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FinTrack Systems to develop PriceTrack

Prakash M. Swamy

NEW YORK, Jan. 3

THE New York-based FinTrack Systems Corporation's newly developed PriceTrack (SM) browser-based, real-time price distribution and execution system successfully incorporates Financial products Markup Language (FpML) for intra and inter-company messaging, said Mr Matt Meinel, co-chair of the Standards Committee and the Managing Director of UBS Warburg.

Mr Meinel is one of several major securities industry volunteers working to develop FpML as the standard for Internet trading of OTC derivatives, according to a release. With PriceTrack, any dealer institution is able to broadcast unique

markets of negotiable and executable asset prices in real time to each of its clients. It functionality includes credit spreads, trading blotters, historical data, audit trails, advanced instant messaging and database-oriented client permissioning. Earlier, FinTrack Systems rolled out RiskTrack(SM) to support the exchange of interest rate derivatives data with an investment bank's legacy system. Now, when a deal is executed on either system, FpML messages are generated

to facilitate straight-through-processing all the way from a client on the other side of an Internet connection through to a dealer's trading system.

Mr Natarajan Rathnam, Managing Director and co-founder of FinTrack, said: ``Much like PriceTrack, RiskTrack also utilises FpML for use in any dealer and client legacy system. He said FinTrack Systems continues to support the use of FpML to increase efficiencies in the trading of OTC derivatives.

Established in 1997, FinTrack ( provides a suite of Internet/Intranet-based trading products allowing firms to better serve clients, expand business reach, lower transaction costs and boost efficiencies. FinTrack has been an active member of the Interest Rate Derivatives Working Group developing the standard.

FpML is the XML-based, freely licensed, e-commerce standard supporting OTC trading of financial derivatives. is a non-profit consortium comprised of leading global derivatives trading institutions, and financial, technology and consulting firms. The consortium is currently integrating its standards development process into ISDA based on a recent agreement between the two organisations. endorsed FpML version 1.0 in May 2001. It covers interest rate swaps and forward rate agreements. Version 2.0, currently out for comment as a last call working draft, covers interest rate options such as caps, floors and swaptions. Work is progressing on FpML Version 3.0, which covers FX and Equity Derivatives.

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