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Top venues mull offering joint EU consolidated tape for bonds

Market participants worry a venue-led CT could be of low quality, with CT data used to create expensive additional products.

In a union of rivals, three major operators of fixed income trading venues—Bloomberg, MarketAxess, and Tradeweb—have been planning a consortium to deliver a regulated consolidated tape (CT) for bonds in the European Union, industry sources say. WatersTechnology understands the initiative is something of an open secret among the community of vendors and consultants involved in developing CT prototypes as the industry hopes a regulatory review will remove commercial obstructions to the emergence