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Last Updated: 09/25/12

Trading Infrastructure - Direct Market Access

About the Diagram

This video is an animated representation of the levels at which risk controls may be set for trading firms that access the markets directly. This graphic shows a stylized model of one trading system accessing one exchange.
Each level of the trade life cycle – from order execution to clearing and settlement – is depicted.  This includes the trading firm that is accessing the markets directly, it’s clearing broker-dealer (B-D) or futures commission merchant (FCM), exchange, and clearing house.  The graphic also depicts a co-location facility.

For a detailed step by step explanation of the animation video - Click to download

Trade Life Cycle (as seen in the video)

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