Citadel shaking up swaps competition

Chicago firm has become a top-four market-maker on Sefs - but rivals question whether its prices are sustainable

Paul Hamill
Paul Hamill, Citadel Securities

Swap dealers have a fight on their hands. In the four months since Citadel Securities switched on its pricing algorithms full time, the Chicago firm's market-making arm claims to be beating the incumbent banks on price and on speed. The question – for potential clients as well as rivals – is whether it can keep that up.

"They're quoting razor-thin spreads. There's no way they can make money at those levels," says a senior e-trading executive at one European bank.

Paul Hamill, global head of

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