ICAP_final.jpgICAP is the world’s premier voice and electronic interdealer broker, delivering specialist intermediary broking services to trading professionals in the wholesale financial markets. The group covers a very broad range of OTC (over-the-counter) financial products and services in commodities, foreign exchange, interest rates, credit and equity markets, as well as data, commentary and indices.

The Future of the OTC Markets

The global wholesale over the counter (“OTC”) markets are critical to the effective
functioning of the worldwide financial system. The vast majority of financial asset classes
only exist in the OTC environment and consequently the efficient functioning of these
markets is essential for the free flow and availability of capital, the mitigation of risk and
investor choice. This paper assesses the current status of the trading, transaction
processing and risk management infrastructure that supports the wholesale segment of the
OTC markets and sets out some recommendations that we believe would improve the
quality and robustness of this infrastructure.