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S&P Capital IQ Improves Price Transparency In Fixed Income Markets

NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to improve pre- and post-trade transparency in the $1.1 trillion U.S. corporate bond and $300 billion U.S. municipal bond markets, S&P Capital IQ, a business line of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), and Tradeweb Direct have introduced an Odd-Lot Valuations service that provides indicative price benchmarks for fixed income market professionals.  Odd-lots are corporate and municipal bond trades of less than $1 million, which account for close to 90 percent of all fixed income trades in the U.S.  The Odd-Lot Valuations offering from S&P Capital IQ and Tradeweb Direct is the first of its kind to deliver benchmark pricing data based on odd-lot trades.

The odd-lot prices in this new service are derived using S&P Capital IQ's Securities Valuation, Pricing and Data group's proprietary methodologies and market data including inputs provided by the BondDesk alternative trading system (ATS). BondDesk is a part of Tradeweb Direct, the largest odd-lot fixed income trading venue in the U.S.  By pairing Tradeweb Direct's market data with S&P Capital IQ's valuation models, the new Odd-Lot Valuations service is able to provide evaluated pricing data on over 1.5 million securities.

"Improving pre- and post-trade price transparency for corporate and municipal bonds has been a major challenge for regulators and market participants for decades.  A great deal of the opacity in these asset classes was driven by the inability to provide market-wide pricing benchmarks based on actual trading data," said Frank Ciccotto, senior vice president at S&P Capital IQ.  "New rules such as MSRB-G43 have underscored the importance of efforts to obtain prices that are fair and reasonable in fixed income trading.  By teaming with Tradeweb Direct, we're able to provide the first comprehensive solution to help address that challenge."

The new Odd-Lot Valuations service includes "bid" and "ask" prices, as well as ranges around those prices that indicate opinions of where retail trades may occur.  Depending on client preferences, data can be delivered through end-of-day pricing files, API data feeds, or through a flexible suite of tools that incorporate Odd-Lot Valuations into Tradeweb's trading and wealth management platform. This service supports fixed income marketplace participants, including retail and institutional broker/dealers, interdealer brokers, buy-side institutions, and other data providers in several important ways.  The Odd-Lot Valuations service provides a point of reference to help address compliance concerns regarding best execution processes, and providing investment professionals with retail clients a price indicative of an odd-lot position.

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