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PERSEUS launches Precision Time Service in CME AURORA Data Center

CHICAGO and NEW YORK, October 3, 2013 – Perseus Telecom and CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced a new service offering called High Precision Time™. This enables customers to synchronize their time systems across a multitude of data centers where Perseus offers this service and is available at CME Group’s data center in Aurora, IL effective immediately.

 The service includes access to a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-certified GPS antenna as well as Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Precision Time Protocol (PTP) connectivity with nanosecond accuracy to the Coordinated Universal Time UTC(NIST) timescale.

 “The build out of High Precision Time™ with the CME Co-location Services Group in Aurora, was an important undertaking in helping our mutual customers mitigate the risks of poor or out of sync time stamps when disseminating and trading on sensitive market information,” said Andrew Kusminsky, Chief Operating Officer at Perseus Telecom. “We look forward to serving trading firms and vendors such as those within CME Group’s data center which require a high level of responsibility in compliance and high precision trading.”

CME Co-Location Services will provide cross-connect access to High Precision Time™ with the following services now available:

  • Certified NIST GPS Antenna access
  • Certified UTC(NIST) timescale accuracy and reporting
  • Choice of delivery protocols: NTP (Network Time Protocol) and PTP (Precision Time Protocol)
  • Choice of connectivity access: RJ45 copper, COAX Cable, 1Gbps, 10Gbps and  Dedicated fiber cross connect

“We are committed to providing the CME Group trading community with the proper and relevant technology needed in a high-tech datacenter environment,” said Craig Mohan, Managing Director, Co-Location and Data Center Services for CME Group. “We have partnered with Perseus Telecom to make this service available to all customers located in Aurora at a time when regulatory changes and the need to have more precision in reporting trading events are crucial to sound risk management.”

Source: Perseus, 03.10.2013

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Sao Paulo based BLK Sistemas Financeiros Accelerates Trading with Perseus LiquidPath®

–          Perseus Telecom Brazil Connects BLK Sistemas Financeiros to Brazil Exchange in less than 50 microseconds

–          BLK Sistemas Financeiros Enhances Liquidity options with Perseus Ultra-Low Latency DMA Connectivity

SAO PAULO– 15 July 2013 – Perseus Telecom, a leading provider of ultra-low latency, high capacity global networks, today announced BLK Sistemas Financeiros has connected to the BM&F Bovespa through the Perseus Telecom LiquidPath connection of sub 50 microseconds. LiquidPath launched late in 2012 by Perseus, connects the ALOG/Equinix (SP1) datacenter with the BM&F Bovespa data center (CT1) in less than 50 microseconds Round Trip Delay (RTD).

Perseus Telecom winners of the Global Telecoms Business Innovation award in 2012 for building the fastest connection between the Nasdaq OMX datacenter in New York and the BM&F Bovespa data center in Sao Paulo, has since launched its LiquidPath product, which furthers the commitment to market-to-market trading. LiquidPath assists brokers, vendors and their customers, with international communications, infrastructure support and ultra low-latency last mile connectivity to exchanges.

Rogério Paiva Managing Director at BLK Sistemas Financeiros said, “We carefully selected Perseus Telecom, who is well known in Brazil for its exchange connectivity platform, LiquidPath, which has helped ensure the best performance locally for our customers.”

BLK Sistemas Financeiros specializes in electronic & algorithmic trading with new infrastructure developed in Brazil called ‘Proximity Colocation’ for high speed electronic trading operations. BLK customers utilize sophisticated ultra low-latency straight through processing environment, based on the latest technological advancements available.

“BLK Sistemas Financeiros is a great new addition to the Perseus Telecom community connecting to our global network from Brazil, said Marcos Guimaraes, President of Perseus Telecom Brazil, “BLK can now help its customers take advantage our LiquidPath infrastructure to provide access to the BM&F Bovespa for its trading customers, but also to other exchanges in the 60 global markets Perseus serves.”

Source, Perseus, 15.07.2013

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Nyse Technologies, Bolsa Mexicana and ATG build Mexican trading infrastructure

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology division of Nyse Euronext (NYX: NYX) today announced that in collaboration with Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) and Americas Trading Group (ATG) it has built and deployed a state-of-the-art trading infrastructure complete with global connectivity, risk management functionality and direct market data distribution for customers trading in Mexican markets.

Designed to support the launch of Bolsa Mexicana’s new matching engine and midpoint hidden order book, this solution incorporates advanced technology developed specifically for every part of the trade cycle to provide unprecedented accessibility, performance and risk management for trading on Bolsa Mexicana’s exchanges with the aim of establishing Mexico as a premier Latin American investment destination.

