BrokerTec Recap April 2024

  • 25 Apr 2024
  • By CME Group

Butterflies now available from RV Curve

Over $20B traded in Butterflies in their first six weeks, with volume seen across the product suite. Our RV offering with curves now accounts for over 2% of UST CLOB volume.

Launched to provide participants with ways to spread trade U.S. Treasuries without legging risk, Butterflies trade in a yield format with a 1/10 of a basis point tick increment. These contracts use pre-defined ratios to maintain DV01 neutrality and currently trade in eight varieties.

Important changes for 7-Yr Treasury actives

Effective Sunday, June 2 (for trade date Monday, June 3), the minimum price increment for 7-Year U.S. Treasury Notes on BrokerTec will change. The current increment - 1/2 of 1/32 - will shift to 1/4 of 1/32 and is currently available for customer testing in New Release.

Want more information about upcoming changes? See the full release for additional details.

New products coming to the platform

Coming soon, corporates and Agency MBS will be available on the BrokerTec Quote platform. The product suite expansion will provide additional choices to participants in the dealer-to-client repo market.

Look for more information and other enhancements to the platform in the months ahead.

Quote continues trend of triple digit growth in 2024

The growth trajectory for BrokerTec Quote continues to build in 2024. Volumes have soared 101.6% YoY (March 2024 vs. March 2023) as more clients tap into Quote's robust solutions in market infrastructure and cost-effective offering for both buy- and sell-side customers.

Besides growing volumes, the platform has added several technical innovations, including the release of update 1.102 and integration with more ISVs, bringing the total number to six.

Expansion of efficiencies: CME-FICC Cross-Margining Arrangement

CME Group has a long history of finding new ways to bring capital efficiencies to clients. This continues with the advent of the enhanced CME-FICC Cross-Margining Agreement, which includes U.S. Treasury notes, bonds and repo.

Learn more about the key details of this agreement, and see how it can produce potential margin savings on cash vs. futures basis trades of up to 80%.

All data as of April 11, 2024 unless otherwise noted.

BTEC volumes: Powered by Repo

U.S. Repo and EU Repo continue to represent a significant amount of trading activity, with both averaging over 250B (in their respective currencies) in daily trading so far in 2024. U.S. Repo in particular has seen solid growth of about 4% YoY.

Beyond Repo, BTEC Quote has also seen healthy trading volumes, as adoption of electronic execution in the D2C market grows. Nominal volumes are up 46% from the same period a year ago, while the breadth of products supported by the platform continues to grow. 

Expansion of Repo support in Spain

On March 4, BrokerTec with LCH went live with their offering to clear Classic Repo on Spanish government bonds. Customers now can execute trades as Classic Repo or as Buy-Sell-Back with over 50 banks.

Close to 80% of volume has transitioned to Classic in the first few weeks since the program started.

RepoFunds Rates and Central Banks

Reference rates provide valuable info about financing costs in money markets, but they can react to changes in central bank policy.

Understanding this relationship is vital for interpreting the potential spread between secured and unsecured reference rates.

Helix and Quote: First phase of integration complete

Capitalize on the benefits of the initial BrokerTec Quote and Helix Financial Systems, LLC platform integration, which is now in production. This will provide access to those who use both Helix and BrokerTec, further increasing the list of dealers on the overall platform.


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