INTL FCStone Rebrands as StoneX

INTL FCStone has announced that it is rebranding the firm as StoneX Group Inc. The StoneX Group name was approved by an overwhelming majority at this morning’s shareholder meeting and effective July 6. The firm notes that it had a record quarter, completed a material acaquisition of Gain Capital, broke $1 billion market cap, ranked […]
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Hedge Fund Flows Essentially Flat in May

Investors added a mere $1.71 billion to the global hedge fund industry in May, according to the eVestment May 2020 Hedge Fund Asset Flows Report, released today. Year-to-date (YTD) flows are still strongly negative at -$34.41 billion and overall industry AUM at the end of May was $3.046 trillion. While even a small amount of […]
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FMSB Publishes Good Practice Draft on Algo Trading

The FICC Markets Standards Board (FMSB) has published a new Statement of Good Practice on algorithmic trading in FICC markets as a transparency draft for market consultation. FMSB members and other interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed Statement of Good Practice. This consultation will run until Friday 21 August 2020 with the […]
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Bloomberg Gets Malaysia FX Nod

Following news last week that Refinitiv’s platforms had been granted permission to operate in Malaysia, Bloomberg has announced that its FXGO platform has also been granted approval from Bank Negara Malaysia under its new Framework for Electronic Trading Platforms. “Bloomberg has been a long-standing and dedicated partner for the Malaysian financial markets, and this approval […]
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Mrkts Partners with Deribit

TradingScreen’s Mrkets subsidiary is partnering with bitcoin futures and options exchange Deribit to enable institutional investors to trade cryptocurrency options for the first time on the Markts platform. Deribit, which claims to own around 70% of the open interest of the BTC crypto options market and approximately 80% of the traded options volume, will connect directly into […]
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Group Tests FX Forwards in Blockchain Tech

Vanguard, in collaboration with technology provider Symbiont, and in conjunction with Bank of New York Mellon, State Street, and Franklin Templeton, says it is actively exploring the application of distributed ledger technology (DLT) to FX forwards in an effort to increase transparency and workflow efficiencies to the currency market. As part of this pilot, Vanguard has […]
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Corporates Slow to Adopt Sophisticated FX Hedging: Greenwich

A surprisingly small number of the world’s largest companies employ sophisticated techniques designed to assess and manage their foreign exchange risk, according to a survey by Greenwich Associates. Companies use FX markets to hedge currency risks in the course of their businesses, however, Greenwich says, relative to banks and financials, their FX needs and strategies […]
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Fix, Settlement Risk on GFXC Radar

The Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) held a teleconference meeting on June 22 to discuss conditions in FX markets, part of which saw the committee focus in on activity around the London WM/R 4pm Fix and issues highlighted by last year’s Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Triennial Survey which revealed an increase in the proportion […]
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Euronext FX Drops Pre-Trade Client Tags

Euronext FX is changing the distribution methodology of anonymous counterparty identifiers – tags – on its platform. Unless the client (taker) specifically elects to have their identity shared, pre-trade tags will not be provided to liquidity providers after August 1. The use of pre-trade IDs is a sensitive subject in FX markets, with proponents saying […]
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European Commission Opens “In Depth” Review of LSE/Refinitiv Deal

The European Commission (EC) has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed $27 billion acquisition of Refinitiv by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) under European Union Merger Regulation. The Commission says it is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition in trading and clearing of various financial instruments and in financial data […]
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