FMSB Publishes Conflict of Interest Statement

The FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB) has published the final version of a Statement of Good Practice on the issue of conflicts of interest. The Board says the Statement aims to provide practical, working level guidance and examples for market participants to draw on, as they consider ways to prevent, manage and mitigate conflicts of […]
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FSB Reports to G20…and it’s a Familiar Message

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a letter from its chair Randal Quarles to G20 finance ministers and central bank governors ahead of their meetings in Washington this week and the message from the letter is largely the same as it has been for some time – work is progressing but more needs to be […]
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Aggregation Putting ECNs on the Spot: Greenwich Survey

A new report from Greenwich Associates says that FX market participants are spurning anonymous trading on ECNs in favour of disclosed, bilateral trades executed through a variety of channels – as well as a growing share of business done through so-called “API aggregators” that could eventually emerge as a challenger to the market’s biggest execution […]
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BIS Report Sets Out Governance of Key OTC Derivatives Data Elements

A new report published by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), identifies key criteria, functions and bodies for the governance arrangements for a set of critical data elements for OTC derivative transactions reported to trade repositories, excluding the Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI) and the Unique […]
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Report Envisages Erosion of USD Global Reserve Status

A new report from Vontobel and Eurasia Group suggests that there could be an erosion of the US dollar’s reserve currency status as geopolitical tensions between America and China continue. The paper, titled The Next Digital Superpower: Scenarios for the US-China conflict and implications for the global economy, argues that the current US-China trade war […]
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FMSB Finalises Market Colour Best Practice

The FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB) has published the final version of a Statement of Good Practice on the issue of Information & Confidentiality, which seeks to bring clarity to what it terms the complex issue of sharing information in fixed income and commodities markets and dealing with confidential information within a firm. FMSB says […]
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ISDA Publishes Final Consultation on Benchmark Fallbacks

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has launched a new consultation to finalise the methodologies for the adjustments that will be made to derivatives fallbacks in the event certain interbank offered rates (Ibors) are permanently discontinued. The latest publication follows two earlier consultations, which set out options for the adjustments that will apply to […]
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The FX Market’s New Benchmark – $6.6 Trillion

The number used globally to measure the size of the FX market will be set at $6.6 trillion per day after the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released the results of its Triennial Survey for Foreign Exchange Turnover. The BIS says that globally $6.59 trillion was executed daily across FX products in April 2019, a […]
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The Inexorable Rise of the “Others”

A notable figure in this year’s Bank for International Settlements (BIS) survey of FX turnover highlights the increasingly important role of firms like retail aggregators in the FX market. While in the 2016 survey the “Other” category of the Other Financial Institutions segment of the report (this is largely the retail aggregator/prime-of-prime sector) was responsible […]
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Financial Firms Plan to Increase Cloud Usage: Survey

Financial institutions across the globe will allocate almost half (48%) of their IT budget to spending on public cloud services in 2020, up from 41% this year and 34% in 2018, according to the results of Refinitiv’s latest research into the use of cloud technology for financial data. The findings are based on a survey of 300 […]
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