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Sao Paulo based BLK Sistemas Financeiros Accelerates Trading with Perseus LiquidPath®

-          Perseus Telecom Brazil Connects BLK Sistemas Financeiros to Brazil Exchange in less than 50 microseconds

-          BLK Sistemas Financeiros Enhances Liquidity options with Perseus Ultra-Low Latency DMA Connectivity

SAO PAULO– 15 July 2013 – Perseus Telecom, a leading provider of ultra-low latency, high capacity global networks, today announced BLK Sistemas Financeiros has connected to the BM&F Bovespa through the Perseus Telecom LiquidPath connection of sub 50 microseconds. LiquidPath launched late in 2012 by Perseus, connects the ALOG/Equinix (SP1) datacenter with the BM&F Bovespa data center (CT1) in less than 50 microseconds Round Trip Delay (RTD).

Perseus Telecom winners of the Global Telecoms Business Innovation award in 2012 for building the fastest connection between the Nasdaq OMX datacenter in New York and the BM&F Bovespa data center in Sao Paulo, has since launched its LiquidPath product, which furthers the commitment to market-to-market trading. LiquidPath assists brokers, vendors and their customers, with international communications, infrastructure support and ultra low-latency last mile connectivity to exchanges.

Rogério Paiva Managing Director at BLK Sistemas Financeiros said, “We carefully selected Perseus Telecom, who is well known in Brazil for its exchange connectivity platform, LiquidPath, which has helped ensure the best performance locally for our customers.”

BLK Sistemas Financeiros specializes in electronic & algorithmic trading with new infrastructure developed in Brazil called ‘Proximity Colocation’ for high speed electronic trading operations. BLK customers utilize sophisticated ultra low-latency straight through processing environment, based on the latest technological advancements available.

“BLK Sistemas Financeiros is a great new addition to the Perseus Telecom community connecting to our global network from Brazil, said Marcos Guimaraes, President of Perseus Telecom Brazil, “BLK can now help its customers take advantage our LiquidPath infrastructure to provide access to the BM&F Bovespa for its trading customers, but also to other exchanges in the 60 global markets Perseus serves.”

Source, Perseus, 15.07.2013

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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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EUREX Group and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Technology Alliance

Eurex Group and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) announced today that they have agreed to deepen their strategic partnership through a long-term technology alliance under which BSE will join the Eurex technology roadmap and deploy Deutsche Börse Group’s trading architecture in a first step. BSE aims to replace its derivatives market platform in the course of 2013 and plans to subsequently replace also its cash market platform. This agreement is an important step in further developing the strategic partnership between Eurex and BSE.

The new partnership in the technology sphere will allow BSE to quickly achieve the highest global standards for speed, reliability and order-handling capacity. It will bring to BSE state-of-the art levels of capacity and latency, already in place at the International Securities Exchange (ISE) since summer 2011 and in roll-out at Eurex Exchange. By aligning BSE, Eurex Exchange and ISE markets on a common trading infrastructure, IT costs for shared customers will be significantly reduced. This will also reduce technology development and installation efforts for Eurex and ISE members who wish to connect to BSE and vice versa as well as strengthen the case for cross-listing.

“We expect our technology alliance with Eurex will help BSE to compete more effectively in India, to help us attract more international participants into our marketplace and improve our market share in derivatives and equity trading,” said Ashish Chauhan, MD and CEO of BSE. “It will quickly put BSE into the Premier League of exchanges in terms of the performance of our matching engine and overall technology infrastructure.”

“This technology alliance strengthens our long-term partnership with BSE, and is another milestone in our Asian strategic roadmap, in which India obviously plays an important role. This technology alliance also contributes to growing our global liquidity network, based on common market infrastructure, for the benefit of both our partners and our members,” said Andreas Preuss, CEO of Eurex and Deputy CEO of Deutsche Börse AG.

Source: MondoVision, 12.03.2013

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Nyse Technologies, Bolsa Mexicana and ATG build Mexican trading infrastructure

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology division of Nyse Euronext (NYX: NYX) today announced that in collaboration with Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) and Americas Trading Group (ATG) it has built and deployed a state-of-the-art trading infrastructure complete with global connectivity, risk management functionality and direct market data distribution for customers trading in Mexican markets.

