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Patent Issued for Apparatus and Method for Trade Aggregation of Trade Allocations and Settlements

September 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Lee, Ronald D. (Merrimack, NH); Newell, Mervin C. (Victorville, CA); Kurland, Scott H. (New York, NY); Hoenisch, Ian P. L. (Windham, NH); Weiner, James B. (Newington, NH); Drayer, Gerald B. (Lake Grove, NY); Sher, Robert L. (New York, NY), filed on June 28, 2010, was published online on August 19, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8812383 is ITG Software Solutions, Inc. (Culver City, CA).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates generally to electronic trading of financial instruments and, more particularly, to an improved system and method for post-trade aggregation processing of executed instruments.

"Customers often execute trades with multiple brokers for a number of reasons, such as to find liquidity, adhere to best execution, and reduce market impact. Such customers also trade on behalf of many custodial customer accounts, resulting in numerous trade allocations on any given trading day. With existing securities order processing and routing systems, such trade allocations may incur substantial custodial 'per-trade' ticket fees, which the custodial banks charge in order to process, settle, and affirm executions that come in from the various brokers who execute the trades.

"Heretofore, the process of trade compression has been limited to executions done on exchanges and electronic communication networks (ECNs) where the brokerage firm itself is a direct member of that exchange or ECN. Additionally, existing aggregation processing systems also incorporate order management systems, thereby requiring customers who want to reduce the 'per-trade' ticket fees through post-trade aggregation to either purchase an entirely new system or pay the additional ticket costs. Thus, there exists a need for a system compatible with the customers' existing technologies which allows them to compress trades executed across multiple brokers or order destinations internally. The present disclosure contemplates a new and improved order aggregation and clearing system, for securities and other financial instruments which overcomes the above-referenced limitations and others."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In one aspect, a customer's order management system sends and receives a trade order from the customer to a financial instrument trading system. The financial instrument trading system includes an order staging and optimization interface. The order management system, and/or order staging and optimization interface, includes means for apportioning the order into a plurality of smaller orders. The order management system and/or staging and optimization interface then communicates the plurality of smaller orders to a plurality of order destinations. The individual executions or fills from the plurality of order destinations are delivered back to the order management system and then to the allocation middleware where the individual executions are compressed into a single average-priced block for clearing on an aggregated basis.

"In a further aspect, an apparatus includes a computer-based information handling system having a storage device storing instructions to be executed by the computer-based information handling system to receive a plurality of individual financial instrument trade executions from the plurality of order destinations, combine the plurality of individual financial instrument trade executions into a single average-priced block, and deliver the single average-priced block and allocation instructions to a clearing agent for delivery to custodial agents.

"In another aspect, a method for trading financial instruments is provided wherein a trade order is prepared and apportioned into a plurality of smaller trade orders. The plurality of smaller trade orders are communicated to a plurality of order destinations. For each of the plurality of smaller trade orders, the individual trade order executions are received from the plurality of order destinations, combined into a single large average-priced block, and are delivered to a post-trade aggregation system for combining the individual trade order executions into a single average-priced block and clearing the individual trade order executions on an aggregated basis.

"One advantage of the present disclosure resides in the streamlining of workflow and technology. For example, customers, trading firms, and executing brokers can use their existing management systems for placing trade orders in combination with the post trade aggregation system and method of the present disclosure, which automates the clearing, delivery, and billing processes, thereby reducing the costs associated with manual processing and human-error reconciliation.

"Another advantage of the present disclosure resides in the ability to facilitate trade compression across multiple executing brokers, while avoiding the need for customers to incur higher custodial costs associated with executing trades across multiple brokers. Utilizing multiple brokers and execution venues may increase liquidity and minimize market impact, which in turn can affect portfolio performance for the customer's end clients.

"Another advantage of the present disclosure is that it allows the customer to seek best execution of a trade without being hindered by higher costs. The present invention also allows the customer to cope with the fragmentation of the market and trade with more varied destinations by reducing the costs of doing so.

"Yet another advantage of the present disclosure is that it may result in lower costs for customers for a number of reasons, including fewer custodial tickets, fewer allocation and instruction messaging costs, fewer back-office trade-breaks, and fewer personnel required to deal with trading issues.

"In a further aspect, the present disclosure provides cost savings for sell-side executing brokers since they do not have to individually allocate, deliver, and affirm trades directly to individual custodial accounts and trading firms. Business workflow is improved when brokers deliver and clear trades against one central clearing entity directly, rather than individually with multiple institutional trading firms.

"Other benefits and advantages of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon a reading and understanding of the preferred embodiments."

For additional information on this patent, see: Lee, Ronald D.; Newell, Mervin C.; Kurland, Scott H.; Hoenisch, Ian P. L.; Weiner, James B.; Drayer, Gerald B.; Sher, Robert L.. Apparatus and Method for Trade Aggregation of Trade Allocations and Settlements. U.S. Patent Number 8812383, filed June 28, 2010, and published online on August 19, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: ITG Software Solutions Inc..

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