BestX, formed earlier this year, has released its first TCA product. Colin Lambert takes a look.
If there has been a positive outcome from the trials and tribulations of the FX market in recent years it has been more focus on not only achieving best execution, but also about what that phrase actually means. This has resulted in more products and services aimed at helping clients make informed decisions around how they interact with the FX market – no longer is it just a sideshow that can be handled without due care and attention – as well as the gradual move into the market of new firms.
Thomson Reuters has partnered with BestX to enable buy-side participants using its FXall and FX Trading platforms to streamline analysis of transaction costs, helping them define, achieve and demonstrate best execution.
Through the partnership Thomson Reuters will offer connectivity to the independent transaction cost analysis (TCA) service from BestX from its FXall and FX Trading desktops.
Thomson Reuters customers will be able to have their trades sent automatically to BestX for independent post-trade transaction cost analysis, and also have a single sign-on desktop integration.
Profit & Loss understands that BestX, the start-up technology company that provides independent trading analytics, has signed JP Morgan as its first major FX sell-side client.
The deal marks a significant step forward in the industry as it represents the first time a major dealing bank has integrated a truly third party’s service to offer post-trade verification of execution quality. It will allow the bank’s own clients to independently define, achieve and demonstrate best execution through a post-trade transaction cost analysis (TCA) when trading electronically with the bank.
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Just eight months after releasing its first post-trade execution analysis product, BestX has rolled out its much-anticipated pre-trade execution analysis functionality.
The release helps the firm, which was co-founded by former Morgan Stanley staffers Pete Eggleston, Oliver Jerome and Aman Thind in early 2016, deliver on its vision of an end-to-end best execution service, as Eggleston explains. “We look at best execution as a lifecycle event where you can look at a trade or portfolio of trades throughout the cycle."
Execution analytics provider BestX is partnering with Cobalt, the FX post-trade processing network based on distributed ledger technology.
BestX is the first TCA and analytics provider to connect with Cobalt’s BlueSky service, enabling clients of both firms to independently validate client trades and define, achieve and demonstrate best execution through Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA).
Pressure for independent analytics in FX has increased over the past year, driven by MiFID II compliance, regulatory focus on transparency, as well as a more activist ‘asset-owner’ community that wishes to see evidence of best execution across all FX trades.
Citadel Securities has partnered with BestX to provide its clients with independent analysis of its FX execution quality.
"We're confident in the quality of our execution and partnering with an independent TCA provider demonstrates this. From a market structure standpoint, I think that the FX market can benefit from more transparency, whether it's through independent measurement of execution quality or the creation of a central tape," Kevin Kimmel, global head of e-FX at Citadel Securities, tells Profit & Loss.
Kimmel says that providing independent TCA provides value because it eliminates any potential concerns of bias in the execution analysis and because it helps create standardisation in terms of how the analysis is conducted.
BNP Paribas has become the latest bank to formally partner with execution analysis specialists BestX, with the initial focus of the partnership being on the provision of post-trade transaction cost analysis (TCA) on algorithmic FX transactions, which will enable clients to gauge the quality of their execution versus a number of benchmarks.
If the client requests it, details of their algorithmic transactions will be automatically shared with BestX which will in turn will perform its own TCA on the transaction, BNP explains.
RBC Capital Markets has added BestX to the transaction cost analysis (TCA) tools available to its global e-FX clients.
Through an agreement with the independent provider of TCA, the bank says it will be able to provide its buy-side clients with independent TCA alongside its existing TCA offering. The independent TCA analysis will be available to clients executing algorithmic FX transactions and will be provided on a post-trade basis, enabling clients to independently verify the quality of the FX execution received.
BestX has expanded its suite of best execution analytics with the launch of a new regulatory reporting module. The new functionality allows buy-side clients to schedule and automate the best execution reports they need to generate to satisfy their obligations under MiFID II.
BestX says it has employed legal expertise to help navigate this complexity and distil from the text exactly what needs to be reported from a practical perspective. The product allows clients to configure the reports according to their own interpretation.
FX Connect is partnering with trade technology software provider, BestX, in order to offer transaction cost analysis (TCA) solutions globally.
“We’re taking what we consider to be an extremely impressive set of TCA functionality that enables out-of-the-box integration between the two platforms and offers customers what’s essentially a turn-key integrated solution that supports the TCA required to underpin best execution policy evidencing and execution,” David Newns, head of execution solutions for Global Link, State Street’s suite of e-trading platforms, technology, data and workflow solutions, tells Profit & Loss.
He adds: “Furthermore, the bespoke integration between FXConnect and BestX, which not only includes the sophisticated models which BestX currently offer, but also enhanced data around trade times, speed of execution and certainty of trade settlement makes this a unique offering.”
FlexTrade has announced it has integrated with BestX to provide its FlexTrader EMS clients with access to the latter’s FX trade analytics solution.
With a fully interactive interface, users can use BestX to analyse their FX executions in real-time, delivering transparency to enable better decision making whilst meeting the needs of MiFID II compliance for FX trading, the firms say. Every FX trade made within FlexTrader can be transferred live to BestX where users can analyse their performance in real-time.
BestX has expanded its suite of best execution analytics with the launch of a new Trend Analysis module.
The firm says the new functionality allows clients to generate bespoke analysis of trends in costs and other performance metrics over time, adding that improving the management information provided by the BestX analytics is a critical component of satisfying best execution obligations by allowing clients to identify how execution performance is changing over time, thereby allowing changes to be made to the process to continually refine and improve performance.