Trad-X, the market-leading platform for global interest rate derivatives, has been named OTC trading platform of the year at the Risk Awards 2019, which took place in London last night (November 27).
The Risk Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious awards for firms and individuals involved in the global derivatives markets and in risk management. Trad-X was recognised for demonstrating innovation in its technology, products and growth initiatives.
The platform has seen notional trading volumes for EUR and USD products increase by more than 40% year-on-year, and is in the final stages of launching a dealer-to-client central limit order book (CLOB) for EUR-denominated interest rate swaps.
A core component of the Trad-X offering is its reference screens. This ensures the calculation methodology and pricing on the platform is transparent, irrefutable and offers a full audit trail. It was also one of the first to offer the choice of direct execution on the platform via click-and- trade screens, API access or hybrid execution. This enables Tradition’s voice brokers to combine their understanding of market depth and client positioning and submit bids and offers that comply with best execution requirements.
Dan Marcus, CEO of Trad-X, said: “Receiving this prestigious award concludes a milestone year for Trad-X. The launch of MiFID II meant the European derivatives market faced its biggest upheaval since the 2008 financial crisis. We remained strategically clear-sighted on its impact, engaged extensively with regulators to ensure minimal disruption to our clients and accelerated our strategy of hybrid execution. This approach is now yielding results and has led to a significant uptick in trading activity.
“We will continue expand and innovate our business in line with market evolution and client requirements. The launch of our dealer-to-client offering is the first in a line of new products and enhancements we expect to launch over the coming months.”
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