Russia’s VTB Capital and China’s CITIC Securities sign MOU

Russia’s VTB Capital and China’s CITIC Securities sign MOU

First Published 12th July 2013

VTB Capital of Russia struck the latest in a series of agreements with groups in other countries, this time with China’s CITIC Securities

VTB Capital said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese investment bank CITIC Securities so that the two groups can work together on cross border merger and acquisition and investment opportunities between Russia and China.

Other areas of cooperation include capital markets, asset management, private equity investments, research and FX operations to capture trade flows between the two countries, VTB Capital said in a statement.

“The Asia-Pacific market is one of the strategic regions for developing VTB Capital’s business abroad,” VTB Global Capital Chief Executive Officer Alexei Yakovitsky said. “A partnership with CITIC Securities will enable us to significantly enhance our position and provide a larger set of services for our clients with interest in the Chinese market that is currently one of the most attractive markets for investing.”

Damian Chunilal, VTB Capital’s CEO for Asia, said the MOU was another important step in the group’s strategy to expand business beyond Russia.

VTB Capital has signed a series of agreements with firms in other locations.

It signed an MOU this week with Italian investment agency Invitalia. In October 2012, VTB Capital and Evercore Partners (USA) announced a strategic co-operation partnership to focus on cross-border deals between Russia and the North American market. In June of that year it announced a strategic cooperation agreement with Brazilian investment banking group BTG Pactual.

Sao Paulo based BLK Sistemas Financeiros Accelerates Trading with Perseus LiquidPath®

Sao Paulo based BLK Sistemas Financeiros Accelerates Trading with Perseus LiquidPath®

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Sao Paulo based BLK Sistemas Financeiros Accelerates Trading with Perseus LiquidPath®

–        Perseus Telecom Brazil Connects BLK Sistemas Financeiros to Brazil Exchange in less than 50 microseconds

–        Perseus LiquidPath® Enhances Liquidity with Ultra-Low Latency Connectivity with BM&F Bovespa

SAO PAULO– 15 July 2013 – Perseus Telecom, a leading provider of ultra-low latency, high capacity global networks, today announced that BLK Sistemas Financeiros has connected to the BM&F Bovespa through the Perseus Telecom LiquidPath connection of sub 50 microseconds. LiquidPath launched late in 2012 by Perseus, connects the ALOG/Equinix (SP1) datacenter with the BM&F Bovespa data center (CT1) in less than 50 microseconds Round Trip Delay (RTD).

Perseus Telecom winners of the Global Telecoms Business Innovation award in 2012 for building the fastest connection between the Nasdaq OMX datacenter in New York and the BM&F Bovespa data center in Sao Paulo, has since launched its LiquidPath product, which furthers the commitment to market-to-market trading. LiquidPath assists brokers, vendors and their customers, with international communications, infrastructure support and ultra low-latency last mile connectivity to exchanges.

Rogério Paiva Managing Director at BLK Sistemas Financeiros said, “We carefully selected Perseus Telecom, who is well known in Brazil for its exchange connectivity platform, LiquidPath, which has helped ensure the best performance locally for our customers.”

BLK Sistemas Financeiros is a specialized electronic & algorithmic trading service provider that assists in developing proximity colocation infrastructure for high speed electronic trading operations. The BLK customer requires a sophisticated ultra low-latency straight through processing environment, based on the latest technological advancements available.

“BLK Sistemas Financeiros is a great new addition to the Perseus Telecom community connecting to our global network from Brazil, said Marcos Guimaraes, President of Perseus Telecom Brazil, “BLK can now help its customers take advantage our LiquidPath infrastructure to provide access to the BM&F Bovespa for its trading customers, but also to other exchanges in the 60 global markets Perseus serves.”

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Citi brings block trading to Brazil with TOTAL TOUCH PLATFORM to access BLOCK LIQUIDITY

Citi brings block trading to Brazil with TOTAL TOUCH PLATFORM to access BLOCK LIQUIDITY

Tim Cave

11 Jul 2013

11 Jul 2013

Citigroup is to expand its US electronic block-trading platform to include Brazilian equities, in a move aimed at combating the rise of high-frequency trading that has made it tougher for institutional investors to complete large trades in Brazil.

