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JP Morgan-backed fintech atomises financial research

Limeglass

The team at Limeglass really know their stuff. Rowland, Simon and the team have developed next-generation financial technology to atomise financial research.

Financial professionals and advisors can now directly explore research at paragraph-level avoiding the need to open each individual document to find what they are looking for.

The team uses paragraph-level smart tagging and proprietary taxonomy covering all asset classes as well as macro themes to enrich research publications.  Their technology allows for the ability to improve your research offering to both internal and external clients.

Chatsworth is proud to have been working with them from launch to tell their story and amplify their brand in this specialised, high value market.

Limeglass has attracted investment from J.P. Morgan and have also completed the investment bank’s In-Residence Program, which incubates emerging technology companies to develop production-ready solutions solving for critical wholesale banking problems. Limeglass is going places. Watch this space.

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Limeglass announces new investment from J.P. Morgan

Limeglass, the financial research innovation company, today announced that J.P. Morgan has invested in the company. Limeglass’s technology automatically analyses the paragraphs in research documents in real-time, taking into account the underlining context and structure. The Limeglass ‘Research Atomisation’ solution uses proprietary rich Natural Language Processing (NLP), AI, machine learning and their comprehensive cross-asset and macro taxonomy to smart-tag each paragraph in context.

Limeglass recently completed J.P. Morgan’s In-Residence Program, which incubates emerging technology companies to develop production-ready solutions solving for critical wholesale banking problems. Limeglass’s technology enables banks to personalise their research product for both internal and external audiences, maximising the value for users and ensuring that the correct research reaches the correct audiences.

Rowland Park, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Limeglass, said: “The volume of financial research, and the lack of innovation in how it is delivered, mean that market participants can spend hours searching through their email to find information on the trades they are considering. It is all too easy to miss vital information buried deep in large documents, wasting time and valuable research insights. Limeglass cuts through the noise, providing users with only the relevant paragraphs in their financial research with a simple search.”

Hussein Malik, Head of Transformation & Implementation across Sales & Research at J.P. Morgan, said: “The insights our Research teams produce daily are a huge source of value to our clients. We are continuously investing in technology to help deliver industry-leading content and to help us and our clients further mine that value.”

Simon Gregory, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Limeglass, said: “Having worked in research for all my life, I was always surprised at how much research was being missed by users.  We looked at the research consumption and distribution workflows from first principles and realised that the document centric approach was limiting access to the content.  Using cutting edge technology to analyse the unstructured data in research documents, we’ve created a whole new way for market participants to engage with financial research.”

JP Morgan and SocGen invest in Wematch

JP Morgan and Societe Generale have invested in fintech firm, Wematch, as the company advances its plans to transform traditionally voice-traded financial markets.

Wematch provides technology which augments how traders at banks match, negotiate and manage trades. This brings the audit and control benefits of electronic tools to voice trading, delivered as web-based software-as-a-service technology.

There are now 40 banks and more than 750 traders on Wematch cross assets with more onboarding and billions of dollars in deal flows matched using its technology.

Despite the growth and benefits of e-trading, in some markets institutional investors still conduct most of their trading over the phone, or through interdealer brokers.

Wematch delivers the benefits of the newest web technologies to traders at banks, improving the matching and negotiation process, cutting costs for banks and increasing efficiency and reducing conduct risk for traders.

Wematch came through J.P. Morgan’s In-Residence Programme and Societe Generale’s Global Markets Incubator to foster the expansion of the fintech’s offer across asset classes and instruments.

The funding takes J.P. Morgan’s and Societe Generale’s relationship with Wematch from users to investors, with the banks already active on Wematch across all existing platforms.

There is enormous potential for Wematch to help the capital market industry in further adopting digital solutions across multiple markets globally, and to adapt this awarded technology to internal and client-facing solutions.

Despite pressure from regulators for more trades to be conducted on electronic trading venues, it is estimated that over 80% of structured products and FX derivatives are still transacted by voice.

