BondsInAsia goes live

After months of system testing and test trades, the electronic bond trading platform is launched for real.

BondsInAsia BIA, the regional electronic trading platform for fixed income securities, has begun live trading with open access having been made available to institutional dealers and investors. The official launch saw live trades in the first three BIA markets Hong Kong, Singapore and the G3 currencies US dollar, yen and euro.

Up until recently, trades had only taken place between the platform's five shareholder banks BNP Paribas, Citibank, CSFB, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Prior to this, a number of dummy trades were conducted to ensure the electronic system was reliable.

In the last month, three new partners have also been added to the dealing group. Barclays Capital will participate...

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