Articles tagged by connectivity
BT has launched Radianz FX express, a dedicated high-speed link between financial hubs in the UK, US, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
Connectivity provider Avelacom is using Metamako, the specialist provider of FPGA-enabled, high-performance networking devices, to accelerate its network processing power and keep latency to an absolute minimum.
The firm says the solution meets the needs of HFT firms and all firms in capital markets for whom latency is critical, allowing them to benefit from the latest technology innovations in data processing.
Avelacom is now live with Metamako’s C-Series network devices (using the MetaMux app, running an Intel Arria FPGA), providing its clients in Aurora Data Centre in Illinois with “substantially reduced latency and true real-time trading capabilities to access CME Group markets”.
Transaction Network Services (TSN) has launched a new connectivity solution, TNS Secure Cloud Connect, which, the firm says has been designed to provide secure, resilient and easy access to a range of cloud services, including those from the major cloud providers.
It facilitates connectivity to the cloud as well as from a firm’s presence in the cloud to TNS’ financial community which includes more than 2,000 endpoints, the firm adds. Where cloud providers use a regional set up, the service enables cross-region connectivity to help make the infrastructure more efficient and redundant.
Fluent Trade Technologies has announced it has partnered with Moscow Exchange (Moex), Russia’s main trading and clearing platform for equities, bonds, derivatives and currencies, to provide clients and prospects with simple and secure access to the Moex UAT integration and testing environment.
Fluent is providing full support for client integration, testing and certification requirements. The new service is live, with Fluent certified to provide low latency interface connectivity services for both 'Fast' market data and FIX order management to the Moex FX Market.
MarketFactory has added Moscow Exchange Moex) to its API connectivity solution. This addition now provides FX market participants using Whisperer access to 77 FX venues, the firm says.
By adding Moex as a venue, market participants can easily trade the Russian ruble without having to allocate scarce credit lines to hedge the RUB. Moex sees daily volume highs of up to $30 billion with international market participants accounting for approximately 40% of volumes in Russia. Additionally, trading with Moex provides market participants a cleared settlement model.
Exegy, a provider of managed services and low-latency technology for market data normalisation and distribution, has launched Trade Port FX, a fully managed FX market data and order execution solution.
Trade Port FX is designed to deliver network connectivity, normalised market data, and order entry to major FX venues as a fully managed service. It enables sell-side banks, buy-side fund managers, and multi-national corporations to meet all their FX market access requirements via a single vendor.
The firm says that this is an increasingly attractive solution as the FX markets experience rapid and simultaneous growth in market fragmentation, speed and functionality requirements, and the costs and complexity of building, maintaining, and managing trading infrastructure.
Connectivity provider Vela, has added swap futures trading venue Eris Exchange to its direct market access platform.
Swiss-based Market Synergy, a new business formed as part of the FXecosystem group, says it is now offering connectivity to cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex.
In addition to providing outsourced connectivity and hosting services to Bitfinex, Market Synergy says it can also manage co-location services for Bitfinex’s institutional clients and offer a FIX feed and ISP link to the digital asset gateway which Bitfinex recently launched in collaboration with Connamara.
The firm says as the demand for cryptocurrency trading gathers momentum, it spotted a gap in the market for an institutional calibre cryptocurrency connectivity offering.
FX markets are largely seen as mature in terms of market structure and technology, but what about fixed income markets? Colin Lambert talks to Steve Toland, founder of TransFICC about the complexities and challenges involved in modernising these markets.
He finds that while fixed income markets are behind FX markets in terms of market structure and automation, they are catching up quick, but the biggest challenge is the sheer breadth and complexity of products traded - often on the same desk.
Colin Lambert talks to David Faulkner, head of business development at Fluent Trade Technologies, about the need for new thinking around how the FX industry evolves technology; the case for outsourcing non-IP processes and how technology can play a key role in helping a firm adhere to the FX Global Code of Conduct. They also discuss how this can help larger trading firms compete more successfully with smaller, nimbler trading firms in markets, as well as better focus their investment dollars.
Crypto trading technology provider Caspian has announced that cryptocurrency investment firm BlockTower Capital’s co-founder Ari Paul has joined its advisory board.
The appointment comes as Caspian also announced that it now connects to more than 25 exchanges and has 12 funds on its beta platform, with eight more clients expected later this month. The firm also says it will be adding its first OTC desk as a destination later this month and that it is allowing for a defined composite order book that aggregates and displays liquidity from more than 20 exchanges with the ability to trade against it using the Caspian Smart Order Router (SOR).
SmartTrade has been chosen by Seba Crypto to deliver its crypto and traditional assets trading platform.
Seba says it has the ambition to build a regulated bank to bridge the gap between the crypto and traditional financial economies. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, the company says it wants to give institutions, corporates and individuals the confidence to operate in both economies, enabling new thinking, creating solutions and managing digital wealth efficiently. SmartTrade will deliver a solution which encompasses connectivity to a large number of liquidity venues.
Trading technology and financial infrastructure provider Itiviti has launched Itiviti FX, a foreign exchange trading solution that the firm says is built for today’s dynamic FX market landscape and designed for compliance with the latest regulatory requirements including MiFID II.
Using a modular, app-based architecture Itiviti FX combines out-of-the-box FX trading capabilities with flexibility, enabling highly scalable and easily customised solutions. It offers cross-asset trading functionality, including algorithmic trading, distribution service, order and pre-trade risk. It also features a liquidity aggregation service, which allows for mixing of different types of liquidity from multiple sources.
Avelacom has announced the launch of a new point of presence in Equinix’s Tokyo (TY3) International Business Exchange data centre, providing trading firms with faster and more reliable connectivity between TY3 and Equinix’s London (LD4/5) data centre facilities. The new London – Tokyo route delivers the lowest latency in the market – 145.3 milliseconds (round-trip), the firm claims.
The new connectivity is designed to serve the needs of financial services firms, enabling them to access market data and send orders at the highest possible speed and improve overall trading performance.
In this week’s podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops take a look at the first in-depth analysis from a broker of the CME-NEX deal and while they accept that much of what was written was already known and had been discussed there were a few nuggets of useful information in there.
On the subject of mergers and acquisitions, they also discuss the recent changes at Refinitiv and clarify their thoughts on potential M&A activity involving that firm’s Matching, Dealing and FXall businesses. Will firms be willing to splash the amount of cash required to complete such a deal? Who would be the best buyers for the combined business or elements thereof? This and more is discussed.
In a quite remarkable conclusion, they close out by expressing sympathy for a regulator – something unlikely to ever happen again – before Lambert offers listeners the benefit(?) of his experience of trading Cable with a trading recommendation as the Brexit saga continues…what could go wrong?
For platforms looking to differentiate on the speed of their technology the equation is measured in the scale of the challenge rather than the opportunity. As David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange observes, “You can’t differentiate on speed, but you have to keep in line with the best in the market – and that means cost.”
Liquidity providers have to be able to update their prices as quickly as possible, and likewise, trading venues have to deliver price updates to their customers as efficiently as they can, to facilitate a fair trading environment. “Five years ago market data was being delivered at 100 milliseconds, then more recently it was at 5 milliseconds,” notes Mercer. “At LMAX Exchange we are live streaming and cancel and replace of orders is measured in microseconds, but already people are talking about nanoseconds – and that’s a challenge for us.”