have the choice of collocating in NYSE Technologies’ Liquidity Center or connecting to its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure® (SFTI) network.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 06.06.2012

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China Financial Futures Exchange & NYSE Euronext sign MOU

Exchanges enter agreement to develop futures and options markets in Europe, US and China

Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York - NYSE Euronext (NYX) and the China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote a bilateral partnership to support the development of the exchanges futures and options markets.

The agreement was designed to explore opportunities for extending the reach of both exchanges. The MOU will enable the two exchanges to explore opportunities for information sharing; exchanging and training employees; as well as business cooperation such as joint research into developing strategies for the derivatives market.

“Asia is a strategic priority for NYSE Euronext and we are delighted to partner with Mr. Yuchen and his colleagues at the China Financial Futures Exchange,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer, NYSE Euronext. “This agreement deepens our long term commitment to the region, and by sharing best practices and working collaboratively, CFFEX and NYSE Euronext will further promote the development and advancement of both the Asian and global financial markets.”

Garry Jones, Group Executive Vice President and Head of Global Derivatives, NYSE Euronext, said: “We have customers who trade our derivatives contracts all over Asia and this MOU with the China Financial Futures Exchange – along with our physical presence in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo – further illustrates our commitment to Asian markets. We look forward to unlocking efficiencies and trading opportunities in both markets by working closely and sharing expertise with the CFFEX.”

“This collaboration will further develop both exchanges derivatives markets and facilitate the experiences of our customers and NYSE Euronext’s,” said Zhu Yuchen, Chief Executive Officer , Chinese Financial Futures Exchange.

Source: Automated Trader, 16.05.2012

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Nyse Euronext to buy Fixnetix stake

Nyse Euronext has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in UK trading technology outfit Fixnetix. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

More than 90% of Fixnetix’s shareholders have already accepted the offer from Nyse Euronext, which also has the option to buy the rest of the business at any time in the next three years.

London-based Fixnetix provides low latency data provision, co-location, trading services and risk controls for more than 50 markets worldwide. This complements the Nyse Technologies unit, providing “a unique combined offering of core managed services delivered to markets and market participants around the world,” says a statement.

Nyse also hopes to use the deal to plug in more trading clients to its network of Global Liquidity Centres, which are based in the US, Europe, Tokyo and Toronto.

Fixnetix will continue to operate as an independent company but work “where appropriate” with Nyse technologies to offer customers integrated services. Meanwhile, both parties will seek to benefit from streamlining the process for designing and installing elements of complex global trading infrastructures.

Stanley Young, CEO, Nyse Technologies, says: “This strategic shareholder interest in Fixnetix aligns with our mission to build a global capital markets community supported by world-class technology, broad connectivity and diverse customer participation that yields greater liquidity and market innovation. With our collective experience in delivering customer-driven technology solutions that facilitate global multi-asset trading, we will create an even more compelling value proposition for market participants trading anywhere in the world.”

Nyse Euronext has quickly turned its focus to technology revenues in the wake of the failed Deutsche Börse merger. After posting record fourth quarter revenues for the Information Services and Technology Solutions segment of $127 million, the company recently revealed plans to double annual tech revenues to $1 billion by 2015.

Michael Geltzeiler, Group Executive Vice President and CFO of NYSE Euronext added, “Today’s announcement further demonstrates NYSE Euronext’s commitment to using our strong capital position to create immediate strategic value that delivers greater opportunities for the company, our diverse global customers and the broader marketplace. Acquiring this strategic interest in Fixnetix allows us to better leverage our combined technology presence to reach more customers in more locations.”

“We at Fixnetix are thrilled with the investment from NYSE Euronext as this will enable us to expand our U.S. coverage and expand into Asia,” said Hugh Hughes, Chief Executive of Fixnetix. “Fixnetix and NYSE Technologies share common philosophies of working with our customer base to increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

Deutsche Börse has taken a similar road, setting out plans this week to create a new business unit that will be responsible for all data and information technology activities as it seeks to win customers and boost revenues.

Source: FinExtra, Mondovision 17.02.2012

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NYSE to sign contract to manage 3 Security Indices of China Security Indicies CSI

NYSE Euronext (NYX) today announced that it has agreed with China Securities Index Co., (CSI) to manage the calculation of three of CSI’s indices: Overseas China Internet Index, Overseas China Consumer Discretionary Index and Overseas China Consumer Staples Index. Leveraging NYSE Euronext’s operational and listed products expertise, this new initiative represents a significant milestone for the global index services of NYSE Euronext to further expand its index offerings in the Asian region meeting the growing demand to track the performance in Chinese companies.

CSI, the first Chinese index customer, will use the global index services of NYSE Euronext for the maintenance, calculation and distribution of its index values and data for the Overseas China Internet Index, Overseas China Consumer Discretionary Index and Overseas China Consumer Staples Index. Through these three indices market participants can track a portfolio of stocks covering varying sectors of the Chinese economy using the real-time calculation and dissemination services provided by NYSE Euronext. Furthermore, Exchange Traded Products that track these indices are anticipated to list and trade on NYSE Arca, NYSE Euronext’s all-electronic US trading platform.

