Bid FX recently announced that Singapore Exchange (SGX) has bought a 20% stake in the company, with an option to acquire a controlling interest. The firm’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Male, talks to Profit & Loss about the rationale behind the deal, and some of the structural trends that he sees shaping the FX market. Profit & […]
B2C2, a cryptocurrency liquidity provider, has launched streaming pricing with point-and-click execution on its OTC platform.For the first time, B2C2’s clients will be able to view and execute trades on a real-time, two-way market via the firm’s secure web interface. The new functionality allows market participants to monitor live pricing in user defined quantities and execute with the click of a button, as they would on traditional FX trading platforms.Speaking to Profit & Loss about the launch, Philip Gillespie, CEO of B2C2 Japan, says: “We were one of the first firms to issue RFQ trading electronically and we already have a web portal where clients can go for trading and settlement. What we have done now is the next step forward, so that when a client goes onto the web-based GUI, not only do they have the RFQ and settlement request, but they can also see continuously streaming, two-way pricing.”
BitGo, a provider of cryptocurrency financial services, has partnered with Genesis Global Trading, an OTC digital currency trading firm, to provide clients with the ability to trade digital assets directly from BitGo custody.Through this partnership, client firms will be able to maintain assets in custody with BitGo Trust Company, a qualified custodian purpose-built for digital assets, while being able to get online, real-time pricing for buy and sell orders.Clients firms will also be able to execute transactions from cold storage without having to manage keys and can access Genesis’ liquidity through a network of trading partners with same day settlement directly through a BitGo Trust account.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) has successfully completed the first USD/CNH Flexible FX futures trade.The transaction involved Bank of China (Singapore) and ICBC (Singapore) executing two CNH FlexC FX futurised swap trades on SGX. A total notional value of $8 million changed hands.“The transaction marks a major step forward in bringing together the listed and OTC markets in FX. With global regulatory initiatives such as Basel III and MIFID II coming into play, financial institutions are facing an increasing burden of capital requirements that include Leverage Ratio, Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Counterparty Credit Risk charges, as well as Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) for OTC derivatives.
Equities analysts at UBS have issued a research report on the merger between CME Group and NEX Group, stating that while they are confident in the potential upsides to this deal, the benefits might not start to materialise for at least a year.
Having previously downgraded CME shares from “Buy” to “Neutral”, the UBS analysts Alex Kramm and John Goode decided to maintain the current rating, with an unchanged 12-month price target of $204 per share. At the time the report was issued, CME shares were trading at $189.51.
Paul Houston, executive director, global head of FX at CME Group, talks about practical applications of the exchange’s new FX Link product.
Explaining the genesis of the CME FX Link, which was launched earlier this year, Houston says that two years ago the exchange group was looking for ways to attract more people to its marketplace while also increasing the accessibility of its FX futures. A number of different ideas to achieve this were toyed with – such as creating new, shorter-dated contracts – but ultimately, staff at the CME concluded that it would be best to leverage the exchange’s existing liquidity pool.
Tullett Prebon Information (TPI), which provides independent real-time price information from the global OTC financial and commodity markets, is expanding its partnership with Yonhap Infomax, a South Korean real-time news and financial data service.
The new partnership will enable TPI to distribute and license its OTC data via Yonhap’s data feed service directly to local financial institutions.
Partners for over a decade, TPI and Yonhap are now providing domestic banks and securities firms with a new option to access TPI’s OTC data for swaps, fixed income and FX instruments. Yonhap will now deliver TPI data to users through its feed services, plugging directly into third-party and customer applications.
AirSwap, a decentralised global network for Ethereum tokens, is rolling out a private, beta version of its new conversational OTC features today, August 15th.
AirSwap staff and partners gave product overviews and demos at a private event on August 8th at its Brooklyn loft, which featured presentations on the AirSwap Widget, the Developer Toolkit and a new conversational OTC product. Key partner firms also discussed integration and building on AirSwap.
The event kicked off with AirSwap advisor, VC and blockchain enthusiast, Bill “Yoda” Tai, giving an overview of AirSwap’s role in the evolution to frictionless, decentralised, peer-to-peer trading, discoverable by search.
CME Group is planning to change the time that its FX options expire to 10 am EST.
This change will begin with contracts expiring after June 9, 2019. Clients across time zones will be able to trade listed options that expire at the same time as most OTC contracts.
“Aligning to the 10 am New York OTC convention makes it easier for global clients to take advantage of CME Group’s leading electronic FX options platform and transfer risk more seamlessly between OTC and our cleared, deliverable solution,” says Paul Houston, CME Group global head of FX products. “As more institutions need to comply with uncleared margin rules, we’re extremely focused on providing a regulated FX options solution that is capital efficient.”
“It’s not rocket science, but it is a different approach compared to other exchanges,” says KC Lam, head of FX and rates at SGX, when discussing the exchange’s new FlexC FX futures, which aim to “futurise” certain OTC FX product offerings.
This is, of course, a reference to the recent product initiatives launched by various exchange groups in an attempt to bridge the gap between OTC and listed FX trading.
While Eurex has launched rolling spot futures, which mimic the trading of OTC FX spot contracts, combined with the daily usage of a tom-next (T/N) swap in order to roll over the value date of the spot position, and CME has launched CME Link, spot FX basis spreads offered on Globex to create a central limit order book (CLOB) between the OTC spot FX and CME FX futures markets, SGX is indeed taking a very different approach.