Swapstream, the only multilateral electronic trading platform for medium and long term interest rate swaps (IRS), announced today the addition of CDC Ixis, Nordea and Lloyds TSB as new users next to the existing banks and brokers on the platform.
Swapstream is the neutral provider of the only multilateral platform that facilitates trading for all IRS market participants. The company currently offers the greatest liquidity (?800 million on bid and offer) and most competitive and tightest spreads in the electronic IRS industry.
"The continual addition of new users to the Swapstream platform demonstrates the market shift toward electronic trading of IRS," said Stephane Rio, CEO at Swapstream. "We are very pleased to be selected by such leading financial institutions as CDC, Nordea and Lloyds TSB. We believe their selection of Swapstream validates that our approach of providing a neutral, multilateral electronic trading platform is meeting the market requirements."
"We needed a truly independent provider of an electronic trading solution in the IRS market, something only Swapstream was able to deliver," said Erik Bo Hansen, Global Head of IRS at Nordea. "We also wanted an electronic platform that was designed from a market participant's perspective; we did not want to change the way we traded IRS while we were keen to access a pool of liquidity,
improve efficiencies and reduce costs. As such, we look forward to developing a strong working relationship with Swapstream."
"For us it was important that Swapstream acts primarily as a medium for users to choose how they want to build their marketplace in the electronic IRS market," said Guillaume Couzineau, Global Head of Derivatives Products at CDC Ixis. "With the market increasingly moving towards electronic trading, it is vital that CDC Ixis have the flexibility to trade in a way that meets our demands today and strengthens our competitive position for the future."