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Standardize and streamline financial services industry communications with Financial Information eXchange - FIX Connectivity

FIX Connectivity enables order placement via InvestorAccess Integration by integrating with various Order Management Systems (OMS), Execution Management Systems (EMS), and Proprietary Systems.

Participating in primary new issuance using multiple different systems can be a hassle. Having to monitor direct allocations and workflows from separate OMS, EMS and proprietary systems decreases productivity and increases security risk. Our InvestorAccess Integration consolidates, standardizes and streamlines electronic communications in the financial services industry via the FIX protocol, resulting in a truly integrated solution for Traders and Portfolio Managers.

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Our FIX connectivity is the first of its kind, enhanced from the secondary trading framework, to deliver for the primary markets. By using IHS Markit’s FIX connectivity, you will be able to participate in primary new issuance (via InvestorAccess) in the Order Management System (OMS), Execution Management System (EMS) and Proprietary System of your choice.

IHS Markit uses:

Financial Information eXchange (FIX) version 4.4

InvestorAccess Integration utilizes our first of its kind FIX connectivity to allow order placement via various integrated OMS, EMS and Proprietary Systems.

Buyside Investment firms want to participate in primary new issuance but would like to do so in the comfort of their chosen system. Our FIX connectivity offers all the order placement capabilities of InvestorAccess. Built where you need it most, with direct allocations being fed back to you; InvestorAccess enables you to manage all your current workflows, without compromise.

This FIX connectivity is part of our integrated solutions, complimented by connectivity provided by our DealServices API. The DealServices API presents the system of choice with all the primary deals in the market, detailing specific deal/tranche information which in turn enables the Trader/Portfolio Manager to place an order via FIX to their brokers.

Financial Information eXchange (FIX) was built to standardize and streamline electronic communications in the financial services industry. Primarily built to service the secondary markets, IHS Markit has further built on this protocol, enabling it to work for primary market transactions.

This means buy side investors can utilize FIX by placing orders directly to their bank relationships on new issues (via InvestorAccess) and receive allocations back towards the end of the transaction.

This custom FIX protocol allows orders to be placed at Market (reoffer), limit, price and yield. Where secondary allows specifying a fixed buy request; primary allows the Trader/Portfolio Manager to indicate an amount of the issuance they are comfortable purchasing, depending on where the transaction price is at.

As in most cases, orders are partially filled (due to oversubscription). Our primary FIX solution, accounts for this use case, cancelling the amount unallocated and creating a new fully filled order.

Direct order entry on new issue transactions, from the platform of your choice.

Easily connect with various

Order Management Systems (OMS)

Execution Management Systems (EMS)

Proprietary Systems

InvestorAccess Integration Features

  • Create and manage orders in a centralized location which includes secure, one-click submission; eliminate the need to duplicate updates across multiple counterparts
  • Enter laddered, limit, and multiple entity orders supported by order change and cancellation workflow

Receive new issue allocations directly from syndicate banks

Products and Solutions

  • IssueNet

    A unique network of member banks linked by web-based technology that synchronizes deal and order book information between syndicate desks.

  • IssueLaunch

    Our deal terms communication tool ensures that banks and all other parties involved can work together in real time to set up deals and communicate the terms to sales, other banks, and investors in an organized, compliant format.
  • IssueBook

    From origination through marketing to book build, allocation, and settlement: IssueBook streamlines and centralizes book building for the fixed income new issuance process.
  • Japanese Dashboard 2.0

    Centralized, auditable platform for Japanese retention transactions, enabling smooth execution of deal communication.

    Japanese Version

  • InvestorAccess / Buyside Services

    Communication of orders between buyside portfolio managers and traders directly via their OMS provider.
  • DealMonitor

    A web portal for buyside investors to view, interact, order, and receive allocations with new issues available in the market.
  • Primary Indication Management (PIM)

    Communication of orders between buyside portfolio managers and traders directly via DealMonitor.
  • DealServices API

    Consume deal data internally
  • FIX Connectivity

    Order placement via FIX for OMS, EMS, & Proprietary Built Systems
  • ComplianceWorkstation / Audit feed

    Monitoring of primary market activity conducted by traders and portfolio managers.
  • IssuerView

    Direct access for the issuing party of a new transaction, showing a live view of the demand for their offering. (Coming Q1 2021)


Nick Hall

Mr. Hall has over 20 years of Financial Services experience, including the last 18 years in the Fixed Income Primary Market. He has a deep knowledge of the primary process and has implemented complex technological solutions, which have transformed the way deals are run in EMEA, APAC and the US.Mr. Hall currently manages the Fixed Income product suite for IHS Markit, which is used by banks, issuers and investors to reduce risk and increase efficiency during the primary issuance process. Last year, the platform supported over $4.3 trillion of new issuance.

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Chris Sztam

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Sztam is a senior Financial Services Executive specializing in regulatory change initiatives, business model transformation, merger integration and managing large complex teams and projects. He has held senior leadership positions across capital markets, trading, research and operations and strategic planning with firms including Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Booz Allen Hamilton.Mr. Sztam holds a Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, United States. He has held Series 7, 63, 55 and 24 licenses.

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