Eurex Bonds Introduce New Market-Making Model Price Cuts and Greater Flexibility for Market Participants

Eurex, the international derivatives market, announced today that on June 3rd, Eurex Bonds, the electronic trading platform which is operated jointly by Eurex and major bond-trading houses, introduced a new market-making model.
The aim of this model, developed in collaboration with market participants, is to increase flexibility in market making. According to Eurex Bonds, other institutions may then be encouraged to join the platform, which would lead to deeper liquidity. Eurex also announced a cut in market- making fees.

The Eurex Bonds joint-venture partners will permanently issue quotes for at least three of the five existing product segments. This concerns basis products, which are a combination of bond and futures contracts, as well as the two German Government bond segments: the so-called benchmark bonds, which are all bonds deliverable into the corresponding futures contracts, and cash bonds, i.e. all other tradable German Government bonds. In addition, quote obligations for the German State bond and jumbo Pfandbriefe segments may also be adopted. Institutions that are not part of the joint venture may select
their market-making activities from the five segments in the future.

The introduction of this new model will also reduce market-making fees. A precondition for these fees, which are significantly lower compared to the current model, is that all market- making obligations entered into are fulfilled. With this move, Eurex Bonds is adopting a model that Eurex has already successfully tried and tested on its derivatives exchange. The new
model has already led to an additional three Eurex Bonds market participants
taking on market- maker status since June 3rd. This will further improve liquidity in all of Eurex Bonds' product segments. The Eurex Bonds trading platform currently comprises a total of 23 banks and trading houses, 12 of which have adopted market-making obligations. Eurex believes that the number of market participants and market makers at Eurex Bonds will soon increase as
several international institutions are said to have shown a keen interest in

Walter Allwicher, Uwe Velten
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