Portfolio trading volumes rise “like Moore’s law”

The success of portfolio trading as a method for executing bond deals is leading to a doubling of volume every year at some investment houses, including Invesco. The ability to price a trade for many different bonds with crossover in the types of instruments – such as emerging markets and investment grade blue chip – and the direction of trades – with buying and selling possible in a single transaction, creates a new dynamic in liquidity provision.

Ray Uy, global head of fixed income and currency trading at Invesco, says the growth of the protocol is akin to Moore’s Law, the observation made in the 1970s that computer processing power was doubling every two years. Portfolio trading is valuable in a range of market conditions, he says, outlining the reasons for its increasing use within the investment management community.

Published on November 17, 2020

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