Patsystems looks to exploit single stock futures

The London-based software firm has teamed up with Direct Access Financial, a provider of US equity trading platforms, to launch the service, which has been named J-Stox. Single stock futures are futures contracts based on the shares of individual companies. They allow a buyer or seller to buy or sell a share at a certain time in the future at a price agreed today.

The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) has been trading SSFs since January, calling them universal stock futures (USF). Trading of the contracts in the US is currently illegal at a consumer level. But the law banning them is due to be repealed in December. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) said in March that it intends to trade SSF as soon as legally possible.

Jacques de Cock, chief executive of Patsystems, claimed the new system will enable convergence of the global derivatives and equities markets. “J-Stox creates a powerful combination of derivatives and equity trading, developed to provide all existing clients with the capability to actively trade SSFs and the underlying equity in the US, from a single screen,” said de Cock.

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