Liquidnet Enhances Trading for South African Bonds

Emerging Market FX Trading: Liquidity Challenges

Liquidnet, a leading global agency broker, announced an initiative to bring the largest South African institutions onto its electronic bond trading platform, in partnership with TP ICAP South Africa.

The more than 20 local institutions include asset managers and pension funds who represent the majority of the global liquidity in local rand denominated debt. Asset class coverage includes all South Africa Government issued bonds, Sovereign Owned Entities such as ESKOM, TRANSNET and Agencies including DEVSA and INDVSA. Today, over 70% of Liquidnet’s Member community is active in trading Emerging Markets. Through this partnership, they now have access to new liquidity in the South African bond market.

Mark Russell, Global Head of Fixed Income at Liquidnet, said: “Liquidnet continues to excel in bringing market participants together. With 72%* of South Africa bonds owned by domestic investors, we recognize the incredible value these firms will bring to the platform for the benefit of all in the Liquidnet community.”

Paul Wilson, COO of TP ICAP South Africa, added: “Trading in South Africa continues to evolve into a more diverse, international marketplace. We have a 30-year track record in the country of being one of the best liquidity providers for this market and partnering with Liquidnet will allow us to deepen our liquidity proposition and elevate the service we provide to our customers.”

Participants in Liquidnet’s Emerging Markets business has grown from 90 asset managers in 2018 to over 390. In addition to emerging markets government bonds in hard and local currency, coverage also extends to six local markets including Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.

* Dept National Treasury, Republic of South Africa, Jan.2022

Source: Liquidnet

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