Although there was plenty of news for Profit & Loss’ managing editor, Colin Lambert, and editor, Galen Stops, to get their teeth stuck into this week, the duo focused on just three main stories. First of all, they discuss the news that former HSBC head of cash FX trading, Mark Johnson, has lost his appeal […]
Inter-dealer broker TP Icap has appointed Amir Zaidi as global head of compliance, based in New York. He joins from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he has served in a variety of roles for nine years, most recently as director of its Division of Market Oversight. In that role, he led a […]
FlexTrade says it has partnered with ACA Technology Solutions to help mutual clients manage their trade surveillance and compliance needs using ACA’s Decryptex surveillance technology and FlexNow. “FlexNow and Decryptex are stand-out products supported by highly-responsive and knowledgeable teams, says Shoshana Wainer, head of compliance at Albar Capital. “Integrating Decryptex with FlexNow allows us to […]
Bloomberg today announced that it has acquired RegTek.Solutions, a provider of global regulatory reporting software solutions. The acquisition will expand the range of regulatory reporting services offered by Bloomberg, the firm says, and deliver a fully integrated and comprehensive service that supports compliance with current and upcoming regulatory reporting requirements across multiple jurisdictions around the […]
The FX Global Code of Conduct remains one of the biggest initiatives in the foreign exchange industry for many years, wide a wide spectrum of different market participants around the world participating in the creation of the principles contained within it. But given that the Code was introduced to address a specific issue – evidence […]
I teased a theme on Monday in the column regarding the oversight of FX businesses to which I want to return. If there is one recurring theme that I hear from talking to managers in the trading businesses, both voice and ‘e’, it is that not only do their compliance teams not understand the nuances of markets, they take up valuable time from people on the desk asking unnecessary questions and having basic themes explained to them. It’s just not an efficient model.
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.
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.
The opening panel discussion of this year’s Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago conference featured an unusually frank and honest discussion about the challenges associated with implementing the FX Global Code of Conduct.
I t has been well documented that buy side firms have been much slower than their sell side counterparts to commit to the Global Code, with one panellist at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago highlighting that of the 452 entities that have signed the statement of commitment only 23 were asset managers. Indeed, they noted that of the asset managers that have signed the Code, the majority trade currency as their primary business, or even as their sole focus.
People are fond of “looking at the bigger picture” but when it comes to the legal profession and FICC markets, frankly the bigger picture confuses me. How else can we explain how a number of traders are facing jail time and yet so many other traders are winning their unfair dismissal cases? To me, the issue clearly highlights the level of collateral damage in the industry and requires the banks (and regulators to a degree) to have a serious reappraisal of their approach.