MAS Unveils SORA Transition Support

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced several initiatives to support the adoption of the Singapore Overnight Rate Average (Sora), which is administered by MAS. Given Sora’s growing importance as a key interest rate benchmark in Singapore dollar financial markets, MAS explains the initiatives aim to catalyse greater activity in Sora markets, safeguard the […]
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Appeal Court Decision Provides New Avenue for Johnson Defence

A recent precedential decision by the US Court of Appeals’ Second Circuit has possibly opened a door for former HSBC FX trading head Mark Johnson to have his conviction overturned. Johnson has separately filed to the US Supreme Court to have that court listen to an appeal against the judgement on eight counts of wire […]
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COVID-19 Resurgence to be Weighed in July Data

The coming week’s July data will be scrutinised for any early effects of the COVID-19 resurgence, with the highlight of the week being Friday’s monthly employment report. The combined 7.5 million payrolls gain in May and June only began to scratch the surface of offsetting the 22.2 million total decline seen in the first two […]
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US Personal Income Drops as Stimulus Winds Down

US Personal income fell further in June after a large May decline, again reflecting the pullback from the stimulus surge in April. At the same time, consumer spending rose solidly in each of the last two months due to business re-openings, but not enough to offset the sharp April decline the Commerce Department reported Friday. […]
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ISDA Urges Support for New Ibor Fallbacks

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), has published a statement strongly urging adherence to the association’s Fallback Protocol as part of the financial markets industry’s switch from Ibors to risk-free rates (RFRs). ISDA is planning to amend certain ‘rate options’ in its 2006 Definitions to include fallbacks that would apply upon the permanent discontinuation […]
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Sucden Adds TY3 Connectivity

Sucden Financial has launched its TY3 (Tokyo) matching engine, in conjunction with FlexTrade Systems. The new matching engine targets Asia-Pacific clients, providing a reduction in cross-region latency and an overall enhanced experience, with improvements to liquidity and price discovery during Asia trading hours. Combined with Sucden Financial’s established NY4 and LD4 infrastructure, the addition of […]
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ISDA Unveils Risk-Free Adoption Indicator

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has launched a new indicator to monitor the adoption of alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) in derivatives trading. The indicator, developed in conjunction with Clarus Financial Technology, will provide a monthly snapshot of RFR trading activity in interest rate derivatives (IRD) markets, based on global cleared OTC and exchange-traded […]
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US Confidence Plunges on COVID Rebound

The Conference Board’s US consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 92.6 in July from an upward revised 98.3 reading in June, with concerns about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases cited by Conference Board. Analysts had expected the July index to fall to 95.7 from the originally reported 98.1 reading in June. The index […]
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FMSB Publishes Spotlight Review on Remote Working Risks

The FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB) has published a Spotlight Review which examines remote working risks in FICC markets. Following COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic and the closure of many offices, FMSB formed a working group of members and other interested market participants to consider the impacts of financial services activities being undertaken by […]
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DSB to Add Tech Forum Members

The Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB), founded by the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) is seeking to add members to its Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). DSB was founded to facilitate the allocation and maintenance of International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs), Classification of Financial Instrument codes (CFIs) and Financial Instrument Short Names (FISNs), for OTC derivatives, […]
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