Buy-Side Technology Names OnePipe™ ‘Best Buy-Side Newcomer’

Independent Panel Gives Optimal Liquidity Management System a ‘Significant Edge’ Over Other Products Competing in Awards’ Largest Category

New York, NY – Nov. 10, 2008 – Buy-Side Technology Awards 2008 has named OnePipe™ Optimal Liquidity Management System as this year’s “Best Buy-Side Newcomer.” OnePipe is offered by Pragma@Weeden, the leading algorithmic trading service from Weeden & Co., LP, a full-service institutional broker, and Pragma Financial Systems, LLC, a quantitative financial technology provider.

Pragma@Weeden introduced OnePipe in January to maximize efficiency and access to non-displayed liquidity. Within six months, OnePipe achieved the industry’s highest fill rates and launched Lifeguard™, OnePipe’s advanced antigaming logic, to detect and deter price manipulation strategies across all liquidity pools.

“It was hardly surprising that Pragma@Weeden’s OnePipe offering was judged this year’s ‘Best Buy-Side Newcomer,’ considering the impressive number of clients already using the system to access a range of dark pools, streaming liquidity providers, and crossing networks,” said Victor Anderson, editor of BuySide Technology. “Clearly, buy-side firms have been looking for a service that combines all their execution venues into a single interface, which the panelists felt gave OnePipe a significant edge over the other 10 products comprising this year’s largest category.”

Pragma@Weeden officials were honored to receive the prestigious award for OnePipe, which has over 200 clients.

“OnePipe was created to meet the needs of our buy-side clients who were having a difficult time accessing dark liquidity in an efficient and intelligent manner,” said Douglas Rivelli, Managing Director at Weeden & Co. “Being chosen by Buy-Side Technology’s independent panel of judges as the industry’s best new technology for buy-side firms this year validates our continued effort to identify and provide solutions to the buy-side’s most pressing needs.”

David Mechner, President at Pragma Financial Systems, added, “The Buy-Side Technology award for OnePipe attests to our commitment to focus our resources and expertise on providing innovative products and services for institutional clients. While dark pools serve an important function for the investment community, we saw fragmentation increase to the point that the buy-side wasn’t able to make use of them optimally, efficiently and safely. With OnePipe, we have created a robust solution that provides our clients with dependable results that offer a clear advantage for trading in dark pools.”

More than just a single point of entry to 30-plus passive liquidity sources, OnePipe provides optimal order allocation logic among the pools based on historical and real-time liquidity, while using Lifeguard anti-gaming logic to protect orders in every pool. The result of extensive quantitative research and development, OnePipe has effectively defragmented non-displayed liquidity for the buy-side.

OnePipe further eases the buy-side’s work-load by managing the rules of each liquidity source, including minimum share size, resting orders versus pinging, and cross times. Clients receive a daily summary report detailing execution rates at the various venues and providing additional execution performance statistics. OnePipe is available through any OMS or EMS system via a FIX connection.



About Pragma Financial Systems, LLC (
New York City-based Pragma Financial Systems, LLC, is a leading developer of quantitative financial systems, including optimal execution and algorithmic trading, crossing network, portfolio optimization, and risk management systems. Founded in 2002, Pragma’s clients include brokers, hedge funds, and traditional asset managers.

About Weeden & Co., LP (
Greenwich, Conn.-based Weeden & Co., LP, is a full-service institutional broker specializing in the execution of difficult-to-trade equities and providing equity trading and independent research to institutions worldwide. Founded in 1922, it is a FINRA, Nasdaq and SIPC member firm with offices throughout the United States: Boston, Chicago, Greenwich, Minneapolis and San Francisco.

For additional information, contact:
Marc Weinstein, Spring, O’Brien
(212) 620-7100, ext. 216

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