Day: October 29, 2018

Riksbank Moves e-Krona Project Ahead

The Riksbank has published a new report recommending that the central bank advances a project to develop its own central bank digital currency (CBDC).
The report proposes that the bank begins to design a technical solution for an e-krona in order to test which solutions are practicable and realisable; draws up proposals for legislative amendments needed to clarify the Riksbank’s mandate and an e-krona’s legal standing; and continues investigating the financial aspects of an e-krona.
Sweden’s central bank says that while it has provided the general public with money for 350 years, as the use of cash is continuing to decline in Sweden, “we need to think in new ways”.

And Finally…

I think it is important that the foreign exchange industry gets one message out at this time and gets it out loud and clear. The type of behaviour exhibited by the members of the Cartel around the start of this decade is not, and will not, be tolerated today or in the future.
To be fair, the members of the Cartel probably understand that today the FX industry is, in conduct terms, a very different place to what it was five years ago.

Re-Imagining the Prime Services Ecosystem

On a panel discussion entitled “The Twists and Turns of FXPB”, speakers at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago discussed the possibility for technology to radically re-shape the prime services ecosystem.

Technology’s impact on prime services was the jumping off point for the last panel at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago. Peter Plester, head of prime brokerage at Saxo Bank A/S highlighted the impact that technology had already in terms of risk management in this segment pointing out that the traditional plumbing for starting up a prime broker was to connect to NEX Traiana and the various ECNs and have STP for tickets, but that the central risk system internal to the PB was fairly manual.

Thai Corporate Adds Trading, Settlement Technology

Thai energy company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), has implemented Refinitiv’s FXall trading platform and “Settlement Center” post-trade solution for managing its FX transactions.

Because PTTEP already uses Eikon, this maks it the first Thai corporate to adopt the end-to-end suite of services covering pre-trade, trade and post-trade phases, according to a statement. PTTEP executed its first production trades in early October.

Yongyos Krongphanich, executive vice president, finance and accounting group at PTTEP, comments: “This collaboration between PTTEP and Refinitiv is considered an important step for PTTEP in managing its foreign exchange risk management and streamline back-end processes. This will further improve company’s competitiveness and support sustainable growth in this challenging digital era.”

XTX Prepares for Life Post-Brexit

XTX Markets (XTX) has chosen Paris as its post Brexit European hub, although the firm says that its headquarters will remain in London.

XTX has filed an application with the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, the French regulator, to operate a regulated firm in France.

In a release issued today announcing the decision, XTX says that is opening an office in Paris as part of its preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The firms adds in the release that it is committed to maintaining and further developing its liquidity provision to clients, platforms and exchanges across the European Union.