Global Link upgrades Asia OM

Growing levels of sophistication in the region have prompted the launch of Trade Manager, a multi-asset class, multi-currency system, said Andrew Cromie, vice-president at Global Link in Hong Kong.

The system was released to its first global client, an un-named customer in the US, last month, and a gap in the market in Asia means the product should be well received.

“Many buy-side clients have order management systems but they’re designed for equities. Few, if any, have any management systems for foreign exchange,” he said.

The system is designed for investment managers and provides end-to-end order management for portfolio managers, traders, compliance and operations personnel. Replacing current spread-sheet, paper- or equity-based order management, the tool “should have a significant effect on the order flow of the clients,” he said.

It includes asset modules covering fixed income, equities and foreign exchange. The system will initially cater solely for FX in Asia, although the company intends to extend it to other asset classes eventually, said Cromie. This is particularly important for Asia as equities or bond dealers are more likely to execute foreign exchange there, as trading desks tend to be smaller, he added.

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