Day: July 2, 2018

Survey Highlights Impact of Avoidable FX Risk in Corporate Earnings

In total, 70% of corporate chief financial officers (CFOs) said that their company suffered reduced earnings in the last two years due to avoidable, unhedged FX risk, according to a global survey of 200 CFOs and nearly 300 treasurers.

In the survey, conducted by HSBC and FT Remark, 58% of CFOs in larger businesses said that FX risk management is one of the two risks that currently occupy the largest proportion of their time, while 51% said that FX is the risk that their organisation is least well-placed to deal with.

Meanwhile, 72% of treasurers said that FX risk management is one of the most important aspects of their job and 53% said that they expect changes in FX regimes and regulation to materially impact their risk management strategy in the next three years.

June Slows for FX Platforms, But FXSpotStream Posts Record ADV

Data from the first set of trading venues to report their monthly volumes shows that FXSpotStream had its best ever month in terms of average daily volume (ADV), while trading on other OTC FX platforms reporting volumes slowed down slightly in June.

FXSpotStream achieved an ADV record of $30.4 billion in June, a 5.33% increase from the previous record of $28.8 billion set in February 2018.

This represents an 8.22% increase from May’s ADV of $28 billion, and a massive 49.52% increase year-on-year.

CLS Live with New Tool for Asset Managers

CLS’s new post-trade monitoring and reporting tool, CLSTradeMonitor, has gone live with the first asset managers, including Mesirow Financial and Mountain Pacific Advisors.

CLSTradeMonitor delivers a real-time consolidated view of the match status details for all trades submitted to CLS. It aims to help asset managers efficiently manage their executed FX trades across all of their custodian banks. Trade status details are available across CLSSettlement providers and counterparties.

CLSTradeMonitor was built in combination with CLSNet, a bilateral payment netting platform built on a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform.

And Finally…

Those of you wise enough to listen in to our weekly podcast will know that I am currently in South Africa, although not, I should point out, to stalk the Global FXC. Instead I am here as part of my work with ACI Australia’s Dealing Simulation Course and last week we worked with the IMF to run the course for 30 African central bankers, which made me realise I only told half of the story in last week’s column on the FX industry’s priorities.

In the FICC of It

In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, after last week’s confident prediction of a German World Cup win Profit & Loss’ managing editor Colin Lambert puts a hex on another team by predicting them as winners and editor Galen Stops volunteers to play fact checker on statements made by panellists at a conference.
They also discuss this week’s news, including the Global Foreign Exchange Committee meeting, BNY Mellon launching an options business, the latest from the crypto world and the latest evidence (unproven) of regulatory arbitrage involving Australia and the US.
On a more sombre note they also pay tribute to FX industry veteran Paul Chappell, who passed away this week, with a couple of lighter hearted stories involving him.