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Pragma introduces algorithmic triangulation for cross pair FX trading

Posted: 1 August 2017 | | No comments yet

The multi-asset quantitative trading technology provider, Pragma, has enhanced Pragma360’s algorithmic suite to support triangulation of cross pair trading, meaning that clients can achieve better execution when trading illiquid currency pairs.

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The new functionality, created by Pragma in response to client demand, allows traders to trade cross-pairs through triangulation in order to achieve better prices. By splitting the trade across more liquid currency pairs before triangulating the liquidity through a common base currency, it allows the benefits of algorithmic trading to extend to less liquid cross pairs.

According to leading market intelligence providers, Greenwich Associates, real-money investors and corporate treasuries that commonly need to trade these illiquid pairs overwhelmingly value best execution and price above other factors when it comes to choosing a dealer. The tool’s new functionality allows banks to maximise the benefits of algorithmic trading, taking advantage of Pragma360’s high performance, low-latency, customisable execution algorithms, comprehensive TCA reporting and real-time monitoring.

David Mechner, CEO of Pragma Securities, comments: “Our clients want to extend the benefits of algorithmic trading to illiquid cross pairs. Thus, offering triangulation was a natural evolution for the company.

Triangulation of more liquid pairs results in a higher quality execution because of narrow spreads and greater liquidity.

As a result, banks leveraging Pragma360 provide a better trading experience to their clients.”

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