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Santiago Stock Exchange Revamps IT for Latin America's Integrated Market

In a Q&A with Wall Street & Technology, Andres Araya Falcone, CIO of Bolsas de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), explains how Chile's exchange is preparing for low latency trading and surging messaging rates.

One of the fastest growing regions for electronic trading is Latin America where the Santiago Stock Exchange Chiles central market has forged cooperative relationships with other exchanges in the region, including BM&F Bovespa, and revamped its IT trading infrastructure. In a Q&A with Wall Street & Technology, Andres Araya Falcone, CIO of Bolsas de Comercio de Santiago (BCS), explains how these joint initiatives in Latin America are driving the Chilean market to modernize the exchanges electronic trading infrastructure and prepare for an expected surge in messaging rates from market data.

Andres Araya Falcone

How is the Santiago exchange working with other Latin American markets?

By the end of 2010, the Santiago Stock Exchange had signed a linkage agreement with Brazils stock exchange, BM&F Bovespa, heralding the latest in a series of cooperative projects being run between Latin American bourses. The agreement, signed on December 13th, will enable connectivity between both exchanges for order routing and market data dissemination. It also includes separate initiatives for further development of the Santiago Stock Exchanges derivatives market, the establishment of joint initiatives related to settlement, clearing and central counterparty services, as well as access to the BM&F Bovespa/CME trading platform from Chile.

How will this agreement with BM&F Bovespa impact your technology needs for order routing and market data?

Market participants in both countries will be able to route orders for stocks, stock options and related derivatives listed on the others exchange. Both exchanges will also be able to receive and distribute each others market data. Clearing and settlement of orders will be done according to local market rules of listed instruments. These kinds of initiatives imply that the Santiago Stock Exchanges IT platform has to be prepared to manage more than 6 million orders per day.

Your exchange recently teamed up with the stock exchanges of Columbia and Peru to form the Integrated Latin American Market or MLA, which began operating in June. What are the goals of this initiative?

We have been working for the last 13 months on MLA to consolidate regional stock markets so they may become more attractive for local and foreign investors. MILA will attract more liquidity to the market because investors will have wider availability and a greater diversity of companies to invest in, in a bigger and more integrated market. Finally, listed companies will benefit even further from this integration through access to new and increased financial resources for their expansion.

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