Thomson TradeWeb CDS marketplace goes live

Source: Thomson Financial

Thomson TradeWeb, the leading network of online fixed-income markets, and a unit of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC), today announced that TradeWeb CDS, its Credit Default Swap Indices multi-dealer-to-customer online marketplace for DJ CDX and iTraxx trading was successfully launched yesterday.

TradeWeb CDS offers institutional investors the ability to simultaneously request quotes electronically from multiple dealers, and move seamlessly through the whole trade cycle, from trade execution to confirmation. This is enabled by TradeWeb's award-winning Straight-Through Processing (STP) network, TradeXpress. Additionally, the risk inherent in prolonged negotiation and settlement is eliminated by TradeWeb's SWAPtracker, which enables users to execute and track trades in real-time without cumbersome paperwork. SWAPtracker shows users and traders their trade details simultaneously, and rapidly identifies and rectifies any potential discrepancies. TradeWeb's CDS is the only electronic trading platform that provides functionality that enables dealers and customers to adhere to the International Swaps & Derivatives Association (ISDA) 2005 Novation Protocol. Through TradeWeb's SWAPtracker, users can process assignments and unwind trades in real-time. Launched in September, ISDA's 2005 Novation Protocol establishes standardized procedures to streamline OTC trade processing and eliminate some of the market's risk.

Michael Pohly, Managing Director Corporate Credit Markets at Morgan Stanley said, "The launch of TradeWeb's new CDS platform comes at a particularly important time for the industry as it seeks to streamline its trading and back end processing for CDS transactions."

Doug Warren, U.S. Head of Credit Derivative Trading at Barclays, commented, "TradeWeb's trading platform is a big step toward the creation of a market standard for efficient transaction processing of credit derivatives. We expect this to be a positive development for dealers and clients alike."

As a further enhancement to TradeWeb's award winning STP platform, TradeWeb has partnered with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), to provide a direct link to its Deriv/SERV service, which enables TradeWeb CDS users to confirm trades seamlessly, view trade confirmation status and validate open net CDS positions. No other electronic trading platform has achieved this level of integration.

Commenting on the partnership with TradeWeb, Peter Axilrod, Managing Director at DTCC, said, "TradeWeb's direct link to DTCC Deriv/SERV will greatly improve the speed, accuracy, and cost efficiency of credit default swaps trade processing for dealers and their customers by providing a seamless flow from trade execution through to legal confirmation and subsequent cash flow settlement."

Support of TradeWeb's online CDS marketplace continues to grow with five additional dealers agreeing to provide liquidity. Joining the founding dealers, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are Merrill Lynch, UBS, Barclays, ABN AMRO and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. These dealers will provide liquidity across a range of DJ CDX and iTraxx index products. The dealer group members are also directly linked to DTCC's Deriv/SERV for real-time trade processing. Additional dealers are now actively integrating TradeWeb CDS into their trading and transaction processing workflow.

Jim Toffey, Chief Executive Officer of Thomson TradeWeb, commented, "Our partnerships with these major CDS dealers and key industry services create tremendous value for the rapidly growing CDS market. We expect electronic trading and trade processing to significantly improve price transparency and process efficiency, while lowering operational risk and cost."

Lee Olesky, President of Thomson TradeWeb, said, "With regulators and market participants encouraging a higher level of automation in the CDS Index market, TradeWeb, together with eight premier CDS dealers are at the forefront of innovation in driving greater efficiency into this market."

For the analysis, execution and processing of CDS trades, TradeWeb also has partnered with Markit Group to provide users with Markit RED index identifiers, which are integrated through the entire electronic trade cycle. Penny Davenport, Director at Markit Group added, "The need for efficiency in the fast-growing credit markets heightens the value added by standardization. TradeWeb's partnership with Markit RED and DTCC on their CDS execution platform helps to accomplish this goal."

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