genesis secures $3m Series A funding from Illuminate Financial and Tribeca Angels

AQS will replace pricing processes with smarter, automated workflows

London, New York – 8:00 Thursday, 28 February, 2019: genesis, the international capital markets software firm, today launched the Automated Quoting System (AQS). Built with alpha-driven fixed income desks in mind, AQS will transform trading by automating internal workflows between the trading desk, institutional clients, asset managers and wealth managers, leaving traders free to focus on risk management and market opportunities.

All trading desks need to automate to meet their regulatory obligations and prove transparency. For fixed income desks this is a top priority, not just in the wake of the new regulation impacting the market, but to reduce costs, improve efficiency and redefine operating models.

In the journey towards electronification, trading desks often rely on legacy workflows; quotes, orders and trades are processed using a multitude of external trading platforms. The process for organising and responding to fixed income requests for quotes (RFQs) mean that alpha generating opportunities are missed.

As the number of fixed income execution venues increase traders are unable to take advantage of the bigger marketplace because they are only able to respond to RFQs through the user-interface provided by their trading platform. This means that sell-side traders have to interact with an overwhelming number of platforms. While on the buy-side, the adoption of electronic trading has caused an increase in the number of RFQ enquiries. Sell-side traders receive multiple RFQs every minute throughout the trading day.

genesis’ AQS has been deployed at one of the world’s largest broker-dealers to deliver efficient pricing and workflow management which is fully auditable from a compliance perspective. Institutional sales desks, asset managers and wealth managers automate requests for quotes to the trading desk for fixed income. The trading desk automatically receives and prices the quotes based on live market data, business intelligence, current positions, risk limits, client settings and trader settings. AQS also enables the automation of inventory distribution, highlighting trading positions and how much to make available. The solution can support multiple asset classes including equities, funds and certificates of deposit, but there is increasing demand in fixed income to automate internal workflows and integrate with external quoting platforms.

Commenting on AQS, Stephen Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of genesis, said: “There is no doubt that fixed income is undergoing substantial change driven by regulation and the electronic trading that we have witnessed in equity and foreign exchange markets. We are very excited to be launching  AQS, not just in response to the industry and regulatory requirements, but to empower trading desks to maximise opportunities and streamline costs by providing end-to-end electronic workflow capture and management from the front-office to post-trade, that is all fully compliant and auditable. ”


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About genesis

genesis is a global capital markets software company with a difference, offering a fresh approach to helping firms adapt and innovate their business and operating models in an ever-challenging, constantly changing environment.

Pioneering vision, coupled with our technical innovation, is at the heart of everything genesis does. Confident in our conviction, before even coming to market, we made a multi-year investment in building our microservices technology framework.

Whether buy-side, sell-side, execution venue or clearing house, firms call on genesis to help redefine operating models and deliver outstanding value and services. The experienced senior team has worked at leading financial institutions and capital markets software vendors around the world. Having a unique perspective into the issues facing the industry means genesis can challenge existing thinking and focus on providing clients with agile, scalable and robust solutions at speed.

Our strong product portfolio and investment roadmap allows us to collaborate with clients to offer a powerful combination of off-the-shelf and highly customised solutions.

genesis is an ambitious growth company and is proud that Illuminate Financial and Tribeca Angels have invested in our success.

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