Month: September 2018

In the FICC of It

The podcast is still on the road this week as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops check in for the second time this week from Chicago – and they are joined by another guest podcaster, Caplin CEO John Ashworth.
Listen in as he “owns” them with a terrific name drop as they discuss crypto regulation, potential limits to the market’s growth and the shift from retail to institutional.
The podcast also discusses a real life use case of the FX Global Code and looks (and fails) for other uses, before moving onto data and a good slap down of the hype around AI.
Book-ending the podcast are a plea by Lambert for further evidence to be considered in his debate with Stops over trend following (hint: It involves the Naim and eFX video on YouTube) – and each podcaster revealing their best “swag” from the exhibition hall at Forex Network Chicago.

CFTC Hands Out Fines to Deutsche Bank, UBS, BNP Paribas

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has fined Deutsche Bank $70 million for attempted manipulation of the ISDAFIX benchmark and $30 million for manipulation, attempted manipulation, and spoofing in the precious metals futures markets. UBS has also been fined $15 million for attempted manipulation and spoofing in the same markets.

One of the CFTC Orders finds that over a five-year period, beginning in at least January 2007 and continuing through May 2012, Deutsche Bank Securities (DBSI) made false reports and through the acts of multiple traders, attempted to manipulate the US Dollar International Swaps and Derivatives Association Fix (USD ISDAFIX),

P&L Talk Series with Edward Woodford

Edward Woodford, the co-founder of the trading venue Seed CX, talks about what it really means to offer an institutional grade platform in the rapidly evolving crypto market.

Profit & Loss: You recently secured $15 million of investment. There’s obviously a lot of crypto-related ventures out there looking for investment, what was the focus of your pitch?

Edward Woodford: The key is that we’re entirely focused on the institutional market, which in turn affects how we build our systems, how we build our products, and it dictates our entire outlook and approach. The trend that we see is more institutional players coming into this space, this institutional flow dominates retail flow, and we’re looking to service these institutions.

Charles River and Cassini Team Up for Margin Estimation

Charles River Development and Cassini Systems have formalised a business alliance to automate the calculation of margin estimates and provide pre- and post-trade analytics in the Charles River Investment Management Solution (IMS) for OTC and exchange-traded derivatives.
Emerging regulations and clearing rules mandate that investment firms post initial margin (IM) when trading cleared and non-cleared OTC derivatives, futures, and options on futures. Together with Charles River’s post-trade processing and settlements, IBOR, and GIPS-compliant performance measurement, expanded collateral management capabilities provide investment managers with a complete front and middle office solution, the firm says.

And Another Thing…

Regular readers will know I am unsurprised to read reports of Blackstone pondering the sale of FXall once it completes its takeover of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters F&R, because (for once, I know, before you all message me) I predicted such a thing in this column in June.
What I find interesting in the latest production from the rumour mill is how it is only the sale of FXall – Matching and the other channels are not mentioned.

In the FICC of it

This is a very special In the FICC of it podcast as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops bring in some guest commentators at the Forex Network Chicago conference: they’re joined by Jim Cochrane, head of North America sales at BestX, Peter-john Byrnes, vice president, Networks and Infrastructure at Elysium Technology Group and Al Crane, director of sales at MarketFactory. The subjects of data, connectivity, liquidity are covered and one of the guest commentators makes a serious error of judgement by asking Lambert for his thoughts on last look!

NEX Markets to Allow Participants to Promote Code Adherence on Platform

NEX Markets has taken a small but important step to embedding the FX Global Code further into its business by allowing liquidity providers and liquidity consumers who have registered their Statements of Commitment (SoC) to the FX Global Code to identify themselves.
Hugh Whelan, global head of liquidity management at NEX Markets, says the move will help clients identify which of their counterparties on EBS Direct and EBS Select, have signed and registered an SoC on the NEX Global Code Register. “The FX Global Code is an important piece of work that will help build transparency levels in the industry further,” he says

Record Currency Management Signs with New Change FX

Currency management firm Record Currency Management has engaged New Change FX, an independent provider of FX data and transaction cost analysis (TCA), to further enhance Record’s commitment to deliver minimum cost and maximum transparency for clients.
Record says it has always placed a high value on minimising transaction costs for clients, and providing the greatest level of transparency and disclosure available in the OTC FX market. To this end, it has a dedicated trading team and maintains multiple routes to access market liquidity.

SEB Algos Available on Bloomberg and FXall

SEB has announced that it is the first Scandinavian bank to offer FX algo trading to its clients through multibank portals Bloomberg and FXall.
Instead of traditional orders where clients call in for their orders to be executed, they will now be able to place their orders themselves through FX Algos, a new portal which will give them the advantage of a transparent, smooth as well as automated trading solution.
The bank says clients will completely own their order execution, and will be able to select their preferred strategy and follow the execution without the need to contact their salesperson at the bank.

Is the Golden Age of Crypto Already Over?

On September 18, at approximately 1:00pm Eastern, the golden age of cryptocurrencies came to an abrupt end. At that time, the Office of the New York Attorney General dropped a report on the operations of many major cryptocurrency exchanges that found serious faults with both specific firms and the industry as a whole. Most ominously, the report stated that it had referred three platforms that had declined to provide information voluntarily to the NY AG to the “Department of Financial Services for potential violation of New York’s virtual currency regulations”