Articles tagged by Traiana
Gil Mandelzis has decided to step down from his position as CEO of EBS BrokerTec, and will be leaving the company in due course, Icap announced today.
In a statement issued today regarding this news, Michael Spencer, CEO of Icap, ...
Anne Ross has
re-joined Traiana in New York as a relationship manager for strategic clients
Ross arrives from Azul
Systems, where she was sales director for just over one year.
This will be her
second stint at Traiana, ...
Icap has appointed Guy Rowcliffe, CEO of its Reset business as head of Asia Pacific, Icap Post Trade Risk and Information Services (PTRI), which comprises a portfolio of businesses, including Reset, TriOptima, Traiana, ENSO, Abide and Icap Information..
In the newly created role, Rowcliffe will be responsible for Asia Pacific regional strategy for Icap’s PTRI business and will represent the company amongst regulators, industry bodies and committees. He will continue in his role as CEO of Reset and will report to Jenny Knott, CEO of Icap’s PTRI division.
Last week’s Icap results saw a sell of in the share price due to the under-performance of the Nex Group. Normally I wouldn't bother myself with share price movements (and I won't now to any degree) but any move that reflects market expectations for the Nex Group is interesting, not least because it could inform the price of any potential takeover bid. Nex is, in many ways, a proxy for the OTC industry so is it right that stock markets seem bearish (for this five minutes at least) over FX and OTC markets?
The sale of ICAP’s globally hybrid voice broking and information business to Tullett Prebon, now named TP ICAP (TP Icap), which includes the associated technology and broking platforms and certain joint ventures and associates, has completed today. The remaining business, which includes EBS BrokerTec, as well as Traiana, will remain under the newly named NEX Group (Nex). The board of NEX also announces that the Share Consolidation will become effective with effect from Admission today, at which point the total issued ordinary share capital of NEX will be 379,735,432 ordinary shares of 17.5 pence each.
Profit & Loss understands that Jill Sigelbaum, head of foreign exchange at Traiana, is leaving the firm.
Nex Group, of which Traiana is a part, declines to comment, however it is understood that Sigelbaum has decided to pursue other opportunities and will officially leave at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Sigelbaum joined Traiana in November 2003 having earlier worked for Scrittura, Financial Software Systems and Fenics.
Sigelbaum was named vice chair of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) in early 2016.
Nex Group has released its first quarterly results since the official formation of the group, and while it reports a good bounce in trading volumes around the US election in November, its CEO, Michael Spencer has flagged more “muted” volumes since.
Nex Group’s Q3 revenue was up 11% on the third quarter of 2015 and is 4% higher across the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Growth was evenly spread across the firm's Markets and trade lifecycle businesses.
After the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Triennial FX Survey revealed last year that the industry has shrunk in terms of notional volumes for the first time in 15 years, speakers at Forex Network London outlined the factors that could help this market get back to growth.
During the discussion the speakers on the panel outlined a number of issues that have constrained trading volumes over the past three years, including technology shortcomings, a lack of investment in some areas of the market, and regulatory challenges.
Against this background, the question was put to the panellists, how does the FX industry get back to the kind sustainable growth that it witnessed between 2001 and 2016?
As buy-side workflows are becoming complex, these firms are looking for ways to simplify how they view and manage them, claims Basu Choudhury, business intelligence, Nex Traiana.
He says that, whereas in the past buy side firms used to probably have only one prime broker (PB), today they might have four or five prime brokers, or even have bilateral relationships. Further, when they execute they might do so via an anonymous venues or they might trade against another buy side firm that is using a prime broker.
“So what we’re seeing and hearing is that they want a single panel where they can see their PB relationships and bilateral, and even clearing at some point within one dashboard, one platform, where they can manage the matching, [confirmations] and settlements,” he says.
Speaking at the Profit & Loss Forex Network New York conference, panellists outlined how they think the application of fintech solutions will shape the FX industry going forward.
Nick Solinger, president of FIA Tech, broke down three specific areas where he sees the potential for distributed ledger technology (DLT), or peer-to-peer technologies, to have a major impact on the FX industry.
Firstly, he highlighted how these technologies could change payments systems.
“The current market structure has been the primary limitation in terms of who can provide credit to whom and trade with whom and access the market on the same basis as a large, highly regulated dealer. So there is a focus on improving the payment network, and that will have potential implications upstream in terms of who can trade with whom,” said Solinger.
NEX Optimisation (Nex) has launched a fully automated settlement netting service to streamline the bilateral settlement netting process for market participants.
The service will automate settlement netting of over-the-counter FX trades and will expand to all asset classes in the future.
Settlement failure rates are estimated at approximately 3% for the $1.5 billion that is settled on a daily basis between clients and their dealers. The new service will eliminate the manual process of netting between clients and their dealers by applying an API to communicate with the systems and reconcile payments for clients, banks and custodians.
NEX (Nex) Optimisation has launched an automated credit rebalancing tool that specifically addresses limit over-allocation by prime brokers.
Rebalancer went live across five major ECNs on 2 July 2017, with further platforms going live throughout the year.
Designed in close partnership with Citi, Rebalancer is deigned to enable dynamic allocation of credit across client trading venues, allowing clients to move credit from one platform to another in real time.
Prime brokers currently allocate credit to multiple trading venues but do not have the ability to move it around if there is excess credit on one and a shortage on the other.
NEX Optimisation has enhanced its existing messaging services to help clients prepare for the introduction of MiFID II on 3 January 2018.
The firm says it has extended Traiana’s Harmony messaging network to enable participants to exchange additional information to assist with meeting a number of regulatory obligations under MiFID II.
This includes support for data elements associated with transparency, transaction reporting, venue execution, instrument and entity identifiers, timestamps, OTC post-trade indicators and unbundling of research as well as execution fees.
NEX Group has provided a trading update for investors, in which it has flagged increased spending at its Optimisation division under which umbrella the firm’s post-trade businesses operate, including TriOptima and Traiana.
The announcement, which is being read in some quarters as a profit warning, says Nex has chosen to increase its investment in the Optimisation business in the first six months to “ensure the business is best positioned to take advantage of the significant opportunities that it has identified”.
James Chrystal has left Nex Traiana, the firm that he co-founded in 2000.
Although a spokesperson for Nex Group declined to comment on the news, Profit & Loss understands that Chrystal has left the firm, where he was most recently acting as head of exchange traded derivatives.
Prior to co-founding Traiana in 2000, Chrystal worked at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), joining as a director in its financial markets group in 1987 before being named director for e-trading sales and distribution in 1999.
On a panel discussion entitled “The Twists and Turns of FXPB”, speakers at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago discussed the possibility for technology to radically re-shape the prime services ecosystem.
Technology’s impact on prime services was the jumping off point for the last panel at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago. Peter Plester, head of prime brokerage at Saxo Bank A/S highlighted the impact that technology had already in terms of risk management in this segment pointing out that the traditional plumbing for starting up a prime broker was to connect to NEX Traiana and the various ECNs and have STP for tickets, but that the central risk system internal to the PB was fairly manual.
Traiana is now providing direct central clearing connectivity to the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s (HKEX) OTC Clearing Hong Kong (OTC Clear).Market participants can now access HKEX’s OTC Clear service to clear USD/CNH and USD/HKD FX forward and swaps, via Traiana’s Clearing Hub (CCP Connect), which provides affirmation, matching and trade processing.The OTC Clear deliverable FX service can be used to mitigate settlement risk that arises when payments and receipts of currencies occur at different intervals during a standard bilateral settlement process. The service can also be used to offset settlement exposure with its clearing house cross currency swaps service.