The explosion of new fixed income trad-
ing venues shows no signs of letting up.
As of January this year there are now 128 trading platforms available for fixed income trading, suggesting
the explosion of new bond venues is yet to slow down.
Between November 2016 and January this year, 14
new fixed income trading platforms joined the market,
according to a recent blog post by John Greenan, a
front office trading technology consultant.
The asset class is overcrowded with trading venues
as regulation forces the structure of fixed income
across instruments away from a centralised model –
mostly due to bank balance sheet constraints - towards
a decentralised model.
Market participants have said the explosion of venues is causing fragmentation and a ‘liquidity drought’
in global bond markets.
Large buy-side firms and asset managers have the
opportunity to act as price makers rather than price
takers, according to a quarterly report published by
the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).
The report said the bond market has seen a decrease
in ratio turnover, despite an increase in market size
and overall turnover against a backdrop of bond issuance, as issuers take advantage of low interest rates
Number of bond trading
The former head of European trading at State
Street Global Advisors, Dale Brooksbank, has
joined the Abu Dhabi Investment Authori-
ty (ADIA). Brooksbank - who departed State
Street in July last year - joined the authority
in October 2016 as head of equities trad-
ing in ADIA’s central dealing department.
Citi has hired Thomas Regazzi as its new head
of prime finance for North America, accord-
ing to an internal memo, as it continues to
build out its equities team. Regazzi joins from
UBS where he was previously head of syn-
thetic equity trading for the Americas, serv-
ing almost seven years at the Swiss bank.
Former global head of trading at AXA Invest-
ment Management has joined MarketAxess as
head of Europe and Asia. Christophe Roupie
has been tasked with driving MarketAxess’
global expansion and securing new business
and product development opportunities.
The former head of Barclays derivatives clearing
business has resurfaced at ICE, joining its interest
rate business. Ray Kahn joined the Atlanta-based
exchange group on 3 January, a spokesperson for
ICE confirmed, following a hiatus of six months.
Chief executive officer at Schroders, Peter Harri-
son, has been appointed as chair of the Invest-
ment Association. It was also announced Andrew
Formica, chief executive officer of Henderson
Group, has been appointed as deputy chair.
Legal and General Investment Management’s
global head of trading, Stephen Grady, has left
the asset manager, marking the latest high profile
trader to depart from a buy-side firm. Responsi-
bility for LGIM’s global trading operations will be
split between senior traders in London and Chica-
go, a spokesperson confirmed, and will continue
to report to Simon Wilkinson, head of LDI funds.