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BM&FBovespa and Chile’s bolsa sign “joint operating agreement”

Brazil and Chile’s main exchanges, BM&FBovespa and Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), signed a “joint operating agreement” on Monday allowing order routing between the two and which envisions Brazilian assistance in the development of derivatives markets in Chile.  Read FT full article here.

The development is another sign that exchanges in Latin America are gearing up for intra-regional competition for trading coming from abroad as regulatory technology barriers to easier access to the region are falling away.

Some exchanges are also forming alliances with neighbours to develop smaller markets to the levels of regional big-hitters Brazil and Mexico.

Brokers connected to BM&FBovespa, Latin America’s largest exchange, can send orders to Chile’s Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), and vice versa in an arrangement that is also being used by BM&FBovespa and the Mexican bolsa with CME Group of the US.

The Brazil-Chile arrangement will initially be limited to stocks traded on both exchanges, as well as stock options and other related derivatives.

Carlos Kawall, director of international affairs at BM&FBovespa, told FT Trading Room by phone from Santiago. “We are undertaking an international expansion, in Asia but most importantly in our region, because we think that Latin America as an integrated unit has a lot of potential to be explored yet.”

The BCS last month joined an “Andean” alliance with smaller exchanges in Colombia and Peru, which gives traders in each country access to partner markets. Next year they plan to allow for direct access to markets and the standardisation of regulation.

Brazil will seek alliances with Colombia and Peru similar to that signed with Chile, Mr Kawall said.

In the first year, the focus of the agreement with Chile will be to “improve connectivity electronically from the country”, he says, but with the later possibility of assisting Chile develop its derivatives markets, encompassing options and futures on stocks, interest rates, and exchange rates.

BM&FBovespa is the third-largest exchange in the world by market capitalisation of the group itself and houses the world’s sixth-largest derivatives market by number of contracts. At the moment, most of Chile’s derivatives trading is done over the counter, rather than centrally cleared and with a counter party, as in Brazil.

By partnering up with Brazil, Chile’s exchange will also have access to the BM&FBovespa/CME trading platform for its markets. BM&FBovespa holds a 5 per cent stake in CME Group. Edemir Pinto, chief executive of the Brazilian group, was recently named to the board of directors of the Chicago-based group.

BM&FBovespa and BCS have also agreed to receive and distribute each other’s market data, and establishment joint initiatives related to settlement and clearing.

Source: FT Financial Times, 13.12.2010 By Vincent Bevins

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