And Another Thing…

A fair bit has been made of the latest FX committee turnover surveys showing an increase in activity during a month in which people broadly experienced the opposite. Looking at the FX platform data and April was the worse month of the year thus far for everyone save 360T and Refinitiv non-spot products – and […]
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CLS Adds First Chinese Third Party Bank

China CITIC Bank International Limited (CNCBI) has become the first Chinese bank to access CLS Settlement as a third-party client, CLS says, adding that this addition adds to a broader growth in third-party participation throughout the region, which has seena 21% increase in the overall number of third parties (regional/third-party banks, funds, corporates and non-bank […]
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USD/CNH Above 7 as China Bites back in Trade War

The FX market was surprised today when the Peoples Bank of China set the onshore USD/CNY rate much higher than anticipated at 6.9225, leading to the offshore USD/CNH currency pair extending gains through 7.00 – a level previously defended by the Chinese authorities concerned about capital outflows and one at which the pair has never […]
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Bloomberg Selected as Benchmark Fallback Vendor

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has announced that Bloomberg Index Services Limited (BISL) has been selected to calculate and publish adjustments related to fallbacks that ISDA intends to implement for certain interest rate benchmarks in its 2006 ISDA Definitions. Bloomberg was chosen following an in-depth selection process, which began with a public invitation to […]
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CLS Launches Same Day Settlement Service

CLS has unveiled CLSNow, a same day settlement service that was first mooted in September 2017. The bilateral, same-day FX gross payment-versus-payment (PvP) settlement service has been launched with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs as the first banks to go live. The firm says CLSNow enables banks to exchange currency positions with mitigated settlement risk […]
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ISDA Publishes Preliminary Results of Benchmark Fallback Consultation

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published a statement summarising the preliminary results of its supplemental consultation on adjustments that would apply to fallback rates in the event certain interbank offered rates (Ibors) are permanently discontinued. The consultation was launched in May, and set out options for spread and term adjustments if fallbacks are triggered […]
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UK Execution Data Returns to Trend, but Concerns for Single Dealers?

Within the UK’s FX Joint Standing Committee (JSC) report on FX turnover, the data on execution styles suggests a return to trend on the part of the channels through which participants are trading. The last two reports from the UK have been notable for a significant surge in spot business executed via the voice channel, […]
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Interest Rate Risk Helps Steady FX Volumes

Although spot FX markets have been characterised as existing in a very low volatility and volume environment, the same cannot be said for the interest rate space, and that has enabled FX volumes to remain steady over the past year according to data from six regional FX committees. The FX committees of the UK, US, […]
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Basel Committee, IOSCO Agree to One Year Delay on Margin Rules

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have announced a one year delay to the final phase of the implementation of the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives. The two bodies say they acknowledge the progress that has been made to implement the framework, the final phase of […]
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GFXC Updates on Working Group Progress

The Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) has released materials from its last meeting in Tokyo, including progress reports from its various working groups, a new illustrative example on “cover and deal” trading activity and a presentation on flash crash events in foreign exchange markets. The new cover and deal example, to be included in the […]
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