CitiFX Intelligent Orders

The CitiFX Intelligent Orders platform offers a market leading suite of algorithmic execution strategies designed to efficiently access FX Spot market liquidity with a goal to optimize your execution performance. Use this guide to gain an understanding of our FX Algo platform and each strategy to help identify the execution strategy that best fits your requirements.

The strategies are calibrated to take into account the day to day shifts in liquidity between currency pairs and trading venues. Transparent post trade reporting provides clients with a detailed audit trail and the ability to evaluate transaction costs across their portfolio of FX trades.

CitiFX Cross (CFX)

CitiFX Cross (CFX) is Citi’s new proprietary low latency Spot FX Matching Engine that allows users of our FX Algo platform (external clients and internal trading desks) and the FX E-Trading business to match their offsetting execution and hedging interest against one another. It is designed to provide our clients with improved access to Citi internal liquidity should they choose to ‘Include Citi Liquidity’ when using Citi’s Algos. Adding CFX to our Algo, eTrading and voice trading businesses enables us to increase internalization of our spot FX flows from both clients and internal trading desks which should reduce the market impact of our customers' electronic deal flow.

  • Internalization, Draw on the strength of CitiFX®

  • Clear risk quietly at or inside the primary market spread

Internal Match and Ripple are internalization strategies which execute against Citi’s electronic price streams. Both strategies are similar in design, with key differentiators being 1) the potential for Internal Match to interact at increased frequency with offsetting inventory from Citi’s eTrading franchise and 2) the option for Internal Match to post into CitiFX Cross (CFX). Note - Ripple does NOT post into CFX.

Each strategy’s execution speed is a function of both estimated market volumes and flows from Citi’s eTrading franchise. Ripple and Internal Match will generally only trade with Citi’s eTrading business, via Citi electronic price streams when they can do so at or inside the primary market bid/ offer spread*.

*Alternative venues used for reference when primary unavailable.

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Start Time, Expiry Time, Limit Price (auto-applied if not set)

Optional: Trigger Price, Value Date (defaults to spot)

  • Avoid crossing spreads†

What it is designed to do

Peg is designed to capture liquidity passively by posting at or near the top of book in multiple venues, favoring those with higher passive fill ratios. It will never cross the spread†.

Peg seeks to limit market impact by running an independent peg on each venue, with posted order sizes based on liquidity on either side of the top of book price. The strategy will react to price updates in each venue by adjusting its posting levels at random time intervals within ranges defined by currency pair (less liquid pairs will update less frequently). For indirect crosses, the less liquid leg is generally targeted for passive execution, with aggressing then taking place in the more liquid leg to complete the cross..

†When used for indirect crosses, Peg will aggress one leg (typically the more liquid).

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Start Time, Expiry Time, Limit Price (auto-applied if not set)

Optional: Trigger Price, Include Citi Liquidity, Full or Core Liquidity Pool, Value Date (defaults to spot)

  • Target market liquidity across multiple venues

  • Minimise your trading footprint

What it is designed to do

Silent Partner is very similar to Peg in design but has an added minimum pace setting.

It uses the Peg strategy to target passive execution in multiple venues while concurrently estimating volume dealt in the currency pair’s primary markets. Silent Partner only crosses the spread when the execution pace falls below the order’s minimum volume participation setting (adjustable but set to 20% by default) or if a certain time period has elapsed with no executions. For indirect crosses, the less liquid leg is generally targeted for passive execution and minimum pacing, with aggressing then taking place in the more liquid leg to complete the cross.

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Pace, Start Time, Expiry Time, Limit Price (auto-applied if not set)

Optional: Trigger Price, Include Citi Liquidity, Full or Core Liquidity Pool, Value Date (defaults to spot)

  • Execute over a set interval

  • Achieve a rate reflecting a time-weighted average price

What it is designed to do

TWAP aims to achieve a rate reflecting the currency pair’s time-weighted average price over the duration of the order.

The strategy breaks an order into even-sized clips and uses the Peg strategy to target passive execution at regular intervals within the specified timeframe. TWAP only crosses the spread when the order’s execution pace falls behind the schedule set by the user.

TWAP2 (Small Slice) reduces TWAP’s minimum clip size and only allows passive order placement on non-core markets.

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Start Time, Duration or Expiry Time, Limit Price (auto-applied if not set)

Optional: Include Citi Liquidity, Smaller Order Size, Full or Core Liquidity Pool, Value Date (defaults to spot)

  • Take available liquidity without posting interest

What it is designed to do

Sweep is designed to sweep all the liquidity from available selected markets within the trader’s limit price. It does not post interest to any markets and will continue to sweep until the full order notional has been filled.

Note: Maximum aggressive sweep distance limits are applied on a currency pair basis.

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Start Time, Expiry Time, Limit Price

Optional: Trigger Price, Include Citi Liquidity, Full or Core Liquidity Pool, Value Date (defaults to spot)

  • Take available liquidity and post for a portion of remaining interest

What it is designed to do

Post and Sweep is designed to sweep all liquidity from available selected markets within the trader’s limit price (and pip discretion† if specified). If the sweep cannot fill the order entirely, the strategy will post to the primary market at the trader’s limit price in increments of one million of base currency at a time, replenishing each time the posted order is filled. Any additional liquidity that becomes available within the limit price (and discretion†) designated by the trader will continue to be aggressed until the full order notional has been filled.

Note: Maximum aggressive sweep distance limits are applied on a currency pair basis

The discretion value (specified in pips) represents an additional limit for the sweep element of the strategy beyond the limit price at which orders are posted to the primary market.

Parameters

Mandatory: Currency Pair, Buy/Sell, Amount, Dealt Currency, Start Time, Expiry Time, Limit Price

Optional: Discretion Value (Pips), Trigger Price, Include Citi Liquidity, Full or Core Liquidity Pool, Value Date (defaults to spot)

Additional Risk Information

Foreign exchange contracts are subject to enhanced risks.

Foreign currencies represent the legal tender of one or more foreign nations and normally are not linked to any intrinsically valuable commodity (such as precious metals). Foreign currency exchange rates may be volatile and subject to intermittent market disruptions or distortions due to numerous factors specific to each foreign country, including among others government regulation and intervention, lack of liquidity and the types of entities participating in the market. The currencies of emerging economies may be subject to more frequent and larger central bank interventions than the currencies of developed economies and are also more likely to be affected by sudden changes in monetary or exchange rate policies, or by the actions of significant market participants. Disruptions may also occur as a result of non-governmental events, such as actions taken by, or force majeure events affecting, foreign exchange dealers, relevant exchanges or price sources. Foreign currency exchange rates may be especially volatile during times of financial turmoil, as capital can flow very quickly out of regions that are perceived to be impacted disproportionately by such turmoil. Any of the foregoing events, among others, may adversely affect the transaction economics of a foreign exchange transaction. You should be aware of these risks and should understand their effect on each prospective foreign exchange transaction.

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