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Calypso Addresses Surge in Buy-Side Use of Derivatives with Cross-Asset Portfolio & Risk Solution

Calypso Technology, a leading provider of capital markets software, today announced it has released the Portfolio Workstation, a multi-asset solution designed specifically for the rapidly growing segment of investment managers who trade both derivatives and cash securities. The application seamlessly integrates real-time portfolio and risk management functionality with the firm’s award-winning front-to-back trading and collateral optimization platform, creating the most comprehensive solution in the industry.

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Calypso, derivatives use on the buy-side is increasing significantly. Nearly 45% of the 189 respondents reported an increase in F/X derivatives trading since 2008, and nearly 60% of that group trades daily or weekly. At the same time, the survey showed that most investment managers find the situation challenging. An overwhelming 80% of respondents said derivatives cause them concern from both a risk management and an operations perspective.

“Low yields and increased volatility have driven investment managers into sophisticated strategies that require derivatives,” said Charles Marston, Chairman and CEO of Calypso Technology. “This has put a strain on their legacy front-office systems as well as their trading infrastructure, and we feel our new solution is well-positioned to help clients address both of these critical issues.”

The Portfolio Workstation is a real-time command center that allows mangers to monitor their position values and risks, initiate trades, and perform what-if analysis. It also calculates both realized and unrealized gains/losses and allows managers to select custom benchmarks for accurate performance measurement.

The new portfolio solution is an extension of the Calypso trading and collateral optimization platform, which is used by more than 35,000 users at over 180 firms worldwide. Their trading system supports both straight through processing and exception-based workflows for all cash and derivative instruments. Their award winning collateral optimization solution allows investment managers to consolidate all available securities into a single repository, eliminating inefficient silos and reducing operational risk.

Calypso is a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Trading Platforms, and the #1 selling Treasury and Capital Markets Solution for the sixth year running in the 2015 IBS Sales League Table.