Designed to support the launch of Bolsa Mexicana’s new matching engine and midpoint hidden order book, this solution incorporates advanced technology developed specifically for every part of the trade cycle to provide unprecedented accessibility, performance and risk management for trading on Bolsa Mexicana’s exchanges with the aim of establishing Mexico as a premier Latin American investment destination.

Initially, this collaboration will provide:
• A new co-location model for access to cash and derivatives markets (through ATG directly at the KIO Data Center)
• Global connectivity for buy side, sell side and vendors from the US, Europe, Asia and also other Latin American markets such as Brazil and Chile.
• Sophisticated risk management functionality for international order routing (solution implemented by NYSE Technologies)
• Low touch order stamping by Bolsa Mexicana’s members to settle orders
• Global Market Data distribution via NYSE Technologies Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) with direct contracting with BMV

“We are excited to again work with one of Latin America’s leading market operators in Bolsa Mexicana and market participants in ATG to deliver dramatic improvements across critical elements of the trade cycle,” said Dominique Cerruti, NYSE Technologies. “By continuing to improve access to key Latin American exchanges and customers, we continue to realize our vision of creating a global capital markets community with cutting-edge connectivity, performance and risk management.”

“Today’s announcement with NYSE Technologies and ATG demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow and enhance our markets in Mexico to deliver highly flexible multi-market, multi-asset trading,” said Jorge Alegria, Head of Market Operations, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. “We look forward to extending our relationship and cooperation with NYSE Technologies in several important areas that will f further expand that growth and performance in the near future.”

Source: FinExtra, 18.10.2012

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Colombia:Interbolsa joins Raptor network

Raptor Trading Systems Inc, an industry leading provider of advanced trading platforms and services for global financial institutions, has announced that Interbolsa S.A. SCB. is now a client of Raptor’s trading services group as well as a member of Raptor’s advanced network.

As the leading brokerage in Colombia, the addition of Interbolsa provides another strategic addition to Raptor’s extensive Latin American Network. Raptor provides a low latency, flexible network with DMA access to key exchanges and brokers across the region, including Bolsa de Santiago (BCS) and BMF Bovespa.

Andres Uribe Director Of Electronic Trading Interbolsa S.A. SCB., said: “This is an excellent opportunity for a leading brokers such as Interbolsa to have access to a global network which is supported by a flexible and advanced service such as Raptor. Interbolsa S.A. SCB. can now extend its reach globally through its partnership with Raptor and has immediate access to a broad network of institutions which can be leveraged for mutual benefit.”

Raptor has built an extensive network in the Latin American Region and actively works with clients to effectively leverage their global relationship and technology for maximum benefit. Teddy Lardos, CEO of Raptor Trading Systems, said: “Working with leading brokers and exchanges in the region provides an excellent opportunity for firms to access global liquidity in an efficient and cost effective manner. Given our strong presence in North America and the growing overlaps in listings between Colombia and North America, we are quite excited to work with Interbolsa and to provide a truly advanced service through are partners in the region.”

Raptor’s extensive Latin American network effectively complements its global network and trading offerings. The Raptor network provides global access to and from the Latin American region and enables clients to leverage Raptor’s advanced trading platforms and services. As one of the largest connectivity providers globally Raptor on average oversees 2.2 billion shares routed through its network each day. Raptor’s offering is differentiated by the flexibility provided by its platforms and an unmatched focus on client service.

