CEO Gurinder Ahluwalia says he co-founded 280 CapMarkets with Chief Technology Officer Prescott Nasser and several others to help independent advisors buy individual bonds for clients via a more tech-driven efficient way and with a level of transparency to meet the needs of advisors and the regulators.
Such a cloud-based platform, Ahluwalia reasoned, would be particularly attractive to advisors who had used bonds while employed at the wirehouses but who as independent advisors no longer had the resources or platforms to do so.
Using a platform accessed through their desktop computers, “we could bring a lot of that power directly to them,” Ahluwalia says, backed up by what he likes to call “the last mile” of execution. “You can tell people where and how” to buy individual bonds, he says, “but if you aren’t willing to help them do the transaction it’s a challenge. We put the dealer in place” in its platform, called BondNAV, which was launched last year.
On May 8, the company introduced a reporting function called 280 BestX, which fulfills the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s requirement, in Ahluwalia’s words, “that you used resources to find the best prices” for executing client trades for an individual bond. The report meets the MSRB standard by transparently showing the best offers for that bond, its trading history, other bonds in the series and from the same issuer and the process provided by 280 CapMarkets’ trading desks or platform in achieving best execution, including a pre-trade review. “We’ll give you a report documenting how we went to market, what prices were available, and show best execution for the client,” says Ahluwalia.
A demo of the platform showed how 280 CapMarkets can produce that trading execution reporting in an efficient and transparent way.