Having CSI, one of China’s leading index providers, select NYSE Euronext’s Global Index Group as their index provider of choice is a testament to the growing momentum of our value in the indexing space,” said, George Patterson, Managing Director, Global Index Group. “This new relationship further underscores NYSE Euronext’s commitment to expand our index services to Asian markets and other key regions around the globe.”

For the methodologies for calculation of the Overseas China Internet Index, Overseas China Consumer Discretionary Index and Overseas China Consumer Staples Index, as well as more information on the indices, please visit the CSI website: http://www.csindex.com.cn/sseportal_en/csiportal/zs/indexreport.do?type=1

Source:MondoVision, 08.02.2012

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NYSE Technologies extends CameronTec FIX enginee relationship in Asia Infrastructure

 CameronTec, the global financial industry’s long-standing provider of FIX infrastructure and connectivity solutions and wholly owned subsidiary of Orc Group (SSE: ORC), today announced an agreement with NYSE Technologies to continue providing the CameronFIX and Catalys technologies for its Asian operations.  Signed in August, the agreement also covers reseller rights for CameronTec products in Japan and is based on CameronTec’s licensing subscription model.

NYSE Technologies recently acquired Metabit, the Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products that includes a trading community of more than 140 trading firms throughout Japan and Asia.  Continuing the existing relationship between Metabit and CameronTec, CameronFIX has powered many of Metabit’s valued market assets and solutions since 2002.

“Japan and Asia are key priorities for NYSE Technologies and our global customers.  Our products are built in Asia for the local market and CameronFIX has been an important part of that strategic offering since 2002,” said Daniel Bürgin, Head of Asia Pacific, NYSE Technologies. “As a new product line within NYSE Technologies, Metabit will continue to work with CameronTec to provide high performance connectivity to Japan’s exchanges while offering local market participants access to and support for Cameron’s suite of solutions.”

“We are especially pleased to be working alongside NYSE Technologies to continue to deliver FIX technology as part of the Metabit product suite and have them support our products throughout such a critical market as Japan,” says Anders Henriksson, CEO, CameronTec. “CameronTec is continuously working to improve the standard in FIX infrastructure and to provide our markets with cutting edge innovation for which we are renowned. These developments are a further demonstration that CameronTec continues to lead the industry in FIX innovation.”

At the core of CameronTec technology is a unique understanding of the FIX world that comes from a concentration of the world’s largest FIX deployments. With a host of industry-firsts, Catalys and CameronFIX technology provide unprecedented levels of flexibility and innovation that firms need to sustainably differentiate in today’s markets.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 07.12.2011

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Finamex launches Algorithms with US Equities in the Mexican market

Finamex, a full-service independent broker dealer from Mexico City, and leading provider of innovative trading solutions, has released four opportunistic market trending algorithms for use by Direct Market Access (DMA) clients. The main idea is to allow clients to effectively gain arbitrage profits while mitigating collocation and/or their own strategy development costs.

Finamex’s latest release of arbitrage algorithms have been designed to build opportunities on fungible domestic equities displayed in the Mexican exchange marketplace. Execution calculations work through pre-programmed algorithms built on leveraging theoretical quote pricing as the primary driver of behavior, speed and momentum.

There are a variety of features to how the Finamex arbitrage algorithms provide opportunities with US equities in the Mexican market:

1. Hunter – is an algo which seeks to take advantage of sudden inefficiencies between the equities of foreign listed symbols in Mexico versus their originating market (such as the QQQ or AAPL on the Nasdaq or NYSE markets). The Hunter algorithm computes required data-sets and adjusts itself independently within defined price spreads on the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores: BMV).

2. Ghost – has a characteristic of lying dormant until a desired buy/sell signal appears with a non-previously indicated ask/bid price then it executes contrarily. Similarly with the Finamex “Hunter” algo, Ghost receives the side, quantity and spread parameters of opposing bids/offers satisfying spread parameters of its local market yet quickly hitting IOC type status. This feature helps in the recognition of desired price opportunities without revealing trade strategy intentions by its clients.

3. Scaled – uses a two-spread metric like the Hunter algo, with a signal that triggers in a suddenly inefficient environment. The Scaled algo strategy is seen on a big spread definition, called a “base.” Scaled reacts instantaneously when a lower spread, called the “target”, is satisfied on the other side. Unlike the Finamex “Ghost” algo, the Scaled algo’s intentions are exposed but move immediately when the target spread is satisfied. The Scaled strategy allows other market participants to preview this algo’s activity, causing them to sometimes take a glance on the board, which in turn drive executions over the spreads.

4. Market-maker – a next generation algo intended to provide liquidity and act as a market maker within the local Mexican marketplace. Market-maker absorbs the last trade, adds an indicated spread and automatically places or replaces the order with an indicated quantity. In combination with pegging and short-sell models, the Marketmaker algo is highly beneficial for market making strategies and for acting on market divergences.

