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Pioneers and Leaders of Emerging Markets Trading Launches: Marco Polo New World

Marco Polo New World redefines global trading solutions through innovation and reliability

Perseus Telecom providing ultra-low latency connectivity and infrastructure to Marco Polo New World

NEW YORK – 30 September 2013 – Recently acquired Marco Polo Securities today announced that it has integrated with ‘Marco Polo New World.’ The Marco Polo New World vision encompasses new management along with next generation technology, befitting the firm’s testament to reliability and performance that have kept loyal financial services customers in place for fourteen years.

Cliff Goldman, CFO and President of Marco Polo, stated, “Launching Marco Polo New World coincides precisely with the strategic repositioning the firm has made, in the context of being a vendor of strength and reliability for the customers we serve in developed and emerging markets.”

Established in 2000, the original firm set out to overcome the barriers to investing and trading between developed and emerging markets. Today Marco Polo New World, with its new focus and technology, has in place a global electronic trading platform which currently provides connections to 70 plus countries representing more than 100 markets. This trading platform has an extensive global network of broker dealers and asset managers that enjoy neutrality and flexibility, all whom are backed by an experienced and knowledgeable service team that works around-the-clock.

Defining global trading solutions

  • Premier global electronic trading provider with experienced and professional customer support
  • Committed to continually providing new gateways to Emerging Markets
  • Strong new leadership and vision, committed to innovation and reliability

Anthony Orantes, Managing Director of Marco Polo New World, says, “Customer feedback has been phenomenal throughout the Marco Polo New World launch. We have strong support and backing by Perseus Telecom, which helps our customers take advantage of the Perseus global ultra-low latency connectivity to exchanges and trading venues. We also selected a world-class management team comprised of executives with significant experience operating in global markets, who understand market structure, advanced technology, and electronic exchange trading,” he concludes.

‘Defining global trading solutions’ is central to the Marco Polo New World value proposition. “Our New World brand name, and even our logo, is based on innovation, technology, and connectivity.  This core value reinforces what we are committed to deliver to our global customer base,” said Kamran Rafieyan, Director of Marco Polo New World. “With the new leadership in place our firm can deliver a higher level of service for our current and future customers.”

With the new management team of Dr. Jock Percy, Marco Polo New World Chairman, Cliff Goldman, CFO and President of Marco Polo Securities, Anthony Orantes, Managing Director Sales, and newly appointed Kamran Rafieyan, Director of Marco Polo New World, the company’s vision is being executed by a team of trusted, experienced, and performance-driven partners.   Under the guidance of this leadership, Marco Polo New World will work closely with its customers to help them navigate through the array of complexities in today’s global trading markets.

Perseus provides network and infrastructure to Marco Polo New World resulting in significant advantages for the firm and its customers. In addition to more efficient operations for the company, by utilizing the Perseus award winning ultra low latency network, Marco Polo New World customers will be availed to increased trading speeds.

Marco Polo New World, through its local exchange and brokerage relationships, offers intra-market connectivity and routing to brokers and exchanges in more than 100 markets. “Perseus Telecom is a global market-to-market exchange connectivity provider with the lowest latency available, and it is now supercharging the Marco Polo New World platform,” said Dr. Jock Percy, CEO of Perseus Telecom. “Perseus serves a significant number of trading firms, exchanges and technology providers with unsurpassed speed and precision,” Percy added.

Source: MarcoPolo & Perseus,30.09.2013

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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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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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Banchile builds on Fidessa’s sell-side trading platform and connectivity network

São Paulo, January 22, 2013 – Fidessa group plc (LSE: FDSA) has announced today that Banchile, Chile’s third largest brokerage house, has selected its Latin American sell-side trading platform to underpin its institutional trading activity. The scalable SaaS solution, which includes access to Fidessa’s extensive global connectivity network, will provide Banchile with a firm foundation from which to pursue its growth strategy. The decision followed an extensive due diligence process by Banchile.

Fidessa’s Latin American trading platform gives Banchile world-class technology and infrastructure, tailored to the region’s specific local regulatory and market needs. Banchile will benefit from Fidessa’s highly-sophisticated order management system, which delivers seamless straight-through processing of international institutional orders from order creation and routing, to automatic notice of executions and confirmations. Fidessa will also provide advanced trading tools, including algorithmic and basket trading capabilities, to augment Banchile’s service offering and facilitate complex trading workflows. The implementation of these new functions will complement Banchile’s research services and extend the services their execution desk provides.

