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MACD Newsletter | March 2024
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Dear customers, partners and interested parties,

We are delighted to welcome a new member to the MACD network and their recent go-live. It is also great that two banks are leading the way as pioneers in trading art stocks in Switzerland and have included this new asset class in their offering via a MACD connection.

This year we are inviting our customers and partners to the main MACD Conference in Zurich and, for the first time, to a smaller MACD Community Meeting in London - as always, exciting topics from the world of finance will be discussed. Registration for both networking events is now open.

You will find the details and further news in this newsletter.

We wish you and your families a happy Easter!

Best regards
Your MACD Newsletter Team

New member of the MACD network

We warmly welcome a new customer to the MACD Community. The Zurich-based bank offers integrated solutions for banking transactions for private and corporate clients. At the beginning of March, MACD implemented connections to SIX Global Fund Services and another partner via the MAX Routing Hub, enabling the bank to automatically trade fund orders as well as equities and bonds via the connected exchanges and brokers.

With the MAX Routing Hub, direct connections to brokers, market participants and buy-side customers, e.g. via FIX or SWIFT, can be realised quickly and easily.

MAX Routing Hub

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (Suisse) uses MAX Deployment

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (Suisse) has been integrated into the automatic deployment release process for the MAX trading system since the beginning of March. The management service for activating and deactivating rules was also installed.

The new system setup is worthwhile because the integration of the configuration files into the continuous delivery pipeline enables faster, more reliable deployment of new releases and involves much less effort. The majority of MACD customers are already utilising the benefits of automatic deployment in MAX, and further customers are gradually being migrated.

MAX Handelssystem

MACD customers start trading art stocks via ARTEX MTF

MACD has recently started cooperating with ARTEX MTF, the world's first art stock exchange - and two customers are already benefiting from the new partnership: Helvetische Bank AG and InCore Bank AG successfully went live with a connection to ARTEX at the beginning of March.

The new partnership gives our customers and all interested parties the opportunity to invest in an innovative alternative asset class with immediate effect. For the first time, art stocks can be traded and processed automatically via the MACD software and the existing interfaces to the core banking systems.

George Macdonald, CEO MACD says: "We are delighted to have ARTEX as a very innovative new partner in the MACD network and wish ARTEX every success."

Yassir Benjelloun-Touimi, co-founder and CEO of ARTEX MTF declared: "MACD's technology will enable us to offer Swiss investors the best trading conditions for art as a new asset class."

Mark Dambacher, CEO InCore Bank explains: "We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this pioneering venture with MACD and ARTEX, marking a significant milestone in the financial industry by introducing the world's first art stock exchange."

Further information can be found in our current media release.

Media Release

MACD Conference 2024 Zurich - Register now!

We cordially invite all our customers and partners to our annual MACD Community Event:

MACD Conference
Thursday, 06 June 2024
1pm - 5pm, followed by Apéro Riche
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (HWZ)

This year, our conference will focus on the topic of exchange-traded derivatives. Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Berner Kantonalbank AG (BEKB) and CEO of Forma Futura Invest AG, will also be a keynote speaker. 

Many thanks to 50 people from 22 financial institutions who have already registered!

To register, please send an e-mail with your contact details to:


MACD Community Meeting London - Save the Date!

On Thursday, 12 September 2024, we are organising a small meeting with our customers and partners in London. But all other customers and partners are also cordially invited!

Paul Dongha, Group Head of Data & AI Ethics at Lloyds Banking Group, will give an exciting presentation on the topic of artificial intelligence in the financial sector. Of course, we are also planning time for networking.

We will send out an invitation soon. If you would like to register now, please send an e-mail with your contact details to:


MAX - a trading system for the future

Our MAX trading system is based on state-of-the-art technology and is constantly being developed further in close cooperation with our customers. In this interview, Lucas Fowler, Head of Software Engineering, talks in detail about the system and its benefits and explains which developments are planned for the future.

You can find the entire interview here:


Saving resources with Business Oriented Testing

Manual testing of software requires a lot of time and attention. Not all errors are recognised immediately by the testers. With the new Business Oriented Testing (BOT) service, banks can save time, minimise risks and also avoid misunderstandings when testing new systems and functions. This is because the module performs automated tests much faster and more efficiently and documents the system behaviour very precisely.

You can find more information here:

Business Oriented Testing

Behind the Scenes

Team News

Daniel Braendle joined our team in Urdorf, Switzerland, on 1 February 2024 as Head of Sales & Account Management.

On 1 March 2024, Christian Lawaczeck started as System and Network Administrator at the Aachen site in Germany.

Guidelines for dealing with generative AI

Since January 2024, MACD has published official guidelines for the use of generative AI tools (artificial intelligence) in the workplace. With the new Artificial Intelligence Policy, we are creating awareness of the security risks and providing all employees with clear rules for the responsible use of technology. After all, our top priority is to protect customer and company data in accordance with legal requirements.

Further information about MACD and our products & services can be found here: www.macd.com

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at macdnews@macd.com.