Initially, this collaboration will provide:
• A new co-location model for access to cash and derivatives markets (through ATG directly at the KIO Data Center)
• Global connectivity for buy side, sell side and vendors from the US, Europe, Asia and also other Latin American markets such as Brazil and Chile.
• Sophisticated risk management functionality for international order routing (solution implemented by NYSE Technologies)
• Low touch order stamping by Bolsa Mexicana’s members to settle orders
• Global Market Data distribution via NYSE Technologies Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) with direct contracting with BMV

“We are excited to again work with one of Latin America’s leading market operators in Bolsa Mexicana and market participants in ATG to deliver dramatic improvements across critical elements of the trade cycle,” said Dominique Cerruti, NYSE Technologies. “By continuing to improve access to key Latin American exchanges and customers, we continue to realize our vision of creating a global capital markets community with cutting-edge connectivity, performance and risk management.”

“Today’s announcement with NYSE Technologies and ATG demonstrates our ongoing commitment to grow and enhance our markets in Mexico to deliver highly flexible multi-market, multi-asset trading,” said Jorge Alegria, Head of Market Operations, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. “We look forward to extending our relationship and cooperation with NYSE Technologies in several important areas that will f further expand that growth and performance in the near future.”

Source: FinExtra, 18.10.2012

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Mexico: BMV Mexican Stock Exchange Aims to Attract High Frequency Traders with Platform Upgrade

Mexican stock exchange operator Bolsa Mexicana de Valores detailed its investment in a new trading platform that the bourse hopes will reduce execution time for trades while also boosting trading activity.

The platform will enable the bourse to complete a trade in 90 microseconds, or to facilitate around 100,000 transactions per second, putting it on par with the Singapore Stock Exchange and besting the New York Stock Exchange’s completion rate of 150 microseconds per trade, the Mexican exchange said. The platform, which began handling stock transactions on Sept. 3 and will handle derivatives trades starting in December, cost the bourse 150 million pesos ($11.5 million.)

The Mexican exchange hopes the updated platform will attract a greater number of sophisticated international market participants who are interested in executing algorithmic trades. Currently, such high-frequency trades account for 17% of the volume operated on the bourse, versus 70% of the volume in the U.S., the exchange said. In August the exchange averaged 1.9 million stock transactions a day.

The new platform also incorporates filters to prevent erroneous trades, for example by detecting price action that is out of sync with the market or unusually high volumes. In April the local brokerage house of Bulltick Capital Markets triggered a mini “flash crash” by entering an erroneous trade, knocking Mexico’s benchmark IPC stock index down about 2 percentage points.

Source: FIF Financial Information Forum, 17.09.2012

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Fidessa explores the development of electronic trading in Latin America

Fidessa group plc , provider of high-performance trading, investment management and information solutions for the world’s financial community, has today announced the publication of a white paper, Life in the fast lane: the development of electronic trading in Latin America. The paper explores the current trading landscape in Brazil, Mexico and the Andean region, and how recent technology and regulatory developments will affect domestic and international brokers trying to establish a rewarding position in these fast-paced markets.

White paper looks at market growth and trading technology in Brazil, the Andean region and Mexico

To highlight the unique trading conditions, market challenges, technology and regulatory changes shaping each market, Fidessa’s white paper considers specific regions in Latin America individually: from the extreme growth of Brazil as a strategic trading destination, to upgrades being made to Mexico’s trading infrastructure as well as the Andean region’s efforts to boost liquidity and exploit economies of scale. The paper explores the challenges presented by Latin America’s varying stages of growth as an electronic marketplace and concludes that flexibility, agility and scalability will be key attributes of the technology solution.

Alice Botis, Fidessa’s Head of Business Development in Latin America comments: “Latin America is attracting significant interest from global market participants and this shows no signs of stopping. Brokers are looking at the unique benefits each country has to offer and are taking the necessary steps to gain a presence in multiple locations across the region, in financial centers such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Each country retains its unique style of trading, so it is important for buy-side and sell-side firms to understand how the marketplace is evolving in each region within Latin America and how those developments fit in with their local and global trading strategies.”

Source: Bobsguide, Fidessa 12.07.2012

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Innovations in Accessing Asia: Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products.

Institutional investors seeking exposure to emerging Asian equity markets face challenges in accessing many of the region’s closed markets and are turning to exchange-traded derivatives markets, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) instruments that can provide the exposure they need, says TABB Group in new research published today, “Innovations in Accessing Asia: Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products.

Investment managers are active users of OTC equity derivatives, including contracts for differences (CFDs), equity swaps, participation notes and other structured products, says Andy Nybo, a TABB principal, head of derivatives research and the report’s author. “However, global regulatory efforts to reduce concentration of counterparty risk have driven investment managers to explore alternatives for exposure, leading them to centrally-cleared, exchange-traded products that can lower overall levels of risk.”

