Liquidnet, a global institutional trading network, has made two enhancements to its Next Gen Algo suite, the company’s premium offering of liquidity-seeking and benchmark strategies designed specifically for institutions.
The newest addition to the Liquidnet Virtual High Touch suite: Targeted Invitations from Algos integrates one of Liquidnet’s most popular liquidity-seeking products with its Next Gen Algo suite. Targeted Invitations allow buyside traders to intelligently seek out liquidity from other asset managers that they may not be actively trying to trade and that may not be available on any blotter. Targeted Invitations from Algos helps automate that process and allows an algo order to strategically seek and source liquidity simultaneously. Targeted Invitations was first launched for equities in November 2015 and is now available to over 670 Member firms globally. Focused on the block, the average execution size globally is USD2.4 million, and the largest single execution to date is USD156 million.
Another enhancement to the global algo suite, Block I Would, gives the trader greater control and access to seek out block liquidity. Traders using Liquidnet’s Next Gen Algos can now control the quantity and price to trade a block in Liquidnet and the venues accessed on a conditional basis, irrespective of the trade schedule. Liquidnet’s liquidity seeking algos are the only ones that fully leverage Liquidnet’s network of more than 920 global institutions offering over USD78 billion of global average daily liquidity in one place. In the US, the Liquidnet Dark algo’s average trade size is more than three-times greater than the average FINRA reported trade size, for executions in dark venues.
“Our goal is to minimise the amount of time buy-side traders have to spend searching for liquidity,” says Rob Laible (pictured), Global Head of Equity Strategy at Liquidnet. “With these two enhancements, we’re helping centralise institutional liquidity with a new class of tools that can minimize both time and transaction cost. We believe the future of execution lies in creating liquidity opportunities not just seeking them.”
“Our approach to product development is reflective of our desire to unite the market via a comprehensive distribution platform,” says Chris Jackson, EMEA Head of Execution & Quantitative Services Group at Liquidnet. “We are working closely with broker-dealers, exchanges, and other trading venues across the globe to deliver a frictionless and secure access point for any asset manager regardless of where he or she sits and what type of order is being traded.”