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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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BM&FBOVESPA Market Data Feeds and Order Routing – News Letter 14

Changes to PUMA UMDF Market Data Feed in Certification Environment
Since September 11, 2012, a new distribution of the PUMA UMDF instrument groups has been available in the certification environment. The change was necessary to adapt this environment to the start of trading in the S&P 500 futures contract. On October 1, 2012, distribution of SELIC instruments in the certification environment is scheduled to start via existing channels 3 and 4.
New Version of MegaDirect Order Entry Interface Available in Certification Environment
Version 4 of the MegaDirect order entry interface for the BOVESPA segment is available in the certification environment. Participants who use versions 2 and 3 must have them updated, in order to maintain compatibility with the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System matching engine. MegaDirect users must perform the tests mentioned in External Communication 023/2012-DI by no later than September 28, 2012.
EntryPoint Order Entry Interface Available in Production Environment
The EntryPoint trading interface for the BOVESPA segment is now available in the production environment. Although it does not entail significant performance benefits (lower latency) at this time, it mitigates the risk of impacts during BOVESPA segment migration to the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System.

Customers who will use this new interface must observe the requirement for uniqueness in the ClOrdID (11) tag in the order entry, change and cancellation messages, to prevent any crossed references between orders of the same customer and instrument from generating inconsistencies in the participant’s management. The customer is responsible for correctly filling out the tag, as announced in External Communication 021/2012-DI.

Alterations to ProxyDiff Market Data Feed in Certification Environment
The ProxyDiff market data feed is now available in the certification environment in accordance with the alterations described in External Communication 024/2012-DI. This market data feed includes a large number of test cases (e.g. clash of messages with the same Order ID, and numeric and alphanumeric groups of quotations) that will be implemented in the production environment during and after migration to the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System in the BOVESPA segment. All customers who use the ProxyDiff market data feed must perform the tests by September 28, 2012.

See full IT News letter Nr.14

Source: BM&FBOVESPA, IT News Letter Nr. 14, 17.09.2012

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Brazil: Perseus Telecom acquires ETradeLab Brazilen Trading Tech Co

Perseus Telecom, a global connectivity provider, today announces the acquisition of ETradeLab, a Sao Paulo-based financial technology provider of hosting, managed connectivity, order routing and trade monitoring support. The purchase comes at a time of global demand for efficient trading systems with low-latency connectivity and local support models suited for banks, hedge funds and proprietary firms.

The joint company expects to add significant value to its services by tightly integrating them. Combining ETradeLab’s hosting solutions with Perseus’ ultra-low latency networks will provide cost effective, efficient and valuable network solutions for its customers. Anticipating and responding to innovative demands while having pricing sensitivities further led to this agreement.

“Our purchase of ETradeLab shines light on the accelerating market growth in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Panama and Colombia where capital markets require ultra-fast, reliable connections to mitigate risk and to provide worldwide reach,” states Dr. Jock Percy, Chief Executive of Perseus Telecom. “Incorporating ETradeLab into our brand was an easy decision given its expertise in the market and trade monitoring services.”

Effective immediately, Marcos Guimarães, founder of ETradeLab, is President of Perseus Telecom, Brazil. “It is a thrill to be part of Perseus Telecom’s top-tier management team. Perseus brings innovation and high performance networks at fair prices due to its strong portfolio that allow customers to increase revenues while reducing operating costs,” states Guimarães. “The LATAM region’s continuing market growth requires such building blocks for optimum time-to-market and even faster development; Perseus has the DNA to deliver them allied to ETradeLab’s local market knowledge. I’m ready for the challenge and can’t wait to start working with our customers.”

The expansion of Perseus’ Brazilian presence follows its recent Global Telecoms Business award for “Best Innovation,” related directly to building the fastest connectivity from London to BM&F BOVESPA, Brazil. Prior to the award, Perseus announced the fastest route to BM&F BOVESPA with its strategic partner GlobeNet.

“Our recent announcements and awards with regards to Brazil and South America have indicated the firm is taking a permanent and local stake in the region and we have done this with the valuable acquisition of ETradeLab,” says Percy. “We welcome Marcos Guimarães as President of Perseus do Brazil and will continue our path of commitment to providing the lowest latency networks globally whilst delivering intelligent and cost efficiencies.”

Source: LowLatency.c0m, 12.09.2012

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Finamex: It’s a Fine Time to Cross the Border – Mexico the Emerged Market of Growth

In January of this year the theme of emerging markets became more of a primary investment rather than that of an alternative one. Many people ventured toward countries that have had rocket high growth over the last few years such as the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China which received the preponderance of excitement in the emerging market approach.

