Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s (HKEX) subsidiary, OTC Clearing Hong Kong (OTC Clear), has received approval to offer client clearing services to banks in Japan. OTC Clear was set up in 2013 to provide OTC derivatives central clearing services. Profit & Loss reported last year that OTC Clear had identified FX as a growth area […]
BGC Group’s GFI has re-established a presence in Japan with the opening of a new office by GFI Group (Japan). The business is being spearheaded by the establishment of a G10 forward FX desk focusing on Yen as well EUR, GBP, CHF, AUD, NZD, CAD and other forwards to service its Japanese and international clients. […]
Elwood Asset Management, an investment firm specialising in digital assets, has partnered with Invesco Asset Management (Japan) to help it launch a new fund. The newly launched Invesco Global Blockchain Equity Fund will be managed by Invesco Capital Management, with a delegation from Invesco Japan, and will track the performance of the Elwood Blockchain Global […]
CLS has announced today that the first Japanese-domiciled funds have access to CLSSettlement as third-party clients.
Asset manager Fidelity International and The Master Trust Bank of Japan (MTBJ), a trust bank exclusively engaged in asset management, have the first Japanese-domiciled funds to settle FX transactions in CLSSettlement. CLS says that this marks the start of a coordinated industry-wide effort to onboard the Japanese buy-side community to its settlement service over the next few years.
Fidelity International and MTBJ are being supported by Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), which acts as MTBJ’s custodian for non-Japanese securities and related currency movements outside of Japan. BBH has made its third-party access to CLSSettlement available to facilitate MTBJ’s settlement of FX transactions.
The latest round of FX committee semi-annual turnover surveys indicate that activity globally dipped slightly in October 2017 from the previous April, but was up year-on-year.
The US was the bright point amongst the surveys, showing a 6.2% rise from April 2017’s level and 7.2% higher than the previous October, while the UK, still easily the world’s largest FX market, saw activity decline by 4.3% from April, however it was up 5.4% year-on-year. Elsewhere, all centres saw slightly higher activity from the April 2017 survey, however Singapore and Canada were up on a year-on-year basis while Japan and Australia declined slightly.