According to TABB, as the appeal of developed markets waned in recent years, investors began examining new markets, searching for investment opportunities offering higher alpha and greater returns, especially emerging markets in Asia. Hedge funds are focusing their attention on the APAC markets, with 33% of US and European funds targeting the region for new investments. However, Nybo explains, direct investment in the emerging equity markets of Asia has been hindered by low market capitalization, restrictive regulatory environments and capital constraints that prohibit direct access to cash markets.

“Asia’s relatively stable political and regulatory environment has done well to attract investor interest,” Nybo says, “but some of the region’s regulators seem to use regulation as a policy tool in an attempt to control market fluctuations.” He adds that markets with heavy-handed regulatory authorities face a backlash from investors seeking opportunities and provide an opening for regional exchanges to launch products designed to meet investor demand for exposure to more closed markets.

“Pent-up demand from investors will contribute to innovation and new product launches by these emerging Asian exchanges to capture investment flows from both international investors and Asian-domiciled hedge funds,” he adds. “Many of the region’s regulators are very keen to promote greater participation in the financial markets. They are eager to attract strong capital flows from investors all over the world.”

The 33-page report with 24 exhibits is available for download by TABB Research Alliance Derivatives clients and pre-qualified media at https://www.tabbgroup.com/Login.aspx. For an executive summary or to purchase the report, visit http://www.tabbgroup.com or write to info@tabbgroup.com.

Other recent TABB derivatives research includes: Accelerated Expirations: The Growing Relevance of Short-term Options; US Options Trading 2011: Finding the Other Side of the Trade; Feeding the Options Beast: Big Data in the US Options Space; EU Equity Options Market Structure: Opening The Door To High Frequency Flow; VIX Trading: The Structure of Uncertainty; and TABB Group Options LiquidityMatrix.

Innovations in Accessing Asia:Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products – Executive Summary

Source: MondoVisione, Tabb Group, 15.03.2012

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Bloomberg boosts network speed and efficiency in Asia

Bloomberg L.P., financial data, news and analytics provider, has extended availability of its enterprise data services in markets throughout Asia. An efficient network of data centers across the region enables the delivery of reliable collocation, connectivity and infrastructure services along with reduced latency in data distribution.

The expansion of low-latency services throughout Asia includes Equinix Inc.‘s Hong Kong and Sydney-based International Business Exchange (IBXÒ) data centers, further strengthening the existing Bloomberg deployments in New York, Chicago, Slough and Frankfurt. Current and prospective customers located inside these Equinix IBX data centers can now directly connect to Bloomberg’s real time data, B-Pipe and Event Driven Trading feeds.

The coordinated service delivery also benefits customers of Bloomberg’s agency broker, Bloomberg Tradebook, in New York, London and Hong Kong.

“Together, Equinix and Bloomberg address a market need for secure and reliable connectivity to multiple partners simultaneously,” said John Knuff, general manager, global financial services at Equinix. “The expansion of services into Asia enables Bloomberg customers to leverage our global footprint of data centers. And Bloomberg’s presence across these markets adds further value to the global financial ecosystem inside Equinix.”

Source: NetworkAsia,02.03.2012

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Nyse Euronext to buy Fixnetix stake

Nyse Euronext has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in UK trading technology outfit Fixnetix. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

More than 90% of Fixnetix’s shareholders have already accepted the offer from Nyse Euronext, which also has the option to buy the rest of the business at any time in the next three years.

London-based Fixnetix provides low latency data provision, co-location, trading services and risk controls for more than 50 markets worldwide. This complements the Nyse Technologies unit, providing “a unique combined offering of core managed services delivered to markets and market participants around the world,” says a statement.

Nyse also hopes to use the deal to plug in more trading clients to its network of Global Liquidity Centres, which are based in the US, Europe, Tokyo and Toronto.

Fixnetix will continue to operate as an independent company but work “where appropriate” with Nyse technologies to offer customers integrated services. Meanwhile, both parties will seek to benefit from streamlining the process for designing and installing elements of complex global trading infrastructures.

Stanley Young, CEO, Nyse Technologies, says: “This strategic shareholder interest in Fixnetix aligns with our mission to build a global capital markets community supported by world-class technology, broad connectivity and diverse customer participation that yields greater liquidity and market innovation. With our collective experience in delivering customer-driven technology solutions that facilitate global multi-asset trading, we will create an even more compelling value proposition for market participants trading anywhere in the world.”

Nyse Euronext has quickly turned its focus to technology revenues in the wake of the failed Deutsche Börse merger. After posting record fourth quarter revenues for the Information Services and Technology Solutions segment of $127 million, the company recently revealed plans to double annual tech revenues to $1 billion by 2015.

Michael Geltzeiler, Group Executive Vice President and CFO of NYSE Euronext added, “Today’s announcement further demonstrates NYSE Euronext’s commitment to using our strong capital position to create immediate strategic value that delivers greater opportunities for the company, our diverse global customers and the broader marketplace. Acquiring this strategic interest in Fixnetix allows us to better leverage our combined technology presence to reach more customers in more locations.”

