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FlexTRADER Connects to BIDS Trading; Broker-Neutral EMS Provides Clients with Access to BIDS Liquidity Pool

First Published 19th September 2007

BIDS Trading and FlexTrade Systems have announced the connection of the FlexTRADER trading platform to the BIDS ATS. FlexTRADER is the first broker-neutral execution management system to allow buy-side firms direct access to the BIDS ATS.

Vijay Kedia, President and Chief Executive Officer of FlexTrade: "Now users of FlexTRADER will have access to a network that has the potential to cover an extraordinary amount of the industry's share volume."

Users of FlexTRADER that are sponsored by clients of BIDS Trading can directly access the BIDS ATS to trade large blocks of US equities without altering their trading workflow. In addition, FlexTRADER will support the complete suite of innovative and customized trading tools offered by BIDS Trading.

"With twelve of the largest trading firms comprising its membership, BIDS is an exciting development for the market," said Vijay Kedia, President and Chief Executive Officer of FlexTrade. "Now users of FlexTRADER will have access to a network that has the potential to cover an extraordinary amount of the industry's share volume."

"By expanding our reach to FlexTRADER's global client base, we continue to deliver on our promise to become a truly open network, offering the broadest participation and deepest liquidity pool possible," said Tim Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of BIDS Trading. "Adding this highly-regarded industry player to the electronic trading platforms already connected to the BIDS ATS allows an even greater number of buy- and sell-side firms to access its growing liquidity."

Since the launch of BIDS Trading in April of 2007, volumes have been growing tremendously. The BIDS ATS has traded over one billion shares* since its formal launch in April 2007.

FlexTRADER is a fully customizable, quantitatively enriched equity trading and execution management system with a global client base, including institutional users on the buy-side and sell-side, hedge funds, and investment managers. In addition to BIDS Trading, FlexTRADER connects to more than 100 broker dealers, all leading ECNs and primary exchanges.

The BIDS ATS is accessible to both buy-side and sell-side firms that want to trade large blocks through continuous order matching and trade negotiation. Use of the BIDS ATS as a block trading service is not exclusive or subject to volume commitment and each participant may continue to use any ATS, ECN or exchange service that supports the trading needs of its customer base.

The BIDS ATS allows traders to control their level of information disclosure. Market participants can choose to auto-execute their order or negotiate; they can set their minimum block size to help protect their order; and they can even filter out counterparties based on past trading behaviour.