Thomson Reuters REDI

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REDI is Thomson Reuters' EMS (execution management system) platform. Acquired in 2017, Thomson Reuters REDI allows users to access more than 175 execution brokers to route Equities, Futures or Options orders globally, as well as over 20 prime and clearing brokers. [1] According to the company, there are over 5,000 active users of REDI worldwide.

Thomson Reuters company

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a Canadian multinational mass media and information firm. The firm was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where it is headquartered at 333 Bay Street in Downtown Toronto. Thomson Reuters shares are cross listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

Execution management systems (EMSs) are software applications utilized by institutional traders designed to display market data and provide seamless and fast access to trading destinations for the purpose of transacting orders. They contain broker provided and independent algorithms, global market data and technology that is able to help predict certain market conditions. One of the important features of EMSs is that it can manage orders across multiple trading destinations such as stock exchanges, stock brokerage firms, crossing networks and electronic communication networks.

Futures exchange central financial exchange where people can trade standardized futures contracts

A futures exchange or futures market is a central financial exchange where people can trade standardized futures contracts; that is, a contract to buy specific quantities of a commodity or financial instrument at a specified price with delivery set at a specified time in the future. These types of contracts fall into the category of derivatives. The opposite of the futures market is the spots market, where trades will occur immediately after a transaction agreement has been made, rather than at a predetermined time in the future. Futures instruments are priced according to the movement of the underlying asset. The aforementioned category is named "derivatives" because the value of these instruments are derived from another asset class.


Early history

REDI is one of the most enduring brands in the electronic trading space, tracing its roots to 1992 when it was launched by market maker and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) specialist Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. The platform, which stood for “Rapid Execution Dot Interface,” was one of the industry’s first electronic order entry systems.

Electronic or scripless trading, sometimes called e-trading or paperless trading is a method of trading securities, foreign exchange or financial derivatives electronically. Information technology is used to bring together buyers and sellers through an electronic trading platform and network to create virtual market places. They can include various exchange-based systems, such as NASDAQ, NYSE Arca and Globex, as well as other types of trading platforms, such as electronic communication networks (ECNs), alternative trading systems, crossing networks and "dark pools". Electronic trading is rapidly replacing human trading in global securities markets. Electronic trading is in contrast to older floor trading and phone trading and has a number of advantages, but glitches and cancelled trades do still occur.

Market maker financial markets term

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New York Stock Exchange American stock exchange

The New York Stock Exchange is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$30.1 trillion as of February 2018. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.

Goldman Acquisition

REDI became a Goldman Sachs platform in 2000 following the firm’s $6.5B acquisition of SLK. [2] Under Goldman, functionality was steadily added to the platform, including options and futures trading capabilities in 2000, fix-based OMS integration in 2001, portfolio and spread trading capabilities in 2003 and full global connectivity in 2005. [3] By 2013, it was the most widely used EMS by hedge funds and #3 by asset managers, according to the Tabb Group. [4]

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Options spreads are the basic building blocks of many options trading strategies. A spread position is entered by buying and selling equal number of options of the same class on the same underlying security but with different strike prices or expiration dates.


In early 2012, Goldman announced its plans to spin off the REDI business as an independent company in order to make it a true multi-broker platform. [5] On July 17, 2013, Goldman announced it had completed the sale of a majority stake in the independent REDI to a consortium of investors including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citadel and Lightyear Capital. [6] The next day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced that it would transfer its own proprietary EMS, InstaQuote, to REDI as part of its investment. [7]

Barclays British multinational banking and financial services company

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BNP Paribas S.A. is a French international banking group. It is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets, and currently operates with a presence in 77 countries. It was formed through the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Paribas in 2000, but has a corporate identity stretching back to its first foundation in 1848 as a national bank. It is one of three major international French banks, along with Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. The group is listed on the first market of Euronext Paris and a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index, while it also included in the French CAC 40 index.

Thomson Reuters Acquisition

In early 2017 Thomson Reuters announced the completion of its acquisition of REDI [8] Terms were not disclosed. According to Michael Chin, managing director and global head of trading at Thomson Reuters, the firm plans to integrate REDI into "its pre-trade and post-trade workflow services, and its Eikon financial analysis solution." [9]

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