“We at Fixnetix are thrilled with the investment from NYSE Euronext as this will enable us to expand our U.S. coverage and expand into Asia,” said Hugh Hughes, Chief Executive of Fixnetix. “Fixnetix and NYSE Technologies share common philosophies of working with our customer base to increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

Deutsche Börse has taken a similar road, setting out plans this week to create a new business unit that will be responsible for all data and information technology activities as it seeks to win customers and boost revenues.

Source: FinExtra, Mondovision 17.02.2012

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LatAm Traders reach home base – Brazil/Mexico

Latin America continues ease market access for foreign capital, and in the process, garners home bias from local participants.

Throughout the 1980s, U.S. capital flow to foreign markets averaged roughly U.S. $50 billion per year. Such levels have risen greatly to pre-financial crisis times; outflows to foreign capital markets increased to reportedly $2.1 trillion in 2007. While net inflows dipped by approximately 75% during the financial crisis, the emerging markets today have bounced back at a healthier rate than the sluggish developed economies of the U.S and Europe.

Due to its macroeconomic and private-sector growth, as well as its ease of market access, U.S. investors and traders have come to favor Latin America. Currently, a reported $57 billion of U.S. dollar is being poured into Brazil—often seen as the region´s  most developed nation.

Mexico comes in second with approximately $20 billion coming in from the U.S. last year. Local entities have poured interest in Mexico as well, as Mexican pensions, which aggregate $150 billion, have a primarily domestic mandate. Carlos Slim, the world’s richest investor, also recently announced plans to surge a $10 billion peso investment in Mexico’s telecom industry.

As a result of budding local and foreign interest, LatAm’s sell side has gone to work in building a “best-of-breed” suite of products to help provide access to Mexico. The Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, the country’s equity exchange and its derivatives exchange, MexDer are channeling efforts to better technology and infrastructure to attract liquidity providers. Yet, just how effective is the push to be better?

In 2011, MexDer experienced a 30% increase of trades to roughly 43,000 a day. Mexican brokerage assets were $21.4 million in 2005, to $2 billion in 2011–a clear reap of rewards from the sell side’s efforts to host opportunities for market participants.

While high frequency traders increased their activity in Mexico by 105% in 2011, buy-side views on trading via local resources have been mixed.

“Local knowledge on the part of on-the-ground brokers and exchanges is useful, but, it’s not essential to have a well developed sell side,” said Nick Robinson, director of the $250 million dollar Aberdeen Latin American Equity Fund. “As long as the market works and you can use the market without counter party risk then that should give (participants) enough comfort.”

MarketMedia, 15.02.2012

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Mexico´s Exchanges take huge steps to boost High-Speed Trading.

The Mexican Exchange, which is the second largest exchange in Latin America, announced a number of strategic and technology initiatives designed to promote foreign investment in the Mexican financial markets and its position as a Latin American leader in high-frequency trading.

While Brazil continues to be the hottest emerging market in Latin America, the Mexican Exchange (BMV Group), is taking huge steps to boost its growth in the high-speed marketplace.

The Mexican Exchange, which is the second largest exchange in Latin America, announced a number of strategic and technology initiatives designed to promote foreign investment in the Mexican financial markets and its position as a Latin American leader in high-frequency trading.

Mexico now provides worldwide participants with seamless, high-speed and efficient access through low touch direct market access (DMA), high speed co-location services, and FIX standard protocol for order routing and market data Part of Mexico’s success is down to its determination to improve its operative rules to better comply with international market standards, as well as adopting new technology.

In 2012, the Mexican Exchange will announce the launch of a new trading engine, internally developed. This multi-market, multi-asset, flexible and scalable trading engine has throughput of more than 200,000 messages per second. The trading engine will be ultra low latency, executing trades in 100 microseconds roundtrip (improvement over 25 milliseconds on legacy trading system). Full deployment is planned for Q2 2012. Further in 2012, The Mexican Exchange will introduce several new initiatives including midpoint hidden order book trading, aimed at institutional investors looking to trade large blocks anonymously with reduced execution risk. Simpler cross order rules will also be implemented; all stocks, global market equity securities and debt instruments will be crossed within the best bid/ask spread with no intervention. And, VWAP executions for the day will be able to be entered from 8:00 AM CT to 2:40 PM CT.

Recently, the Mexican Exchange has established major alliances broadening investment opportunities in the Mexican market. The Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) established phase one, “south-to-north,” of its strategic order routing agreement, giving Mexican investors access to CME Group’s benchmark derivatives contracts, including interest rates, foreign currencies, equity indexes, energy, metals and agricultural commodities.

Phase two of the partnership, “north-to-south,” now in place provides CME Group customers with access to MexDer benchmark products, including Mexican Stock Exchange Index futures, bond futures and MXN Peso / US dollar futures contracts.