Citi brings block trading to Brazil

Citi’s Total Touch platform, which offers investors electronic access to US equities and exchange-traded funds, has been expanded to include Brazilian equities for the first time, Citi said in a statement.

The Total Touch platform, which was first launched in 2010, combines both high-touch, or voice-driven sales trading, with electronic execution methods to allow clients access to block liquidity.

Block trading platforms allow institutional investors to trade large orders without prices moving against them. Such trades have become increasingly difficult to complete during the rise of automated trading, which has reduced average order sizes.

According to BM&FBovespa‘s 2012 results, HFT participation on the Brazilian exchange’s equities segment grew from 8.5% to 9.4% of overall volume during the year. HFT participation on its derivatives segment, BM&F, increased from 6% to 6.5% in 2012.


Fabio Gheilerman, head of Latin America trading at Citi, said: “The rise of high-frequency trading Brazil has increased the appetite among our clients to be able to trade blocks in the country. Leveraging Citi’s global presence and local footprint, we are able to respond to client demands for electronic execution with price protection.”

BM&FBovespa is Brazil’s only stock and futures exchange operator. It has been attempting to court high-frequency traders to boost volumes and steel itself against the prospect of increased competition from rival venues.

US-based exchange operators, NYSE Euronext, Bats Global Markets and Direct Edge, as well as the London Stock Exchange, are exploring the opportunity of creating an alternative stock exchange in the country.

BM&F has cut fees to lure HFTs and offered specialist services such as co-location, which allows firms to place servers next to the exchange’s matching engine and shaves crucial seconds off trading times. It has also gone live with a new high-speed trading platform called Puma, developed with BM&FBovespa`s partner CME Group.


Citi’s move follows an announcement in May that it had overhauled its US electronic trading platform for equities, resulting in closer links between its electronic and sales trading desks that have historically been kept separate. The revamp formed part of the US bank’s push to help clients locate buyers and sellers for their equity orders amid a continued environment of low trading volumes.

Kevin Russell, Citi’s global head of cash equities trading, said: “The global equities market is at a crucial and unique phase in its evolution. The intersection of experienced human trader knowledge and robust electronic capabilities creates an opportunity for market participants to take advantage of a hybrid approach to investing.”

–write to Tim Cave,


CLEARPATH ANALYSIS – West’s persistent fiscal uncertainty helps emerging market equities become “safe havens”

West’s persistent fiscal uncertainty helps emerging market equities become “safe havens”
Published on   Jul 04, 2013

The search for yield in a constrained environment has caused significant rebound to emerging market equities, the Investing in Emerging Market Equities, report concludes. Over the last twelve months inflows into frontier equity funds have equated to roughly one quarter of assets under management. 1 But what drives this influx and how should investors isolate the appropriate geographies, governance and market volatility for best-value proposition.

The Investing in Emerging Market Equities, report, produced by Clear Path Analysis, in collaboration with M&G Investment, Allan Gray Africa Funds and Hermes Fund Managers debates how the West’s persistent fiscal uncertainty presents emerging market equities as “safe havens” for those with an increased appetite for risk.

According to Philip Gerson, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund, “…many of them have paused their deficit reduction efforts in response to the weaker global environment.” But whilst an appropriate short-term response some “..emerging market economies still have fairly high debt ratios.”

Yet Gerson shares favourable economic predictions for 2014, particularly in more developed economies and argues that: “the gradual strengthening in advanced economies will be beneficial to emerging markets and low income countries in terms of increasing demand for their exports and commodity prices.”

Matthew Vaight, Fund Manager, M&G Investment, raises an important point regarding the state of corporate governance and influence of controlling shareholders in emerging markets: “In Brazil, China and Russia, for example, the state controls a large number of firms, enabling it to appoint personnel and direct corporate strategy. In China, 75% of the stock market by value is made up of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), in which the government retains a majority stake and exercises effective control.”

Vaight also stresses the diversity of governance within emerging markets. “In our opinion, South Africa has numerous businesses from banks to retailers that have exceptional operating practices as well as management teams that understand the importance of creating value for their shareholders and generate high returns on capital.”

Whilst conversely, he states: “there are markets such as Korea where companies are often controlled by families. These conglomerates frequently have complex and sprawling organisational structures and can be focused on empire building rather than generating returns for minority investors.” So carrying out the due diligence is vital particularly in those markets where it is questionable as to whether the management team is actually in control.

