ICE rolls out fixed-income trading platform

Platform has been beta tested since August

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IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global markets and clearing houses, and Cetip S.A., Latin America's largest private fixed income depository, announced that the jointly developed fixed income trading platform Cetip | Trader is expected to launch on February 25, 2013. This follows a successful beta test that started in August and final regulatory approval from the Brazilian securities regulator Comissao de Valores Mobiliarios (CVM) today.

"This platform reinforces Cetip's commitment to develop an efficient and transparent secondary market, respecting and improving the practices of our local over-the-counter market," said Cetip Managing Director Carlos Ratto.

Cetip | Trader offers market participants access to voice confirmation, electronic trading and historical data in a single platform. Over the past few months, it has been thoroughly tested in a simulated trading environment with approximately 80 institutions entering more than 100,000 mock trades. While the platform was initially developed for corporate and government bonds, its flexible architecture is adaptable for new products as driven by market demand.

"We are providing an innovative solution that brings the front office a more dynamic and intuitive language," said Cetip Trading Solutions Manager Ricardo Vit. "Cetip | Trader is a flexible and simple tool that will help keep our customers ahead of the curve."

"ICE was pleased to work with Cetip to build a product that is customized for the Brazilian market, available in Portuguese, and that provides a complete trading solution to the market for corporate and government bonds," said ICE Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer Dave Goone.

ICE Link, ICE's post-trade processing service, will also be available to Cetip | Trader customers beginning February 25. ICE Link has developed straight-through-processing workflows customized for the Brazilian bond market. These workflows enable middle and back office operations to more efficiently and effectively allocate trades and submit them to Cetip for registration.

Said Vit, "In addition to easier access to liquidity and execution, the complete solution also aims for better operational risk mitigation and total cost reduction on the life of a trade. ICE Link allows standardization in the trade workflow and better data integrations with counterparties and internal systems. This provides market participants a level of automation never before experienced in the Brazilian over-the-counter market."

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