Electronic Trading in European Fixed Income Markets

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6 October 2004
Axel Pierron


Paris, France October 6, 2004

In a new report, " ," Celent examines the European fixed income markets, providing detailed informations on the inter-dealer markets and dealer to client markets in both government bonds and non-sovereign bonds. Major players in the industry (MTS, eSpeed, BrokerTec, Tradeweb, Bondvision, etc) are analyze through case studies in this report.

According to Axel Pierron, Celent Analyst and author of the report, "There are two major facts in the european fixed income markets: first most trade occurs on the sovereign bond market (the average daily trade volume for government bonds is more than _ 83 billion, versus _ 30.8 billion for the non-government bond markets). Secondly, the market is dominated by inter-dealer trading, which represents more than 65 percent of the government bond market and over 70 percent of the non-sovereign fixed income market.

Despite a real interest from market participants for electronic trading and a global growth of the amount outstanding in European fixed income markets, the lack of uniformity among these markets (primary markets, regulations) complicate automation. Banks domination as market participants and the lack of a pan-European clearing and settlement house are also huge handicaps. "In Europe, market participants that want to operate in different countries need to establish subsidiaries in each country, as there is no pan-European clearing and settlement institution. Euroclear and Clearstream were developed to fill this need, but national legislation makes it difficult to operate on a pan-European basis. This reinforces the fragmentation of the European fixed income market, a juxtaposition of 15 smaller markets" add Axel Pierron.

The report goes on to provide a clear understanding of the different markets with marketshare of participants, trading habits, technology, etc.

The 48-pages report contains 31 figures and 9 tables.

A Table of Contents

is available online.

Fixed income electronic trading will be discussed at an upcoming roundtable hosted by Celent on December 9, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza London - The City. Scheduled panelists include representatives from, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Merrill Lynch and TradeWeb. Click here for additional information on this event.

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