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Bond Trading is Finally Being Disrupted by Technology

Bond Trading is Finally Being Disrupted by Technology

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It has been many years that analysts have been talking about how and whether technology would disrupt bond trading the way it did stocks. However, until very recently, and aside from ETFs, the market had remained very steady, with voice trading and human connections driving the market. An example of the changes can be seen at fund manager AllianceBernstein, where 35% of all fixed income trades are conducted by an in-house algorithm rather than people. Automation of government bond trading is happening rapidly, as liquidity and standardization is quite high, but some are skeptical technology will ever come to change other areas of fixed income such as corporate debt, municipals etc.

FINSUM : There are simply too many idiosyncrasies (e.g. terms) and too many different bonds to have enough liquidity for electronic trading in corporate and other debt markets. That said, sovereign debt seems likely to be completely dominated by automated trading.

  • bonds
  • technology
  • automation
  • fixed income

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    The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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