Euronext MTFs on track for launch in next few weeks

NYSE Euronext’s two pending European multilateral trading facilities are on track for their Q1 launches, according to Roland Bellegarde, group executive vice president and head of European execution at NYSE Euronext.

LSE’s Baikal takes next steps

The London Stock Exchange has continued the development of Baikal, its dark pool aggregation service scheduled for launch in Q2 2009, with the hire of a chief operating officer and commercial director

GATElab adds Chi-X to MTF destinations

GATElab, a global connectivity and trading solutions provider, has completed testing on Chi-X, a pan-European multilateral trading facility.

Half of buy-side plan to change trading systems

Nearly half of buy-side firms across Europe and the US are considering changing their OMS and EMS trading platforms, according to a study by research firm TABB Group.

US clearing competition would be backward step – DTCC

Competition in the US equities clearing market could introduce both risk and cost to post-trade processes, according to Stuart Goldstein, managing director, corporate communications at The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the US’s central clearing provider.

CCP for UK stock lending and borrowing expected in Q3

SecFinex, an electronic trading platform for securities lending owned by exchange group NYSE Euronext, has teamed up with EuroCCP, a European post-trade service provider owned by US clearing house DTCC, to launch central counterparty (CCP) services for stock borrowing and lending across SecFinex’s UK Order Market.

FSA’s shorting disclosure regime ‘a perfect compromise’

The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA)’s decision last week to lift its ban on short-selling UK financial stocks but extend its disclosure requirements strikes the right balance between regulatory control and preservation of a vital market function, according to Arturo Bris, professor of finance at the Institute for Management Development (IMD), a Swiss business school.

Fidessa adds Brazilian bank to global network

Trading technology provider Fidessa has expanded into Latin America by adding Brazilian investment bank Planner Corretora De Valores to its global network of buy- and sell-side firms.