Traders: Consolidated tape could drive corporate bond market automation

The EC is pushing for a tape for fixed-income instruments, and market participants say it could speed up electronification, if implemented properly.

Some bond market participants are cautiously optimistic that an EU consolidated tape for fixed income could speed up the electronification of the corporate bond market—but aggregating the data needed for the tape is not a straightforward task.

The European Commission (EC) says it is planning a consolidated tape for fixed income, which it hopes will bring transparency to the market and encourage trading in these instruments. Traders and vendors in the fixed-income space say better data

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