Community banks are set to be exempted from the Volcker Rule. Five US federal financial regulatory agencies have adopted a final rule to exclude community banks from the regulation, a move that they claim is consistent with the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The Volcker Rule generally restricts banking entities from engaging […]
For all the talk of institutionalising crypto markets, progress is slow – Colin Lambert talks to Campbell Adams, founder and CEO of Pure Digital about how he plans to accelerate the transformation Although the end result in terms of hard numbers doesn’t really tell the story, the creation of the FX Pure trading platform, which […]
In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert is keen to find out more from Galen Stops about a new peer-to-peer FX platform being created, we’re not sure but this interest may stem from his recent statement that anyone who thinks the concept could work lives in “Narnia Land” This week’s episode also takes a look at […]
So we brace ourselves, as an industry, for more bad headlines about conduct in the FX markets, however in contrast to previous instances, the industry should be ready on this occasion. The culmination of the European Union’s clearly exhaustive and complicated investigation into events that first came to light six years ago is upon us […]
P&L Report Card For a few years now, there has been a sense that regulatory reform – not least in the capital adequacy space, had destroyed the dream of the banks to build a world-class multi-asset, single-dealer platform. With trading being pushed towards regulated entities and banks reluctant to allocate more capital to underperforming businesses, […]
If there was one takeaway from the demonstration sessions that form part of the process in judging these awards, it was the air of optimism amongst the bankers showing their wares. Probably for the first time in a decade just about every institution seen had budget for the coming year and, apparently, a pipeline of […]
We are in the midst of yet another culling season within various banks’ Markets divisions, with this round’s poster children appearing to be Societe Generale and Nomura thanks to heavy cuts across the FICC business. Staff comings and goings are a routine part of banking life of course, but I wonder if this is the […]
New regulations will increase the cost of FX prime brokerage (FXPBs) services and all market participants – including executing brokers (EBs) – will have to share these costs, says a new report from Citi.The report, Collateral Damage? How Uncleared Margin Rules Will Revolutionise the FXPB Business Model, argues that FXPB is entering a “new market paradigm” driven by upcoming regulatory requirements that will increase both the value proposition and the cost of the services that they provide.The Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) alluded to in the title of the report require market participants to post and segregate initial margin (IM) for derivatives transactions, including FX forwards, swaps and options, that are traded bilaterally.
After a good January, March is shaping up to be, much like February, a pretty ropey month for many in the foreign exchange industry, and this is manifesting itself in the form an increasingly louder debate about the lack of volatility. I saw this week one publication suggesting that FX markets need “a proper crisis” to get things moving, but I am not even convinced that will do it. The sad reality for those seeking livelier markets is that this is probably your new ‘normal’.
The Basel Committee, established under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements, has issued a statement highlighting its concerns that “the continued growth of crypto-asset trading platforms and new financial products related to crypto-assets has the potential to raise financial stability concerns and increase risks faced by banks.”
The Committee, which reports to the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision, acknowledges that the crypto-asset market remains “small” and that banks have “limited direct exposures”, however it argues that such assets do not “reliably provide the standard functions of money and are unsafe to rely on as a medium of exchange or store of value”.