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AllianceBernstein to Sell Bond-Traing Software to Algomi

Financial terms weren't disclosed, though AllianceBernstein will receive a minority stake in privately held Algomi and a seat on its board.

An AllianceBernstein spokesman said the agreement had nothing to do with the recent ouster of Peter Kraus, the firm's chief executive, and eight other directors. France's AXA SA, which engineered the shake-up, owns a majority of the U.S. investment firm.

The platform -- Automated Liquidity Filtering & Analytics, or ALFA -- monitors electronic trading venues and alerts users when there is activity on the bonds they're looking to buy or sell. AllianceBernstein's top credit-trading executives, Jim Switzer and Tim Morbelli, developed the system with a goal of making the money manager a more efficient bond trader.

AllianceBernstein started using ALFA in 2015, and executives have said it helped lower trading costs. It tracks venues that trade government and corporate bonds, as well as mortgage- and asset-backed securities.

Putin Is Becoming Russia's Biggest Mortgage Broker

Ratios of 62.9 percent in the U.S. and 67.6 percent in the U.K., according to the European Covered Bond Council.

Even though Russia’s home-ownership rate is among the highest in the Group of 20, much of the housing stock is tired, with pent-up demand from young families after the country last year matched its highest fertility rate since 1991. The government gave most of the state-owned apartments built during the communist era to their residents after the Soviet Union collapsed a quarter century ago.

State-controlled banks Sberbank and VTB Group, which together control three-quarters of the market, say there’s room to expand and forecast double digit growth will continue next year as the economy picks up and demand for new housing remains high. 

“Its definitely realistic that we grow the ratio of mortgages to GDP in Russia to 20 percent, just like in eastern Europe,” the head of VTB’s retail banking unit, Mikhail Zadornov, said in an interview. VTB’s 1 percent delinquency rate for mortgages this year compares with an overall share of 7.1 percent for non-performing loans at its parent group at end-August, he said.

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