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Traiana launches enhanced version of CreditLink for buy-side firms trading on SEFs

Traiana, a provider of pre-trade risk and post-trade processing solutions, has launched an enhanced version of CreditLink with new functionality designed for buy-side market participants trading on swap execution facilities (SEFs).

The enhanced version includes services to streamline post-trade processing of SEF trades, manage the allocations process for bunched orders, and the ability to monitor limits across the entire trade lifecycle.
 
Buy-side clients complying with mandatory SEF trading are wrestling with new processes for executing, clearing and allocating swaps, with significant added complexity for traders, middle office and risk managers.
 
The updated release of CreditLink, currently in production, extends Traiana’s pre-trade credit checking with key new capabilities:
 
- Real-time notifications of SEF orders and executions
- What-if checking for new trades and allocations to ensure planned trading activities are within clearing limits
- Bunched-order allocations with integration to leading clearinghouses across interest rate swaps and credit default swaps 
- Automated notifications, alerts and reports to help firms manage their margin requirements and limits with their futures commissions merchants (FCMs)
 
Nick Solinger, Traiana head of product strategy and chief marketing officer, says: “Buy-side market participants trading on SEFs have pre and post trade requirements that impact not only their trading teams, but also their compliance and risk management processes. Extending our services to the buy-side provides greater visibility and flexibility, which supports the ongoing development of a smoothly functioning market in a new regulatory environment.”
 
CreditLink has acted as the pre-trade credit-checking hub for electronic credit default swap (CDS) and interest rate swap trading since the introduction of mandatory SEF trading in February. Over 6,050 buy-side client organisations have managed their pre-trade clearing certainty using CreditLink, and over 72,000 accounts from both buy-side and OTC clearing FCMs have connected to CreditLink. CreditLink is now connected to the major SEFs, clearing houses and 16 FCMs. 
 
CFTC regulations require that a clearing member define limits and must carry out pre-trade credit checks on clients’ orders prior to execution on SEFs. To assist clients in meeting these regulatory requirements, CreditLink acts as a centralised hub and provides trading platforms, clearers/prime brokers, executing banks and clearing clients the ability to monitor and manage pre- and post-trade credit in real-time across trading venues in a consolidated view. 

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