- Citadel Securities is entering the corporate debt world, competing with Wall Street banks.
- The firm recently began offering investment-grade trading and will soon introduce high-yield bond trading.
- Already handling over one-third of all US retail stock trades via online platforms like Robinhood, Citadel is expanding into fixed income. They plan to offer portfolio trades, boosted by the growth of ETFs.
- Previously partnering with MarketAxess Holdings, Citadel now plans to collaborate with platforms such as TradeWeb Markets and Bloomberg.
- The firm's global head of fixed-income distribution, Jordan Cila, commented that it's a logical extension for the firm.
- Citadel, led by CEO Peng Zhao, handles about one in every five US stock trades, using algorithms to benefit from minute price differences, and made about $7.5 billion in revenue last year.
- Historically, corporate bond trading has been more traditional, but that's changing. Now, 40% of investment-grade bond trading is electronic, a significant rise from 8% in 2013. High-yield bond electronic trading also saw growth.
- Other firms, like Jane Street, are also trading corporate bonds, and Bloomberg LP offers related services.
- Citadel has been successfully leveraging tech trends, making it a significant Wall Street entity. It now offers liquidity in 10,000 investment-grade securities and plans to expand further.
- Citadel Securities is venturing into corporate debt, posing competition to Wall Street banks.
- They've started with investment-grade trading and will soon add high-yield bond trading.
- Citadel aims to deepen its presence in fixed income, facilitated by ETF growth.
- Citadel Securities has entered the U.S. corporate bond market, which is valued at $10 trillion. Citadel acknowledged the market for high-yield credit was “less electronified and more idiosyncratic, so it requires some further refinement in how we’re leveraging our existing franchise”.