e-trading: New markets bolster IDBs
Can the rapid growth of e-trading in recent years continue?
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Despite the liquidity crunch, electronic trading of fixed-income securities has held up, relatively, in recent months say traders. Excluding March, which was highly volatile, volumes have been strong this year. This is the continuation of a long trend – e-trading has made huge strides in recent years. In the US, 57% of fixed-income trading is now electronic, according to a report from Celent, a research and advisory firm for financial institutions. That figure is the result of a compound annual growth rate of 17% since 2003, and is expected to reach 62% by 2010. The development of e-trading has advanced the most in the more liquid, standardized products, namely government bonds.