Read full article Mexico the Growth Market

Today, the BRIC countries have been challenged to maintain upward momentum. The simmering down of the American market crisis and the expanding concerns for the Eurozone present a dilemma and are showing the effects. The Institute of International Finance (IIF), a global association of financial institutions, says that “net private capital flows to emerging market economies remain quite volatile and subject to disturbance from the euro area”. According to the research, data capital flows fell in 2011 to $1.03 trillion from $1.09 trillion in 2010 and are expected to fall again this year to $912 billion before rising to $994 billion in 2013.

The woes of the Eurozone monetary crisis have influenced investors to move money out of country and to seek safe haven in securities markets elsewhere. Brazil, Indonesia, China as well as others are no longer experiencing upward momentum and are now even in decline or negative.

However year after year, analysts continue to see strong signs of growth and long term prosperity in Mexico as many of the emerging markets troubles are not being seen in Mexico, in fact quite the opposite.

Brazil with its lucrative energy industry capitalized by the largest South American exchange, has attracted many investors to seek opportunities in Latin America. Brazil has enjoyed the influx of foreign investments and has gone further to encourage more interest from the North by recently lowering some of its staggeringly high tax penalties on returns and additionally allowing the shares of foreign instruments to take more of a part in portfolios of its domestic shareholders. “Investors are more cautious with Brazil,” Gustavo Mendonca, an economist with Oren Investimentos in Sao Paulo said this week. “The country has slowed very sharply and the prospects for long-term growth have gone downhill.”

Policy adjustments invite and attract investments, but many of these actions are late and under pressure by issues developing in other countries such as Spain. On the other hand, the opportunities for a rudimental Northern investor looking South of the Border to Mexico remain solid.

A key factor with Mexico is that it has  some of the most definitive metrics that provide the level of transparency needed in a volatile global market.  Unlike Brazil, Russia, India or China, Mexico is directly tied to American monetary policy with a correlation that does not exist in other Emerging Market countries and not surprisingly is also growing alongside the American economy.

Is Mexico beyond ridicule and examination? Of course not, but to begin to understand the benefits of investing in Mexico for the short and the long term we should begin with how Mexico plays a key role as a member of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). The implementation of NAFTA along with close inter-country relationships, ties Mexico’s trade and currency valuation to that of the US and Canada.

 For example, in 2010 many believed the US would remain flat for the next two years, but we now see this was not the case. As a result of American performance, Mexico’s markets have also increased working in parallel a framework portfolio managers find affirmative Mexico has also maintained a weak peso over the last ten years. The Mexican peso has been priced at a competitive advantage with China.

 Currency rates have helped Mexico realize an economic boom that continues to rise since the 90’s. The move to NAFTA in 1994 could be the key contributing factor for Mexico’s 600 percent increase in sales to the US. With inflation no longer under control in countries like China and  Brazil, analysts are discovering that Mexico’s policies have proven successful in weathering many global financial catastrophes.

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As opportunities within the developed markets diminish, the Mexican marketplace is standing strong. As a top emerging market for the global investing community, particularly in Latin America, Mexico represents a substantial alternative to Brazil, home of the leading Latin American stock market. Mexico, although not a BRIC country, certainly has more promising economic stability and growth potential than some of the most mature economies. With a clear goal in sight, the local markets in Mexico continue to take measures that enhance liquidity in equities and derivatives trading which provide surety to its financial institutions and reach more investors abroad.

Source: FINAMEX /Dan Watkins, 01.08.2012  dwatkins@cc-speed.com

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Brazil:CMA – The Latin American Market Data and Trading Company offers Direct BM&F BOVESPA Connectivity

July 30, 2012– New York, NY (USA) and São Paulo(Brazil) – Latin American trading services provider CMA Inc. http://www.cma.net, has announced a new delivery method for direct BM&F and BOVESPA market data and trading connectivity for International firms.

