Milan, June 1, 2004 – BondVision is pleased to announce that Citigroup, the largest global financial services company and a leader in fixed income securities, will join as a dealer participant, bringing another strong international presence to the leading European dealer-to-client market.
More than 600 portfolio managers now enjoy the benefits of the dealer-to-client market with the widest distribution and the largest available pool of more than 900 securities, including European governments, quasi-governments, covered and corporate bonds, as well as issues from multiple currencies. As BondVision continues to add more participants and more securities, volumes have continued to climb, up 70% in the first quarter of 2004.
"With the addition of Citigroup, BondVision strengthens what is the widest group of dealers on any B2C electronic platform," said Gianluca Garbi, chief executive officer of MTS S.p.A. "BondVision's strong growth is supported by its unique model, which provides investors with access to the exceptional liquidity of MTS, the leading electronic market for European fixed income." With more dealer participants than any of its competitors (29 with the addition of Citigroup), BondVision aims to provide clients with the optimum in flexibility and price discovery.