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Direct Market Access (DMA)

Challenges you may be facing

The capital markets landscape and its associated high frequency trading strategies around buy or sell orders, were traditionally fulfilled by specialist firms. But this class of strategy is now implemented by a large range of investors; thanks to the wide adoption of direct market access related stock software trading and technologies.   Lowering trade costs and improving execution are the key factors for the buy-side adoption of DMA. Hedge funds, the largest customer segment for DMA, are particularly attracted by the anonymity it provides. For the sell-side, the reduction in trade support expense and the lowering of trade execution risks are key factors in increased adoption.

Direct Market Access, which was prevalent mostly in the U.S., is now growing the world over. Traditionally, DMA has been offered for equity trading solutions. However, its scope now includes other asset classes such as FI and derivatives. Regulatory requirements like MiFID will further increase the need for DMA. And sell-side enterprises are differentiating themselves by offering value-added services like algorithmic trading along with DMA.

Why should you consider HCL?

  1. Business benefits to customers
    HCL has built expertise in Direct Market Access through its engagement with the prime brokerage group of a leading investment bank, for which HCL has been supporting an equity trading solutions DMA platform that oversees over 4 million transactions a day.
    HCL’s solution has provided several business benefits to this customer:
    • Meeting the clients’ demanding service levels in the adoption of their new clients, ensuring speed of trade execution, and ensuring that the FIX connectivity is always up and running
    • Freeing up a high-end resource pool for strategic work
    • Immediate cost reduction to increase profitability from DMA business
  2. Specific DMA services
    Backed by strong domain expertise in institutional trading and exchanges and settlements, HCL offers DMA-specific stock trading software and services such as:
    • Development of interfaces supporting messaging protocols like FIX with multiple applications
    • Monitoring, analysis, and resolution of FIX connectivity issues to and from the order management system
    • Leverage HCL’s cross-trade lifecycle experience to put together a highly flexible algorithmic trading platform that tackles next-generation trading issues
      • Focus on vector engines for high-performance computing and distributed Java spaces-based grids for flexible streaming and distribution middleware
      • Grid-based compute engine that allows easy modeling of finite difference, tree, and finite element-based constructs
      • Marrying grid or vector-based compute engines with streaming semantics, providing a combination of Apl-type high-performance computation and data retrieval while operating at low latency levels
      • A next-generation data hub to view data management issues in high-frequency trading and strategy execution

Our rich experience in application development and maintenance, systems integration, and product implementation and application assurance services, backed by frameworks for algorithmic trading, has helped HCL build end-to-end offerings around DMA and in the up-and-coming execution management systems space.

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What Customers Say

“Throughout this project HCL was responsive and adaptable to the various changes that occurred, while remaining focused and productive. Additionally, HCL has a sharp understanding of our business processes and technology environment, which has offered us the added benefit of not disrupting our own staff during this important integration.“

- CIO, New Jersey based P&C carrier

We are pleased with HCL’s implementation approach in a global delivery model leveraging the proposed solution accelerators in areas of data conversion, integration and reporting related to claims.”

- CIO, A Leading Mutual Insurer in US