CMA has been providing BM&F and BOVESPA market data for over thirty five years to the trading community of Brazil. It now has leading exchange trading software services in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Chile with 20,000 subscribers worldwide. Today, CMA’s platforms such as CMA Series 4 have been rolled out on an impressive network called “CMA Redes Digitais.” The Redes Digitais  infrastructure is installed and directly connected within the exchange’s datacenter for the lowest possible latency.

Today’s announcement by CMA represents the launch and deployment of a directly connected infrastructure at the BM&F BOVESPA in São Paulo, Brazil with the CMA datacenter in New York. Companies can now co-locate their routers and servers with CMA at the BM&F BOVESPA datacenter or chose to receive the raw market data over CMA’s multi-gig private lines which terminate at CMA’s datacenter in New York City. The offering was developed to help firms trading with counter parties in São Paulo or for going directly to the exchange’s trading systems in a Direct Market Access (DMA) fashion.

 Many firms need to bring market data back to the USA and in return send trades messages to the exchange in Brazil. In both cases planning, paperwork and relationships are needed in order to complete the set-up. CMA is a certified exchange vendor able to help participants with the required documentation needed by the exchange to receive market data and to send trade messages. CMA also provides the relationships and connectivity to Brazilian brokers who can handle orders for foreign firms.

 “CMA’s market visibility as a prime vendor of the exchange and to 90% of the exchange’s broker dealers allows for our customers to be installed, up and running and trading as fast as possible,” Mario Chuman, General Manager of CMA commented. “International firms rely on us to help them with both exchange and broker connectivity, enabling market data and trading right from our switches in São Paulo which are now directly connected to our New York datacenter.“

 CMA is utilizing the fastest Trans Atlantic cable systems available, giving connectivity managers the security they require for proper networking, the lowest possible latency for competitiveness, multi-market/asset availability and an array of choices in being able to do so. Connectivity managers can now expand their market reach with CMA as they look to join both the BM&F BOVESPA Equities and Futures markets at roughly 50% lower IT and communications costs than other offerings which generally only provide one feed stream and one market at a time. CMA’s solution is the most cost effective, fastest and easiest way to implement an electronic trading solution for Brazilian securities.

Source, CMA, 30.07.2012

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Brazilian Markets Still Driving Low-Latency Connectivity

The Brazilian financial markets – with the Sao Paulo-based BM&F BOVESPA securities market in particular – continue to drive activity among connectivity and infrastructure providers looking to support trading firms looking to take advantage of trading opportunities in a hot market.

Most recently, GlobeNet – which operates a submarine cable from Nasdaq’s Carteret, NJ data centre to BM&F BOVESPA with 106 milliseconds of round-trip latency – reported that is has built out its own network infrastructure within Sao Paulo, connecting in to Florencio de Abreu, 195, a connection point for the exchange.  Previously, it relied on third party telecom providers for the leg within the city.  The new link gives it more control and faster implementation of customer connections.

Meanwhile, Sidera Networks is looking to the future by purchasing bandwidth on Seabras-1, a new 32 Tb/second submarine cable, being built by Seaborn Networks, linking Miami, FL to Sao Paulo.  The network – which Seaborn execs say will be the fastest route, but they are not saying yet by how much – is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Seaborn execs also say connectivity from Miami to the New York City metro area will also be announced in due course.

Also, back in April, Thomson Reuters opened an Elektron Hosting and Managed Services centre in Sao Paulo, to provide low-latency access to BM&F BOVESPA.

Source: Low-Latency, 12.06.2012 Peter Harris

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Coming to Grips With Big Data Challenges by Dan Watkins

The rate of data growth in financial markets has scaled beyond the means of manageability.

Debates have gone so far as to dismiss Big Data as being tamable and controlable in the near term with the current computing architecture commonly adopted as an acceptable solution. I agree but argue that conventional data transport – not management – is the real challenge of handling and utilizing Big Data effectively.

From exchange to trading machine, the amount of new ticks and market data depth are delivered only as fast as the delivery speed can endure. Common market data feeds that are used in conventional exchange trading are but a fraction of the market information actually available.

