INTL FCStone Subsidiary to Expand Access to FX Platform

The Global Payments Division of INTL FCStone’s London based subsidiary, IFL, has announced plans to roll out its FXePrice platform to its entire network of counterparties.Launched in June 2018, FXePrice enables correspondent banks to feed local currency live prices electronically to IFL, allowing users to stream foreign exchange prices, which reduces latency and ensures efficiency by integrating with counterparties’ straight-through-processing (STP) systems. he platform automates the manual process of FX price discovery in emerging markets and facilitates instant electronic price discovery via both streaming and request-for-quote (RFQ) functionality.
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BNP, Millennium Launch AI FX Index

BNP Paribas today announces the launch of the BNP Paribas MGI Systematic Currency Alpha Index using artificial intelligence through machine learning. The index, created by BNP Paribas in partnership with Millennium Global Investments (MGI), went live in Q1 2019.MGI provides systematic FX signals to BNP Paribas, determining the long or short exposure to four liquid currency pairs selected to represent the global FX market (USD/GBP, USD/EUR, USD/AUD and USD/JPY). In a statement, the firms say the Index can be considered as a new frontier for investors seeking cross-asset portfolio diversification, as it is enhanced by signals generated by an artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to identify the dominant factors driving the performance of currency pairs each day. 
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FastMatch: Broadening its Horizons

In 2016 Fastmatch saw year-on-year average daily volumes (ADV) on its platform grow by 54%, and no doubt this growth was at least partially responsible for Euronext’s decision to spend $153 million to purchase 90% of the platform in August 2017, as it subsequently registered a 44% increase in ADV for that year. 2018 saw strong, if not as spectacular, year-on-year ADV growth of 9% to $20.1 billion, but Kevin Wolf, CEO of FastMatch and head of FICC US at Euronext, instead highlights the increase in the number of clients using the platform as the key growth metric for the year. “When we think about client acquisitions, we break it down along two dimensions: one is the number of clients and the other is the diversity of clients,” he explains.
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NAM to Offer CLS Access for Japanese Funds

CLS has announced that Nomura Asset Management (NAM) has become the first asset manager headquartered in Japan to provide access to CLSSettlement for Japanese-domiciled funds.NAM is working with three trust banks: the Nomura Trust and Banking Co (NMTB), Japan Trustee Services Bank (JTSB), and the Master Trust Bank of Japan (MTBJ), to offer CLSSettlement to a total of 21 investment trust funds. NAM and the trust banks are supported by a number of global custodian banks, including Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) and Citibank for NMTB, and with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (USA) for JTSB, and BBH for MTBJ.
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GFXC Survey Confirms Increased Code Adoption, but Work Still Required

The 2018 FX Global Code Survey results have been released and while, expectedly, the last year saw significantly increased adoption rates amongst firms, there are areas of potential concern for proponents of the Code. The survey aims to measure the awareness, adoption, implementation, and effects of the Global Code for market participants. The GFXC says the information collected through the 2018 survey is an important input as it continues to promote, maintain, and update the Code and embed it in the fabric of foreign exchange markets.
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“Cover and Deal? Model Requires Role Disclosure – GFXC

A second working group set up by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) in 2018 to look at how market participants operating the “cover and deal” model utilise last look has published a paper highlighting areas in which it believes practice can be improved. Primarily, the report stresses the importance of those operating cover and deal models ensuring that there is adequate disclosure of the practice, the way in which it is being used, and the clarification of the role and capacity in which the participant acts.
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GFXC Releases Initial Views on Anonymous Venue Disclosures

As part of its report on disclosures and transparency, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) has unveiled some initial views on a second stream of work by its disclosures working group on practices in the anonymous e-trading platform sector. The work centred on the knowledge of counterparties and expectations around counterparty behaviour, although the report does note that given that the landscape of e-trading platforms is diverse with different features and business models across infrastructure providers and users, the working group will continue work to consider this portion of the disclosure landscape
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GFXC Publishes Disclosures Report

A Global Foreign Exchange Committee working group has released a paper on the role of disclosure and transparency in FX markets intended to serve as a source of information for market participants seeking to learn about, develop and navigate the FX disclosure landscape. The paper is the work of a special working group set up by the GFXC to study the issue after feedback on last look practices highlighted concerns amongst participants that disclosures and transparency levels could be enhanced.
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RBA Report Casts the Net Wide in Seeking Flash Crash Answers

A report in the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Statement on Monetary Policy looks at the flash event in FX markets on January 3 when the yen appreciated some 3% in a matter of seconds before falling back, but fails to discern a single factor behind the move. Citing the fragmentation of the FX markets across an increasing number of different platforms, the RBA says “it is difficult to draw firm conclusions on the cause of the flash event”, adding that three factors are likely to have contributed to what it terms the “brief deterioration in market conditions”.
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Refinitiv Reappointed as Malaysian Benchmark Agent

Refinitiv has been re-appointed by Bank Negara Malaysia as the calculating and distribution agent for the industry interest rate benchmark, Kuala Lumpur Interbank Offered Rate (Klibor). As the official indicator of conditions in the interbank money market in Malaysia, Klibor offers market participants from both buy-side and sell-side a reliable reference for various investment and product uses, such as portfolio valuation and compliance reporting. Introduced in 1987, the rate refers to the average interest rate at which term deposits are offered between selected banks in the Malaysian wholesale money market or interbank market. Klibor rates give market participants an indication of market rates for the trading day. In particular, they are used as reference for diverse financial products including interest rate swaps, options, futures and structured products both within and outside Malaysia.
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