Outgoing GFXC Chair Potter Highlights Ongoing Work

Outgoing Global FX Committee chair Simon Potter remains optimistic about the impact of the FX Global Code and has signalled a busy work schedule for the Committee and its working groups over the coming year. In an interview withProfit & Loss Potter outlines the continuing work of the separate streams established by the GFXC, but makes […]
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Study Shows Long-Only Investors Looking to Alternative Data

Traditional “long-only” investors are joining quantitative early-adopters in using alternative data to achieve investment alpha, according to a new study from Greenwich Associates. Nearly half of investment managers that participated in the study said that they use alternative data, with another quarter planning to do so in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, the study shows […]
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Quants the Sole Bright Spot Amongst Crypto Funds

A new report published this week shows that while the median return for crypto hedge funds was a staggering -46% last year, quant funds managed a median return of 8%. The data contained in the report, which was published by PwC and Elwood Asset Management, was collected within the first quarter of 2019 across the […]
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Moore Set to Launch Buy Side Matching Platform

Jay Moore has officially announced his plans to launch a new buy side-to-buy side matching platform for passive FX hedging programs. The new platform, where Moore will serve as CEO, is called FX HedgePool and is designed to allow institutional investors to trade directly with one another. “For 20 years I’ve been developing products built […]
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XTX Prepares for Life Post-Brexit

XTX Markets (XTX) has chosen Paris as its post Brexit European hub, although the firm says that its headquarters will remain in London. XTX has filed an application with the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, the French regulator, to operate a regulated firm in France. In a release issued today announcing the decision, XTX says that is opening an office in Paris as part of its preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The firms adds in the release that it is committed to maintaining and further developing its liquidity provision to clients, platforms and exchanges across the European Union.
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Fidelity Unveils Digital Assets Business

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services providers with more than $7.2 trillion in client assets, has announced the launch of a new company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, which will offer enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for cryptocurrencies to sophisticated institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices and market intermediaries. The launch culminates a more than four year programme by Fidelity that started with initial research conducted in February 2014. The firm says it believes that distributed ledger technologies can enable entirely new business models, lead to the creation of frictionless capital markets and improve existing financial market infrastructure.
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Oanda Offers FX Forward Rates to Corporates

Oanda will now offer forward rates to corporate clients around via its Exchange Rates API. This new data set aims to provide corporate treasurers and finance directors with an accurate, trustworthy view of the forwards market, offering over 360 forward rate currency pairs – which Oanda claims is more than any other currency data feed on the market. Data is delivered via Oanda’s API and can be integrated into any treasury management system, enterprise resource planning system or billing software solution. “Having been a trusted source of FX data for more than 20 years, Oanda is uniquely positioned to create a market consensus despite the decentralised treasury market, enabling us to deliver reliable forward rates to our clients.
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Survey Highlights Impact of Avoidable FX Risk in Corporate Earnings

In total, 70% of corporate chief financial officers (CFOs) said that their company suffered reduced earnings in the last two years due to avoidable, unhedged FX risk, according to a global survey of 200 CFOs and nearly 300 treasurers. In the survey, conducted by HSBC and FT Remark, 58% of CFOs in larger businesses said that FX risk management is one of the two risks that currently occupy the largest proportion of their time, while 51% said that FX is the risk that their organisation is least well-placed to deal with. Meanwhile, 72% of treasurers said that FX risk management is one of the most important aspects of their job and 53% said that they expect changes in FX regimes and regulation to materially impact their risk management strategy in the next three years.
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FMSB Seeks Feedback on Information Sharing Guidance

The FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB) has published a Transparency Draft of a new Statement of Good Practice on Information and Confidentiality for fixed income and commodities markets. The FMSB says the proposed guidance is not intended to apply to the FX markets, which is covered by the FX Global Code, or to the precious metals markets, which is covered by the Precious Metals Code, rather it seeks to build on those works for the fixed income and commodities markets.
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CLS Welcomes First Mexican Settlement Member

Banco Monex has joined as a CLS settlement member, becoming the 70th firm to assume the status. “I could not be more pleased to welcome Banco Monex as the first Mexican bank to participate directly in our settlement service,” says David Puth, CEO of CLS. “Participation in CLS Settlement continues to grow, and our settlement members, such as Banco Monex, play a critical role in ensuring market participants have access to the highest standard of risk mitigation to support their trading operations and enable us to deliver a safer and more stable FX market. We look forward to continued growth in the Mexican market.” Mauricio Naranjo, CEO of Grupo Financiero Monex adds, “Joining CLS as a member with direct participation in the CLS settlement service is an important milestone for Banco Monex. The Mexican peso is the most actively traded currency in the Latin American region and mitigating settlement risk is a key priority for many institutions. Participation within the CLS ecosystem will enable us to achieve this goal for our operations and through time for our clients as third parties, while significantly enhancing liquidity efficiencies for the Mexican market.”
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