Investors are already benefitting from auto bond trading

Consistent execution quality, reduced bias and greater resources to handle complex trades are all advantages that KBC Asset Management has seen from its automation of government bond trading. The next step will be to use machine learning to assess counterparties across fixed income instruments.

Increasing the automation of bond trading has clear advantages for an asset manager’s investors, but buy-side firms need to assess whether to buy or build tools, and how the role of traders will change as a result. Joeri Wouters, senior fixed income trader at KBC AM and Charlie Campbell-Johnston, managing director for AiEX and workflow solutions at Tradeweb discuss the lessons they have learned from their work together, including fully automated rates trading, supporting enhanced trade automation through partnership and the integration of AI into the trading workflow.

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