Citi, HSBC Go Live On Capitolis Novation Service

Capitolis has announced that Citi and HSBC are the first FX prime brokers to go live on its novation service.The two banks were live in December 2018 and contributed to bringing the service to market alongside Capitolis. The service, called Capitolis Novation, is a technology platform that automates manual workflows in both FX prime broking and bilateral trading, working collaboratively to provide capital efficiencies for the FX market. The service aims to help reduce overall balance sheet notional and risk exposures that banks currently employ to meet their regulatory capital requirements.
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Avelacom Expands Presence in Tokyo

Avelacom, a provider of global connectivity and IT infrastructure for financial services, has opened its third point of presence (PoP) in Tokyo. The new PoP is at the AT TOKYO data centre.In the past year Avelacom says that it has seen double-digit growth in new business volumes originating in the APAC region, driven by clients seeking connectivity services between APAC venues and exchanges, as well as to those in Europe and the USA. The firm says that the decision to add the new PoP stems from market makers, prop-trading firms, and investment bank trading desks that have both local and global interests. "Our clients keep asking us to expand our presence in Tokyo, as they desire
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Blockchain in FX: A Solution That’s Found a Problem?

Galen Stops takes a closer look at the distributed ledger technology solution that HSBC has deployed for settling FX transactions.One of the long-standing accusations levelled against distributed ledger technology (DLT) within financial services is that it is a solution looking for a problem, an accusation that appears to have gained some weight over the past few years given the vast disparity between the initial level of hype around this technology and the actual implemented use cases for it.Which is why it is significant that HSBC recently announced that it has settled more than three million FX transactions and made more than 150,000 payments worth $250 billion using DLT. If this announcement caught FX market participants by surprise, this is probably because this DLT solution, called HSBC FX Everywhere, has thus far only been used to orchestrate payments across HSBC’s internal balance sheets.
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IHS Markit Teams Up with Cobalt for Post-Trade FX

IHS Markit is partnering with Cobalt through its MarkitSERV business to deliver and sell post-trade processing services for FX, and is also making a strategic investment in the firm.“In working together, MarkitSERV and Cobalt will offer a shared post-trade infrastructure designed to replace legacy technology and manual processes, bringing increased efficiency and reduced operational risk to the FX market,” says IHS Markit in a release issued today.The integration between the firms is already complete, with trade data flowing from customers and trading venues via MarkitSERV into the Cobalt platform.
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OTCXN Launches LiquiMatch FX ECN

OTCXN, a blockchain-powered capital markets infrastructure company launched a new foreign exchange trading venue, LiquiMatch FX.This ECN is an institutional-only FX dark pool embedded in a lit pool, providing users with multiple trading options simultaneously.  With no visible book or ticker, dark pool users will be able to trade without broadcasting their activity to the visible markets, meaning that users should be able to minimise their impact on the market and reduce slippage. When users wish to show their liquidity, they can do so by sending lit orders to the combined book.
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B2C2 Looks Towards Traditional FX with New Launch

B2C2, a cryptocurrency liquidity provider, has launched streaming pricing with point-and-click execution on its OTC platform.For the first time, B2C2’s clients will be able to view and execute trades on a real-time, two-way market via the firm’s secure web interface. The new functionality allows market participants to monitor live pricing in user defined quantities and execute with the click of a button, as they would on traditional FX trading platforms.Speaking to Profit & Loss about the launch, Philip Gillespie, CEO of B2C2 Japan, says: “We were one of the first firms to issue RFQ trading electronically and we already have a web portal where clients can go for trading and settlement. What we have done now is the next step forward, so that when a client goes onto the web-based GUI, not only do they have the RFQ and settlement request, but they can also see continuously streaming, two-way pricing.”
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TriOptima Launches Initial Margin Tool

TriOptima has launched triCalculate IM Analytics, a new tool to provide insight into the options for initial margin (IM) calculation, helps with the identification and prioritisation of in-scope counterparties and aids trading decisions to reduce future IM costs, the group says.The service supports organisations that are in-scope for Phases 4 and 5 of the IM requirements, which come into effect in 2019/20. These two phases are anticipated to pull in thousands of regional banks and buy side participants with portfolios above €750bn, and €8bn in notional value, respectively. Those coming into scope are faced with a variety of operational challenges around the calculation and exchange of IM.“With less than a year to go until the next IM tranche, regulators will expect to see tried and tested IM calculation models supported by data well in advance of the September deadline.
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BitGo Partners with Genesis

BitGo, a provider of cryptocurrency financial services, has partnered with Genesis Global Trading, an OTC digital currency trading firm, to provide clients with the ability to trade digital assets directly from BitGo custody.Through this partnership, client firms will be able to maintain assets in custody with BitGo Trust Company, a qualified custodian purpose-built for digital assets, while being able to get online, real-time pricing for buy and sell orders.Clients firms will also be able to execute transactions from cold storage without having to manage keys and can access Genesis’ liquidity through a network of trading partners with same day settlement directly through a BitGo Trust account.
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GMEX Unveils Digital Wallet and Custody Solution

GMEX Technologies (GMEX) has added two new products, ForumCustody and ForumWallet, to its Fusion product suite, thus providing digital custodian and vault capabilities. The firms says Fusion delivers digitally enabled hybrid trading and post trade solutions for exchanges, clearing-houses and central securities depositories (CSDs) taking advantage of the inherent positive characteristics of both centralised and distributed ledger technology. GMEX says that institutional investors are increasingly investing in digital assets and require custodians who are able to deliver exchange custody, self-custody or third-party management of their digital asset accounts.
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TriOptima Compression Hit Record Levels in 2018

TriOptima, a provider of multilateral compression services for OTC markets, set a new record for its triReduce portfolio compression service in 2018, having compressed $250 trillion gross notional value of trades at LCH SwapClear.The firm says this record, which represents an annual increase of 31% in terms of notional value, was driven by a combination of increased participation of both dealers and their clients, increased trade submission to triReduce cycles and a wider adoption of the Trade Revision methodology, which improves compression efficiency by up to 50% by allowing a wider range of trade economics to be changed.“We are proud that another record compression year continues to help the industry achieve important capital and operational cost reductions,” says Peter Weibel, co-CEO at TriOptima.
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