FIA together with affiliate FIA Tech, today announced new technical guidelines for firms to properly identify the correct brokerage when executing and clearing exchange traded derivatives.
With the proliferation of execution services, platforms and providers there is increased need for clarity in how to communicate a trade’s execution method through industry standard codes, the groups said in a statement. Brokerage discrepancies are one of the largest causes of operational friction in the reconciliation of exchange traded derivatives, and lack of standardisation has created significant costs for clearing firms and their clients, they noted, adding that by working with FIA’s membership as well as FIA Tech’s global customer base, “the industry has devised standard codes for commonly used execution methods”.
Northern Trust has announced an agreement to acquire Bex, a provider of foreign exchange software solutions.
The bank says the acquisition will give it ownership of a platform providing algorithmic FX trading, global liquidity aggregation and transparency in execution and pricing to institutional clients worldwide. The agreement builds on an exclusive partnership between the firms announced in 2016.
“Bex has been a key differentiator for Northern Trust, increasing the depth and breadth of our global FX execution capabilities,” says Pete Cherecwich, president of corporate & institutional services at Northern Trust. “In an evolving FX marketplace, this acquisition provides a foundation for sustained growth and innovation on behalf of our clients.”
Avelacom announced that it has partnered with XTRD to “provide low latency access to all major crypto exchanges globally”.
The sub-millisecond market data and order routing, delivered over the Avelacom network, is designed to help XTRD to aggregate liquidity across exchanges in Asia, Europe and the US in the fastest way. In particular, this partnership should enable improved arbitrage strategies across the top 10 Asian cryptocurrency exchanges, such as BitMEX, Binance, Bittrex, Huobi and OKEx.
Commenting on the partnership, Aleksey Larichev, Avelacom’s managing director, says: “We found a big gap between the demands of our institutional clients and the typical solutions provided over the Internet. Web-based applications will never meet the expectations of institutional investors.
Avelacom has announced the launch of a new point of presence in Equinix’s Tokyo (TY3) International Business Exchange data centre, providing trading firms with faster and more reliable connectivity between TY3 and Equinix’s London (LD4/5) data centre facilities. The new London – Tokyo route delivers the lowest latency in the market – 145.3 milliseconds (round-trip), the firm claims.
The new connectivity is designed to serve the needs of financial services firms, enabling them to access market data and send orders at the highest possible speed and improve overall trading performance.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC has released, “A CFTC Primer on Smart Contracts”. The primer is part of LabCFTC’s effort to engage with innovators and market participants on a range of fintech topics, and follows on from a 2017 primer on virtual currencies.
“Smart contracts are being used to drive further automation in our markets and may have an impact across a range of economic activities,” says LabCFTC director Daniel Gorfine. “This primer is focused on explaining smart contracts, exploring how they may impact our markets and highlighting potentially novel risks and challenges.”
The primer sets out to define “smart contracts”, including by exploring their history, characteristics, and potential applications that may eventually impact daily life.
CLS’s new payment netting service based on distributed ledger technology, CLSNet, has gone live with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
In a release issued today, CLS says that six additional participants from North America, Europe and Asia have committed to joining the service, although the only one it names is Bank of China (Hong Kong), and that the onboarding of several other market participants is planned in the next few months.
CLSNet has been designed to standardise and increase the levels of payment netting in the FX market for trades not settling in CLSSettlement. By standardising and automating the calculation of payment netting, CLSNet aims to reduce costs for market participants and increase liquidity in FX markets. The service was built in conjunction with IBM and runs on the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric blockchain framework.
Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital has made a $15 million investment in Integral Development Corp, a capital injection the firms says enables it to continue the growth of its FX technology platform across a broader set of banks, brokers, and asset managers.
“The market opportunity for Integral has never been better,” says Harpal Sandhu, Integral founder and CEO. “Our focus on building the best FX solutions coupled with our unparalleled customer service has given us the largest installed base in the business – more than 200 leading institutions run on the Integral platform. We look forward to partnering with Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and leveraging their deep experience and global resources.”
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.”
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.”
Refinitiv has signed an agreement with Nordic investment management firm E. Öhman J: or Fonder (Öhman) to deliver an end-to-end workflow solution for its investment management business.
The firm says the agreement will cover the entire pre- to post-trade workflow, and allows Öhman to leverage the full depth of Refinitiv desktop, trading, data, and analytical solutions. In a related move, Öhman is also partnering with the OMS/PMS platform from AlphaDesk, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of STP software for the buy-side.