Source: Wallstreet&Technology, Melanie Rodier, 18.11.2011

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Mexican Market Leaps Forward – FIX, Technology, Co-Location and Regulation

In the last 12 months dramatic changes have occurred at Mexico’s stock exchange and among its brokerage clients. Cross border partnerships, technology upgrades, new FIX infrastructure and business friendly regulatory changes have opened the Mexican market to high frequency trading (HFT).

While US regulators can be seen to scold HFT firms, the Mexican market has opened its arms. The Mexican Exchange (BMV) and its brokerage firms have upgraded their infrastructure and sought business opportunities north of the border. Earlier this year after the CME Group and the BMV signed their partnership, high frequency traders on the CME Globex trading system began to route orders to the Mexican Derivatives Exchange or MexDer. Today 90 percent of average daily volume on the MexDer comes from high frequency traders north of the border.

Mexico’s brokerage firms have completed significant infrastructure upgrades. Last spring only a few brokers in Mexico could handle a highfrequency hedge fund client and many Mexican brokers could process no more than one connection to the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) at a time. The landscape has changed quickly and improvements in broker and exchange systems have ushered in a new capacity for speed in the transmission and execution of orders in Mexico.

Over the summer a major milestone occurred for the industry. Working with the BMV, Mexico’s brokers completed an industry-wide upgrade to FIX 4.4. The top 25 brokers are now certified with FIX 4.4 to the BMV. Leading the way, are brokerages like GBM, Interacciones, Actinver, UBS Mexico, IXE and others.

Now that Mexican brokers speak FIX 4.4, all of the order routing to the BMV can now be done through FIX allowing the BMV to retire the antiquated SETRIB protocol. The only way the BMV will allow Mexican brokers to continue to use SETRIB is by paying excessive fees, and even this will not be allowed by the end of 2011. Retiring SETRIB sets the stage for more positive changes in the industry and at the BMV.

Work is already underway to upgrade the BMV’s trade matching engine. The existing engine was built in the 1990s for a Tandem mainframe. Retiring the Tandem has many benefits. Faster order matching and processing is high on the list. In addition, more choices for application and software vendors and significant cost savings are expected. Retiring the mainframe will also eliminate the scheduling nightmares associated with the limited availability of the central mainframe for testing with the broker community. The new matching engine will be hosted on modern Unix based hardware. The release of the new matching engine and infrastructure is planned for the first quarter of 2012.

Another important milestone is the availability of a state-of-the-art co-location facility at KIO Santa Fe. The BMV infrastructure is located here and starting in October it will be easy for brokers and third party providers to collocate order routing and market data in this hosting facility leading to high throughput low latency services.

While all of the infrastructure and matching engine upgrades are momentous, they would bear no fruit without the simultaneous modernization of Mexican regulations. The initiative to modernize Mexico’s regulations, called RINO, began a year ago and phase two is due to rollout in the fall of 2011. The goal of RINO is to conform Mexican regulations to international standards. By converging with international standards, regulators hope to bring more international order flow and greater liquidity to the market, resulting in increased investment in the Mexican market.

While regulations in the US like Sarbanes Oxley and Dodd-Frank can be seen to drive businesses offshore, the regulatory changes in Mexico are removing handcuffs from businesses and facilitating opportunities. The first step forward occurred early this year with RINO I. RINO I allowed brokers to have multiple channels to the BMV’s electronic trading system. Previously all orders were in a single queue. Multiple access points per broker provides more flexibility in executing strategies and handling client requests, including separate BMV channels for program trading and orders called into the trading desk. RINO I also eliminated sizebased criteria from order management,  thus leveling the playing field in the processing of orders. RINO II takes effect on October 10, 2011, bringing more modernizations including pegged orders, improvements in crossing operations, average price operations, price delivery regardless of volume, and decimal bids for fixed income securities.

Crosses, in which a brokerage carries out a transaction through the stock exchange between two of its clients, were permitted previously but the rules were very arcane. Starting in October, the crossing operations will be vastly simplified allowing clients to simply choose whether to cross inside or outside the spread. With this modernization, the BMV hopes to repatriate orders that brokers would previously carry out in the US, where crossing orders was possible using ADRs in dark pools or at the NYSE.

In addition the RINO II regulations a very important new mid-point hidden book order. The orders execute at the midpoint, broker anonymity is guaranteed and the order priority is determined by volume. This is effectively a dark pool. Similar to Xetra, this new BMV order helps the market participants and simultaneously protects the BMV from  providers toying with moving into the Mexican marketplace.

As the regulations modernize and the FIX infrastructure hardens, opportunity beckons. Brokers are beginning to push for more high frequency trading algorithms, more efficient routing of international orders, and more sophisticated risk controls, all of which will attract even more international business. As the need for speed grows, co-location previously offered by the exchange may become more strategic, particularly to brokers wanting to attract high frequency traders.

