November sees e-trading volumes up

November sees e-trading volumes up

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The 2020 pandemic marked a critical turning point for electronic trading in the corporate bond markets according to Tradeweb in the firm’s 2021 letter...
Splinters of a market

Splinters of a market

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While liquidity in US investment grade (IG) markets has been holding up relatively well, MarketAxess data shows us that the past month has seen...
Qontigo adds CDS and increased factor coverage to credit spread model

Qontigo adds CDS and increased factor coverage to credit spread model

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Qontigo, the risk, analytics, and index solution provider, has added credit default swaps (CDS) and increased factor coverage to its Axioma Credit Spread Factor...
Swedish broker shut for pushing risky bonds and illicit issuer payments

Swedish broker shut for pushing risky bonds and illicit issuer payments

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Swedish market regulator, Finansinspektionen (FI), has revoked all permits for Nord Fondkommission AB (Nord FK) to continue trading. Nord FK is a securities firm whose...
ESMA publishes its first liquidity assessment for bonds

ESMA publishes its first liquidity assessment for bonds

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today its first liquidity assessment for bonds subject to the pre- and post-trade requirements of...
Portfolio trading is booming in liquidity crisis

Portfolio trading is booming in liquidity crisis

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Ongoing market volatility has led to a spike in popularity of portfolio trading according to trading platforms, dealers and buy-side traders. Market operator Tradeweb...
Joeri Wouters joins Tradeweb; firm launches ‘trade-at-close’ for portfolio trading

Joeri Wouters joins Tradeweb; firm launches ‘trade-at-close’ for portfolio trading

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Joeri Wouters has been named product development manager within the AiEx and workflow solutions team of market operator Tradeweb, after 15 years as a...
Big names out at BGC

Big names out at BGC

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Interdealer broker BGC Partners has made a wave of job cuts, as announced in April, which combined with recent departures has removed several heads...
SMBC joins DirectBooks

SMBC joins DirectBooks

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DirectBooks, the capital markets consortium founded to make bond issuance more efficient, has seen SMBC Nikko Securities America, a member of SMBC Group, join...
Viewpoint: Nichola Hunter – The next big evolution in rates trading

Viewpoint: Nichola Hunter – The next big evolution in rates trading

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Q&A with Nichola Hunter at MarketAxess. What were the drivers behind the MarketAxess expansion into rates? There were two main drivers. One was to provide, primarily...
Buy side ‘owes’ it to the market to make progress with tech

Buy side ‘owes’ it to the market to make progress with tech

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By Joel Clark. Using innovative systems and technology to improve fixed income trading is part of the duty of care that buy-side traders owe to...
Fixed income platforms buoyed as all-to-all expands

Fixed income platforms buoyed as all-to-all expands

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Fixed income electronic trading platform operators have announced record trading volumes in the first quarter of 2017. MarketAxess, platform operator for dealer-to-client and all-to-all trading...