Buy-siders weigh virtues of P2P repo

Tradition's platform is attracting interest, but obstacles remain to peer-to-peer repo

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On one hand, corporates are having difficulties finding places to put their cash. On the other, hedge funds needing liquidity are being turned away by banks. It seems logical to cut out the middleman and let buy-side firms provide liquidity to other buy-siders.

Elixium is one platform recently launched in the UK seeking to do just that, by fostering peer-to-peer repo trading and collateral transformation. The platform, run by Swiss interdealer broker Tradition, says it has talked to more than a