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NSE launches new version of RFQ platform to cater to bond markets

To cater to requirements of bond markets, leading stock exchange NSE on Monday launched the new version of Request for Quote (RFQ) platform.

National Stock Exchange | Bond markets | Debt securities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

National Stock Exchange

To cater to requirements of bond markets, leading stock exchange NSE on Monday launched the new version ofRequest for Quote (RFQ) platform.

The RFQ platform for was launched in February that allows market participants to transact in by requesting quotes from several participants, simultaneously.

Now, the bourse has launched the new version with several features which includevoice-based negotiations in order to bring transparency to bond trading, as per the statement by the (NSE).

To reduce information asymmetry, the NSE RFQ platform providesinformation about bonds, term sheets, price information, market quotes, among others to all market players to trade in corporate bonds, securitized debt, municipal bonds, commercial paper, government securities (G-Sec) and treasury bills (T-bills).

Pre-trade transparency and bringing to an electronic trading platform will propel Indian into a higher growth phase. The RFQ platform brings all major into a unified marketplace with information, data and analytics to empower market participants and to deepen and widen participation,"said Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO of NSE.

According to him, there is a need to attract a wider section of participants to the to make it robust and vibrant and the RFQ platform will help inachieving this objective.

An ISIN-level market watch is provided to the participants to view the summary of market activity in a given International Securities Identification Number (ISIN). It also provides market depth in the security along with information of best bid and best ask for the quotes initiated.

The platform offers high flexibility with features such as the ability to initiate quotes anonymously/with identity, sending quotes to select participants/ entire market, choosing deal parameters, quantity condition among others.

"If a bond has complex terms that require some time to confirm the price, then participants can choose to close the deal on yield and later confirm the price.

Alternatively, participants can choose to close deals on yield and price in one go," the exchange said.

From the risk management perspective, participants can set trading limits for counter-parties which are then monitored by the system.

The onboarding process has been made simple for existing CBRICS (Corporate Bond Reporting and Integrated Clearing and Settlement Platform) participants with an added feature of automated reporting of RFQ trades on the reporting platform to make the entire trade, reporting, and settlement process completely seamless.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, September 28 2020. 20:42 IST