SJMBT Receives First Client Deposit for Digital Asset Services

The San Juan Mercantile Bank & Trust International (SJMBT) has received its first client deposit and commenced operations, following the bank's receipt last month of its license to operate from Puerto Rico's Office of the Commission of Financial Institutions. SJMBT offers fiat and digital asset custody and settlement services, and it is expected to be integrated with the digital currency trading platforms offered by its affiliate, the San Juan Mercantile Exchange (SJMX).This means that customers will have the ability to hold and manage both fiat currency and digital assets on a single, integrated platform. Deposits of fiat currency are held by the bank on behalf of its clients with its regulated correspondent banks, and digital assets are held by approved digital asset custodians.
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Central Banks Highlight Value, Embrace, Fintech

Two major central banks have signalled their increased engagement with the fintech industry with the Bank of England publishing a detailed report in its latest Quarterly Bulletin into the potential for fintech and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York establishing a Fintech Advisory Group. In its report, the Bank of England stresses that the implications of fintech as part of the wider shift to a digital economy are only beginning to be realised, but says the potential is “substantial”.
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Refinitiv Launches Cloud-Based FX Tool

Refinitiv has introduced Deal Tracker as a Service (DTaaS), a Cloud archiving and compliance tool for FX post-trade flow sourced from Refinitiv FXT. DTaaS is an extension of Refinitiv Deal Tracker, which is designed to help firms monitor and process FX trades on all major FX platforms globally, both in the front and back office, by allowing them to monitor trade activity in real time, track net positions, and archive data for easy searching as well as compliance needs.“As a Cloud-based service fully managed by Refinitiv, DTaaS can help eliminate the need for local software deployment, reducing total cost of ownership – a key benefit as financial companies look for ways to reduce spending, particularly on technology,” says Refinitiv in a release issued today.
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EBS Launches API Streaming of Quant Analytics

EBS is launching a new API streaming service on its quant analytics platform. The new functionality is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019 and will stream trade information, market impact and alpha calculations on a trade-by-trade basis to clients. Profit & Loss has previously reported how, using benchmark data taken from the entire EBS ecosystem, the analytics platform is designed to provide insights that allow clients to analyse trade flows, optimise execution efficiencies and benchmark their performance against the EBS community, including statistics on averages for like-for-like trades.
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SJMX, SJMBT Announce Strategic Partnerships

The San Juan Mercantile Exchange (SJMX) and its affiliate, the San Juan Mercantile Bank & Trust International (SJMBT), have announced three key strategic partnerships aimed at paving the way for the launch of a new digital asset exchange and banking solution.They have partnered with CQG, an electronic interface provider, Elysium Technology Group, which offers post trade technology for the FX and futures markets, and Mercury Digital Assets, a digital asset trading platform.“Together, these partnerships create a seamless and sophisticated technology backbone to support institutional investors and professional traders seeking to safely and efficiently transact in the digital asset space,” say SJMX and SJMBT in a release issued today.
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Stater Joins oneZero’s Ecosystem

Stater Global Markets (SGM), the London-based prime-of-prime brokerage, has joined oneZero’s EcoSystem network.This means that SGM will be able to extend the distribution of its FX and CFD liquidity to oneZero’s network. The firm has co-located with oneZero in LD4, with cross connections now in place to provide liquidity to oneZero’s institutional clients.Ramy Soliman, CEO of SGM, comments: “Being part of oneZero’s EcoSystem and offering our multi-asset liquidity to their bank, broker and hedge fund client base is a key part of our global growth strategy. In particular, the strength of oneZero in key regions such as Australia and Cyprus fits well with our growth objectives. oneZero’s market reach and robust infrastructure combined with our customisable, high quality liquidity make this an ideal partnership.”
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Bcause to Adopt Nasdaq Technology

Bcause, which operates a digital mining facility, and a cryptoasset spot market, derivatives exchange and clearing house, has announced that its markets will operate on Nasdaq’s matching engine, clearing and market surveillance technology.The technology is expected to go live in the first half of this year with the launch of the new Bcause spot cryptocurrency market.In addition, Bcause has filed with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become a designated contract market (DCM) and to establish a derivatives clearing organisation (DCO).
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Capitolis Adds Firms to FX Novation Service

Capitolis, a technology provider for the capital markets, announces today that the number of participants on Capitolis Novation has grown to more than 20 bank and non-bank customers. As well as previously announced Citi, HSBC, BlueCrest and Brevan Howard, other market participants including Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, Nomura and Societe Generale are collaborating with Capitolis on the service, which Capitolis says is the first of its kind in FX. The platform is now fully live and processing the novation of FX options contracts amongst multiple participants. Additional functionalities and other balance sheet reduction models are currently being tested and rolled out including bilateral option novation and forwards and swaps novation.
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QuantHouse Makes FastMatch Tape Available via API

QuantHouse announced that the FastMatch consolidated central market dataproduct, the FX Tape, is now available on its API Ecosystem store.QuantHouse is an independent provider of systematic trading solutions, including market data services, an algo trading platform and infrastructure solutions. QuantHouse says that more than 300 buy side firms and investment banks are connected to its API Ecosystem, which enables access solutions provided by buy and sell side firms, execution venues and technology partners. As QuantHouse manages the API, customers can access services quickly and efficiently, simply by ‘plugging-in’.FastMatch’s FX Tape includes transactions from a range of market participants and sources, including FastMatch’s ECN, delivering a reference point for executed trades in the spot FX market.
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