According to Andrew Lapping, Portfolio Manager, Allan Gray Africa Funds, the focus on emerging market equities should be on value not growth and that Africa in particular has good potential real returns. Lapping states “This is mainly because African equity markets are less developed, illiquid, under researched and often retail investor driven. These factors allow for discrepancies between the fair value of companies and their share prices to emerge.”

Lapping excludes South Africa in this as its “stock market has been a great place to invest over the past 15 years with returns of 13% per year, compared to nominal GDP growth of 10.3%.”

Lapping argues that market volatility, particularly on the African Continent, can make buying into negativity is a profitable strategy. “Kenya has a current account deficit problem (12% of GDP) and relies on foreign investments to settle the balance of payments. In 2011, a drought, among other issues, led to increasing inflation and a loss of confidence. The Kenyan shilling depreciated from KES85 to KES105/US$, while at the same time the Nairobi Stock Exchange 20 fell 18% in local currency terms, making for an excellent buying opportunity.”

Elsewhere Gary Greenberg, Head of Global Emerging Markets, Hermes Fund Managers, examines the value of Russia equities as an investment proposition. He asks whether “…the rest of emerging markets so unattractive as to make this modern pariah state look good in comparison, or are these specialists seeing something that others are missing?”

Greenberg states: “At the current earnings multiples (5x) it is more than one standard deviation under its historical mean (8x), and the discount to its universe of peers is 53%. Adjusting as one should for sector composition, the discount to the peers in Gems is 36%. Is this enough?” He believes it is.

On other geographies Lei Lei Song, Principal Economist, Office of Regional Economic Integration, Asian Development Bank, states: “We forecast Cambodia is going to grow about 7% in 2013 and 2014. It is a promising market. It has a good economic growth potential and a very strong demographic trend.”

“Myanmar is just starting to open up since late 2012. It is a frontier market and we predict its economy to grow about 6% in 2013. It has huge potential because it’s a very rich economy in terms of human resources, mineral resources, and it is also in a strategic position, connecting both South and East Asia.”

BM&FBOVESPA accepted Chi-X Global’s Chi-FX platform for commercial use, opening up the Brazilian market to institutional investors outside of Brazil.

BM&FBOVESPA accepted Chi-X Global’s Chi-FX platform for commercial use, opening up the Brazilian market to institutional investors outside of Brazil.

Chi-X described the news as a major milestone for the Chi-FX platform.

New York – Chi-X Global Holdings said BM&FBOVESPA S.A., Bolsa de Valores, Mercadorias e Futuros had accepted its Chi-FX platform for commercial use.

The company said Chi-FX powers the Brazilian group’s BEI (Brazil Easy Investing), which will allow registered Brazilian brokers to provide retail and institutional investors based outside of Brazil quotes of Brazilian exchange-listed stocks in their local currency.

By leveraging the Chi-FX technology, BEI integrates market data from BM&FBOVESPA stock quotes with FX rates offered by Brazilian banks.

“This is a major milestone for our Chi-FX platform” said Tal Cohen, CEO of Chi-X Global. “Brazilian market participants will be able to offer their off-shore clients an automated solution for trading Brazilian equities with embedded FX rates, thereby reducing latency, broadening access and minimizing currency risk for international investors. This is an exciting time for Chi-FX and we will be exploring new opportunities to expand the platform throughout Latin America.”

Cicero Vieira Neto, COO of BM&FBOVESPA, said: “We are looking forward to the launch of BEI, which coupled with the recent changes to the CPF registration process, will represent a significant step in the ongoing development

Perseus Brazil Debuts Market-To-Market Liquidity Platform LiquidPath®

Perseus Brazil Debuts Market-To-Market Liquidity Platform LiquidPath®

LiquidPath® combines the Perseus award winning connectivity solutions with the Perseus global market-to-market ultra low-latency network. LiquidPath is a fast and cost effective solution for the deployment of the necessary equipment needed to be staged in foreign markets so that customers do not have to manage the complexities of having “feet on the street” in new emerging markets.

