What is CEP™ - ICE’s Continuous Evaluated Pricing offering which provides front, middle and back office professionals a full set of independent evaluations to help with their intraday trading tools.
Historically low interest rates have fuelled a dramatic increase in the size of the fixed income market. The way dealers interact with their institutional customers is changing as the dominance of the principal-based trading model begins to fade, in favour of increased use of electronic trading venues and risk-less principal trading. These developments put a premium on access to timely updates. We're helping our clients adjust to changing dynamics by providing continuous, independent evaluated pricing to front, middle and back offices, extending the reach of fixed income end-of-day evaluations into intraday applications.
As a leading provider of evaluated pricing and related services, we're uniquely positioned to deliver this ground-breaking service. Our innovative approach combines both system and human analyses to generate a continuous stream of fixed income evaluations that processes and incorporates market data throughout the day.
Our approach is rooted in the judgment and expertise of our evaluation team and does not rely solely on black box models.
Here’s how Continuous Evaluated Pricing – CEP™ is performed:
The sporadic nature of trading activity for all but the most liquid bonds in the most liquid asset classes makes it difficult to assemble the right package of comparable trades around which to build out tools for assessing execution quality. At ICE Data Services, we’ve developed new tools that leverage our Continuous Evaluated Prices to provide a basis for the measurement of Best Execution. These tools can be used by traders, portfolio managers and compliance officers to more closely monitor trading activities across the growing number of venues and protocols.
As electronification and automated trading become an increasingly important part of the fixed income market structure, liquidity providers seeking to participate will need to explore automating certain components of their trading operations in order to meet the speed demands and economic realities of the new environment. Should all-to-all trading models take hold, the buy-side will also need tools that allow them to transform from price-takers to price-makers in the marketplace.
The flow of pre-trade pricing information is changing. Traditional sources of pre-trade transparency focus on a narrowing segment of the market. New trading venues are providing alternative sources but the anonymity many of these markets provide to their participants may leave pre-trade participants seeking additional information about the quality of the prices they see. The trading community increasingly looks for prices from recognized independent sources to help them quickly identify the best option for each trade. Our Continuous Evaluated Pricing – CEP™ Service can provide you with the tools to assess quote quality and enhance price discovery and therefore assist you with making quicker decisions.
Continuous Evaluated Pricing – CEP™ empowers funds to calculate NAVs at any time during the trading day, using continuously updated evaluations for constituent securities.
This facilitates the intraday monitoring of a fund’s holdings to help identify and isolate those positions most likely to require review during the official NAV setting process. Some institutions elect to match the timing of the official NAV setting with local market convention.
Delivered through our traditional snapshot platform at snap times you choose; well-suited for those accustomed to FTP-style data delivery.
Add-in for Excel allows you to integrate Continuous Evaluated Pricing into custom spreadsheet tools and watch lists.
FIX protocol-based market data feed or Consolidated Feed enables access to Continuous Evaluated Pricing – CEP™ throughout the day.