“We’re putting in place all of these free strategies for clients who want to access the Mexican stock market with an almost-zero setup price. Our goal is to take Mexico to a higher level in the emerging markets priority list of global investors,” states Hector Casavantes, head of Electronic Trading at Finamex. “We wanted to offer automated algo strategies in order to let investors know how active and easy this market can be to trade. All algorithms were architected with profitability in mind. They’re highly customizable, completely auditable and comprehensive, fully meeting our clients’ demands”.

“With the addition of these tools, we’ve further enhanced our suite of algorithmic-trading products beyond our well-known execution algos in VWAPs, TWAPs, Implementation Shortfall and POV, “Roberto Larenas, Head of Equity Markets at Finamex added. “While we are aware that these algos are more opportunistic, we are still keeping our business model as pure-agency. Buy-side firms are increasingly requesting new tools, new ideas, and new ways to exploit opportunities in emerging markets. Finamex is fully committed in addressing these demands with our best-of-the breed solutions

Source: A-Team, 14.11.2011

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NYSE Technologies Open Sources MAMA API to create vendor neutral OpenMAMA platform

Broadens Access and Increases Flexibility for All Users and Vendors  through New Standard for Global Capital Markets, Hosted at Linux Foundation

NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology unit of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today announced that it has open sourced its Middleware Agnostic Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAMASM), now called OpenMAMA. As a vendor neutral platform driven by the financial services technology community, OpenMAMA enables companies to protect their technology investments and help remove the friction in implementing new trading technology solutions across their technology operations utilizing a simple, consistent API.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, OpenMAMA is supported by a steering committee of some of the most recognized names in financial services, including J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, EMC, Exegy and Fixnetix, among others. This newly open-sourced code establishes a new industry standard delivering greater flexibility and reduced development times with an underlying goal of lowering costs and building broader support for a range of interconnected programs. OpenMAMA offers a robust set of features with unmatched reliability and performance that ensure a uniform, future-proof middleware messaging solution for financial services firms. It is available through the Linux Foundation project today and the steering committee will announce new members and participants to the OpenMAMA initiative in the coming months.

“NYSE Technologies’ vision has always been to create a new breed of capital markets community that benefits from our extensive global network and utilizes the best, most innovative technologies from a range of service providers, not just ourselves,” said Stanley Young, CEO, NYSE Technologies. “Launching OpenMAMA through the Linux Foundation is another step toward achieving that goal. Through the industry steering committee, we are positioning ourselves alongside our peers and customers to become expert consultants for open sourced capital markets technology. We have created a vibrant customer community of over 150 market participants using MAMATM, and now with OpenMAMA, customers and firms everywhere will benefit from third-party contributors creating an even richer and more compelling API.”

Additionally, NYSE Technologies has worked with a diverse range of vendors and financial institutions at the forefront of technological innovation to create a steering group comprised of industry leaders building and utilizing financial technology applications. Collectively, the committee will determine OpenMAMA’s development roadmap, funding, strategy and product direction. As the OpenMAMA community grows, the steering committee composition could change to incorporate new members that join through the Linux Foundation.

Scott Parsons, CTO, Exegy added, “OpenMAMA is a very exciting chance for the industry to collaborate and architect the functionality and direction of a key piece of infrastructure. Using the MAMA API, we can now design a platform that strikes a unique balance of performance, interoperability and future proofing that has never been done before.”

“Fixnetix is pleased to join leading members of the global banking, hedge fund and proprietary trading community for the Linux Foundation steering committee on OpenMAMA,” says Anthony Kingsnorth, Director of Operations, Fixnetix. “We believe industry collaboration will only yield the best results and outcome for our universal trading, market data and risk control customer base.”

NYSE Technologies decision to open the MAMA platform creates an easily accessible architecture and proves its commitment to true strategic partnership with its customers. The benefits of the OpenMAMA platform are further strengthened by NYSE Technologies’ innovative plan to publish an industry-wide standardized data model. Furthermore, the OpenMAMA project will release the Middleware Agnostic Market Data API (MAMDA Aerly next year. MAMDA will provide users with the ability to publish and consume market data from multiple sources and vendors in a standardized format onto the open platform to help market participants better leverage technology assets and innovate more rapidly.

As market activity evolves and customer needs change, OpenMAMA will continue to be an open, flexible and efficient means of developing and deploying new, event-driven applications. The first release of OpenMAMA is available now with substantial updates expected through March 2012.

Source: Bobsguide, 31.10.2011

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NYSE Euronext Completes Acquisition of Metabit

NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced September 2 the completion of its acquisition of Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products with a trading community of more than 140 trading firms throughout Japan and Asia. As announced previously on Aug. 1, 2011, Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio (further enhancing service to the Asia-Pacific region). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Daniel Bürgin, formerly CEO of Metabit, will head the NYSE Technologies Asia business and report to Stanley Young, Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Technologies. Peter Tierney, Managing Director of NYSE Technologies will become the Chief Operating Officer of the combined business in Asia, and he, with Mr. Bürgin, will lead the Asian business operations.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 01.09.2011

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