All of this progress was made possible in large part because of the exchange’s demutualization and subsequent listing in 2008. The demutualization coincided with rule changes allowing Mexico’s pension funds or AFORES to invest. Before the rule changes, the AFORES were forced to invest almost entirely in short-term government paper. Today, Mexico’s pension funds are allowed to invest up to 25 percent, in individual stocks and shares and 12 percent in a hybrid of corporate debt and equity capital to allow companies to raise funds to expand businesses.

Considered together, regulatory improvements and infrastructure updates have morphed the BMV and the Mexican brokerage community into a thriving and modern marketplace. The BMV reported a 22 percent jump in earnings last year, with operating income increasing 70 percent in the last three months. A record six initial public offerings made it to market last year and overall trading volumes rose 50 percent in 2010. This year Mexico’s IPC index has tested and hovered near record highs.

In 2011 there are fewer IPOs, but trading volume remains strong. The order-routing agreement signed with Chicago’s CME Group has opened Mexico’s derivatives market to the world. Now, electronic trading infrastructure and investor friendly regulations have set the stage for act two.

Latin America has enjoyed a strong recovery for the most part it has sailed through the recession without lasting damage. Boosted by capital inflows, by record prices for commodity exports, by sound policies and by a heady expansion in domestic credit, the region saw economic growth of 6% last year and is on course to notch close to 5% this year. The region faces slower growth but not disaster. To up the pace, now is the time for reforms to boost productivity.

The main engines for growth in Latin America are China’s demand for minerals, food stuffs and raw materials – this looks set to continue – and consumption as tens of millions edge out of poverty and benefit from newly available credit.

Source: FIX Global Trading, 15.09.2011

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Webinar: Road to Brazil – DMA to BM&FBOVESP March 23, 2011

Join us for this interactive webinar on Wednesday, March 23rd to learn more about why BM&FBovespa is to become more than simply the largest exchange in Latin America.  As Direct Market Access technology has improved, co-location facilities have been set in place. As regulations for foreign investors become more attractive and commodity prices are soaring, trading firms from the US, Europe and Asia are seeking to access and trade Brazil.

Also, hear from our speakers why Brazil has been so successful in the past and how market participants are ramping up their offering to fully profit from Direct Market Access opportunities.

Key Topics will include:

  • Why Brazil?
  • Technology: Type of Market Access, Connectivity, Co-location and Trading Systems
  • Costs of Trading: Accounts, Regulation, Taxes, Custodian, Clearing and Settlement
  • Timeline and Key Milestones

Our webinar will be moderated by Chris Hall, Editor of THE TRADE.

Panelist will include:
Lucy Pamboukdjian, International Business Development Manager, BM&FBovespa
Sergio Parodi, Market Data & DMA Team Leader,  BM&FBovespa
Evandro dos Reis, Jr., Director, Co-head Latin America, Clearing & PTG, Newedge Group
Timo Pentner, Managing Director, RTS Realtime Systems

Wednesday, March 23rd
11:00 am Chicago
12:00 am New York
1:00 pm Sao Paulo
4:00 pm London
5:00 pm Frankfurt

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Brazil: BVMF (BM&FBOVESPA) News February 2011, Nr 23

Complete Report Nr 23, February

Public hearing for the competitive bidding to select Equity Option Market Makers
Comments and suggestions for stage 1 of the program to become equity option market makers should be sent to BM&FBOVESPA by February 18, 2011.

BM&FBOVESPA launches reference interest rates for the fixed-income market
BM&FBOVESPA began daily publication on February 1st of two new interest rate indicators, the 3 and 6 month Reference Interest Rates, which it seeks to make into reference rates for the fixed-income market.

BM&FBOVESPA launches cash-settled soybean contracts
Trading in the new cash-settled soybean futures contract started on January 27th. The underlying commodity is export type soybeans sold at the Paranaguá port, Paraná state.

Opening of the bidding process for the selection of a manager for ISE and IGCT ETFs
All entities interested in participating in the Bidding Process must submit their documentation to BM&FBOVESPA by no later than March 2, 2011.

BM&FBOVESPA breaks co-location trading and financial volume records
BM&FBOVESPA obtained five consecutive records of co-location trading (Bovespa Segment – equities) in January.

BM&FBOVESPA reaches almost USD 2 billion of public offering and follow-ons in 2011
By February, the volume from this activity on BM&FBOVESPA reached almost USD 2 billion. There were four IPOs by February 9th: AREZZO &CO, SIERRA BRASIL, AUTOMETAL and QGEP PART.

International Investors and Media professionals receive specific attention at BVMF
The BM&FBOVESPA website presents two new sections in English dedicated to international investors and media professionals:  INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS and MEDIA ROOM.

