Icap adds gold/yen pair to EBS platform

Source: Icap

ICAP plc (IAP.L), the world's premier interdealer broker, is to launch a new metals product on its award-winning electronic trading platform EBS.

The introduction of gold/yen (XAU/JPY) on Monday 5 November brings to five the total number of metals pairs available on EBS and is the first non-US dollar metals pair available on the system. The introduction of gold/yen follows increased customer demand for this product.

Gold on EBS is traded as unallocated 995 fine gold on Loco London. The minimum tradable amount is 1,000 oz, incremented in units of 1,000 oz.

The ICAP-owned EBS platform is a global electronic trading venue and source of liquidity for trading precious metals. EBS was the first to offer electronic trading in gold in 2000. Market interest has driven electronic trading in precious metals on the EBS platform up 102 percent since the beginning of 2007 to reach record levels in October. Platinum and palladium, launched on EBS in March 2007, have enjoyed significant success. There are currently nearly 80 participants trading actively in these markets on the EBS platform.

Darryl Hooker, Global Metals Manager, ICAP Electronic Broking, said: "We have had strong interest from our customers - in particular large investment banks and EBS Prime users - for this metals pair. Gold/yen can offer traders who hold gold positions a new way to manage their risk exposure, as well as offer current and new users attractive new arbitrage opportunities."

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