Month: November 2018

DrumG: Using Tomorrow’s Technology to Solve Today’s Problems

It is something of an attention-grabber when someone who builds solutions on distributed ledger technology (DLT) says, “We are not a blockchain company”, however that is exactly how Tim Grant, co-founder and CEO of DrumG, starts our conversation. “We are a company that builds on blockchains; not one blockchain, but the right one – we build ledger appropriate solutions,” he explains. “We would never say ‘our blockchain is better than yours’. What we say is ‘our ability to choose the right blockchain and build on it, is better than yours’ – there’s a significant difference.”

Saxo Hires Hovard

Fintech firm Saxo Bank has announced the appointment of Thomas Hovard to the position as COO of global distribution and client services, effective from 4 February 2019. He will report directly to Damian Bunce, chief commercial officer.
Hovard joins from Danske Bank where he most recently served as global head of DCM sales and research. During his 16 -ear tenure with Danske Bank he has held several positions in both research and sales.
In his role at Saxo, he will be responsible for the ongoing operations of the global distribution and client services organisation and ensuring that the group’s strategy is executed across markets.

FSB Publishes Final Report on Compensation

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published its finalised Recommendations for national supervisors: Reporting on the use of compensation tools to address potential misconduct risk. The work started in 2015 when the FSB published its Workplan on Measures to Reduce Misconduct Risk through the promotion of incentives for good behaviour.
This work promoted the adoptions of standards and codes of behaviour, such as the FX Global Code, and reforms to benchmark-setting practices; A toolkit of measures to address misconduct in wholesale markets developed by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), based on national approaches; additional guidance on the use of compensation tools to promote good conduct; and a toolkit to strengthen governance frameworks to mitigate misconduct risk.

FSB Issues Clarifications Over Conduct Recommendations

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has also published an overview of responses to its public consultation on its Recommendations for national supervisors: Reporting on the use of compensation tools to address potential misconduct risk (Recommendations), which it launched in May.
Overall the board says it received 11 responses from associations representing supervisors, banks, a research foundation, trade associations and a trade union.
Generally, it says, most respondents voiced support for efforts to promote good conduct, improve culture and reduce the incidence of misconduct at financial institutions.

FX Aggregation: When Less Can be More

There’s an intuitive logic which states that the more liquidity providers (LPs) that a client puts in their aggregator, the better prices they should get. After all, increased competition should cause LPs to tighten their prices in order to win the trade.

However, as Roel Oomen, managing director, electronic FX spot trading at Deutsche Bank, explains, this logic only holds up in a static environment, which the FX market most certainly is not. The reality is that LPs alter their spreads depending on how they perceive the liquidity environment to be at any given point in time.

And Another Thing…

This is a pretty horrible time for CTAs, not only because of the sector’s very visible performance issues, but because it’s even worse than the numbers suggest. After all, the big selling point for CTAs has always been they are a good hedge in falling equity markets – but they clearly have not been this year. It may not be all doom and gloom, however, for using new technologies and techniques they have the opportunity to re-engineer their models to meet the challenges of the modern market structure.

Free Joins CFH Board

CFH Clearing has appointed legal and compliance expert, Julia Free to its Board in an internal move.
Free, a qualified solicitor, has been promoted from compliance officer to director at CFH Clearing. As part of her new remit, she will take on the role of money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) and has gained a CF11 accreditation with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Free’s promotion coincides with what CFH terms “a restructuring at CFH Clearing to merge legal, compliance and onboarding into a single department to create enhanced efficiencies for its institutional clients”. She will head up this combined function.
“We are delighted to welcome Julia to the CFH Board. Her appointment in this newly created role highlights the priority we give to ensuring our legal and compliance obligations are at the forefront of all decisions we make for the organisation,” says Matthew Maloney, CEO, CFH Clearing. “Julia has an in-depth understanding about our business as well as the increasingly complex legal requirements we need to adhere to as an FCA regulated firm with a global client base. She will be an asset to our Board and thoroughly deserves her promotion.”

Integral Partners with Moex

Integral development Corp has announced a partnership with Moscow Exchange (Moex). Under the deal, through its Open Currency Exchange (OCX), Integral will deliver access to liquidity, higher performance, and lower latency to Moex customers, and Moex will now provide liquidity to the Integral network.
“[Moex] are the dominant exchange in the Russian FX market, and by using the Integral platform, they will be able to offer the best aggregation and deepest liquidity to their clients,” says Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral. “Moex will also become a price provider to the Integral network, thereby further enriching the liquidity in OCX.”

Currency Traders a Bright Spot in Gloomy CTA Report

The flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, compiled by BarclayHedge, indicates a 1.29% loss in October. Year to date, the Index is down 2.87%.
Six of the firm’s Managed Futures indices lost ground in October, while three had gains. Cryptocurrency Traders gave up 3.62% in October, MPI Barclay Elite Systematic Traders lost 3.15%, Diversified Traders were down 2.32%, the Systematic Traders Index lost 1.93% and Financial/Metals Traders dropped 0.43%. The Currency Traders Index had the largest gain in October.

Avelacom Opens in Singapore

Connectivity and IT infrastructure solutions provider Avelacom has opened a new office in Singapore, managed by Gabriel Bassas, who has been appointed VP sales for APAC.
In the past year Avelacom says it has seen double-digit growth in new business volumes coming from the APAC region, driven by clients demanding professional-grade connectivity services between APAC venues and exchanges, and to those in Europe and the USA.
It adds, that new business is expected to increase over the next few years, also driven by the growth of APAC crypto exchanges, which are starting to deploy high performance physical IT infrastructure demanded by trading institution clients.