IDEM Equity

Factsheet

IDEM market provides members with the best product offering on Italian equity derivatives, appealing to both institutional as well as retail investors.

Products

  • FIB  - Futures on FTSE MIB
  • MiniFIB - Mini Futures on FTSE MIB
  • Mini FTSE 100 - Mini Futures on FTSE 100
  • FDIV - Futures on FTSE MIB Dividend
  • MIBO - Options on FTSE MIB
  • MIBO - Weekly options on FTSE MIB
  • Italian Stock Futures
  • Pan-European Stock Futures
  • Italian Stock Options

Contract Specification

Strategy trading

IDEM provides members with specific types of orders that allow them to trade standard or tailor-made strategies.

Standard Combo Orders – standard strategy sent to the market as limit orders or market orders. Traders are not allowed to enter long-dated standard combinations since they are listed on a daily basis.

FLEXCO – functionality that allows members to structure, list and trade self-defined non-standard combinations involving different series and/or different underlying (belonging to the same market partition) with different execution ratios.

Traders can create and send Flexco to the market through a dedicated function that provides the member with simultaneous execution.

The functionality increases flexibility for traders in creating plain-vanilla (e.g price spreads, time spreads and straddles) as well as more complex and customized strategies. It also fully removes execution-risk for brokers: market participants are always confident to trade their combination at the desired price.

Since FLEXCO orders are listed on a specific order book but interact automatically with the individual legs of the strategy, they can be traded off according to two different ways.

For full details see the Instruction accompanying the Rules of the Markets organised and managed by Borsa Italiana

Functionalities

IDEM provides members with a specific functionality for block trading, allowing for reporting of large trades without market impact.

Members are allowed to send Cross and Committed orders:

  • Committed cross: the counterparty is a specific and predetermined intermediary
  • Internal Cross: both counterparties belong to the same member firm.

For Committed cross orders only, traders need to specify the code of their counterparty in order to match the trade. The central system keeps the trade report in a non-disclosed order book until the corresponding order with opposite sign is entered by the counterparty specified.

Committed cross and internal Cross orders can be traded through NORMAL or BTF execution:

  • Normal: the price needs to be within the best bid-ask spread at the time of the execution
  • Block-Trade-Facility (Btf ): if the order quantity is equal or higher to a minimum value defined by the Exchange, the execution price can be outside the best bid-ask spread. The quantity threshold and the maximum price divergence differ according to the product type.

Committed orders still not matched at the close of the trading session are automatically cancelled by the central system.

For the purposes of the automatic control of the regularity of trading and in order to preserve market integrity, Borsa Italiana defines the maximum size for normal orders, strategies and block trades.

Broker directory

Market Making

Market makers on the IDEM market play a relevant role improving the liquidity of the market and the efficiency of the price discovery process.

Market makers must fulfill obligations in terms of series and expiries to be quoted, minimum quantity to be quoted, maximum spread allowed and time. Right now, there are more than 20 market making firms displaying bids and offers on a continuous basis or responding to "requests for quotes" on several underlyings. The list of market making firms active on the IDEM is available on Borsa Italiana's website.

Market Makers

Market Making Status

Members of the IDEM may apply for admission as market maker or specialist, provided that they have the necessary qualification to fulfill the obligations required.

Members can choose among four different market making statuses:

  • Primary Market Maker (PMM): continuous quotation obligation, available for options and futures listed on IDEM Equity, also for electricity futures listed on IDEX
  • Market Maker (MM): obligation to respond to quote requests, available for options listed on IDEM Equity and for electricity futures listed on IDEX
  • Liquidity Provider (LP): continuous quotation obligation, available for options listed on IDEM Equity,   
  • Designated Market Maker: continuous quotation obligation, available for FTSE MIB weekly options listed on IDEM Equity

Members of the IDEM may also apply for admission as "specialists" if they intends to use another company (belonging to the same group and authorized to trade in its home country) to perform quoting activity.

Specialists can choose among three market making statuses:

  • Primary Specialist: continuous quotation obligation, same obligations as PMM
  • Specialist: obligation to respond to RFQs, same obligations as MM
  • Liquidity Provider Specialist: continuous quotation obligation, same obligations as LP
  • Designated Specialist: continuous quotation obligation, same obligations as DMM