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Overbond Launches COBI Matching in Pivot to Analytics

When the going gets good, the good go analytic.

That’s one takeaway from the pivot – more than a year in the making – bond market analytics platform Overbond announced today. With the launch of its COBI-Matching solution, the company is reintroducing itself not just as a specialist in new bond issuance, but as a source for real world trading opportunity and liquidity in both traditional and non-traditional fixed income markets.

“We are excited to offer enhanced liquidity sourcing to our buy-side clients as well as global issuers and dealer underwriters,” Overbond CEO Vuk Magdelinic said. “Issuers (and) dealer underwriters now can systematically identify non-traditional liquidity pools and investors can benchmark their portfolio rebalancing decisions.”

COBI-Matching (COBI stands for Corporate and Government Bond Intelligence) is an advanced AI algorithm family which monitors investor behavior, buying patterns, and rebalancing events; identifies traditional and non-traditional bond buyers; and generates best-fit bond buyer recommendations.

The algorithms focus on factors like sector concentration, cross-currency classifications, and credit rating profile. They analyze 2,900+ investor portfolios, and rank investor interest based on both existing holdings and quarterly rebalancing. Trade ideas, pricing tension, and buyer preferences are among the new recommendations available via the new algorithm-based solution.

Solutions like COBI-Matching will enable fixed market income participants to take advantage of growing markets including the Chinese renminbi (RMB) fixed income market (also known as Panda bonds), the market for Asian infrastructure bonds, and the Green Bond market. Issuers can use COBI-Matching for the technology’s pre-issuance analytics, which offer insights into international pricing demand.

Overbond demonstrated its platform at FinovateFall 2017. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the company won Most Innovative Third Party Technology Vendor (Front Office) at the American Financial Technology awards at the beginning of the year. Overbond’s customers include buy-side institutions with more than $2 trillion in assets under management, as well as global corporate and government bond issuers with $20+ billion in bonds outstanding.

Founded in 2015, Overbond has raised $3.3 million in funding (CAD $4.5 million), and includes Gaingels and Morrison Financial Services Limited among its investors.