Volumes and trades by Direct Market Access (DMA) BM&F Segment (Derivatives)
In January, BM&F* market segment transactions carried out through order routing via DMA registered 16,404,063 contracts traded and 1,570,297 trades.

Volumes and trades by Direct Market Access (DMA) BOVESPA Segment (Equities)
In January, BOVESPA* market segment transactions carried out through DMA via co-location registered a record financial volume of BRL 2,512,390,000.00 and a record 385,960 trades.

MARKET RESULTS BM&F Segment 2010 (derivatives)
In January, derivatives markets in the BM&F segment (including financial and commodities derivatives) totaled 53,040,432 contracts and BRL 3.97 trillion in volume.

MARKET RESULTS BOVESPA Segment 2010 (equities)
In January 2011, equity markets (Bovespa segment) traded BRL 129.49 billion, in 9,304,931 trades, with daily averages of BRL 6.47 billion and 9,304,931 trades

Source:BVMF (BF&BOVESPA), 15.02.2011

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India: Co-location services at BSE premises

Bombay Stock Exchange permits DMA and Automated trading. Since Both DMA and Automated trading make use of strategies that exploit short-lived market opportunities and have a high dependence on speed of execution, the co-location facility will facilitate faster trade execution required for DMA and Automated trading. This Co- location Facility will be extended to members to host their servers near to BSE’s trading platform within BSE premises.

In this regard Trading Members may please note the following:

–   In view of limited availability, racks will be allotted on first come first basis based on the receipt of complete application along with the payment. However, if there is more demand than the availability, additional space will be made available.
–   The minimum period for which the racks are allotted will be one year and any renewal would require an advance notice of 30 days.
Format of the Application form for applying for usage of Co-location facility is enclosed Annexure-1
The racks will be allotted on 1 rack basis. No partial rack would be allotted.
Members may take private leased lines to the co located rack(s) for ongoing system administration of their servers. These lines can be availed from Airtel / MTNL / Reliance / Tata

–  Due to security reasons,  Physical access to co-location data centre will be restricted only to the initial set up and access for periodic or urgent maintenance if any would be only with prior permission from BSE and that such permission will be allowed only after Exchange trading hours.

–  The Exchange would not be responsible for insuring the member assets at the co-location premises.
–  The co location facility will be Tier3 grade with following specifications: –

  • Standard 19 Rack(s) with 3KVA power.
  • Uplink ports to BSE Campus LAN for BSE connectivity.

–    The Exchange will provide co-location facility on best efforts basis and it will not be responsible for any direct / indirect / consequential, harm / loss / damage of any kind for whatsoever reason including but not limited to power failure, air conditioning failure, system failure and loss of connectivity. Further, the Exchange shall not be liable for any stoppage in co-location facility owing to legal or regulatory requirement.

Format of the Application form for applying for usage of Co-location facility is enclosed in Annexure -1.

Further you can avail Co-location facilities offered by Third Party Providers. The charges and facilities offered through Third Party Providers will be intimated to the members in due course.

For further technical clarification and queries kindly contact Mr. Jitendra Choudhari on telephone number +91 22 22728301 and email on jitendra.choudhari@bseindia.com

Source: BSE, 26.02.2010

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Brazil: BM&FBOVESPA Exchange news and events February 2010

BM&FBOVESPA launches foreign exchange non-deliverable forward contract

BM&FBOVESPA has authorized, as of January 18, the registration of dollar, euro, yen, and cross-rate non-deliverable forward contracts in its OTC market.

Initially, only foreign exchange transactions established by the Brazilian Central Bank can be registered. As of March 1, BM&FBOVESPA will also authorize the registration of transactions with exchange rates calculated by the following information sources: U.S. Dollar/Euro parity exchange rate calculated and published by the European Central Bank; U.S Dollar/Euro exchange rate fixed by WMR/Reuters; Japanese Yen/U.S. Dollar parity exchange rate calculated and published by the Central Bank of Japan; and Japanese Yen/U.S. Dollar exchange rate fixed by WMR/Reuters.

Click here for further details regarding the contract.

BM&FBOVESPA appoints executive for its London operations

The Exchange announces the appointment of Cathryn Lyall as Director of BM&FBOVESPA (UK) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BM&FBOVESPA. Ms. Lyall will be responsible for the set up and expansion of the new BM&FBOVESPA European office located in London, including all product and sales related activities in EMEA.

Ms. Lyall will also be responsible for establishing regulatory relationships, education and training programs, speaking opportunities, and developing marketing, and business development related activities targeted at potential customers in the region. She will report to Joao Lauro Amaral, head of International Business for BM&FBOVESPA.

Exchange hosts event to seal partnership between Brazil and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on convergence to IFRS

BM&FBOVESPA hosted, on 28 January 2010, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the Brazilian Federal Council of Accounting (CFC) and, the Brazilian Accounting Pronouncements Committee (CPC).

