The UK’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) has handed Citigroup a GBP 43,890,000 fine for failings in relation to its internal controls and governance arrangements underpinning compliance with PRA regulatory reporting requirements. Between 19 June 2014 and 31 December 2018, or parts thereof, three entities within the group, Citigroup Global Markets Limited (CGML), Citibank N.A. London […]
Probably the big news in markets this week was the swingeing cuts at Deutsche Bank and while I cannot see this through anything other than a prism of regulation – specifically the courage of some regulators to take action while other put their head in the sand and hope it goes away – I wonder […]
The news this week that Citi served a 90-day notice to the largest non-bank market making firms in FX – including Jump Trading, XTX Markets, Virtu Financial, HC Technologies and, at an earlier point in time, GTS – that it is no longer willing to offer them FX prime brokerage (PB) services, certainly got tongues […]
March 25 marks the one year anniversary of the launch of CME’s FX Link, probably the most significant attempt by a market intermediary to establish a bridge between OTC and futures markets. In terms of volumes, as expected the growth has been steady rather than spectacular, although FX Link did hit a new record high on March 7 at just under $2.7 billion notional. Generally speaking the platform is handling average daily volumes in the region of $1-1.5 billion in 2019.
It’s a valid question to ask FXPBs what constitutes a “good” client these days. Post-Basel III, firms taking big positions in non-spot products are going to consume vastly more balance sheet and capital than a firm trading only spot in smaller amounts, which can easily be serviced with a relatively little net open position (NOP).
This obviously suggests that, for example, an HFT deploying a spot-only strategy could potentially be a more attractive business proposition than a large macro fund trading longdated NDFs or options products.
However, speaking to a number of FXPBs, it immediately becomes apparent that such a view is too simplistic. One FXPB head says that this basic analysis is correct, but only assuming a legacy pricing model, which is derived primarily by frequency and size of transaction activity.