MarketAxess Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MKTX), operator of a leading electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, and provider of market data and post-trade services for the global fixed-income markets, announced that it has added Egypt (EGP), Hong Kong (HKD) and Serbia (RSD) to its EM local markets offering.
Local currency trading, which now also includes onshore Chinese debt (CNY), has grown to over $147 billion year-to-date, up 20% on the same period in the prior year. The number of active participants trading Emerging Markets debt across the MarketAxess platform also reached a record of over 1,300 firms in the third quarter.
Maria E. Calderon, Head of Sales for Latin America, commented,
“MarketAxess has broadened the liquidity pool and helped to improve execution efficiency by delivering a range of protocols and tools designed specifically for how Emerging Markets debt is traded. Request-for-Market (RFM), Switch Trading and now EM Portfolio Trading have all seen rapid and significant adoption across both hard and local currency debt. These and other innovations have helped to deliver unique cost-saving and alpha-generation opportunities for our EM clients.”
Alongside these developments, MarketAxess has also extended its commitment to emerging markets communities through a partnership with EMpower, a charitable foundation whose work is dedicated to helping marginalized young people in emerging market countries to transform their lives. Since the partnership began in 2017, contributions from MarketAxess are supporting communities in 15 EM countries and is helping EMpower to further support hundreds of charities and community projects.