Brazil TradingBM&FBOVESPA is a Brazilian company, created in 2008, through the combination of the SãoPaulo Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de São Paulo) and the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange (Bolsa de Mercadorias e Futuros). It is the most important Brazilian institution for intermediate equity market transactions and the only securities, commodities and futures exchange in Brazil. BM&FBOVESPA further acts as a driver for the Brazilian capital markets.
The BM&FBOVESPA volumes have more than quintupled in just six years and daily trading volumes are expected to hit 6.5 billion per day by end of 2011.


Types of Direct Market Access (DMA) available for BM&FBOVESPA

  • DMA 1- Customer trades on the Mega Bolsa System via brokerage house
  • DMA-2 – Customer connects directly to the technology structure partnering with an authorized access provider or broker, such as CFN Services, GL-Net or Marco Polo to access the exchange, allowing them to trade through multiple brokers such as Link Investimentos
  • DMA-3 – Client connects to the technology structure via a direct connection
  • DMA-4- Client proximity hosts their infrastructure within the exchanges data center and connects to the exchange via a cross connect

The Brazilian regulatory landscape does not provide for naked access but instead there are regulatory requirements that all clients have to go through pre-trade credit controls. For the DMA 1 and DMA 2 models, the broker is responsible for checking orders against pre-defined limits, whereas with DMA 3 and DMA 4, the exchange provides the pre-trade credit control tool for the brokers to configure and control their customers’ limits

Tax Issues

In October 2009 a 2% tax to foreigners was introduced and the subsequent 1.5% tax added to American Depository Receipts (ADRs). BM&F BOVESPA believes that the government is not mulling further tax measures to kill the golden goose of capital markets. After all, it wants investors to pay for the country’s huge infrastructure needs. They include the stadiums, airports, local transportion and housing associated with the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics as well as the $225 billion in pre-salt capitalization for Petrobras. In spite of tax implications of trading in Sao Paulo, BM&FBOVESPA has been seeing unprecedented increase in trading volumes from International firms.


According to John Rumsey, who states “Investors expect to see alternative trading platforms emerge to challenge BM&FBOVESPA and expect that their introduction will have a substantial impact on pricing. The regulator, the Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, is seen as keen to encourage the proliferation of new platforms and Brazilian legislation allows them.”

Brazil is a ripe market for investors looking to find new liquidity. With protections already in place that meet the standards of the Frank-Dodd Act, active lobbying to address tax issues for international traders, and the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, Brazil is not a market to avoid.


Take advantage of fully managed solutions from CFN Services’ Alpha Platform™, to receive the lowest latency connectivity from any global trading venue. Take away concerns about customs clearing, managing foreign country contracts, finding a broker or authorized access provider by letting the Alpha Alliance™ take care of as much or as little of those services that you require. Get in early to take advantage of the technology refresh program, which will provide existing Alpha Platform™ clients, the ability to shave microseconds off the already lowest latency available.

Link Investimentos Joins CFN Services’ Alpha Alliance ™ to provide lowest latency market access to BM&FBovespa Exchange


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