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Banif Corretora Selects Progress Software To Deliver High Frequency Trading Strategies

Brokerage Extends Progress® Apama® Algorithmic Trading Platform for Global HFT Strategies.

Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), a leading software provider that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive, today announced that Banif Corretora, a leading Brazilian brokerage, has selected the Progress Apama Algorithmic Trading platform to build and deliver high-frequency trading strategies (HFT) to its corporate customers. As part of its HFT strategy, Banif Corretora will migrate at least 50 percent of its operations to the low latency model through the Progress Apama platform within the next three years.

The Progress Apama Algorithmic Trading platform enables Banif Corretora's analysts to work with clients to design customized algorithmic trading strategies, providing them with significant competitive advantage. Additionally, Banif Corretora will now provide clients with access to the Apama Event Modeler product, a business-oriented graphical development environment.

Alexis Machado, senior manager, trading desk for Banif Corretora said: “Banif Corretora is committed to serving the needs of existing investors and also to reaching new audiences through expanded global offerings. The Progress Apama Algorithmic Trading platform provides the best tools to support our long-term corporate growth objectives. It gives us the speed, flexibility and support we need to successfully operate in the high-frequency trading space – a key element in maintaining a high level of competitiveness in today’s financial marketplace.”

Trading volumes in Brazilian markets have exploded over the past few years. The Progress Apama Algorithmic Trading platform enables Banif Corretora to eliminate time-consuming manual processes, which can create bottlenecks as trade volumes increase. The ability to correlate data from multiple sources in milliseconds allows Banif Corretora to explore electronic trading with the global exchange community – including NYSE Euronext and CME Group.

Dr. Richard Bentley, industry vice president, Capital Markets at Progress Software commented: “The explosive growth of the Brazilian capital markets over the past few years coupled with the increased use of algorithmic trading and high frequency trading has created an immense opportunity for global investment firms like Banif Corretora to gain market share. We’re thrilled that they are using Progress Apama functionalities to leverage the power of the electronic market and capitalize on its broad expertise in graphical analysis markets – it demonstrates they are in tune with the expectations of the most demanding investors.”

Banif Corretora, which used the Progress Apama platform for its cash and carry operations prior to broad deployment, chose the Progress Apama platform after an extensive evaluation process involving several application vendors and platform providers. Banif Corretora based its decision upon Progress’s market-leading position, the flexibility of its product offering and its ability to offer full local support in Brazil. The system, now fully scalable, can be expanded to meet Banif’s needs – both in equities and futures and across other asset classes – as they grow their business.