Refinitiv Adds Thai Baht to WM Service

Refinitiv is enhancing the WM/Reuters Thai Baht Spot FX Benchmarks with data sourced from Matching, the firm’s anonymous central limit order book. This has allowed the Thai baht (THB) and Thai baht offshore (TOF) benchmarks to become ‘trade’ currencies using the WM/Reuters Trade Methodology. This change was launched on 1 October 2018 and is available now, the firm says. Previously, the THB/TOF benchmarks were calculated from indicative interbank quoted rates, provided by multiple financial institutions. Following analysis about the feasibility of introducing transactional data from the available FX trading platforms and a public consultation, Refinitiv says it found that the inclusion of data from Matching achieves the necessary requirements regarding sufficiency, quality and data hierarchy to evolve these benchmarks to become trade based.
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FSB Issues Clarifications Over Conduct Recommendations

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has also published an overview of responses to its public consultation on its Recommendations for national supervisors: Reporting on the use of compensation tools to address potential misconduct risk (Recommendations), which it launched in May. Overall the board says it received 11 responses from associations representing supervisors, banks, a research foundation, trade associations and a trade union. Generally, it says, most respondents voiced support for efforts to promote good conduct, improve culture and reduce the incidence of misconduct at financial institutions.
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Avelacom Opens in Singapore

Connectivity and IT infrastructure solutions provider Avelacom has opened a new office in Singapore, managed by Gabriel Bassas, who has been appointed VP sales for APAC. In the past year Avelacom says it has seen double-digit growth in new business volumes coming from the APAC region, driven by clients demanding professional-grade connectivity services between APAC venues and exchanges, and to those in Europe and the USA. It adds, that new business is expected to increase over the next few years, also driven by the growth of APAC crypto exchanges, which are starting to deploy high performance physical IT infrastructure demanded by trading institution clients.
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CLS Volumes Down in October

Data from CLS shows that the utility handled $1.71 trillion per day in October, slightly down from September’s $1.729 trillion but 5.8% up year-on-year. CLS settled a daily average of $471 billion in spot FX, up 5.3% month-on-month and 10.3% up year-on-year. This generally reflects the volume reports issued earlier this month by the major FX trading platforms. There was a decline in FX swap activity, however, with CLS settling $1.161 trillion per day in these products, down 3.2% from September but up 6.5% from October 2017. In outright forwards, settlement activity declined on both a month-on-month basis (by 6%) and year-on-year (by 21.2%) to $78 billion per day.
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Trade Associations Team Up to Promote FX Code in MEA Region

ACI - The Financial Markets Association (ACI FMA), has teamed up with the Interarab Cambist Association (ICA) to promote the FX Global Code amongst financial institutions in the Middle East and Africa. The ICA is a trade association representing professionals working at banks and financial institutions across the Middle East and Africa. Established in 1972, it has members in 15 countries and provides training and workshops relating to asset classes including FX, interest rate products, equities and commodities. As part of the collaboration, the ACI FMA and the ICA recently combined their annual member conferences – the ACI World Congress and ICA Annual Conference – for the first time in Cairo, Egypt.
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DeVere Group Launches Crypto Asset Fund

DeVere Group has founded the DeVere Digital Asset Funds, something it says is “a suite” of digital currency solutions for experienced investors, in association with Dalma Capital Management, a hedge fund manager in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The firm has revealed that its strategy will be largely arbitrage-based, as it has identified "durable inefficiencies" across trading venues in cryptocurrency markets that it can exploit using algorithmic trading. The launch was announced the day after Bitcoin reached its 10th anniversary.
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CME Completes NEX Acquisition

CME Group has completed its acquisition of NEX Group. “The combined company will be uniquely positioned to provide efficient access to futures, cash and OTC markets, as well as a wide array of optimisation services and analytical tools,” says CME in a statement issued today. Though the NEX brand will be retired, its primary sub-brands, including BrokerTec, EBS, Traiana and TriOptima, will remain. Other brand names will be folded into CME Group businesses. “CME Group will use its technology, trading expertise and product development resources to further strengthen and scale NEX businesses especially as market participants, like you,
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Advanced Markets Launches in the UK

Advanced Markets, a provider of FX liquidity and prime-of-prime services, has launched in the UK as an FCA regulated company. The new entity, Advanced Markets (UK), includes new trading servers in Equinix’s LD4 and LD5 data centres, as well as a new London office headed by Nina Baksh. “The launch of our comprehensive London operation is an important step in the company’s global strategy,” says Anthony Brocco, founder and CEO. “It enables us to better serve our institutional broker and fund manager clients in the UK and Europe, by providing a regional matching engine, which is fully cross-connected with our bank and non-bank liquidity providers.”
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Survey Finds Increasing Support for CBDCs

A new survey from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and IBM finds increasing support for central bank issued digital currencies (CBDC). OMFIF describes itself as “an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy and public investment” and says the new report describes potential use cases for central banks to support central bank digital currencies. A CBDC is a digital form of fiat money, which is a currency established as money by government regulation. It differs from digital currencies, which are not issued by the state and lack the regulations of a government.
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Edgewater: Making a Play in LatAm

Edgewater Markets recently hosted an event in Lima, Peru, to celebrate the continued roll out of its new LatamFX.Pro platform. Galen Stops attended the event and sat down with the firm’s senior management to discuss why they’re making such a strong push in Latin America. n a nutshell, the central thesis behind Edgewater Market’s Latam strategy is that their technology can be used to convert the NDF market into an NDF trading platform and thereby enabling local market participants to aggregate, consume and distribute FX rates more efficiently.
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