Cloud9 Technologies, the cloud-based voice communication and analytics platform provider, has completed a $17.5 million Series B funding round. Led by a strategic investment from UBS, participation included existing investors J.P. Morgan and Barclays.
As demand for flexible office and remote working tools increases due to COVID-19, Cloud9 has seen new business increase by over 50% since March, as it onboarded several of the world’s top global banks and investment management firms. The growing client demand reflects an increasing need for access to a virtual trading floor.
Andrew Hauser, Executive Director for Markets at the Bank of England gave a speech giving deep insights into the behaviour of the global markets during the early part of this year. The full transcript with charts is available to download.
Supporting the ongoing shift in the FX markets to trade more volume in FX Swaps electronically, Refinitiv has launched the Forwards Matching API solution, enabling automated access to its Forwards Matching MTF venue. Based on the Spot Matching API already used by many FX participants, the Forwards Matching API will further support trading efficiencies.
DTCC is dipping its toes into future technology waters to keep ahead of new opportunities. Two projects have been named and launched to cover clearing and settlment in one, and private securities in another.
Project Ion (Clearing and Settlement)
This project aims to explore the possibility of a radical new settlement approach to reduce cost, risk and time. A Proof of Concept platform has been built which is being evaluated by the industry.
CFH, the prime of prime broker, has joined the Gold-i Matrix NETwork, extending its liquidity coverage to include Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.
Through Matrix NET, CFH can offer a direct connection to a Fund Manager via FIX API, providing trading transparency, P&L visibility, and reporting.
Banco Monex has become the first Latin American third-party service provider of CLS’s payment-versus-payment (PvP) FX settlement service, CLSSettlement.
Banco Monex has been a CLSSettlement member since 2018 and now is enabling its clients to participate as third parties, helping them to mitigate settlement risk while significantly enhancing liquidity efficiencies for the Mexican market.
SEB is the latest liquidity provider to join EMS platform BidFX.
BidFX head of Nordic Sales, Peter Bondesen, commented, "The increased interest in our advanced EMS from Nordic financial institutions means greater demand for specialised, local liquidity. Many of our global clients have also requested SEB as a counterparty to provide bespoke liquidity both through streaming rates and RFQ"