Traiana Harmony’s CFD and equity swap network expands in Asia

19 November 2013

London, Hong Kong, 19 November 2013 – Traiana, the leading provider of post-trade solutions, announces today that the Harmony network, its global product for equities swaps / CFD markets, is now live in the Asia Pacific region.

The demand for the equity swap network in Asia is a reflection of the change in behaviour in this market, the growing volumes in the give-up market, increased access by global buy-side firms as well as focus on straight-through-processing servicing by global synthetic equity prime brokers. Buy-side firms are using the product to access markets such as China and India for the first time, building on their existing activity in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Prime brokers leading the initiative and covering execution in the regional markets include Credit Suisse and UBS.

The Harmony network’s expansion into Asia includes product enhancements designed to address localised requirements driven by both market practice and new regulations. These new functionalities include mandated unique indications around short selling and price breakdowns. The Harmony network also allows for segregation of regional trade data between the global centres that vary in definition between the synthetic prime broker firms.

The Harmony network now comprises over 80 executing brokers and 15 prime brokers globally, for give up processing, allocations and T-0 matching with buy side firms, facilitating tighter risk controls and improved client servicing. Banks and buy-side firms use Harmony to increase end-to-end visibility and control with automated, real-time post-trade processing from point of execution through to the final confirmation requiring manual intervention solely for exception processing.

Rob Maloney, MD, Head of International Flow Financing, Credit Suisse said, “As a Bank, we have significantly improved the post-trade efficiency of what was traditionally a very manually intensive and bespoke market. Expanding this service to Asia allows us to replicate the high standard of client servicing for our Asian clients.”

Benjamin Chandler, MD, APAC Equity Finance Distribution, UBS said, “The increased activity in the Asia Pacific equity swap market and the nature of transactions in the region demands an electronic solution. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a global offering that makes all markets transparent and efficient for our clients.”

Roy Saadon, Co Founder at Traiana said “The synthetic equity expansion is a natural next step for Traiana, as we continue to provide a unique service with a full cross asset capabilities covering global FX, exchange traded derivatives, cash and synthetic equity, fixed income and OTC derivatives. Our strong partnership with the prime brokers help us prioritise the asset expansion roadmap and this is an indication of the success of this relationship.”

Traiana Harmony processes more than US$700 billion daily, with over four million trades per day flowing through the network. The expansion of the CFD equity swap network in Asia will significantly improve risk management by automating the give-up process, streamlining straight through processing and improving transparency.

About Traiana
Traiana, Inc. (www.traiana.com) provides global banks, broker/dealers, buy-side firms and trading platforms with services to monitor pre- trade risk and automate post-trade processing of financial transactions in listed and over-the-counter trading markets. Traiana's solutions and the Harmony Network have become the market standard for post-trade processing of foreign exchange, exchange traded derivatives, fixed income, CDS and synthetic and cash equity transactions. Traiana, an ICAP company, is headquartered in New York City with offices in Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

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