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Colt Capital Markets

Colt delivers highly secure, on-demand services that are designed to meet the stringent requirements and speed of the financial markets on a global scale.  Our team of Capital Markets experts works closely with firms to understand their challenges and regulatory requirements, delivering a solution that meets their specific needs.

More than 400 Capital Markets firms worldwide rely on the reach and market presence our solutions provide to help them maintain and grow their market share. Our history in serving the needs of Capital Markets firms started in the City of London over 20 years ago and expanded into the key financial hubs in Europe, Asia and North America. Following the acquisition and integration of MarketPrizm in 2011 and KVH in 2014, Colt has the service portfolio and reach to support Capital Markets firms on a global scale.

Colt Capital Markets services include:

  • Colt PrizmNet financial extranet
  • Dedicated access: FX Liquidity, Broker Access, Client Access, Market Access, T2S and low latency network services
  • Market Data
  • Hosting Solutions

For more information, please visit http://www.colt.net/capitalmarkets/ or contact capitalmarkets@colt.net.


Colt PrizmNet connects three of the top five US brokers

The Colt PrizmNet financial extranet now connects three out of the five leading brokers* in US electronic equity trading. Colt is challenging the status quo with Colt PrizmNet, a financial extranet offering deterministic low latencies for delivering data, software, content and financial services worldwide. It provides connectivity to all major venues, ensuring best execution and visibility into global markets, and increasing algorithmic trading efficiency.

Colt appoints Andrew Housden as VP of Capital Markets

Colt today announced that Andrew Housden has joined the company as VP of Capital Markets, reporting to Tom Regent, Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer. Andrew will be responsible for growing Colt’s Capital Markets vertical, overseeing some of Colt’s largest accounts across Europe, Asia and North America. Colt works with 18 of the top 25 banks and diversified financial groups, over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.

Colt-sponsored research: Cloud Acceptance at Tipping Point in the Capital Markets

New research from Celent – sponsored by Colt – has found that the appetite for cloud-based services in capital markets has reached a critical point and that cloud is set to become the main delivery model for certain key functions in the near future. The research, entitled ‘The cloud comes of age in capital markets’ shows that attitudes towards cloud have softened in the last 12-18 months, with participants showing more acceptance of the security, stability and reliability of cloud-based deployments.

Colt PrizmNet Expands North American Offering

Colt, the global network and trading infrastructure provider, announced today that it is rapidly expanding the Colt PrizmNet financial extranet in North America to include a range of U.S. and Canadian financial content providers, foreign exchange (FX) venues and technology providers, including Hotspot, Nasdaq and Omega ATS. Through its growing financial extranet, Colt enables providers to offer critical financial content with increased transparency, real-time reporting and reduced time-to-market for its customers. Colt PrizmNet’s growing community includes providers of FX pricing data, execution venues, single-dealer platforms, trade reporting, risk management and more.

The Connectivity Arms Race: The Cloud, Extranet and Capital Markets

Opinion piece by Ralph Achkar, Colt Capital Markets. When the public cloud first came onto the enterprise networking scene, a lot of companies needed to be sold on the concept, and why its ubiquitous, easy-access hosting and storage spaces were right for them.

Fast, high-capacity storage to meet MiFID II reporting and other big data needs

When MiFID II comes into effect in 2018, capital markets participants will need to comply with extensive data retention requirements. As well as being able to store the data, firms will need the ability to report quickly on their transactions against multiple file types. McObject’s eXtremeDB® Financial Edition will simplify the task.

Ultra-low-latency connectivity to Korea available

Colt and Koscom, the leading financial IT provider in Korea founded by Korea’s Ministry of Finance and the Korea Stock Exchange, announced today a joint agreement to form a global securities network partnership that will provide ultra-low-latency connectivity between capital markets participants in Korea and the world’s major stock and derivatives exchanges.

TRADEcho APA available on Colt PrizmNet

Colt PrizmNet, the financial extranet developed by Colt, will enable connectivity to TRADEcho’s multi asset APA solution for pre- and post-trade reporting, enabling capital markets firms to comply with the new trade reporting obligations due for implementation in January 2018 as part of MiFID II.

Colt Prizmnet doubles footprint in Hong Kong and Singapore

Colt PrizmNet, the financial extranet developed by Colt, has continued to grow its footprint in Asia by connecting to Equinix’s International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centres in Hong Kong (HK1) and Singapore (SG1). 