In addition, Banchile will gain membership to Fidessa’s global connectivity network, which processes order flow of more than $800 billion each month, granting it access to 3,200 buy-sides and 180 venues globally. The system will be hosted by Fidessa and co-located at the Santiago Stock Exchange. With better proximity to the exchange, Banchile will gain access to reliable, low-latency execution capabilities and be able to leverage the exchange’s ongoing investments in infrastructure and improvements to its matching engine.

Jose Antonio Diaz, Chief Investment Officer at Banchile, commented: “Through Fidessa’s trading platform, we are leveraging the most sophisticated and robust trading technology used by market participants across the globe. This enables us to offer world-class service to our growing institutional client base. Fidessa’s in-depth knowledge of the region is evident and this, coupled with its strong reputation for delivery and support services, drove our decision to partner with them.”

Alice Botis, Head of Business Development for Fidessa in Latin America, added: “We are delighted to add Banchile to our growing Latin American client base, demonstrating the strong demand for Fidessa solutions by domestic and international market participants. We are seeing a lot of activity in the Andean region with firms replacing legacy vendor and proprietary systems and investing in customizable, high-throughput, low-latency trading solutions to enable high-quality execution, greater operating efficiency and a solid basis for growth.”

Source: Fidessa, 22.01.2013

Filed under: Chile, FIX Connectivity, Trading Technology, , , , , , ,

Latin America: Investor News Letter 17 November 2012

Mexico

Slim Acquires Controlling Stake in Real Oviedo, El Pais Reports

Billionaire Carlos Slim agreed to invest 2 million euros ($2.5 million) to acquire a controlling stake in Spain’s soccer team Real Oviedo, newspaper El Pais reported today.

Mexico lawmaker introduces bill to legalize marijuana
Sherwin-Williams to buy Mexico’s Comex for $2.34 billion
Mexico Third-Quarter GDP Rose at Slowest Pace in Over Year
Cemex Latam Falls in Bogota After $1.14 Billion Initial Sale
Mexican banks invest domestically
Mexico: Investors’ New China
TransCanada to build, operate Mexican natural gas pipeline; will invest US$1B

 

Brazil

Top names drop off list of Thyssen Americas bidders

FRANKFURT – Several top steelmakers are sitting out ThyssenKrupp’s auction of its U.S. and Brazilian mills and there appears little interest in the latter, suggesting the German firm may fall well short of its $9 billion asking price.

Eletrobras to take over bankrupt Brazil power utility
Cuba opens sugar sector to foreign management
Microsoft’s investment in Brazil to spur Rio research boom-execs
Telecom Italia looking at GVT, other opportunities
Wuhan Steel shelves plans to build Brazil mill
A new wave of Brazilian infrastructure investment
Brazil’s Itaqui port plans $3.2 billion upgrade
Rio Olympics, World Cup at risk with royalty bill, governor warns

 

Latin America

Paving the Way  High-­Tech Financial Infrastructure Hits LatAm

Foreign market leaders such as Fidessa, Direct Edge and Navatar are challenging local providers in the race to meet the booming region’s needs. The growth in size and sophistication of LatAm capital markets has both fueled and been fueled by the implementation of high-tech financial infrastructure in the region, as the hardware and software that have  been the foundation …

 Latin American yields fall further in a warning to bond investors
Impoverished Iberians, booming Latin America eye new relations
Africa and Latin America Still Fight Vulture Funds
More LatAm ETFs Your Broker Forgot to Mention
UN asks LatAm firms to grow with social responsibility
Private Equity Lures Pensioners as Bond Yields Sink
Argentina’s Debt Restructuring Argument Could Be Very Significant For The Global Economy
Argentina’s YPF 3rd-Quarter Profit Down 51% on Year at $159 Million
Bolivia Returns to the Global Bond Market
Chile pension fund-ordered estimate lowers Endesa Latam asset value
Chilean regulator to put new limits on pension fund investments
Germany’s Solarstrom enters Latin America with 2MW in Chile
Colombia opens criminal probe into Interbolsa collapse
Colombia’s Interbolsa brokerage to be liquidated
Public-Private Partnerships in Colombia: Scaling-up Results
Paraguay, Worst LatAm Economic Result of 2012
Peru May Invest About $5.2 Billion in Water, Wastewater Projects
Aeropuertos del Peru mulling over opportunities in Brazil and Chile
Overseeing Peru’s international appeal at ProInversión