Perseus Telecom customers see a variety of advantages when choosing LiquidPath:

Through efficient and high-performance trading infrastructure ideal for staging Market Data, Order Management (OMS) as well as Algorithmic and High-Frequency-Trading equipment, customers can benefit from state 0f the art equipment ready to be turned on as a service.

Due to complex and static environments Perseus can offer proximity services for Direct Market Access (DMA) platforms, helping customers getting trading with exchanges or counter parties fast, saving time and money.

Customers can enjoy having balanced IT investments with LiquidPath® making it easier to plan and allocate IT expenditures for trading emerging or foreign markets.

“Liquidity Infrastructure” for local and global buy-side, sell-side and service vendors looking to access the Brazilian Securities marketplace.

LiquidPath combines the Perseus award winning fastest connectivity solution with the Perseus Global Market-to-Market ultra low-latency network . LiquidPath is a fast and cost effective solution for the deployment of trading infrastructure into foreign markets so that your firm does not have to manage the complexities of local “feet on the street” in new markets you may want to trade.

Perseus Telecom customers see a variety of advantages when choosing LiquidPath:

Efficient and high-performance trading infrastructure ideal for staging Market Data, Order Management (OMS) as well as Algorithmic and High-Frequency-Trading equipment.

Complex and static environment optimal in colocation and proximity services for Direct Market Access (DMA) platforms. Well balanced IT investments – support for planning of IT expenditures.

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EquaMetrics claims to eliminate coding from algo trading with launch of RIZM

EquaMetrics claims to eliminate coding from algo trading with launch of RIZM–launch-of-rizm

Cloud-based platform with intuitive algobuilder claims to reduce complexity and cost of algo trading for individual traders

New York – EquaMetrics has launched RIZM, a visual programming tool which it says can enable traders who have no prior knowledge of programming, coding or high-level mathematics, to build, to test and deploy complex algo trading strategies. EquaMetrics has spent the past two years developing RIZM and has raised $3.25 million from private angel investors to date.

Offered on a monthly subscription basis RIZM will initially support equities, futures and FX trading, with live trading connections to Interactive Brokers and Forex Capital Markets (FXCM). EquaMetrics plans to add options and fixed income trading, along with live connections to all mainstream retail and institutional brokers.

“We are putting powerful institutional tools into mainstream traders’ hands with the launch of RIZM,” said Amr Mohamed, EquaMetrics’ CIO. “Algorithmic trading has long been the domain of only large companies that have the resources for software engineers to build and execute on every trading strategy. We created RIZM to provide an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that will provide anyone – active professional as well as non-professional traders – access to a cloud-based platform for building, back testing, simulating and executing algorithmic trading strategies. I have no doubt that within two years’ time, every trader will be running automated trading strategies.”

NYSE-ATG venture in Brazil aims to bring in new partners

NYSE-ATG venture in Brazil aims to bring in new partners

Americas Trading System Brasil, a joint venture of NYSE Euronext and Americas Trading Group, or ATG, has requested authorisation to begin operations in Brazil, the company said in a statement Wednesday morning.


If approved, ATS Brasil plans to start operations in the first half of 2014, and become the first exchange in more than a decade to compete with BM&FBovespa.

ATS Brasil chief executive officer Alan Gandelman said in interview it expects to have approval from Brazil’s securities and exchange regulator, or CVM, in up to around six months. The company aims to have a 15% share of the Brazilian equity market within two years of starting up.

The value of equities trading on Brazil’s sole stock-exchange operator, BM&FBovespa, hit a record 1.78 trillion reals ($820bn) in 2012.

ATG owns 80% of ATS Brasil. NYSE Technologies, the technology arm of NYSE Euronext, has a 20% stake.


Those stakes will likely change in coming months because ATS Brasil intends to sign as many as eight local and international banks and money management firms as partners to ensure a higher trading volume once the exchange starts to operate, Gandelman said.

The new partners, called liquidity partners, will collectively take an equity stake of as much as 24% in ATS, Gandelman said, noting it hasn’t yet been decided how much ATG’s and NYSE’s stakes will be diluted.

Talks are in an advanced stage and the partnerships with the financial institutions will likely have been decided by the end of July, the executive noted.

ATS Brasil will initially trade only equities and soon after will also offer equities derivatives, the CEO said.


The company could also in future extend its operations to other countries in the region, although currently this is only a possibility, Mr. Gandelman said.