The partnership is an important step towards the insertion of Brazil in the international forum on the establishment and adoption of a set of accounting standards known as the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

Since only a handful of countries have signed memorandums with the IASB, such partnership demonstrates Brazil’s commitment towards global regulatory issues. The agreement’s objective is to expand the convergence to IFRS norms in Brazil and to also guarantee a greater participation of Brazilian companies in regulatory discussions.

Exchange registers record fourth quarter trading

The average daily financial volume traded at the Brazilian Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange equity markets reached a record BRL 6.840 billion during the fourth quarter of 2009. The amount surpasses in 3.34% the previous record, of BRL 6.618 billion, set during the fourth quarter of 2007. It is also 31.19% greater than the average daily volume traded in the third quarter of 2009, of BRL 5.214 billion.

Due to this historic record, the average daily volume registered during the second semester of 2009 reached BRL 6.001 billion; 32% superior to the average daily volume of BRL 4.560 billion, registered in the first six months of last year. During the fourth quarter, foreign investor participation in the traded volume was 31.7%, followed by individual investors (29.1%), institutional investors (27.1%), financial institutions (9.8%), and others (0.06%).

BM&FBOVESPA is the third most important market in terms of IPO operations in 2009

The Brazilian Exchange was the backstage for US$ 12.5 billion in capital raised through IPOs operations in 2009, ranking it in 3rd place as the most important IPO market in the world, only behind the Hong Kong and Shanghai Exchanges.

The total capital raised by shares issues accounted for US$ 41.7 billion in 2009, placing BM&FBOVESPA among the top 10 global markets, according to the World Federation of Exchanges.

Exchange ranks as the second largest equity options market and the sixth largest derivatives market in the world

According to the Futures Industry Association, BM&FBOVESPA has the second largest equity options market in the world. It registered a total of 369 million contracts traded from January to September 2009. The ranking is calculated based on the number of single stock options contracts and/or cleared.

Also, according to the same institution, BM&FBOVESPA was the 6th largest exchange in the world in terms of number of futures and options contracts traded from January to September 2009. That period registered a total trading volume of 649,203,768 contracts, which represents an increase of 12.6% over the same period in 2008.

Exchange sets DMA trading records

On 28 January 2010, the Exchange set a new DMA trading record (derivatives segment), reaching 836,153 contracts traded. The previous record was 773,396 contracts traded (on 21/01/2010). DMA trading via order routing with CME Group also set a record, on the same date, reaching 52,053 trades. The previous record of 51,422 was set on 21/01/2010.

In December, Direct Market Access (DMA) trading of the derivatives market segment registered a total of 8,238,292 contracts traded via DMA*, with 998,834 trades carried out through the GTS trading platform. In November, the total was 8,350,565 contracts traded in 1,103,437 trades. The volumes registered by access modality in December in comparison to the previous month are as follows:

Traditional DMA – 3,546,606 contracts traded, in 385,040 trades, in comparison to 3,838,053 contracts traded and 444,987 trades;

DMA via order routing with CME Globex (CME Group’s electronic trading platform) – 2,144,247 contracts traded, in 506,991 trades, in comparison to 2,321,877 contracts and 557,088 trades.

Via DMA Provider – 2,277,446 contracts traded, in 57,677 trades, in comparison to 1,900,815 contracts traded and 43,486 trades;

DMA via co – location – 269,993 contracts traded, in 49,126 trades, in comparison to 289,820 contracts traded, in 57,876 trades.

BM&FBOVESPA 2009 market performance

BM&F segments
Derivatives markets in the BM&F segment (including financial and agricultural derivatives) totaled 373.41 million contracts and a financial volume of BRL 26.78 trillion in 2009, compared to 391.62 million contracts and BRL 28.01 trillion in financial volume in 2008. The daily average of contracts, in 2009, was 1,517,941, as opposed to 1,572,783 in 2008. Mini contracts traded reached 12.95 million in 2009, in contrast 10.08 million in 2008.

Bovespa Segments
The equity markets (Bovespa segment) reached a total volume of BRL 1.3 trillion in 2009, compared to BRL 1.37 trillion in 2008. The average daily financial volume was BRL 5.28 billion, in contrast to BRL 5.52 billion in the previous year. During 2009, 81.75 million trades were carried out, as opposed to 61.02 million in 2008. In 2009, the daily average of trades reached, 332,349, surpassing the average of 245,071 trades in 2008.

Exchange Holidays for 2010

For the list of Exchange Holidays for 2010, click here. There will be no trading activities in either of the equities market (Mega Bolsa), or the corporate fixed-income securities markets (Bovespa Fix and Soma Fix), or the derivatives market (GTS), and BM&FBOVESPA will be closed for business on these holidays.

Source: BM&FBOVESPA, 02.02.2010

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