Filed under: Argentina, Banking, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Energy & Environment, Latin America, Mexico, Peru, Risk Management, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Alternative Latin Investor: Wealth Management Issue 18

The Alternative Latin Investor Issue #18 is focusing on Wealth Management in Latin America.

Special Issue: Wealth Management

The World’s First Diamond Fund
Lack of Transparency in Colombia: Root Causes
LatAm Wealth Management Overview
Private Aviation Takes Off in Latin America
High-Tech Financial Technology Hits LatAm

…and much more. Regulations,  Tax & Money Laundering, Structured Finance, Political Risks,  Agri Business, Impact Investment, Wine Investment, Infrastructure, Art

Please view and access Issue 18  in the following formats

Virtual Viewer http://www.alternativelatininvestor.com/Issue18-Preview.htm

For more details and information please view http://www.alternativelatininvestor.com

Source: AlternativeLatinInvestor 18.10.2012

Filed under: Argentina, Banking, BM&FBOVESPA, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Energy & Environment, Islamic Finance, Mexico, News, Services, Trading Technology, Wealth Management, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Filed under: Asia, BMV - Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Data Management, Data Vendor, Latin America, Market Data, Mexico, Risk Management, Trading Technology, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Filed under: BMV - Mexico, Exchanges, Latin America, Mexico, Trading Technology, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fidessa explores the development of electronic trading in Latin America

Fidessa group plc , provider of high-performance trading, investment management and information solutions for the world’s financial community, has today announced the publication of a white paper, Life in the fast lane: the development of electronic trading in Latin America. The paper explores the current trading landscape in Brazil, Mexico and the Andean region, and how recent technology and regulatory developments will affect domestic and international brokers trying to establish a rewarding position in these fast-paced markets.

White paper looks at market growth and trading technology in Brazil, the Andean region and Mexico

To highlight the unique trading conditions, market challenges, technology and regulatory changes shaping each market, Fidessa’s white paper considers specific regions in Latin America individually: from the extreme growth of Brazil as a strategic trading destination, to upgrades being made to Mexico’s trading infrastructure as well as the Andean region’s efforts to boost liquidity and exploit economies of scale. The paper explores the challenges presented by Latin America’s varying stages of growth as an electronic marketplace and concludes that flexibility, agility and scalability will be key attributes of the technology solution.

Alice Botis, Fidessa’s Head of Business Development in Latin America comments: “Latin America is attracting significant interest from global market participants and this shows no signs of stopping. Brokers are looking at the unique benefits each country has to offer and are taking the necessary steps to gain a presence in multiple locations across the region, in financial centers such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Each country retains its unique style of trading, so it is important for buy-side and sell-side firms to understand how the marketplace is evolving in each region within Latin America and how those developments fit in with their local and global trading strategies.”

Source: Bobsguide, Fidessa 12.07.2012

Filed under: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Latin America, Mexico, News, Peru, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Filed under: BMV - Mexico, Exchanges, Latin America, Mexico, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Brazil: BM&FBOVESPA Critical Technology Update April 2012

Deactivation of the UMDF GTS Market Feed

We hereby inform you that with the implementation of the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System and the availability of the UMDF PUMA market data feed for derivatives, as set forth in External Communication 006/2011-DI, the UMDF (Legacy) GTS market data feed with BM&F segment quotations will be deactivated on April 16, 2012, as announced in External Communication 007/2011-DI. New certification requests have not been accepted for market data solutions in this format since December 16, 2011. However, UMDF GTS will remain available in the certification environment until its deactivation in production.

 HFT Risk Control – LiNe Tool for Controlling Pre-Trading Risk Limits

As of May 1, 2012, use of the LiNe tool will be mandatory for participants who access the Exchange via DMA 4 – Brokerage House Co-Location, as announced in Circular Letter 014/2012-DP.  It is important to note that the Exchange is developing studies to make use of the LiNe tool mandatory for all other forms of access via DMA.

