Online bond trading takes off

Asiabondportal launches its pilot trading platform as bond houses hedge their bets on which business model will succeed in transforming the fixed income world.

Despite the recent slowdown in international bond issues out of Asia, there's been plenty of activity in promoting the outstanding bonds and getting them traded online. With the internet only just beginning to transform the fixed income scene and Asian bond activity likely to increase in the next few years we can expect many more announcements in this area as traditional bond houses compete with start ups, each other, and sometimes even themselves.

One of the first Asian online bond trading ventures on the scene, Asiabondportal, has launched its pilot trading system this week and in a seemingly unrelated announcement three of the big four brokerages in Japan - Daiwa, Nikko and Nomura...

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