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NEW YORK May 14 Trading platform Tradeweb
Markets LLC will provide fixed-income securities and derivatives
pricing in-house on BlackRock Inc's investment and risk
management system, BlackRock, the world's largest money manager,
said on Wednesday.
Through the partnership, users of BlackRock's Aladdin
investment management platform will be able to use the system's
dashboard to see pricing from more than 40 liquidity providers
on Tradeweb's network, rather than go outside to get quotes from
dealers, as was previously the case.
The move is, in part, a way to boost trading and liquidity
in the bond market at a time when Wall Street banks have cut
back on providing liquidity and have shed their holdings of
corporate debt and mortgages because of tighter regulation of
"Given regulatory and workflow pressures in the rates and
derivatives markets, partnering with Tradeweb to aggregate
liquidity and increase efficiencies in trading is a natural
extension" of the platform, the incoming head of BlackRock's
Aladdin business, Sudhir Nair, said in a statement.
In addition to gaining access to pricing and historical
information, Aladdin clients will be able to "click to trade"
from their dashboard, said BlackRock spokeswoman Lauren Post.
While users will be able to make transactions on the Aladdin
screen, all of the actual trading will happen at Tradeweb, she
BlackRock has partnered in a similar strategic alliance once
before, with electronic credit trading platform MarketAxess
Holdings Inc last year.
Aladdin, a proprietary system that provides data to help
clients manage their portfolios, is a key business for New
York-based BlackRock, which manages $4.4 trillion in assets.
Tradeweb is majority-owned by Thomson Reuters.
(Reporting by Ashley Lau; Editing by Steve Orlofsky; and Peter