Day: 7 April 2019

In the FICC of it

This week’s podcast opens with Galen Stops gloating over Colin Lambert because CTAs – and in particular ones using trend following strategies – are (finally!) producing some positive returns. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, argues Lambert, but Stops is convinced that this is the beginning of an upswing for these hedge funds. This leads into a more serious discussion about some the challenges facing CTAs when their trend following models aren’t working. For example, do they alter their models to improve returns at the risk of diluting their potency as a diversifier within investors’ portfolios?

BNY Mellon Strengthens Asia-Pac Business with De Vleeschauwer Hire

Profit & Loss understands that BNY Mellon has strengthened its Asia Pacific FX business with the hire of Charl de Vleeschauwer from Citi Sydney.
De Vleeschauwer will be relocating to Singapore to take up a management position in the e-FX business of BNYM, sources familiar with the matter say, and will report to Darren Boulos, head of FX trading and sales for Asia-Pacific – Boulos himself joined BNYM in June 2017 from Deutsche Bank in Sydney.
De Vleeschauwer has been with Citi for two years as a senior FX spot trader, having joined the bank after a spell with Macquarie Bank in London where he ran the bank’s FX trading business in Europe. Prior to that he worked for six years at Deutsche Bank in Sydney, having joined the organisation from First Rand in Johannesburg.

CFTC Provides Extended Brexit Relief

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Market Oversight (DMO), and Clearing and Risk (DCR), have announced they will grant no-action relief to provide greater certainty to the global marketplace in connection with the anticipated withdrawal of the UK from the European Union with or without a ratified withdrawal agreement.
“At a time of heightened market uncertainty caused by Brexit, this Commission has worked over the past several weeks to bring clarity to participants in global derivatives markets by a series of separate actions and statements with its regulatory counterparts in other jurisdictions,” says CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo.

And Finally…

Regular readers will know that I volunteer to help run the ACI Australia Dealing Simulation Course around the world – I actually met a good number of you for the first time at that forum. In the last year the course has been looked at in terms of the FX Global Code and one or two new processes introduced, but last week in Denmark was the first chance I got to put some new ideas into action – and the results highlighted how easy it is to get confused by some aspects of market interaction, and also why the buy side needs to get onside.