INTL FCStone Markets, LLC (IFM) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of INTL FCStone (NASDAQ: INTL) – has introduced a new online pricing tool that provides users with open access to the firm’s structured products pricing portfolio.
The new structured products online calculator (SPOC) showcases thousands of structured product prices across asset classes to provide unparalleled transparency and instructional support to the marketplace. Designed to highlight the breadth of the IFM’s pricing capabilities and educate both consumers and producers, the platform is now available to existing account holders.
SPOC brings a new level of insight to the structured products universe by breaking through the complexity of elaborate hedging mechanisms, offering both transparency and educational support. Features and benefits include:
- Direct pricing access and direct connection to clients’ brokers.
- Real-time pricing indications on IFM’s structured products.
- Education on IFM’s structured products via detailed data, charts, graphs, etc.
- Mid-Market Mark for structured products, bringing transparency to the forefront.
- Storage of customer pricing histories for reference against future hedging activities.
Commenting on the announcement, Mark Maurer, chief executive officer at INTL FCStone Markets, LLC, said, “Among the most challenging aspects for those requiring risk management solutions is determining the hedging strategy that best aligns with a firm’s unique risk exposure and strategic goals. SPOC helps facilitate this by providing customized solutions that break down risk levels, chart desired outcomes, and offer immediate contact with INTL FCStone brokers and traders to review strategies and implement hedging activities.”
INTL FCStone Markets helps producers and end-users construct hedge programs using OTC Structured Products and OTC Vanilla Options, which are more flexible than standard exchange-traded contracts and can be tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs on a case-by-case basis. The IFM team analyzes each client’s entire risk profile, combined with their initial hedging targets, to help locate potential risks that the customer may not have considered. The Company assists its clients in building a comprehensive risk management strategy to help reduce market exposure.
Mr. Maurer concluded, “As technology continues to evolve and client needs change, INTL FCStone Markets is looking to redefine high-touch, as well as how we interact with our customers using technology in the structured products space,” added Maurer. “In addition to the invaluable hedging strategies that we offer and the products that we trade, our business is built upon a foundation of added-value client service.
“SPOC reflects INTL FCStone’s commitment to our customers, as well as to promoting enhanced transparency and education in the marketplace.”
Source – INTL FCStone