Perhaps due to high costs of $100,000 per terabyte, many market participants deem the use of more data as a bit too aggressive. Or they believe that high performance computing (HPC) is the next generation technology solution for any Big Data issue. Firms, therefore, are sluggishly advancing their information technology in a slow cadence in tune with the old adage: “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Over the last decade, Wall Street business heads have agreed with engineers that the immense perplexity of Big Data is best categorized by Doug Laney’s 2001 META Group report’s Three B’s: Big Volume, Big Velocity and Big Variety.

When looking at “Big Volume” 10 years ago, the markets had just defragmented under Regulation ATS. A flurry of new market centers arose in U.S. equities as did dark liquidity pools. This gave rise to a global “electronic trading reformation.” Straight-through processing (STP) advocates and evangelized platforms such as BRASS, REDIPlus and Bloomberg Order Management Systems (OMS) resulted in voluminous and fragmented market data streaming to 5,000 NASD/FINRA trading firms and 700,000 professional traders.

Today, the U.S. has 30+ Securities and Exchange Commission-recognized self-regulatory organizations (SROs), commonly known as exchanges and ECNs. For the first time since 2002, full market depth feeds from NASDAQ allow firms to collect, cache, react, store and retrieve feeds on six hours of trading for nearly 300 days a year more transparently than ever. Big Data volume has grown 1,000 percent and has reached three terabytes of market data depth per day.

Billions of dollars are being spent on increasing “Big Velocity.” The pipes that wire exchanges through the STP chain to the trader have become 100 times faster and larger but still not fast enough to funnel the bulk of information laying idle back in the database. Through “proximity hosting,” the telco is eliminated and latency is lowered. This structure results in adjustments made for larger packets but not really for more information as Big Data remains the big, quiet elephant in the corner.

Five years after Reg ATS, markets are bursting at the seams with electronic trading that produces explosive market data that breaks new peak levels seemingly every day. The SEC’s Regulation National Market System (Reg NMS), struck in 2007, requires exchanges and firms to calculate the best price for execution to be compliant. Firms are also now mandated to sweep all exchanges’ market order books and process all of that data for a smart execution.

After the execution, traders have to track the “order trail” from price to execution for every trade and store all of that information for seven years in the event of an audit recall of a transaction.

Under Reg NMS, subscribing to the full depth of all 30+ markets in “real time” would mean a firm would have to have a 1x terabyte pipe for low latency. Since a T-pipe is not realistic, data moves at 1x gigabits, which is relatively slow with the data in queue at 50-100 terabytes deep. Multi-gbs pipes, as fast as they seem, are still similar to driving five miles an hour on a 55 mph highway.

Analysts typically call data from a database with R (Revolution Analytics) and “SAS” Connectors. The process includes bringing data to an analytical environment in which the user runs models and computations on the subsets of a larger store before moving on to the next data crunch job. The R and SAS Connectors between the file servers and the database are at 10/100BASE-T, making the movement of 50 terabyte environment like driving one mile per hour in a 55 mph zone.

We all hear the polemics regarding data formats and the jigsaw puzzle of unstructured data and the fact that “Big Variety” is the obstacle. Even after standardization of SQL-based queries where analysts can ask any “ad hoc” question, too many sources and too many pipes from analytic servers cause traffic jams. SQL databases are ideal for unstructured queries but are slow in unstructured data compiling. Aggregating market information is where much of market’s processing technologies are being evaluated today to meet the requirements of regulations, sweeping for best execution and for risk management.

Comparing where current prices of stocks are against bids and asks to trade across multiple exchanges, markets, sources, asset classes and clients is essentially the Big Data task of risk management. In addition to managing data changes, firms are also tasked with managing their trading accounts, client portfolios and trading limits such as with the implementation of Credit Valuation Adjustments (CVAs) for counterparty risk.

So why are we still piping data around the enterprise when we just need more compute and memory power? Hardware-accelerated core processing in databases such as XtremeData’s dbX and IBM’s Netezza are powered by FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). Processing of massive amounts of data with FPGAs can now occur at “wireless” speed. Along with high performance computing, high-speed messaging technology provided by companies like TIBCO, Solace Systems and Informatica have redefined transport times into ultra-low latency terms from one database to another in single microseconds, sometimes in nanoseconds, from memory-cache to memory-cache.

