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UBS launches App for IPad® for creating client algorithms:"UBS Quant on Demand Studio"

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-First offering from ‘UBS Quant on Demand’ Execution Consulting Platform

  • “UBS Quant on Demand Studio” is a rapid algorithmic design tool delivered on iPad® App
  • Innovative, cutting-edge trading technology enables clients to design unique, advanced algorithms that can be deployed quickly
  • Available in major markets worldwide, all strategies are tailored to local market structure and tested for execution quality by quantitative strategists
  • “UBS Quant on Demand Studio”  is the first product within a new UBS execution consulting framework called UBS Quant on Demand, which uses advanced technology to make quantitative capabilities scalable and available for clients

New York, April 19, 2012 – As part of a new, client-centric approach to execution consulting called UBS Quant on Demand, UBS today announced the launch of a new algorithmic trading tool called “UBS Quant on Demand Studio.”

“UBS Quant on Demand Studio” app for iPad® allows clients to collaborate with UBS algorithmic trading team members to rapidly design, simulate and develop execution strategies for trading in the securities markets. 

“Our aim is to turn the process of product development and execution consulting on its head – making our platform client-centric and more immediate.” said Owain Self, Global Head of Algorithmic Trading at UBS. “The first tool we are launching in this family is ‘UBS Quant on Demand Studio’ -- an iPad-based application that delivers a next-generation, rapid algorithmic development framework. UBS Quant on Demand will, over time, deliver a series of highly sophisticated and automated quantitative, consultative and personalized solutions to clients ‘on demand’.

Using a proprietary interactive iPad app, the UBS algorithmic trading team works with clients to design and build custom strategies that fit their specific workflow, view of the market, and individualized objectives.  A strategy they can use the next day. 

Phil Allison, Global Head of Cash for UBS, said: “What makes Quant on Demand unique is that UBS is custom fitting our technology to meet client needs, not vice-versa.  Traders can simulate performance of algorithms before they build them – so they can try “what if” scenarios to see how the outcomes may change when various components and triggers are changed.” 

A traditional custom algorithmic development process takes weeks to achieve and consumes significant resources, so clients and brokers are less likely to undertake projects to build strategies that may not have broad, long-term applications.  UBS Quant on Demand Studio allows users to create strategies opportunistically and change their minds often. They can design strategies that serve a very specific short-term need, or strategies that fundamentally alter the way they trade in certain circumstances.  This level of speed and flexibility has never been offered before.  With the UBS Quant on Demand Studio iPad app, a process that used to take months -- requiring quantitative analysts and developers to code thousands of lines of commands and engage in weeks of testing and adjustments -- is now possible in 24 hours. 

This platform will be made available* immediately for UBS specialist-driven client use in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  It will be made available across the Asia-Pacific region later this year. 

UBS Direct Execution is the firm’s global institutional electronic trading business. Direct Execution offers ultra-low latency Direct Market Access (DMA), a suite of award-winning advanced Algorithmic Trading strategies, a state-of-the-art analytics platform – offering Real-Time TCA – called UBS Fusion, and a multi-asset international execution management system called UBS Pinpoint.

*This app will remain proprietary to UBS and will not be deployed in the App Store®.

Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc.

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