 The Mega Bolsa Station – New Version of Trading Station v. 4.56.0.2

Version 4.56.0.2 ofMega Bolsa Station is available for download from BM&BOVESPA, as announced in External Communication 010/2012-DI.  As a result, the deadline for deactivation of the old version, v. 4.51.5.3, has been postponed until May 2, 2012.
It is important to note that version 4.56.0.2 is compatible with version 4.51.5.3 currently used by brokerage houses.

 When the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System is launched for the equities market, BM&FBOVESPA will issue a new version of Mega Bolsa Station, which will be designated ePUMA

 EntryPoint

Availability of the EntryPoint certification environment in the BOVESPA segment, in line with External Communication 004/2012-DI
The new EntryPoint trading interface for the BOVESPA segment has been available in the certification environment since January 17, 2012, enabling participants to certify their solutions and use the same order entry protocol that is already available in the BM&F segment. The EntryPoint interface used in the BM&F segment delivers the native market feed from the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System, whereas the EntryPoint utilized in the BOVESPA segment is converted into the native protocol for the Mega Bolsa system, as in the case of MegaDirect.

Availability for the production environment
Availability for the production environment will be announced during the next few weeks. It is important to note that participants who adopt the new protocol will be benefited by the mitigation of significant impacts when migrating from the BOVESPA segment to the BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System, since the interfaces are compatible.

2012 Mock Trading Session Calendar

The 2012 mock trading session calendar is as follows:

  • May 5: BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System disaster recovery in the BM&F Segment
  • June (date to be defined): BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System critical technology update in the BM&F Segment

September through December (date to be defined): migration from Mega Bolsa platform to BM&FBOVESPA PUMA Trading System in the BOVESPA Segment

 Deactivation of BELL FIX for order entry

BM&FBOVESPA will shortly announce the new pricing policy for BELL FIX and its deactivation date. It is important to note that this interface has been replaced by EntryPoint, but it will be available for market data feeds distributed in the FIX/TCPIP format.

Deactivation of MegaDirect

BM&FBOVESPA will shortly announce the new pricing policy for MegaDirect and its deactivation date. It is important to note that this interface will be replaced by EntryPoint.

Source: BM&FBOVESPA , 10.04.2012

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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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Brazil: BM&FBOVESPA Financial Report: IT Business-CoLo-HFT-ETF’s and Sharebuyback

BM&FBOVESPA S.A. (BVMF3) today reported fourthquarter  earnings  ending  December  30,  2011.  New  strategic  areas  such  as  Securities Lending, Tesouro Direto, ETFs and High Frequency Trading (HFT) performed well in the quarter. Successful implementation of the derivatives and spot FX modules of the PUMA Trading System and forward momentum on the multi-asset integrated clearing system further boosted the Company’s technological edge.

BM&FBOVESPA announced an adjusted expense1 budget range of R$580 million to R$590 million and a capital expenditure budget range of R$230 million to R$260 million for 2012. The adjusted Opex range equals the range for 2011 as a result of the Company’s cost- cutting improvements.

“We remain focused on capturing the growth opportunities offered by the Brazilian market,” said BM&FBOVESPA Chief Executive Officer Edemir Pinto. “The execution of our investment   program   to   strengthen   our   IT   infrastructure   and   the   launching   and development of products and markets, such as ETFs, HFTs and options on single stocks, are aligned with this goal. We are also taking actions to strengthen market supervision, which will help make the Brazilian market more attractive to investors. Mr. Pinto added,“We highly welcome the government’s decision to remove an IOF tax on equity investments by non-residents.”

During 4Q11, net revenues were almost flat year-over-year. This reflected a decline in trading volumes which was offset by a 39.5% increase in other revenues. Expenses were higher as a result of a one-time extraordinary transfer of restricted funds to strengthen the BM&FBOVESPA Market Supervision (BSM) while adjusted expenses were well in line with the Company’s announced budget range. Adjusted EBITDA2margin was relatively stable at65.2% compared to 66.5% in 4Q10. Adjusted net income3 per share declined by 1.0% year-over-year.

 

Source: MondoVisione, 15.02.2012

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