Greenwich Associates proposes standards for defining electronic trades in corporate bonds – Finextra




Categorizing corporate bond trades based on the method of execution and other factors is no longer a matter of semantics.

Based on conversations over the past year with some of the most important market participants in the corporate bond ecosystem, a new report from Greenwich Associates examines why segmenting trading is so important, how that importance differs by market participant, both sides of each major open debate and a proposed framework for defining fixed-income trades going forward.

“While it is fair to say that some of this is just semantics that market structure nerds like us love to examine, there are real implications (a.k.a. dollars at stake) for how trades are categorized and counted,” says Kevin McPartland, Head of Research in Greenwich Associates Market Structure and Technology group and author of All Electronic Trading is Not Created Equal: Proposing Standards and Exploring Issues with Corporate Bond Reporting. “But why these metrics matter and how much they matter vary for different market participants.”

Proposed Trade Taxonomy

Greenwich Associates proposes trade reporting standards to provide dealers, buy side traders and equity investors with a universal method of categorizing, reporting and comparing corporate bond trades. These standards were developed over months of conversation with CEOs, strategists, traders, investors, and market structure experts from every major trading platform, as well as major bond dealers, nonbank liquidity providers, asset managers, hedge funds,
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