Sep, 16 2008
Cross-Currency Basis Swaps Go Electronic Tue, 16 Sep 2008 21:38:11

GFI Delivers Market’s First Electronic Platform

LONDON, September 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GFI Group Inc. (‘GFIG’ on NASDAQ) has launched BasisMatch(TM) – the first electronic trading platform for cross-currency basis swaps for the inter-dealer market. This extends GFI’s successful hybrid broking model combining electronic and broker-assisted trading.

BasisMatch covers the G10 currencies against three-month US Dollar LIBOR, with plans to extend to similar instruments such as inter basis swaps.

“GFI continues to invest heavily in service-enhancing technology and BasisMatch is the latest example of this,” said Paul Millward, GFI’s BasisMatch(TM) and ForexMatch(R) product manager. “Cross-currency basis swaps are ready for hybrid broking, bringing electronic trading and automation of post-trade processes. GFI believes that BasisMatch will be widely adopted – just as CreditMatch and ForexMatch have been.”

“The market requires efficient price dissemination and execution, transparency and integrity – and BasisMatch delivers,” said Robert Bou-Simon, GFI’s head of European interest rate derivatives. “BasisMatch is the result of extensive collaboration with our clients and GFI will continue to work with them to develop the platform further.”

BasisMatch has been developed by Trayport, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GFI Group, Inc.

About GFI Group Inc.

GFI Group Inc. ( is a leading inter-dealer broker specializing in over-the-counter derivatives products and related securities. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data and trading platform and analytics software to institutional clients in markets for a range of credit, financial, equity and commodity instruments.

Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,700 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Seoul, Cape Town, Calgary, Englewood (NJ), and Sugar Land (TX). GFI provides services and products to over 2,200 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFI(TM), GFInet(R), CreditMatch(R), GFI ForexMatch(R), EnergyMatch(R), FENICS(R), Starsupply(R), Amerex(R) and Trayport(R).

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Alan Bright
PR Manager
GFI Group Inc.