Galen Stops takes a closer look at the new latency mechanism being introduced to FX and certain equity options products by Eurex, in a bid to improve the order book. Speed bumps seem to be the topic de jour in the listed derivatives markets just now, with the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) winning approval to implement […]
BNY Mellon has incorporated AcadiaSoft’s initial margin (IM) risk suite of tools for margin calculation, reconciliation and messaging into its collateral service offering. In conjunction with BNY Mellon’s existing bilateral margin capabilities from post-trade and settlement through to collateral segregation and ongoing position monitoring, the aim of this is to enable buy side clients trading […]
Post Trade We have expounded long and in detail in the Multi Asset Class Platform Award about the all round excellence of Neo, but we cannot, and should not, forget the ongoing powerhouse that is the UBS post-trade initiative. Just as the evolution of the Neo platform has been described by us as a journey, […]
As a futures exchange proposes a new speed bump mechanism, a number of market participants are coming out in opposition to it. Some of the arguments they’re making will sound familiar to those in the FX markets, says Galen Stops. On February 1 the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) put the cat amongst the proverbial pigeons by […]
Trading volumes in Asia’s derivatives markets are expected to increase, but achieving certainty on close-out netting is identified as an important factor in driving further development of local markets, according to a new survey of derivatives market participants active in Asia-Pacific, published by ISDA to coincide with the start of its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Hong Kong.
Nearly three quarters of survey respondents expect the proportion of foreign exchange derivatives trading executed in Asia ex-Japan to increase over the next three to five years, while 63% predict an increase in the share of interest rate derivatives traded in the region
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.
A new research note from CME Group looks at whether FX options skews can be used to predict where certain currencies will move relative to the US dollar.Written by Erik Norland, executive director and senior economist at CME, the research opens by explaining that options markets typically exhibit a skew, but that in different asset classes this skew can be in different directions.For example, Norland points out that out-of-the-money (OTM) put options on equity index futures are usually more expensive than OTM call options because investors fear a sudden decline in stock prices more than a sudden rise. However, the reverse is generally true for options on agriculture products because food buyers are more concerned with a sudden increase in the price of crops rather than a decline.
FIA’s president and CEO Walt Lukken announces the appointments of Jacqueline Mesa as chief operating officer and Emma Davey as chief commercial officer of the association. “I am excited about FIA’s leadership team at this important time in our industry’s development,” says Lukken. “These appointments will further solidify our management team and help us to better meet the needs of our global membership going forward.”Mesa has been senior vice president of FIA’s Global Policy group since 2013. In addition to her responsibilities on global advocacy, Mesa’s role as COO will involve advising and assisting the CEO on FIA’s day-to-day operations and advancing its global strategy. Before FIA, Mesa worked at the CFTC, including as director of International Affairs for seven years.
Trading on SGX’s FX futures hit an all-time in January, with $105 billion in notional value and 1.87 million in aggregate contracts traded. Year-on-year, this represents a 60% growth in terms of notional value and a 30% growth in the volume of contracts traded. Average daily volume (ADV) of contracts traded last month grew to approximately 85,000 contracts from 68,000 in January 2018, while the notional ADV traded per day grew to $4.8 billion in January 2019, up from $3.1 billion the same month the previous year.
The average daily volume (ADV) of spot FX traded on Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) in January was $61.2 billion, up month-on-month from $49.8 billion and up 5.5% from $58 billion in January 2018.This represents the third highest month of ADV ever, behind June and March 2018, when the platforms registered a total of $62.9 billion and $61.3 billion, respectively. Tullett Prebon’s SEF saw the most FX volume, with an ADV of $15.8 billion going through its platform last month. The next biggest by volume was the BGC SEF, which recorded an ADV of $12.4 billion in FX, followed by Tradition and GFI, which both recorded $9.4 billion.