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Automated Security Pricing

Market makers in all asset classes need to continuously quote competitive rates. In today’s fast-moving electronic markets, setting prices in the OTC market’s requires an automated pricing engine (also known as an auto-quoting system) to adjust quotes based on real-time changes in market conditions. A finely tuned pricing engine can reduce latency in responding to the market and allow you to quote tighter spreads, which ultimately makes you more competitive.

While off-the-shelf pricing engines are available as components within some e-trading platforms, in most cases you can’t get the specific functionality you need without purchasing functionality you don’t. What’s more, these systems provide limited flexibility. In contrast, building a pricing engine from scratch isn’t always a viable option due to the cost and complexity of hiring a team of skilled programmers to develop the solution, in addition to ongoing maintenance expenses and overhead.

Sybase Event Stream Processor (ESP) provides a more practical alternative: the ability to implement a custom pricing engine quickly, without requiring any custom Java or C++ programming. Sybase ESP allows your users to define the business logic they need themselves, without the help of a programmer.


  • Quicker deployment: Reduce implementation time by 60% to 85%, based on estimates from existing Sybase customers.
  • Low latency: Adjust quoted prices to reflect movements in the market.
  • Higher reliability: Down time means lost business, and incorrect quotes are unacceptable. Sybase is an industry leader in reliability.
  • Flexibility and ease of maintenance: Sybase makes it easy to implement and update your own pricing rules.
  • Simplified integration: Sybase works with the other elements of your existing system, eliminating the need for major system re-engineering.
  • Lower TCO: Our focused, flexible approach lowers your total cost of ownership, including license fees, project costs, and ongoing maintenance.
  • World-class support: Our solutions are backed by a company with a trade record of responsive customer support and proven domain expertise.

Simplified Integration of Multiple Real-Time Data Feeds
One of the most critical components of a pricing engine is the capability to accommodate real-time market data feeds as input. Sybase provides a comprehensive lineup of pre-built connectors to integrate market data feeds or to work with your existing market data platform.

Sybase’s high level authoring tools include a visual modeling environment that enables users to define their own business rules. You have complete control over data cleansing and validation rules and pricing algorithms. You can also reuse existing algorithms that may already be available as C++ or Java functions via the Sybase user-defined function interface.

Sybase’s pricing logic balances accuracy and flexibility in a three-step process:

  • Cleanse data to ensure that only valid rates feed into the pricing model. This typically consists of set of validation checks (for example, bid< offer), threshold checks, and checks against one or more moving averages. Rules and parameters may vary by individual instrument.
  • Factor in the price of the underlying securities, when pricing derivatives.
  • Compute the price to be quoted, applying spread, market skew, and any other variables. The pricing algorithms can use parameters under the control of a trader to fine tune the algorithms to current market and business conditions.

Additional input to the cleansing and pricing algorithms can include historical data and unique tuning parameters under the control of a trader.

Output in the form of updates to your firm’s prices can be published as a continuous stream onto a message bus, a market data system, or directly into one or more downstream applications. Prices are also available as on-demand snapshots for requesting applications.

The diagram illustrates a typical Automated Security Pricing system configuration.

Automated Security Pricing Diagram


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