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What are the benefits of FIX (Financial Information Exchange)?

FIX (Financial Information Exchange) messaging is a widely-adopted standard protocol for real-time electronic communication in the financial industry. It was originally developed in the 1990s to standardize the exchange of trade-related information between financial institutions and has since become a widely-accepted communication standard for the financial industry.

In this blog, we'll discuss the benefits of using FIX messaging for trade ordering within the financial industry.

1. Increased Efficiency: FIX messaging provides a standardized way to communicate trade-related information between financial institutions, reducing the time and effort required to complete a trade. This increases the overall efficiency of the trading process, allowing traders to execute trades more quickly and accurately.

2. Improved Accuracy: By using a standard protocol, FIX messaging minimizes the risk of miscommunication or misinterpretation of trade-related information. This helps ensure that trades are executed as intended and reduces the risk of errors.

3. Real-Time Communication: FIX messaging allows for real-time communication of trade-related information, providing traders with up-to-date information about the status of their trades. This enables traders to respond quickly to changes in market conditions and make informed decisions.

4. Widely-Adopted Standard: FIX messaging is a widely-adopted standard in the financial industry, making it easier for financial institutions to communicate and exchange trade-related information. This helps ensure that trades are executed smoothly and reduces the risk of errors.

5. Cost Savings: By standardizing the communication process, FIX messaging helps reduce the costs associated with executing trades. The system also provides traders with a centralized platform for managing trades, reducing the need for multiple systems and increasing operational efficiency.

We use FIX messaging at Dashro for our trade order management system (OMS). Our system allows our clients to effectively trade positions at speed direct to brokers within the industry and read order execution reports in order to fill our system orders.

An example FIX message looks like this:

8=FIX.4.2 9=139 35=D 34=3 49=DASHRO2 52=20221005-13:32:02.704 56=BROKER 11=200008 21=1 38=12455 40=1 54=1 55=0HE6 LN 59=2 60=20221005-14:32:02.704 10=023

An execution report looks like this:

8=FIX.4.2 9=193 35=8 34=91 49=BROKER 52=20221005-16:56:11.015 56=DASHRO 6=100.5 11=200018 14=100 17=E1664988959163 20=0 31=100.5 32=100 37=O1664986695913 38=200 39=1 54=1 55=CH0403943670 150=1 151=100 10=017

In conclusion, FIX messaging is a valuable tool for the financial industry, providing a standardized way to communicate trade-related information and improving the efficiency, accuracy, and real-time communication of trades. Whether you're a small or large trading firm, implementing FIX messaging can help you better manage your trades and increase your bottom line.

Contact us at to find out more about how we can assist you stream-lining your trade ordering procedures.

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