Discover the PrizmNet Online portal

Connect to the Colt Capital Markets ecosystem. Discover the Colt PrizmNet financial extranet.

This video offers you a short demo of PrizmNet Online, a self-service portal for ordering, quoting, catalogue and billing services and near real time monitoring.

Would you like a PrizmNet Portal demo? Please register here: http://information.colt.net/colt-priz...

Algo Testing – are we seeing the whole picture?

BLOG: In the post-crash world we’ve been living in for the last few years, market manipulation has become even more of a focus than it was pre-crash. Regulators, pressurised by governments and popular opinion, first cracked down on the perceived practitioners (hedge funds, HFT firms, prop trading desks) and then on the practices themselves. What used to be an opaque, shadowy world was gradually brought into the light and terms like spoofing, layering and momentum ignition were brought into the everyday trading vernacular. Regulations like MiFID II and MAR have been drafted to curb these practices. With a deadline of 3rd July 2016 MAR focuses on the eradication of abuse from algorithms as well as seeking to punish naive and reckless algorithms which threaten market integrity. Under MiFID II non-live algorithm testing will be compulsory from 3rd January 2018.

Colt adds new Asian market data feeds to global offering

Colt announced today the expansion of its Asia coverage by adding three new data feeds to its low-latency MarketPrizm Market Data service.

Colt PrizmNet now connects 50+ providers worldwide

Colt PrizmNet, the financial extranet developed by Colt, continues to grow and now connects over 50 exchanges and providers of financial content and services to more than 10,000 organisations worldwide, the company announced today.

Colt’s Capital Markets story

Colt has been serving Capital Markets customers for over 20 years.  Here Naz Dossa, VP Capital Markets Sales, explains our Capital Markets story.

IP private wire service Trader Voice Anywhere connects voice traders to new markets faster

Colt, GemaTech and TTC today announced the launch of an IP-based private wire solution, Trader Voice Anywhere. The solution provides a simple, cost effective way for Capital Markets trading houses anywhere in the world to replace existing fixed line private wire connections with an end-to-end IP service. 

Colt wins MEF Ethernet Excellence Awards for the tenth year

Colt Technology Services, the leading information delivery platform, has been recognised as an industry leader in Ethernet services by winning six categories in the prestigious Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) Ethernet Excellence Awards 2014. This is the tenth consecutive year that Colt has received recognition at the awards ceremony which is a significant achievement in this highly competitive marketplace.

LME and Colt collaborate to launch LMEnet

The London Metal Exchange (LME) is working with Colt Technology Services to launch LMEnet, a dedicated network that will provide market participants a fast, reliable and secure connection to the Exchange’s electronic systems, including LME Clear.

Video: Introducing Colt PrizmNet

Introducing our dedicated Capital Markets extranet, Colt PrizmNet.  

Colt Launches Financial Services Extranet

Colt launches financial services extranetColt launches financial services extranetColt PrizmNet accelerates market connectivity for Capital Markets firms; launch partners include NLX, Nasdaq, JPX and Aquis Exchange.

Eurovision Saves 20% a Year with Colt’s Optimum Managed Networking Services

EUROVISION, the media industry's premier distributor and producer of live sports, news, music and culture, has reduced costs by 20 per cent per year by moving its network to Colt’s Optimum Managed Networking service. 


Colt PrizmNet case study: global asset manager

This global asset management firm has established a trading presence at the LD4 data centre in Slough, and wanted to connect to a variety of executing brokers, content providers and dark pools also colocated at LD4. It knew, however, that implementing resilient cross-connects to each one, with all the equipment and ports involved, would be a heavy management burden.

BLOG: Buy side and the cloud

Capital markets firms have reached a crucial turning point in their evolution. Regulatory burdens and cost pressures have prompted them to rethink architectures and approaches – and decisions about what models to deploy today will ultimately define their ability to compete tomorrow. As a result, cloud-based models are growing in popularity but a marked difference in adoption rates among participants is a reminder that this is not a level playing field.

White Paper: The Value of Market Connectivity

A study commissioned by Colt shows that almost half (49%) of buy-side and sell-side traders in Europe, US and Asia believe that delays in connecting to new markets result in missed trading opportunities, and a similar number (47%) believe that it impacts client relationships and causes loss of clients.  The survey reveals that resulting losses at investment banks can be as high as $5 million in trading revenues per trading desk each year.