Systematic tools gain favor in fixed income

Automation is enabling systematic strategies in fixed income that were previously reserved for equities trading. The tech gap between the two may be closing, but differences remain.

In 2012, fixed-income trading venue Tradeweb began developing its use-case for automated trading. In partnership with a small group of clients, the team developed a guiding principle they called the 80/20 rule, which states that 80% of actions—determining who is placed in competition, receiving quotes, checking prices against references—should take up 20% of a user’s time.

This rule underpinned the first iteration of AiEX, Tradeweb’s automated execution tool that has since been integrated into 26

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