(Update) Bloomberg Unveils FX Option Trading Technology on FXGO Platform

Bloomberg today announced it has added FX Options trading on its FXGO trading platform. The ‘request for quote’ feature will

Bloomberg today announced it has added FX Options trading on its FXGO trading platform. The ‘request for quote’ feature will users to send requests for prices to the FXGO’s network of 230 FX liquidity providers. Traders can then consolidate multiple received quotes into one order. Bloomberg also announced that volumes on the FXGO platform have increased 79% year to date.

Update: After being asked whether the new feature will support ‘off the run’ FX options, a representative from Bloomberg responded that he RFQ system is fully customisable by, date, strike, delta, currency and many other variables.  As such, the the new product appears to be a competitor to SURFACExchange which we highlighted about back in September.

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Bloomberg Unveils FX Option Trading Technology
Trading system increases transparency and efficiencies for Bloomberg users

NEW YORK — Bloomberg executives today unveiled a new feature that enables clients to trade foreign exchange (FX) options through Bloomberg’s multi-bank trading platform, FXGO. Through the request-for-quote (RFQ) system, market participants can simultaneously request and consolidate pricing from multiple providers for any currency option.

Bloomberg’s FX option solution provides buy-side firms, corporate treasuries and other institutions tools to obtain multiple prices before executing a trade, facilitating a seamless transition to the regulated environment anticipated under new derivatives legislation.

“Regulation is accelerating changes in the FX marketplace and clients want ready-made, sophisticated features to help them meet the latest requirements,” said Tod Van Name, Bloomberg’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange, Economics and Commodities. “We make it a priority to provide our clients transparency, deep liquidity and trading efficiencies in today’s increasingly complex marketplace.”

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Bloomberg subscribers’ quote requests can be priced via automated bank pricing engines or manually quoted by more than 230 liquidity providers, enabling market participants to trade with major and local market makers with no additional costs to buy or sell-side firms. Bloomberg’s options RFQ system supports all common and many exotic strategies in any currency pair.

“Credit Suisse is pleased to be one of the first banks to provide competitive automated FX options quotes through Bloomberg’s new service,” said Joerg Schmuecker, global head of FX options e-commerce at Credit Suisse. “It is clearly going to be important for end-users of these markets to have access to multiple-bank trading systems as new regulations designed to achieve best execution are introduced.”

The FX option technology is integrated with Bloomberg FXGO, connecting more than 5,400 market participants across 100 countries to liquidity providers on the system. Average daily volume on FXGO, which includes spot, outright, non-deliverable forwards (NDFs), swaps and deposit trades, has increased 79% year-to-date.

Bloomberg’s FX suite provides pre-trade analytics, price discovery, execution and risk management tools, straight-through processing and integration with Bloomberg’s derivative and portfolio management tools. For more information about Bloomberg FX, please visit www.bloomberg.com/fx.

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