Tradeweb Introduces Electronic Hedging Tool for European ETFs
Institutional investors continue to seek the benefits of electronic trading
LONDON (July 1, 2013): Tradeweb Markets, the leading global provider of fixed income marketplaces, announced a 34 percent year-on-year increase in trade volume for European government bonds in the first half of 2013, and 31 percent growth for European cash credit volume during the same period.
Asset managers and other institutional investors have been executing more government and corporate bond business on electronic platforms over the past several months. Tradeweb estimates approximately 50% of dealer-to-customer European government and cash credit bond volume is now traded electronically. The growth of e-trading in European credit markets has been particularly rapid – in late 2010 less than 20% of its volume was executed on electronic platforms.
“Electronic execution has become the cornerstone of modern European government and corporate bond trading, even in challenging market conditions,” said Enrico Bruni, head of Europe and Asia businesses at Tradeweb. “Our clients on both the buy- and the sell-side are looking to Tradeweb to help them efficiently manage their trading activity. Continued growth in our volumes reflects this accelerating trend.”
Several key factors support this shift in trading behaviour as institutional investors seek efficient tools throughout the trade workflow, including:
Request for quote (RFQ) trading continues to offer greater price transparency and best execution for buy-side customers while accessing a deep pool of liquidity
List trading allows asset managers and other real-money investors to execute large numbers of smaller trades simultaneously. Index fund managers use this tool to make the rebalancing process faster and more efficient when realigning fund weightings to benchmark indices. Year-on-year list trade volumes in 2013 for European government bonds and European credit have increased 45 and 83 percent, respectively.
Integration of Tradeweb with client systems reduces manual intervention during the execution process and facilitates trade processing and repCombines basket sourcing and trading to improve efficiency and liquidity
LONDON (June 25, 2013): Tradeweb Markets LLC has launched a new tool that makes it easier and faster to source, price and trade the basket of underlying bonds needed to create or redeem shares in fixed income exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The recent growth in demand for European fixed income ETFs has created a need for an electronic trading solution that streamlines this process. The functionality will support trading on a wide range of bonds, and clients can access a variety of price feeds to value each basket, ultimately improving efficiency and liquidity.
Tradeweb worked closely with iShares, the ETF platform of BlackRock, to design the tool in a way that would most effectively resolve this ETF industry need. It enhances the industry-leading “list functionality” already available for cash bond asset classes on Tradeweb by making it possible for users to source ETF basket constituents and weightings and then simultaneously price and trade the bonds. The new capability provides users with all the operational efficiencies and error reduction benefits inherent in electronic trading.
“Our continued focus on innovation and ongoing dialogue with our clients has been fundamental in helping us to shape this solution,” said Enrico Bruni, head of the Europe and Asia business at Tradeweb. “This is a great example of how we can effectively combine technology, industry insight, and our breadth of coverage to address this specific market requirement in a way that will benefit the whole European ETF industry.”
Leland Clemons, head of capital markets EMEA at iShares, commented “We’ve experienced a significant increase in demand for fixed income ETFs over the past few years and with this has come the need for more efficient ways to price and source bond baskets. Collaboration with Tradeweb brings to the ETF market the combined benefits of dealer expertise in pricing these securities and the operational ease of an electronic platform. This tool will help to increase efficiency and liquidity for fixed income ETFs across Europe in support of the continued market growth.”
The Tradeweb ETF hedging tool supports trading on European government, corporate, and covered bonds, SSA supranational, sovereigns and agencies), U.S. treasuries and JGBs. Users can request prices from several liquidity providers simultaneously and trade multiple line items at once. Several calculations will be available to value the baskets, including volume weighted average price (VWAP), total principal proceeds (TPP) and total net proceeds (TNP). Tradeweb launched its ETF trading platform in 2012.
Tradeweb Markets LLC
Tradeweb Markets builds and operates many of the world’s most efficient financial marketplaces, providing 2,000 institutional investors and dealers with greater transparency and better ways to execute their business. In addition to its dealer-to-institutional client marketplace, the company operates Dealerweb, its inter-dealer division, which includes the Hilliard Farber & Co, Inc, RaffCap, and JJ Kenny Drake brands. Tradeweb Markets also provides trading services to the financial advisor community through its Tradeweb Retail platform.orting. More than 80% of European credit and 73% of European government bond trades executed on Tradeweb are processed via integrated links, each up around 15 percentage points from two years ago.
“There is clear movement to electronic trading in both mature fixed income markets and products where etrading is in its early stages. Market participants are seeking out innovative ways to address the challenges of today’s global financial markets,” said Lee Olesky, CEO of Tradeweb. “Our management team in Europe continues to ensure that the Tradeweb business is well-positioned to address the ever-evolving needs of our clients.”
Tradeweb customers trading European government bonds and cash credit have access to a diverse pool of liquidity, supported by 30 or more dealers in either market. Real-time pricing and flexible trading protocols allow investors to execute with confidence while benefiting from a suite of post-trade processing and reporting tools.
About Tradeweb Markets
Tradeweb Markets builds and operates many of the world’s most efficient financial marketplaces, providing more than 2,000 institutional investors and dealers with greater transparency and better ways to execute their business. In addition to its dealer-to-institutional client marketplace, the company operates Dealerweb, its inter-dealer division, which includes the Hilliard Farber & Co, Inc, RaffCap, and JJ Kenny Drake brands. Tradeweb Markets also provides trading services to the financial advisor community through its Tradeweb Retail platform.