The interest rate swaps market is worth USD 2.1 trillion a day, according to the Bank for International Settlements, with over 70% of that business handled by phone negotiation.

Gregory Mimoun, co-CEO of Wematch, said: “Wematch is delivering the next generation in trading protocols, with intuitive GUIs and workflow tools to give voice trading professionals the edge. Everything we build is designed to support the trader’s decision, giving them the tools to make the right call with confidence and certainty.”

Joseph Seroussi, co-CEO of Wematch, said: “Wematch is leveraging on the latest available technologies and the traders’ community permanent feedbacks and inputs to develop its capital market solutions. Our objective is to have a significant impact on the bottom line expenses of Financial Institutions by rolling out the Wematch technology on all markets, internal, or dealer-to-client activities.”

Pasquale Cataldi, Head of Markets Lab, J.P. Morgan, said: “J.P. Morgan was an early supporter of WeMatch. As a member of our InResidence Programme, the platform showed real potential to transform the interbank interest rate dealing market through automation, resulting in audit and control benefits. The level of market adoption has already been encouraging and we’re delighted to continue the journey with them.”

Albert Loo, Deputy Head of Sales for Global Markets at Societe Generale, said: “Societe Generale is excited to contribute to the Wematch development after a successful collaboration within our Global Markets Incubator. Innovation in trading technology will drive efficiencies for market participants and we strongly believe that Wematch can sustainably improve dealing processes across asset classes.”

Wematch launched its interest rates offering in June, with 10 banks matching and negotiating Euro IRS curves, butterflies, basis and gadgets structures, with single stock & Index options to follow in the coming months.

This was built on existing Wematch services for securities lending and equity derivatives and the firm now plans to build out services to more asset classes and instruments.

Tech Answers The Call To Tackle FX’s Best Execution Dilemma

Over one-third of traders cite ‘best execution’ as their greatest daily trading issue according to a recent report by JP Morgan. The FX industry is looking to all aspects from, exchanges, market infrastructure providers and algorithmic trading to aid them in solving this problem.

The report entitled ‘e-trading trends for 2018 surveyed over 400 institutional traders to gain insight into what they think the main issues and trends will be in the year ahead.

ParFX

ParFX, a spot FX platform has measures in place to improve execution quality such as its unique randomized pause and enhanced trade cycle transparency. The company’s CEO Dan Marcus explained on Bloomberg TV that, “As a venue, what we’ve always tried to deliver is best execution, what you now see is there is more transparency, more surveillance, more systems, more controls, to sure we deliver the best execution that the regulators can see is traded in the market.” ParFX’s measures were put in place to remove the negative impact some high-frequency traders were having on the FX markets. By reducing this negative impact, ParFX has provided traders a fast, reliable and ultimately accurate platform where orders can be carried out efficiently.

Pragma

Traders are also looking to algorithmic trading to improve the quality of their execution. Curtis Pfeiffer, Chief Business Officer at Pragma Securities, believes the rise of algorithmic trading, which now accounts for more than one-third of flows in institutional currency markets, is due to how market prices and execution prices are databased. A database makes it simpler for their clients to carry out analysis of their execution quality and therefore improve their future decision making.

CLS

CLS is also providing tools to aide traders achieve their best execution goals, with the timely release of CLS’s FX Forecast data. This new tool provides subscribers with a forward-looking view of FX markets on an hourly basis, enabling them to quickly detect potential price movements and identify times to trade with greater liquidity, reducing market impact and signaling risk.

Alan Marquard, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at CLS, said: “Our position at the center of the global foreign exchange market means we are ideally placed to provide comprehensive and accurate data insights to market participants. Incorporating our forecast data into trading strategies can provide institutions with a better view of trading capacity, enabling them to optimize and time their trades. It also helps risk teams to more accurately adjust their models to the changing market. Ultimately, this will lead to a safer and more profitable foreign exchange market.”

Where Next? 

In a financial landscape where liquidity seems abundant, new innovative technologies are aiding traders to maximize best execution, however, it remains to be seen whether this will address what is now the biggest concern facing traders today.

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