BGC to launch hybrid dollar repo trading platform

BGC plans to offer execution and processing of trades in overnight and 'term specials' for treasury bills and off-the-run treasury repo trades. This should happen early in the first quarter of 2006, the broker said.

Later in the year, BGC will extend the service to cover trades in other repo asset classes such as general collateral and mortgage-backed securities.

The technology behind the platform, which the broker said will be the first of its kind, will be provided by trading software specialist eSpeed.

BGC's head of e-commerce, Philip Norton, said the US repo market sees high volumes that require fast execution and trade processing.

BGC was formerly the voice brokerage arm of Cantor Fitzgerald before its spinoff in August 2004. But it offers electronic trading services through a relationship with eSpeed.

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