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Auto-Execution Gains Ground in Fixed Income

Traders Magazine Online News, October 26, 2018

Shanny Basar

The buy side has been increasingly turning to automated execution in fixed income as shown by an increase in volumes for Tradeweb’s automated intelligence execution tool last month and MTS Markets launching new automation tools.

Tradeweb said in its latest monthly activity report that AiEX (Automated Intelligent Execution) accounted for a meaningful percentage of activity in the institutional markets for US treasuries, European government bonds, US high-grade, European credit, and US and European exchange-traded funds.

“The adoption of automated trading is most pronounced in the ETF market, where 40% of total tickets processed in September were executed via the AiEX tool,” added Tradeweb.

Charlie Campbell-Johnston, head of integration and workflow solutions at Tradeweb, told Markets Media that in addition to the ETF volumes, one quarter of cash bond trades on the electronic trading platform are executed via AiEX. He said: “We look at automation for every asset that we support and nothing is off the table.”

Campbell-Johnston said Tradeweb launched automated execution years ago but there has been a marked increase in readiness to embrace the tool.

“The testing phase has well and truly finished, and we are now firmly in the growth phase,” he added. “Those clients that we were speaking to in 2017 hit the button in 2018 after MiFID II went live.”

MiFID II, the regulations covering European Union financial markets came into force at the start of this year, and extended the best execution requirements from equities into a range of asset classes, including fixed income. Automating execution provides an audit trail which helps provide supporting evidence for the reasons behind a trade.

The number of clients using AiEX has increased globally, and a typical client is now across five different asset classes, which was not the case a year ago.

“On a roadshow in Asia in April I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness to embrace automation,” said Campbell-Johnston. “It is not just the international houses but also houses who, for example, want to be able to trade treasuries in New York time. The pipeline is incredibly robust.”

He continued that the sell side is auto quoting for more bonds in larger sizes, but the buy side is also increasingly automating orders that are not auto quoted. Campbell-Johnston said Tradeweb’s top 30 clients by number of trades are either using  AiEX or are onboarding.

“They could be real money asset managers with lots of small tickets; retail aggregators; ETF desks or derivatives traders who are taking advantage of faster access to liquidity by eliminating manual processes,” he added. “New trading styles have been created that did not previously exist.”

MTS Markets

This month MTS Markets, part of London Stock Exchange Group, announced the launch of new automation tools for its MTS BondVision dealer-to-client electronic bond trading platform.

Frank Cerveny, global head of sales at MTS, told Markets Media that the platform is providing additional tools to the buy side to make their workflow more efficient through a more intuitive user interface. The rules-based engine also removes the need for numerous clicks to execute a trade.

Cerveny said: “Traders can set the eligibility criteria for trades to be auto executed, select dealers and set execution criteria. If market conditions change, traders can change the execution rules in real-time.”

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