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Advantages of a multilateral trading facility

Discover the advantages of a multilateral trading facility (MTF) – including non-discretionary rules, transparent pricing and MiFID II compliance – as well as the specific benefits of using Spectrum.

What are the benefits of an MTF?

There are many benefits of a multilateral trading facility – for the market makers and brokers that connect to them, as well as their clients. Here we focus on the main advantages of an MTF:
 

Want to find out more about MTFs? Start with our one-page guide to multilateral trading facilities.

1. Non-discretionary rules

MTFs offer a level playing field for all market participants, because buyers and sellers are always matched according to a set of transparent rules that cannot discriminate between members. So, if a user wants to buy an instrument at a certain price, they’ll be able to do so if a corresponding sell order is available on the system.

 

This is because MTFs are independent of any buying and selling interests, and simply connect the two to execute trades. This differs from some over-the-counter markets, where orders can be cancelled in certain circumstances – for example, if the market maker decides it doesn’t want to take on too much exposure at a certain price.

2. Transparent pricing

MTFs offer transparency pre- and post-trade. That’s because the volume available at each spread is visible at all times, which enables users to find the best possible price before they place an order. Details of the orders and quotes available over the previous 24 hours can also be downloaded.

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Post-trade, users can see the time, price and volume of all trading activity on the MTF. These details can be downloaded for any time period, which gives traders the opportunity to analyse how buying and selling pressures have changed.

3. Order book interaction

Users trading via an MTF also have the opportunity to interact with the order book if they can’t find the price or volume they need. This is because brokers can add orders to the order book on a client’s behalf, which will be executed if another broker or market maker takes the other side of the trade.

 

Such orders can be placed at any price – potentially inside the spread – so these interactions can influence pricing across the MTF. And, because of the transparency rules that govern multilateral trading facilities, traders can see if anyone else has executed a trade at a better price. 

4. MiFID II compliance

One of the main benefits of trading via an MTF is that they are compliant with the European Union’s (EU’s) Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), which was introduced to increase competition in the financial markets and enhance investor protections.

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These regulations ensure that all trades executed on an MTF are subject to the same standards, regardless of which broker and market maker are connected for the purposes of the trade. They have also increased competition between market makers by requiring complete transparency on pricing.

What are the benefits of Spectrum?

24/5 market access

Trade a range of highly liquid currency pairs, indices and commodities – 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Retail-focused liquidity

We’re designed to meet the needs of retail clients, with a setup that provides even, deep liquidity across all offered markets. 

Low costs

Our fee schedules are some of the most competitive in the industry, and there are no clearing or market data costs.

Reliable technology

Underpinned by robust technology and standard FIX messaging, our platform offers low latency and fast execution.

Pan-European offering

Headquartered in Germany, our offering is authorised by BaFin and available to brokers across the EU.

Round-the-clock support

Get expert support throughout the trading week – any time from 11pm Sunday to 11pm Friday (CE(S)T).