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EXTENT-2015: Efficient Risk Control - Challenges & Techniques

November 12, 2015

EXTENT-2015: Efficient Risk Control - Challenges & Techniques

Efficient Risk Control - Challenges and Techniques
Vladimir Kurlyandchik, ARQA Technologies
11 November 2015
Trading Technology Trends & Quality Assurance Conference in St. Petersburg


November 12, 2015

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  1. Efficient risk control — challenges and techniques. ARQA's case study

    Vladimir Kurlyandchik director, business development
  2. Typical risk models 2 For equities:  counterparty limits 

    size of order  frequency of orders (in some cases) For derivatives:  fixed amount of dollars (rubles, euros) per contract including options For FX:  full prefunding for corporates  leverage 1:100 and higher for private investors For bonds:  counterparty limits
  3. Client needs 3 Private investor: One account to trade any

    asset type HFT client: Different types of arbitrage strategies Institutional client: Effective risk management
  4. Gap reasons 4  Trading platform fragmentation — broker uses

    different platforms for different asset types and exchanges  Risk control works as defense against fear  Risk management department is not a business but a support unit of sell-side company  Latency reasons — people don’t want to affect latency by complex risk checks
  5. How to solve the problem? 5 Level 1 Changing the

    attitude to risk management Level 2 Clear understanding of client groups (trading patterns and requirements) Level 3 Easily adapted risk management solution architecture Level 4 Quality of implementation of risk management solution
  6. ARQA approach 7  In all asset types  In

    any currency  For different settlement dates  Flexible rules of calculation Position
  7. ARQA approach 8  Different sources: • trading venues (LSE,

    LSE derivatives, Turquoise, CME, Eurex, EBS ICAP, WSE, MOEX) • market data vendors (Thomson Reuters, SunGard, S&P Capital IQ) • FX liquidity pools  As fast as possible Market Data
  8. ARQA approach 9  Full prefunding  Several margin trading

    models (one leverage for all assets, different discounts for different assets, etc.)  Classical prop-trading limits (limit on short, long, net in a particular asset)  Netting opposite positions in correlated instruments (stock against single stock futures, currency pair against corresponding futures, local stock against GDR)  SPAN-like methodology RISQ models
  9. ARQA approach 10  Flat fee  Fixed amount of

    money per contract  Commission scale  Minimum and maximum commission amount Pre-trade and post-trade calculating Fees
  10. ARQA approach 11 Multi-currency  Multi-currency support  Different scenarios

     Business advantages for different client groups  Full risk control
  11. ARQA approach 12 RISQ terminal Main tasks  show real-time

    position from different angles  show real-time information about risk parameters for client position  what-if calculators Automate some procedures  margin calls  position termination  obligation rollover
  12. Infrastructure cases 13 Example 1: Servicing retail clients Gateways Replicator

    End clients RISQ/EMS server 1 RISQ/EMS server 2 End clients Gateways Exchanges
  13. Infrastructure cases 14 Example 2: Servicing HFT client Black box

    RISQ server Transactions RISQ filter module Yes/No Exchange Drop copy Gateway
  14. Infrastructure cases 15 Example 2: Servicing HFT client Black box

    RISQ server QUIK KillSwitch Yes/No Exchange Gateway Trigger exchange KillSwitch
  15. Infrastructure cases 16 Example 3: Extending existing infrastructure by advanced

    risk checks End clients Broker’s EMS RISQ server FIX adapter FIX order router Exchange Gateway Transactions Drop copy
  16. Numbers 17 Capacity  Number of positions – 2 million

     Number of orders – 30 million  Number of trades – 2 million Latency  RISQ server, margining on stocks with discounts – 1 ms per transaction  RISQ server portfolio margining – 2-3 ms per transaction  FIXPreTrade RISQ filter for Windows, any model – 100 mcs  FIXPreTrade RISQ filter for Linux (tcp off load), any model – 30 mcs
  17. Development and testing 18  Dedicated business analysis staff 

    Enrichment of internal expertize by internal and external seminars  Cooperation of inside development team and technical support  Delivery new versions for testing with special cases from developers and analysts  Specially developed environment to run automated tests  Investigations of new releases before go live dates