ING Sharpens ‘Katana’ for AI Bond Pricing Boost

ING says its new artificial assistant will help traders price bonds faster, more accurately, and more consistently. Joanne Faulkner reports on how the bank will wield Katana to combat rising RFQ volumes in electronic bond markets.

Santiago Braje ING

Alongside visualization of relevant historical and real-time data, the web-based Katana application includes an AI-assisted pricing feature which suggests a price that would be profitable when a client wants to buy or sell a bond. A green bar shows the confidence of the algorithm’s prediction. The trader can use this suggested price or offer their own instead.

After a six-month trial, ING officials say Katana enables faster pricing decisions for 90 percent of trades, delivers a 25 percent reduc

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