London - MarketAxess has announced the expansion of MarketAxess Trade Crossing Hub (MATCH), the first independent central limit order book (CLOB) for single-name credit default swaps (CDS).
MATCH enables market participants to send and receive anonymous orders, to be accessed by all other market participants. Barclays will act as the primary market maker to help ensure the availability of continuous two-way markets on the platform.
MATCH began operations earlier this year with select single name swaps available to a limited number of clients. The platform has now further expanded, allowing a much broader group of global market participants to access liquidity in a wider universe of the most frequently traded single name credit default swaps.
Kevin McPherson, Head of U.S. Sales at MarketAxess, said: "We are very pleased that Barclays has agreed to act as a key market maker in this new market for single name CDS. We believe that a centralized all-to-all marketplace, offering a variety of trading protocols, is an effective way to increase overall credit market liquidity. Alongside our SEF for CDS index trading, MATCH will help to further increase transparency and broaden participation in the CDS market."
Fred Orlan, Head of Credit Trading at Barclays, added: "Our role as a liquidity provider on MATCH underscores our commitment to remaining at the forefront of structural changes to the credit markets. With access to a centralized pool of liquidity for single name swaps, our clients can now benefit from increased efficiency and best execution."