Federal Reserve Terminates BofA FX Action

The US Federal Reserve has announced it is terminating its 2015 enforcement action against Bank of America for unsound practices in its FX business that led to the bank paying a $205 million fine. The termination, which took place on November 22 but was only announced December 3, ends a saga that started following a […]
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Self-Learning FX Algos: Part of the Shifting TCA Battleground

Galen Stops takes a deep-dive look at how Goldman Sachs is adding self-learning elements to its FX algos, and where this technology fits into the shifting analytics landscape across FICC markets. Goldman Sachs has for some time now offered a variety of algorithms to clients for trading FX, ranging from the more aggressive ones that […]
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CFTC Hits Goldman for Recording Failures

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Goldman Sachs for failing to make and keep certain audio recordings as required under CFTC regulations for swap dealers. The order requires Goldman to pay a $1 million civil monetary penalty and to cease and desist from further violations […]
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Citi Fined in UK for Reporting Failures

The UK’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) has handed Citigroup a GBP 43,890,000 fine for failings in relation to its internal controls and governance arrangements underpinning compliance with PRA regulatory reporting requirements. Between 19 June 2014 and 31 December 2018, or parts thereof, three entities within the group, Citigroup Global Markets Limited (CGML), Citibank N.A. London […]
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Citi Launches B2B Cross-Border Payments Platform

Citi has launched a new cross-border, business-to-business payments platform that aims to “digitise” the transaction process and includes FX capabilities. The platform, called Citi Global Collect, is a collaboration between the bank’s treasury and trade solutions (TTS) and FX businesses, and is designed to make it easier for multinational clients to collect funds from overseas […]
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CLS October Volumes Show Slight Decline

The average daily volume (ADV) of FX trades submitted to CLS in October was $1.79 trillion, down from $1.84 trillion the previous month, but up 4.6% from the $1.71 trillion reported in October 2018. An ADV of $415 billion in spot FX trades were submitted to CLS last month, which actually represents a 2.2% increase […]
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Citi Launches Calculation Tool for UMR Requirements

Citi has launched a new tool to help buy side firms cope with the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) that are due to come into effect over the next two years. Financial institutions such as asset managers, pension funds and insurance companies are scheduled to come into scope of the regulations based on volume thresholds that […]
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Swiss-Licensed Crypto Bank Begins Operations

SEBA Bank, which was recently granted a banking license by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and offers services around both conventional and digital assets, is now fully operational. After an onboarding phase with a designated customer group, SEBA has now officially started the onboarding of customers based in Switzerland. Its banking services are […]
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BIS Shuffles the Leadership Pack on Committees

Central bank Governors meeting at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a hub for central banks and other financial regulatory and supervisory authorities, made a number of appointments to lead key central bank groups. Jerome Powell, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, has been named chair of the Global Economy Meeting (GEM) and the Economic Consultative Committee, after consultations […]
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Wells Fargo Fined Over Controversial Burger King FX Trade

Already facing unfair dismissal actions and having paid one fine, Wells Fargo has been further sanctioned by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over its actions during the USD/CAD trade to hedge Tim Hortons’ purchase of Burger King. Having paid the US National Futures Association $2.5 million in August, Wells Fargo has now been […]
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