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Fidessa Launches Mexican Trading Platform

The multi-asset trading platform is compliant with new regulations in Mexico introduced to drive more automated trading solutions.

Fidessa group plc said it launched its Mexican trading platform for the buy and sell sides to be complaint with multi-asset trading under Mexico’s new trading regulations.

The new platform has all the features necessary for compliant multi-asset trading under Mexico’s new trading regulations, which include routing and prioritization rules.

The new regulations were introduced in order to make trading and connecting with the Mexican Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana BMV) easier, accelerate the move to more automated trading solutions and bring Mexican market trading in line with international standards, said the release.

According to Alice Botis, Fidessa’s head of Business Development Latin America, “Close collaboration with the Mexican exchange and local regulators has ensured that the Fidessa trading platform meets the needs of customers in this new technology-driven marketplace.”

In the release, Alfredo Guillen, BMV’s transactional service director, commented: “Average daily orders in the Mexican cash market have increased threefold over the past year, and as global investors look to Mexican markets for new opportunities, we remain focused on improving functionality and trading rules. By working with a company such as Fidessa, which has developed solutions to address regulatory changes like MiFID in Europe and RegNMS in the U.S., we are taking another big step towards increasing foreign interest and investment in Mexico.”

The Mexican version of the Fidessa trading platform includes the core functions found in all other international implementations, namely: straight-through-processing from order inception to trade confirmation, fully integrated real-time global market data, and intelligent workflow and order management. It also incorporates advanced trading tools including algorithmic, program and pairs trading, member and non-member DMA trading and connectivity to more than 2,400 buy-sides for electronic client order flow and more than 600 brokers and 150 markets around the world.

In addition, Fidessa's Mexican trading platform enables brokers to implement multiple channels to the market and provides the independent FolioCB sequencing and a separate FIX connection to the BMV for each channel as required by the regulations. By providing unique, sequential and consecutive numbers for each trade, the platform enables brokers to validate their orders and so demonstrate compliance with the important ‘prelación’ or prioritization requirements of the regulations.

Also, Level 1 market data sourced from the BMV, is available via the Mexican trading platform, either from a direct feed handler into Fidessa’s market access module or from Fidessa's market data ticker plant. It supports all new order types allowed under the new regulations, including market, limit, package, active or passive best limit, iceberg and market-on-close orders, all with “good-for-day” and “good-til-day” durations.

Traders can validate orders by tick scales and round lot checks based on last execution price, tradability of instrument, extraordinary price fluctuations, foreign entry trading restrictions and, where applicable, custodial positions. The platform provides brokers with access to standard VWAP and TWAP algorithms, plus additional algorithms for market-making automation. In addition, Fidessa’s Pairs module allows traders to conduct automated arbitrage between U.S. and Mexican markets.

Ivy is Editor-at-Large for Advanced Trading and Wall Street & Technology. Ivy is responsible for writing in-depth feature articles, daily blogs and news articles with a focus on automated trading in the capital markets. As an industry expert, Ivy has reported on a myriad ... View Full Bio

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