The colloquial phrase “in-database” analytics is an approach of running analytics and computations as near as possible inside a database where the data is located. Fuzzy Logix, an algorithmic HPC vendor, replaces the need for SAS and R connecting analytics, which stretch along the wire from the database to the analyst. With Fuzzy Logix, the need to call a database for small files is eliminated because computations can be done with the rest of the database in real-time: days to seconds faster.

With in-database or in-memory analytics, BI engineers can eliminate transport latency altogether and now compute at server speeds with computations sitting inside the database or in memory for tasks to be completed locally, not on the transport wire.

Wall Street is as risk averse as ever in today’s atmosphere so the adoption of new technology or new vendors continues to present operational risk challenges. ParAccel is a company that appears to be addressing the operational risk of new technology adoption by helping firms utilize the power of parallel processing of Big Data analytics on OEM hardware.

Since ParAccel is software, an IBM, HP or Dell shop could essentially rely on the reliability of their well-known, established database vendor but use next generation Big Data analytic processing an order of magnitude faster than what is currently in place. ParAccel allows firms to aggregate, load and assimilate different data sets faster than traditional platforms through its “columnar database” nodal system. The columns in a ParAccel environment provides firms with the flexibility to first run analytics in-database or in-memory, then bring massive amounts of data to a common plane and finally, aggregate the unstructured data and do it all in lightning speed.

Other companies like NVIDIA have been building graphic processing units (GPUs) for the video game industry for three decades and are now swamped with customer requests to help build parallel computing environments, giving financial firms the ability to run trillions of algorithmic simulations in microseconds for less than $10,000 per card, essentially. GPUs can have up to 2,000 cores of processing on a single NVIDIA Tesla card embedded inside. A GPU appliance can be attached to a data warehouse for advanced complex computations. Low-latency processing can also be achieved due to minimum movement of data over a short distance analyzing most of what Wall Street claims is Big Data in seconds compared with the days it takes now.

The vendors and players are ready to get to work; there just needs to be some consensus that the Big Elephant in the room is there and it’s standing on a straw when it could be surfing a Big Wave!

Source: Tabb Forum , 02.05.2012 by Dan Watkins, President @ CC- Speed dwatkins@cc-speed.com

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Latin America: NYSE Technology & ATG stream line Trading & Data Access to LatAm

NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology unit of NYSE Euronext, and Americas Trading Group (ATG) are pleased to announce the production use of their high-performance order routing and market-data platform offering the global trading community low-latency access to the key trading venues in Latin America.  Leveraging NYSE Technologies’ Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI), the network connection delivers the lowest possible latency between New York and Sao Paulo.

Now the Global Capital Markets Community can leverage their existing SFTI connectivity to access ATG’s sponsored access gateways for direct order routing to Latin American exchanges and brokers.   Market data from key global financial markets is also available to clients in Latin America while Latin American market data can now be distributed world-wide.

“We are pleased to continue our strong partnership with ATG by working closely to expand our presence in Latin America to offer faster, simplified access to these highly attractive trading venues,” said Stanley Young, CEO, NYSE Technologies. “This is a key step in increasing access to, and liquidity in Latin America and working with ATG we will operate the highest performing route in the region.”

“Our local expertise, relationships and long-term commitment to the region combined with the technology and know-how NYSE Technologies brings to this project, create a compelling customer solution to a challenging market,” commented Martin Fernando Cohen, CEO, ATG.  “With the emergence of Sao Paulo as one of the world’s financial capitals, the increased access to local markets by global investors will enable local buy and sell side firms to play a significant role in the further emergence of a global capital markets community.”

ATG uses NYSE Technologies’ Managed Transaction Hub to offer access to local and cross border order flow between exchanges and brokers in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.   All SFTI customers will have the ability to directly access Chile’s Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and Peru’s Bolsa de Valores de Lima using the ATG’s Mercados Integrados Latino Americanos (MILA) infrastructure.

