First broker to execute fully electronic trade in Mexican market
New York, April 13, 2011 – GFI Group (NYSE: “GFIG”) a leading provider of wholesale brokerage, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets announced today it has conducted the first fully electronic Mexican Peso UDI/Libor Interest Rate Swap.
An UDI Swap is an interest rate swap where one leg of the trade is based on a Mexican Peso fixed rate set by reference to the UDI index, which is exchanged for a US Dollar floating interest rate (USD 6 month Libor).The UDI (Unidades de Inversion) is the Mexican inflation unit; published daily, based on the price changes in the Mexican economy set by the Central Bank.
Matching of UDI Interest Rate Swaps follows the success of GFI’s first electronic matching of Mexican TIIE IRS conducted in 2010.
Ron Levi, COO GFI Group said: “Mexico is a very important market for us. We are very pleased to be able to offer our clients in this market choice in their method of execution. The roll out of this new product follows the market’s embracing of our electronic matching sessions in US$ Interest Rate Options, Mexican TIIE IRS and of non deliverable forwards in Chile and Argentina.”
Mr. Levi added: “Technology is an integral component of the GFI hybrid business model where technology and brokers work together to provide clients with top quality service. Our investment in technology since our inception has allowed us to be at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to client demands.”
Matching is a process run on various GFI electronic trading platforms which allows traders to anonymously contribute and trade at mid-market levels on specific contracts during periodic sessions. Sessions are carried out during set times in the day and have short durations, approximately 5 minutes. GFI Matching sessions create concentrated and deep liquidity pools that allow large volume trades to be transacted at mid market levels.
GFI conducts Matching processes for multiple products on all of its electronic trading platforms: CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch® and EnergyMatch®.
CreditMatch® is GFI’s electronic trading platform for fixed income derivatives and bonds. It forms a key part of GFI’s hybrid brokerage model, serving the market from its operations in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong and working alongside GFI’s brokers from each of these offices. CreditMatch® displays fixed income derivative and bond prices together on the same screen.
GFI ForexMatch® is GFI’s electronic system for FX derivatives trading. It supports GFI’s hybrid brokerage model, combining traditional voice brokerage services with sophisticated electronic trading technology. GFI ForexMatch® enhances price discovery and increases efficiency by enabling full electronic trade execution and processing of FX instruments.
EnergyMatch® is the next generation electronic OTC energy marketplace combining the liquidity pools of multiple brokerage firms, electronic trading participants along with multiple clearing options in an open access web based platform. EnergyMatch® brings together buyers and sellers of derivative and physical commodities contracts
About GFI Group Inc. www.GFIgroup.com
GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: “GFIG”) is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data, trading platform and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of fixed income, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,900 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Dubai, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Los Angeles, Englewood (NJ) and Sugar Land (TX). GFI Group Inc. provides services and products to over 2,400 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFISM, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, Trayport® and Kyte®.
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