Day: August 20, 2018

TransFICC Secures Citi Investment

TransFICC, a provider of low-latency connectivity for fixed income and derivatives markets, has secured a strategic investment from Citi, which joins existing shareholders, Illuminate Financial, Main Incubator (which is part of Commerzbank), and The FinLab.

TransFICC aims to resolve the issue of market fragmentation by providing banks and asset managers with a unified, low-latency, robust and scalable API. TransFICC seeks to enable financial institutions to access their required e-trading venues, while streamlining technology requirements and reducing operational costs. In addition to securing this investment, TransFICC has joined Citi’s Innovation Lab in London, the first external company to do so.

In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast episode, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops share their views on the takeover of BestX by State Street. What does it mean for BestX’ USP of independence? What drove the deal? Will it be a success?
They also touch upon the latest lawsuit in FX circles, served by former Fastmatch CEO and founder Dmitri Galinov against the firm and its owner, Euronext US, and ask whether this highlights yet another barrier to success for the swathe of fintech firms targeting the FICC sector?

Hudson Joins BGC

Profit & Loss understands that Liam Hudson is joining BGC Partners to run its e-FX businesses, including Fenics FX, which was launched last year, MidFX and the electronic FX options offering.
Hudson was last at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London where he was global head of e-FX for more than eight years.
Hudson joined BAML from Barclays, a firm he joined when it took over the FX business interests of Lehman Brothers. At Lehman, he spent seven years in the e-FX business, including helping develop the FXLive platform as well as the firm’s algo execution capabilities.

And Finally…

If you ever wanted an example of how an enhanced market structure – specifically around electronic trading – helps to build volumes, one need look no further than NDFs. Volumes have been climbing steadily over the past five years, indeed I am starting to think they may eclipse FX options soon, and how people trade them also appears to be shifting, to the degree that I wonder if the NDF market is giving us a glimpse into the market structure of the foreseeable future?

Sullivan Joins Vela

Peggy Sullivan has joined technology provider Vela in a newly created chief of staff role.
Based in New York she will report to Vela CEO Jennifer Nayar and the firm says her responsibilities include establishing strong strategic partnerships, advising on market structure challenges and developments, building trusted relationships with key accounts, identifying opportunities to improve service delivery, and collaborating with the wider executive team on strategy and product innovation while also representing Vela across a number of industry groups and trade associations.

Want to Trade an Uncleared IRS? That’ll be 8bp

A new staff working paper from the Bank of England finds that clients trading interest rate swaps in an uncleared environment are paying around eight basis points for the privilege.
The paper uses data from trade repositories to study trading and pricing patterns in IRS markets and finds the risk premia attached to, and therefore the pricing of, IRS trades varies greatly. The price differentials in risk premia are, “highly significant in statistical and economic terms,” the paper states. This premium substantially decreases when initial margin is posted and with the client’s creditworthiness.

Bank Negara Malaysia Loosens Foreign Exchange Controls

Malaysia’s central bank, Bank Negara, has announced the loosening of foreign exchange controls as it further liberalises the local FX market.
Under the new regulations, local companies will no longer need to convert foreign earnings back into Malaysian ringgit before re-converting to another currency at a later date, instead exporters will be allowed to automatically sweep export proceeds into their trade foreign currency accounts maintained with onshore banks to meet up to six months’ foreign currency obligations, subject to pre-reporting those requirements.