Source: Mondovisione, 01.05.2012

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Brazil: TRADING SCREEN launches OMS, THOMSON REUTERS offers Elektron Hosting

TradingScreen Inc. launches TradePlus, its order management system (OMS) for the sell side in Brazil.

TradePlus, which will be available globally later this month, integrates all trading infrastructure required by broker dealers through a no-install Software-as-a-Service model.

TradingScreen’s TradePlus clients will benefit from an exchange co-located in a local datacenter and an office in Brazil, which ensures low-latency and the industry leading follow-the-sun support that TradingScreen is known for. TradePlus has seamless integration into the world’s leading execution management system (EMS) for the buy side, TradingScreen’s TradeSmart, ensuring a new level of communication between brokers and their clients.

“Sell-side firms looking to buy an OMS face significant challenges when trying to find a system that will integrate with their buy-side customers,” said TradingScreen CEO Philippe Buhannic. “TradingScreen’s TradePlus provides a significant advantage, because there is integration between both sides right out of the box.”

TradePlus covers the entire workflow from liquidity management, order management, book passing, warehousing, sophisticated trading tools, an algo development environment, allocation management and supports a full integration to local back office and middle office systems while leveraging the TradeNet network distribution capability.

“TradePlus offers an innovative set of hosted exchange links and risk and compliance features that insure a new level of control in a high-volume trading environment. TradePlus also provides a highly sophisticated and efficient method for trading the Brazilian equity and listed derivatives markets, while allowing brokers to give their clients the best EMS in the market,” said Jose Barrera, Director of TradingScreen’s Sao Paulo office. “TradingScreen has the largest number of deployed EMS screens globally, and a deep understanding of the market in Brazil. With this foundation beneath it, TradePlus is the right product at the right place and the right time.”

Thomson Reuters launches  Elektron hosting and managed services in Brazil.

The new service, situated in close proximity to the BM&F BOVESPA exchange, will provide trading firms with cost effective, low latency access to the real-time data required to fuel algorithmic and high-frequency trading strategies in Brazil.

Based in São Paulo, the new Elektron data solution delivers high speed connectivity to BM&F BOVESPA for market participants seeking local liquidity in Brazil, including full depth of market pricing along with US-traded American Depository Receipts (ADRs) and CME futures data. By accessing the Elektron services, either through cross-connecting applications within the data centre or externally through a choice of connectivity options, local firms can consume both low latency local market content as well as global, cross-asset real-time data from over 350 electronic venues and hundreds of OTC market contributors and reference data sources.

Investor interest in the fast-growing Brazilian market has increased rapidly in recent years, driving market liquidity and seeing an expanding number of domestic and international firms adopting algorithmic trading. Elektron Hosting and Managed Services provides the comprehensive, high-quality, real-time data and high-performance delivery required to support these trading strategies and help customers gain competitive advantage.

Mike Powell, managing director, Elektron Hosting and Managed Services, Thomson Reuters, said: “The launch of Elektron in Brazil is a natural extension of our established business in the country and supports our customers’ evolving requirements. With Elektron, we continue to bring together global market participants and deliver world-class content that further empowers these communities. We are delighted to be working with BM&F BOVESPA in Brazil to address the requirements of our collective clients for high-performance, cost-efficient data solutions.”

MondoVisione, 24.04.2012

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Brazils BM&FBOVESPA to aid Chiles Santiago SE (BCS) with Derivatives Knowledge Transfer exchange

BM&FBOVESPA and the Santiago Stock Exchange (BCS) signed an agreement today (April 12, 2012) that sets out the implementation of the Chilean derivatives market at the Santiago Stock Exchange. The agreement provides for the transfer of derivatives market knowledge from BM&FBOVESPA to the Chilean Exchange, encompassing products such as equity, interest rate and FX options and futures.

The alliance between the two exchanges began in December 2010 and other strategic projects are in the pipeline, such as connectivity and order routing and market data distribution in particular.

Source:MondoVisione, 12.04.2012

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