Founded in 1987, GFI provides competitive wholesale market brokerage services in a multitude of global over-the-counter (“OTC”) and exchange listed cash and derivatives markets for fixed income, equities, financials and commodities. GFI is an industry leader in various fixed income and energy and commodity markets according to recent market surveys published by Risk and Energy Risk magazines.
Headquartered in New York, GFI employs more than 2,100 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Nyon, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Dublin, Los Angeles and Sugar Land (TX). GFI serves over 2,600 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds.
In addition to being instrumental in fostering standardization and liquidity in OTC markets, GFI continues to take a leadership role in providing intermediation in new product classes, such as freight and property derivatives and we are a leader in service global markets for greenhouse gas emissions trading.
GFI is a member of the Wholesale Markets Brokers' Association (WMBA) and the WMBA Americas, an independent industry body representing the largest wholesale market brokers operating in North America.
Information & Technology
GFI Group - A leading proponent of transparency in OTC derivatives markets, provides an array of information, data and analytical tools for global financial and other derivative markets. Our technology strategy is to combine hybrid electronic and broker-assisted brokerage with proprietary analytical tools and tradable market data. We use technological innovation to more effectively deliver higher-value services to our customers and to increase our market share while improving broker productivity.
Examples of our achievements to date include CreditMatch®, which has become a leading trading platform in Europe for fixed income and fixed income derivatives, GFI ForexMatch™ for forwards, NDFs and options and EnergyMatch®, an electronic trading platform for energy products in North America. These platforms combine pre-trade analytical, execution and post-trade Straight-through Processing (STP) capabilities with both CreditMatch® and GFI ForexMatch™ receiving recognition from industry publications as leading trading platforms in their markets.
In January 2008, GFI significantly enhanced its technology offerings in commodity and financial products with the acquisition of Trayport Ltd., along with its world-class GlobalVision electronic platform, which can accommodate electronic trading, information sharing and STP. Trayport is the leading provider of trading software in the European energy markets and is used by brokers, exchanges and trading counterparties.
GFI is a member of the International Securities Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the London Stock Exchange, the European Energy Exchange, Eurex, Euronext.Liffe, Xetra, SWX Europe and the Baltic Exchange.
Demands for market transparency and new accounting standards are challenging participants in the derivatives markets. GFI has long been a proponent of transparency in the OTC derivatives markets and as an independent intermediary in highly specialized markets, GFI can assist the buy- and sell-sides by providing them with hard to find, independent and comprehensive real time and historical data. The presence of brokerage operations in such specialized markets means that GFI is an important information hub of complex derivative products, and therefore ideally positioned to provide the capital markets with data which reflects actual market conditions and sentiments. GFI makes its data available through FTP file downloads, FENICS analytics and third-party data vendors. Each channel is tailored to suit front, middle or back office requirements.
Currently available data sets include: FX options, fixed income cash and derivatives, energy & commodities, interest rate options and swaps and equity options.
GFI is a market leader in providing a suite of pricing, trading and risk management tools allowing customers to control, monitor and oversee every aspect of FX option trading and lifecycle management.
GFI FENICS® draws on FENICS’ knowledge and experience gained from over 25 years of providing intuitive price discovery software to currency derivative markets. Its ability to deliver powerful and accurate price discovery and revaluation is boosted by GFI’s presence as an important independent intermediary in OTC markets. GFI supports its GFI FENICS® analytics with an abundance of independent market data sourced directly from GFI’s trading systems.