Raiffeisen Bank selects Integral for real-time streaming of FX prices into its bond trading workflow

The collaboration has enabled Raiffeisen to provide faster and better pricing for their clients in local currency bonds while significantly reducing their request for quote (RFQ) response time

Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), one of the leading banks in Austria and CEE, has partnered with AxeTrading, the fixed income trading software company, and Integral, a leading FX technology provider, to deliver an innovative trading solution for their bond trading clients by providing real-time streaming of FX prices into their bond trading workflow.

The collaboration has enabled RBI to provide faster and better pricing for their clients in local currency bonds while significantly reducing their request for quote (RFQ) response time and increasing their hit ratios. By combining the capabilities of the AxeTrader Quoting and Execution Management System (QEMS) and Integral’s BankFX pricing engine, RBI can significantly reduce their risk as a market-maker by automatically hedging the currency exposure of the bond trade and reduce hedging costs on the back of high-quality FX execution.

The AxeTrader QEMS, which offers a single desktop that aggregates markets, data and trading workflows, automatically makes a Request for Stream (RFS) to the Integral BankFX pricing engine, which then provides real-time streaming prices via an API directly into the RBI bond trader’s RFQ workflow to deliver more efficient and transparent pricing. When the bond trade is completed the corresponding FX transaction is automatically executed by RBI’s own FX trading desk.

The seamless integration between Fixed Income and FX products fits perfectly into RBI’s focus of activities in Austria and across CEE as well as into RBI’s mission to transform continuous innovation into a superior customer experience.

This solution is applicable to all traders in local currency bonds who need certainty, clarity and efficiency at the same time capturing as much of the spread with an automated workflow, making trading as profitable as possible and automatically hedging the associated FX risk.

Harald Müller, Head of Group Capital Markets Trading & Institutional Sales at RBI remarks: “Our ability to respond fast to our clients’ requests with highly competitive pricing lies at the core of RBI’s market-making philosophy. Therefore, closing the last technical gap between Fixed Income and FX products to provide combined pricing with maximum efficiency, has been a top priority for us. Furthermore, the already available integration supports current and future digitization and automation initiatives in RBI’s Capital Markets area, on top of enhancing our current infrastructure. I am delighted to contribute to RBI’s mission of “transforming continuous innovation into superior customer experience”.

Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral said, “We are thrilled to support RBI deliver an innovative trading solution to improve their market-making abilities and better serve their clients. Integral is committed to partnering with providers that share our philosophy of opening-up the institutional markets through the provision of sophisticated and highly configurable trading technology and workflow. Working with AxeTrading on this solution puts this principle into practice in an extremely valuable way and we are pleased to have partnered with an industry leader to solve a real-life challenge experienced in the markets”.

Ralf Henke, CEO of AxeTrading said “It has been a pleasure working alongside Integral, the FX market leader, to deliver on RBI’s ambitious plans for growth and enhanced client service. We are part of a new generation of technology providers whose ethos and business are built around openness and interoperability. The effective use of APIs and adoption of common standards drive our clients beyond the legacy technology providers with their limited ‘walled gardens’. Traders are able to benefit from their choice of connectivity to the broadest ecosystem of best-in-class trading and data applications to truly enhance and improve their trading”.

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