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Sell-Side Fixed Income Expert Network Report 01/2022

For fixed income businesses across the sell-side, 2022 is set to be a year in which new opportunities will emerge. Members of the valantic FSA Sell-Side Fixed Income Expert Network are optimistic about the year ahead as opportunities abound in multiple areas from inflation to ESG.

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valantic´s financial services automation division completes strategic investment in leading low-code technology provider Velox.

valantic FSA has completed a strategic investment in Velox Financial Technology, to complement and bring further flexibility to its award-winning electronic trading business.
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Keeping the conversation going!

Almost overnight we shifted our work lives online – commuting to the kitchen table instead of the city and catching up over video rather than over a beer.
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Can you solve today's issues and simplify the future?

At some of our clients, Sales Traders have particular difficulty dealing with their aging tech stack and spend too much time manually working across multiple disconnected systems, the result of years of acquisition and constant market evolution.
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valantic FSA helps future proof Slovakia’s largest bank.

Slovenská sporiteľňa upgrades its core banking systems to ISO 20022 using valantic`s RTPE Real Time Payments Engine.
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Seize
the
day!

Following on to my previous post, “Solutions to Our Problems are Rooted in Our Past”, where I drilled down into a specific business case on how Server-interop solutions provide an opportunity to solve the fundamental underlying issue of the traditional siloed technology.
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Looks like it isn’t a case of all-to-all or nothing just yet.

As I travelled into London this morning to look for new office space with Peter Holmgren, I came across a recent post from Tradeweb providing their latest insights on the uptake of all-to-all trading.
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The solutions to our problems are rooted in our past.

Today businesses need to operate across these silos to meet client demand for more sophisticated, cross-asset trading solutions.
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Continued growth of electronic corporate bond trading.

The growth in Corporate Bond Electronic Trading continues...
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Electronification pushes the need for more flexible systems.

On my way into one of my first face to face client meetings in a very long time, I read through an interesting report in The Trade (US outpaces Europe in electronic bond trading growth, report finds (thetradenews.com).
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All-to-all’s well that ends well?

There are clearly differing views regarding the emergence of all-to-all trading...
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The importance of our partner community.

I’m five weeks into my new role at valantic FSA and it’s clear that regular interaction with our partner community is key.
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Adoption of repo electronic trading workflows continues at pace.

Adoption of repo electronic trading workflows continues at pace with Tradeweb seeing a 53% increase in year on year average daily volumes traded in repo
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valantic FSA strengthens its international expansion.

Andy Browning joins as Head of Electronic Trading as valantic FSA accelerates the roll out of its next generation Electronic Workflow solutions for the Electronic Trading Community.
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Low code and post trade. Driving efficiency in post trade operations.

Adopting electronic trading in fixed-income has accelerated as firms see the advantages of workflow automation, not only in improving their own efficiency but in the quality of their client services as well.
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Partnership between Overbond and valantic FSA.

Overbond and valantic FSA partner to integrate Overbond’s pricing and liquidity scoring technology with valantic FSA’s eFICC trading solutions
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Change is never easy, but legacy thinking can be as much of a problem as the systems themselves.

One of the reasons there is so much legacy tech in our industry is down to a general fear that the new platform will either not deliver as expected or break a bunch of other systems.
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Companies reprioritize their IT roadmaps.

At the end of 2020, valantic and techconsult conducted a survey of over 200 German-speaking companies from all industries with respect to the question: How has the Corona pandemic impacted digital transformation projects and project priorities?
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Enter
the
matrix.

One of the comments to my previous post was "how could we offer better prediction systems to allow traders to see possible outcomes before they happen". True, we may not be able to predict outcomes with 100% accuracy, but we are already close.
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Real-time data, real-time monitoring, and a real-time alarms.

I got some great feedback from my last blog post on the potential for augmented reality in trading – thanks everyone for all the DMs. It did get me thinking a bit more about the data angle, and I came across a great quote from a book I am reading by John Rossman, Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader.
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Seeing data in new ways.

One of the big ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone over Xmas was how, as an industry, we could turn the ocean of data into something even more visual and interactive which genuinely engages the playful, creative sides of our brains?
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"Vorsprung durch Technik" - Progress through technology.

According to the OECD, in December 2019, the global outstanding amount of non-financial corporate bonds reached USD 13.5 trillion.
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valantic identifies the seven most important technology trends for 2021

The new study results provide some important insights about German companies’ technology expertise. In many cases, companies are lacking specialized knowledge and expertise, especially with regard to artificial intelligence, process optimization, and automation.
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Why fixed income trading is and isn’t like equities trading.

One of the reasons there is so much legacy tech in our industry is down to a general fear that the new platform will either not deliver as expected or break a bunch of other systems.
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EU plans to establish comprehensive standard for electronic real-time payments

The European Union promotes the establishment of a comprehensive payment standard for fast and secure cashless transactions in Europe. With instant payments, consumers can use real-time payments for transferring money within only a few seconds to the recipient’s bank account.
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valantic FSA implements SWIFT gpi.

The new SWIFT gpi (global payments innovation) standard regulates international payment transactions. Since 2018, more than 200 banks work with SWIFT gpi and the payment volume is constantly increasing.
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Leading role in Europe with valantic FSA: Since July 2020 Erste Bank Hungary provides request-to-pay

As first European bank, Erste Bank Hungary provides an own system for processing request-to-pay (R2P). With the customized solution on the basis of valantic FSA’s Real Time Payment Engine (RTPE), Erste Bank Hungary now provides a modularly structured payment hub solution.
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Real-time payments around the clock and request-to-pay in Hungary.

The trend to Open Banking in real time continues: With the customized solution on the basis of valantic FSA’s Real Time Payment Engine (RTPE), Erste Bank Hungary now provides a modular structured payment hub solution.
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ISO standards for payments: money transactions need a common language.

Currently, banks are putting major effort into translation works regarding money transactions. National standards with different characteristics require a lot of manual work not only increasing the number of potential errors but lowering the banks’ margins due to additional costs.
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Real-time payment for 33.7 billion euro bank valantic FSA implements RTPE.

Services in real time are already part of the customers’ everyday life – financial institutions also follow this trend. For this purpose, Česká spořitelna implements valantic’s Real Time Payment Engine.
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Česká spořitelna supports real-time payments thanks to valantic FSA technology.

The Czech bank Česká spořitelna gives its customers the opportunity to process payments in real time. This innovative service is made possible thanks to the Real Time Payment Engine, a software provided valantic FSA having a successful long-term cooperation with the Česká spořitelna.
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