This month, we have attempted to put together a Monthly Focus that would be somewhat entertaining!
We hope you enjoy reading this edition, and invite you to share your feedback or even some myths that may come to your mind about LexiFi.
Based in Paris, Europe has naturally been LexiFi’s first market. However, today our product coverage is cross assets and global. Whether you are based in Europe, the US or Asia, LexiFi Apropos is a suitable tool for you.
50% of our clients use LexiFi pricers actively, the second half focuses on other functionalities. Our clients include investment banks, private banks, brokerage firms, asset management firms and even financial technology companies! They use LexiFi as a product repository, an advanced reporting system, a lifecycle management tool, a document generation tool, or a software stack. Naturally, LexiFi is also used for pricing and structuring!
LexiFi’s pricing engine computes prices in record time. This is possible thanks to our unique software architecture and our experts in the quant and IT departments who are in a constant quest to combine accuracy, robustness and speed. The software includes tools that display pricing details which are easy to read and conveniently exportable for additional post-treatments. For a quick overview on our quantitative tools check out our previous newsletter.
Based on our experience, clients tend to underestimate the functionalities they need; either because it is not obvious or because their very needs tend to evolve over time. Let us give you some examples and true stories:
We have many other examples, of clients who expanded the use of LexiFi software to other activities. More than a simple addition of modules, we see the value of LexiFi’s software in the native integration between all the functionalities. Having the Quantitative, Reporting, Lifecycle and Document modules working hand in hand, allows to efficiently handle a great deal of business, compliance and regulatory requirements. Slicing down the offering in modules does not seem like a good response to the market specificities. Not to mention the difficulties of integration between independent systems, each one providing a different piece of the puzzle.
LexiFi software allows for managing the diversity of OTC derivatives and structured products from the simplest to the most complex. The underlying technology supports nearly all types of non-perpetual and bilateral financial products.
Most LexiFi features are customizable thanks to our template language! For example, with the expressive power of this driving language, LexiFi may:
The reality is that LexiFi’s reporting tools include fully customizable dynamic tables with different options such as the ability to:
Reports are exportable to Excel, PDF and HTML files. Once satisfied, users can automate the creation of documents containing these reports!
LexiFi invests 30% of its profit in R&D. However, our research is driven by both our clients’ day-to-day business challenges and capital markets’ dynamics.
LexiFi is well-known for its algebra as Jean-Marc, the founder of LexiFi suggested the first formalized algebra for describing financial-contract payoffs. Some people think that they would need to code products in algebraic terms using contract combinators.
The reality is: you would never get to see LexiFi algebra if you do not want to. And there is a pretty low probability that your products could not be defined in LexiFi’s interfaces given the long list of instrument types we have available.
Even in this case, the software offers a few generic instruments such as the DIY allowing you to “Do It Yourself” by defining your product with custom periods, events and/or Excel-like formulas. If the product in question is frequently traded by your company, it might even be possible to ask our technical team to define a new entry-screen or extend an existing one.
LexiFi’s template language is another option before getting to the algebra. Power users, who were trained to use our template language, are able to define ad hoc products from scratch.
LexiFi clients who bought Instrument Box (LexiFi’s technology as a software component) have historically been the only ones to learn and code in LexiFi algebra. Nevertheless, this option is available to all clients.