The FIA Principal Traders Group and the FIA European Principal Traders Association issued a set of recommendations to assist trading firms in establishing internal procedures, processes and controls for the development, testing and deployment of trading software. These best practices were developed by representatives from a dozen FIA PTG and FIA EPTA member firms and are the latest in a series of best practices recommendations developed by FIA members for trading firms, brokers and exchanges.
"These recommendations draw on the extensive experience that our member firms have in the field of electronic trading," said Don Wilson, chairman of the FIA PTG. "Through these recommendations, we are providing a framework that all principal traders can use to mitigate risk across the entire software lifecycle. We also hope that this paper will provide regulators with a better understanding of the types of software development and change management processes and controls that are in place at our member firms."
"Managing the development, testing and deployment of trading applications and technology infrastructure is a complex and dynamic process," said Remco Lenterman, chairman of the FIA EPTA. "Proper application of these best practices will reinforce the role of our member firms as responsible market participants. We are committed to business practices that are consistent with relevant regulatory obligations and risk management requirements."