NASDAQ OMX Launches SMARTS for Global FX Surveillance

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NEW YORK, May 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), the world's leading provider of market technology, today announced the launch of its SMARTS FX Trade Surveillance for global foreign exchange (FX) trading.

The SMARTS FX Trade Surveillance module gives surveillance and compliance teams the ability to monitor trading in FX products for possible manipulation of rate fixes, insider trading/front-running, unusual pricing and other suspect behaviors. As a means to monitor and mitigate risks associated with the FX market, the new SMARTS FX offering provides a comprehensive visualization of all trading in individual currency pairs. This includes Spot, Forward, and Non-Deliverable Forward (NDF) instruments - with forthcoming extensions for FX options. This capability provides compliance professionals with an unprecedented view and deeper understanding of trading activity in the context of market activity and rate fixes.

Moreover, SMARTS enables firms to compare their trading activities against feeds from multiple market data providers as well as their own firms' quoted spread in a single view, thus eliminating the sole dependency on the content of any single market data provider.

"As the regulatory requirements in the FX market continue to evolve, it has been a challenge for brokers and their compliance teams to identify where to initiate monitoring activity and to focus their resources," said Rob Lang, Vice President and Global Head of SMARTS, NASDAQ OMX. "Through a co-development initiative with six major FX trading firms, SMARTS has worked to define the behaviors that support the FX surveillance priorities of these industry players, as well as develop a set of now-deployed alerts within the unique data constraints of the FX markets."

NASDAQ OMX's comprehensive SMARTS service for equities, options, commodities, fixed income, energy and futures enables compliance teams to source, capture and maintain all trading data elements required to conduct in-depth analysis for cross-market, cross-asset market abuse and market manipulation. Through direct customized exchange feeds and drop copy connections, SMARTS infrastructure sources complete member order and execution data -- including private trading data -- directly from equities, derivatives and commodities exchanges.

NASDAQ OMX's technology solutions are used by over 10,000 customers in 60 countries consisting of public and private entities, exchanges, regulators and broker-dealers, and powers over 80 marketplaces worldwide.

About NASDAQ OMX Group

NASDAQ OMX (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange technology, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, NASDAQ OMX enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. NASDAQ OMX is home to more than 3,300 listed companies with a market value of over $8 trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ OMX's SMARTS business and other businesses, products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: NASDAQ OMX Media Relations Contact: Ryan Wells +1 (212) 231-5541 (office) +1 (646) 581-4286 (mobile) ryan.wells@nasdaqomx.com (email)

Source:The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.