Transact ASP is the Internet-enabled version of Summit Systemsâ integrated STP transaction platform, designed to provide the trading, risk management, and back-office needs of fixed income, derivatives, treasury, and commercial lending business operations.
For the two Banca Akros FX desks, Summit will support FX spot, forward, swap, option (plain vanilla and exotic), and FX future trades. Front-office traders will be furnished with real-time position management, and will employ Summitâs real-time position hedging with interest-rate products such as deposits, FRAs, interest-rate swaps, and interest-rate futures. The firm will utilize Transact ASPâs real-time connections with EBS and D3000 dealing systems, and as well as feed real-time market data to the ASP platform.
Banca Akros also will use Summitâs e-Toolkit to give Microsoft Excel users the ability to directly access and employ sophisticated Summit functions and calculation services within their spreadsheets.
Cesare Nuti, head of foreign exchange operations, remarked: "With its depth and scope of capabilities, Summit enables us to consolidate all of the position and risk exposure management related to our interest rate and forex businesses. And the annual software license rental fee for Summitâs ASP service is well suited to our budget policy." He added, "We donât give up anything because weâre using an ASP-based serviceâTransact ASP offers the same functionality as a conventional on-site installation, and includes real-time connections with EBS, D3000 and market data sources."
The head of Banca Akrosâ FX cash desk, Fabrizio Caputi, noted: "We like the fast deal capture Summit provides, plus the real-time FX position and trade blotter facilities. And of course, the consolidated risk analysis viewer and real-time hedging with full drill-down capabilities are extremely useful to us."
Paolo Tradati, head of the FX option desk, said: "Summitâs in-depth support for a wide array of financial instruments was a major selling point. Not only does the system provide a large range of pre-defined exotic FX options, it gives us a dedicated pricing grid for strategies and the ability to manage complex structured products that combine interest rate and forex assets."
Michael Ctorza, Sales Manager at Summitâs Paris office, commented on the new contract. "Our Transact ASP platform is well positioned to fully meet the needs of corporations and small- to medium-size financial institutions because of three major reasons. First, it provides clients with all the financial instruments and functionality they need. Second, it eliminates the need for any IT infrastructureâquite valuable in todayâs business climate where cost reduction is critical. Lastly, our pre-packaged application setup and static/market data feeds allow our customers to be up and in production in just two months."