The average daily volume (ADV) of FX trades submitted to CLS was $1.86 trillion last month, up 8% compared to February but largely flat compared to March 2018. The ADV of spot trades submitted to CLS was $439 billion, up 9.2% month-on-month and but down 8.5% year-on-year. The ADV of swaps was $1.31 trillion, up […]
Kate Lowe, global head of trade services at State Street, talks to Profit & Loss about how new margin requirements could shape buy side behaviour in the FX market, and why 2019 is likely to be a “staging” year for many of these firms.Profit & Loss: As you’ve been talking to clients at the start of 2019, what’s been the major areas of focus for them?Kate Lowe: Well one of the big talking points at the moment is the impact that the uncleared margin rules (UMR) are going to have on the industry. In September this year, the threshold for firms that have to post initial margin for u
The latest round of FX turnover data from a group of the world’s FX Committees show that volumes dipped slightly in October 2018 compared to April last year when they hit a new high mark. Average daily reported UK FX turnover was $2.6 trillion per day in October 2018. Although this is the third largest turnover figure on record, it represents a 4% decrease from the record high of $2.7 trillion reported in April 2018. Turnover by instrument was mixed in the UK. Spot increased for the third successive reporting period, gaining 3% compared to April 2018 to reach $775 billion traded per day. This represents a 14.5% year-on-year increase in volume.
Citi and Eaton Vance Management have cleared the first FX cash-settled forwards at CME Group. CME cleared the two EUR/USD trades on January 15. The exchange group currently offers clearing for 26 currency pairs of FX cash-settled forwards and 11 pairs of NDFs.“CME Group is pleased to clear our first cash-settled forwards, which provide a new capital-efficient way for our customers to trade G10 foreign exchange. This first cash-settled trade, combined with the recent increase in our non-deliverable forward clearing volume in late 2018, allows us to work with our clients, clearing members and liquidity providers to help customers mitigate their risks through cleared solutions,” says Sean Tully, global head of financial and OTC products at CME.
There appeared to be a broad consensus in the responses to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed swap dealer rules that the Commission should retain the current $8 billion de minimis threshold for swap dealer (SD) registration and that NDFs should be excluded from the threshold calculations.
Since 2012, Commission regulations have stated that market participants will not be considered a “swap dealer” unless they trade over $8 billion per year in aggregate gross notional amount (AGNA). This $8 billion threshold was meant to be a temporary phase-in period, with the threshold ultimately due to be reduced to $3 billion.
Oanda will now offer forward rates to corporate clients around via its Exchange Rates API.
This new data set aims to provide corporate treasurers and finance directors with an accurate, trustworthy view of the forwards market, offering over 360 forward rate currency pairs – which Oanda claims is more than any other currency data feed on the market.
Data is delivered via Oanda’s API and can be integrated into any treasury management system, enterprise resource planning system or billing software solution.
“Having been a trusted source of FX data for more than 20 years, Oanda is uniquely positioned to create a market consensus despite the decentralised treasury market, enabling us to deliver reliable forward rates to our clients.
IS Prime, part of ISAM Capital Markets, is launching an NDF and forward execution facility within its agency desk.
The firm says its agency execution service leverages its relationships with top tier banks whilst also utilising the technology resources of ISAM’s hedge fund business. It provides mid-tier and smaller banks, hedge funds and voice traders with an anonymous, customised liquidity solution with liquidity from the major market making banks, non-bank LPs and selected ECNs.
“The addition of NDFs and forwards in our agency execution business shows a steadfast commitment to doing all we can to meet our institutional clients’ growing demands,” says Raj Sitlani, managing partner, IS Prime.
Although there are clear drivers pushing more FX products into central clearing, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on market structure, says Paddy Boyle, the head of ForexClear, LCH.
“The pressure to clear for banks that are subject to bilateral initial margin rules is very, very high and we have banks who tell us they’ve been cut off by other banks because they weren’t clearing,” he says.
That, explains Boyle, is one of the negative drivers towards central clearing, while on the positive side there are lower capital costs, lower initial margin requirements and fewer credit line restrictions for firms that choose to use clearing services. As a result, Boyle predicts that cleared FX volumes will increase “pretty significantly” going forward.
Galen Stops takes a look at how and why Aston Capital Management is planning to scale up following its recent $100m investment.
Aston Capital Management recently received an injection of $100 million in AUM and an additional $5 million in seed operating capital from private investors. Following this investment, the firm’s CEO Isaac Lieberman is, perhaps unsurprisingly, bullish about its future.
“We have a goal through our strategic mandate and product development timeline to have capacity to be managing $2 billion in AUM within two years and I can actually see us achieving this goal quickly as this business accelerates,” he says.
To help achieve this goal, Lieberman has deliberately been structuring the firm so that it can easily scale up in the future. For starters, the firm has been getting a whole slew of regulatory and accountancy registrations in place.
Redline Trading Solutions has announced support for outright deliverable foreign exchange (FX) forwards traded on Cboe FX Markets and non-deliverable FX forwards (NDFs) executed on Cboe SEF.
This means that firms that are FX clients of Cboe using Redline’s InRush Market Data Ticker Plant and Order Execution Gateway can now receive market data and execute FX forwards on Cboe FX and NDFs on Cboe SEF via a single server.
“We are seeing significant interest in NDFs on Cboe SEF from our customers, and we are excited to be among the first providers to integrate with Cboe’s new venue,” said Mark Skalabrin, CEO of Redline.