ATG, which provides electronic trading products, was established in 2010 and is already connected to stock exchanges across Latin America, with the exception of Argentina and Venezuela.

ATS Brasil is preparing to enter the Brazilian market at a time of losses for local shares. The benchmark Ibovespa stocks index is down close to 20% year-to-date amid worries about slow economic growth and persistent high inflation. There are also concerns the US Federal Reserve might announce an easing of its bond-buying policy, which could lead to an even stronger US dollar and a reversal of investment flows from emerging markets to the US.

“The outlook for local stocks is not favorable, at least for the next year,” said Joao Pedro Brugger, an analyst at Brazil’s brokerage Leme Investimentos. “In the long run, however, we have a positive view of the Brazilian market and believe it will benefit from having another stock exchange,” Brugger said.


“We believe we are coming to Brazil in an interesting time as we expect investors to come back to the stock exchanges in short or medium term,” Gandelman said, noting that he believes recent losses have been exaggerated.

A few other international companies have shown an interest in entering the Brazilian market, but their plans haven’t yet moved forward.

New Jersey-based Direct Edge Holdings has delayed plans to request an operating license, but says it continues working on it.

One major obstacle to new arrivals is the lack of access to a clearinghouse, where equities trades are processed. BM&FBovespa owns the only clearinghouse in Brazil, but it has said several times it’s not yet opened to the possibility of allowing competitors to use its system.


ATS Brasil has already found a solution to clear its trading without the use of local stock exchange, Gandelman said, though he didn’t give more details on the alternative.

Kansas-based BATS Global Markets and asset management firm Claritas have said they were studying the possibility of launching a competitor to BM&FBovespa, but plans haven’t advanced.

BATS faced problems of its own after announcing that errors on its exchange went undetected for years. According to the company those errors “turned out to be a minor issue, costing customers a total of $17,000 over four years.”

–write to


This article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal [ ]


Prism Valuation Enhances Lat-Am Derivative Valuation Service

Prism Valuation Enhances Lat-Am Derivative Valuation Service

Prism Valuation has recently introduced two enhancements to its Derivative Valuation Service for Lat-Am products. Firstly, it now offers its clients the choice of discounting valuations for Brazilian Real (BRL) CDI zero coupon swaps using a curve constructed from USD/BRL non-deliverable forwards and swaps. This is in addition to the already existing option of allowing forecasting of the forward CDI rates using either an on-shore or an off-shore curve.

The non-deliverable curve discounting option is now being delivered to several clients trading these instruments. In addition, Prism has recently added support for the valuation of Colombian Peso (COP) OIS swaps, which can also be discounted using deliverable or non-deliverable curves. In addition to BRL and COP, Prism currently delivers IRS and other derivative valuations for Chilean Peso (CLP), Mexican Peso (MXN) and Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) in the Lat-Am region.

“Supporting non-deliverable discounting for BRL and other Lat-Am and Asian interest rate swap types reflects Prism’s continuing commitment to providing a flexible, robust framework to meet clients’ derivative valuation requirements. We are always willing to make the effort to broaden our coverage and utilize emerging methodologies in order to deliver the best possible service” comments Keldon Drudge, CEO.


Asset Manager PEAK6 Selects SunGard for a comprehensive Portfolio Management and risk system

Asset Manager PEAK6 Selects SunGard for a comprehensive Portfolio Management and risk system

PEAK6 Advisors LLC (“PEAK6”), a Chicago-based asset manager specializing in alternative investments, has gone live with SunGard’s Front Arena and Monis solutions. The solutions help PEAK6 better service its clients by providing customized portfolio and risk management, valuations and trade processing.

SunGard’s Front Arena and Monis help increase operational efficiency by allowing PEAK6 to concentrate on what they do best – delivering returns and achieving agile growth.

“We wanted to ensure we are conducting ongoing due diligence by offering our investors a well-defined investment management system that can handle our assets under management in an efficient way. SunGard’s Front Arena and Monis help mitigate our internal risk and automate our validation processes – giving our investors piece of mind.” – Scott Kramer, chief technology officer, PEAK6

The implementation was completed in less than four months and PEAK6’s requirements were met in terms of open architecture and highly configurable functionalities.

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