LSE announces launch date of RFQ platform for ETFs

Feb 28th, 2017 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has announced that its ‘request for quote’ (RFQ) functionality for ETFs and ETPs, traded on the SETS and ETF – Euroclear Bank Settlement trading services, will go-live from Monday 13 March 2017.

London Stock Exchange to launch RFQ trading for ETFs in March

London Stock Exchange’s ETF RFQ trading functionality will go-live from Monday 13 March 2017.

The RFQ functionality for ETPs has been designed to offer on-exchange benefits and cleared execution for larger size trades, allowing greater flexibility and protection for both institutional customers and responding market makers.

The platform will run alongside and compliment the existing order book structure providing a mechanism whereby traders can privately negotiate and carry out large trades with market makers outside of the normal order book.

The service is a private model and has been designed to protect order book liquidity by setting a minimum trade size.

According to LSE, it is estimated that around 70% of ETP trading in Europe takes place over the counter. Currently ETPs do not have pre- and post-trade transparency requirements, but this will change significantly under MiFID II, which is expected to be implemented from January 2018.

The launch of new RFQ functionality provides a MiFID II compliant solution, allowing institutional clients to execute large bilateral trades on-exchange.

The service will be cleared and offers the option of anonymity.

Key features include:

  • All trading participants connected to the order book will be able to access the RFQ platform.
  • RFQ responses are price validated with reference to the order book best bid offer (BBO) with a small percentage tolerance variant.
  • Trades are classified as order book and flagged as RFQ following existing LSE rules as per existing order book trades.
  • Registered market makers have the option to respond to a quote request but are not obligated to do so.
  • RFQ sessions will be private between the requestor and market maker.
  • Requestor will be able to choose if they are to remain anonymous or named.
  • RFQ maximum duration will be 180 seconds.
  • To maintain order book liquidity, a minimum trade size will be set in line with the MiFID II LIS size (1m Euro), ensuring the trading facility is compliant with MiFID II LIS.
  • The service will offer automated trade reporting and clearing
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