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14th June 2023 | Press Releases

Hedge funds, proprietary trading firms set to accelerate the adoption of new and emerging markets

London – 14 June 2023: Adoption of trading in emerging markets from hedge funds, proprietary trading firms and bank trading and execution desks are set to grow significantly as firms look to diversify trading strategies, seek unique opportunities and broaden exposures, a new study has found.

The study Expanding Connectivity: Exploring the Challenges and Solution for Trading in New Markets, published today, was produced by Acuiti in association with BSO.

According to the report’s findings, more than half of the surveyed firms express definite plans to venture into a new market within the next three years. Additionally, one-third of the participants are actively considering expanding into new markets.

Hedge funds and proprietary trading firms, in particular, reported looking for new markets to trade in which they can deploy their strategies and expand operations.

However, while secondary and tertiary markets have made significant advances over the past decade to improve the connectivity process for international trading firms, it is still an onerous process at many exchanges.

This is reflected in the time it takes to connect to a new market. Most survey respondents reported the timeframe for connecting to new markets once the decision has been made to connect as stretching to seven months or longer and that the timeframe for adoption was increasing.

In addition, firms reported several challenges connecting to new markets. The cost of market data was the most significant barrier to entry for firms with connectivity costs, and preferred brokers providing access also being key barriers to entry.

When it came to which regions firms were planning to trade, Asia and the Americas were the top choices selected by 76% and 67% of respondents, respectively. In Asia, Taifex, KRX and HKEx were the top markets firms were looking to start trading, while in The Americas, firms reported interest in Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

“The decades long trend towards globalisation of trading strategies is accelerating as the infrastructure and technology of emerging market venues improve at the same time as firms look to expand their strategies beyond their traditional markets,” says Ross Lancaster, head of research at Acuiti.

“While the trading opportunities are attractive, the operational lift of connecting to these new markets can take months and, frequently, longer than a year. This is leading many firms to work with third-party providers.

“These vendors often have long-standing expertise in the markets that firms want to enter and established connectivity routes. In addition, they can significantly reduce the time to market to ensure that opportunities, once identified, can be captured.”

The report, based on a survey and a series of interviews of senior executives at 76 proprietary trading firms, hedge funds and bank execution and trading desks, also found that latency has become increasingly important for firms, even those that do not rely on speed for their strategies.

Michael Ourabah, CEO and founder at BSO, said: “The accelerating trend of globalising trading strategies is driven by the improving infrastructure and technology of emerging market venues, coinciding with firms’ aspirations to expand beyond their traditional markets. Connecting to new markets involves inherent risks in terms of costs and opportunities. However, by collaborating with third-party providers, firms can mitigate these risks, reduce costs, minimise time-to-market, and leverage their expertise in the new market. With BSO, businesses no longer face the dilemma of prioritising between global reach and low latency, just as they shouldn’t compromise on choosing between cutting-edge technology or exceptional service, bespoke solutions or off-the-shelf products.”

Download the full report here: www.acuiti.io/expanding-connectivity/


For more information, contact Nastja Konic at Acuiti

Tel.: +44 (0) 203 998 9190

Email: nastjakonic@acuiti.io

About Acuiti

Acuiti is a management intelligence platform designed to provide Senior Industry Professionals in the Derivatives Industry with high-value insight into industry-wide performance and business operations. Acuiti provides a platform through which our exclusive network of Senior Industry Executives can share and source information on day-to-day operational challenges, providing them and their management teams with increased transparency and in-depth analysis to make more informed decisions and benchmark company performance. Financial Institutions benefiting from our services include Banks, Non-bank FCMs, Brokers, Proprietary Trading Firms, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.

About BSO

The company was founded in 2004 and serves the world’s largest financial institutions. BSO is a global pioneering infrastructure and connectivity provider, helping over 600 data-intensive businesses across diverse markets, including financial services, technology, energy, e-commerce, media and others. BSO owns and provides mission-critical infrastructure, including network connectivity, cloud solutions, managed services and hosting, that are specific and dedicated to each customer served.

The company’s network comprises 240+ PoPs across 33 markets, 50+ cloud on-ramps, is integrated with all major public cloud providers and connects to 75+ on-net internet exchanges and 30+ stock exchanges. The team of experts works closely with customers in order to create solutions that meet the detailed and specific needs of their business, providing the latency, resilience and security they need regardless of location.

BSO is headquartered in Ireland, and has 11 offices across the globe, including London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.