The first thing to note is that the In the FICC of it podcast now available in the iTunes Store, so it will be even easier for you to get your weekly fix of our editors, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops, ranting and rambling about all the latest and greatest news in the FX industry each week! […]
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in conjunction with Action Fraud, has issued a report showing that last fiscal year £27 million was lost to crypto and forex investment scams. The report from the FCA and Action Fraud, a national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, found that the number of scams reported nearly […]
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 […]
Here are three statements. “Fragmentation exacerbates the already inherent challenge – adequate liquidity – and increases market fragility as a result.” “Fragmentation leads to smaller, disconnected liquidity pools and less efficient and more volatile pricing.” “Divided markets are more brittle, with shallower liquidity, posing a risk of failure in times of economic stress or crisis.” […]
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Market Oversight (DMO), and Clearing and Risk (DCR), have announced they will grant no-action relief to provide greater certainty to the global marketplace in connection with the anticipated withdrawal of the UK from the European Union with or without a ratified withdrawal agreement.
“At a time of heightened market uncertainty caused by Brexit, this Commission has worked over the past several weeks to bring clarity to participants in global derivatives markets by a series of separate actions and statements with its regulatory counterparts in other jurisdictions,” says CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo.
This week’s podcast opens with Galen Stops gloating over Colin Lambert because CTAs – and in particular ones using trend following strategies – are (finally!) producing some positive returns. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, argues Lambert, but Stops is convinced that this is the beginning of an upswing for these hedge funds. This leads into a more serious discussion about some the challenges facing CTAs when their trend following models aren’t working. For example, do they alter their models to improve returns at the risk of diluting their potency as a diversifier within investors’ portfolios?
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.
Following consultation feedback, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed all firms acting in or from the UK are prohibited from selling, marketing or distributing binary options to retail consumers.
The FCA aired its concern about the products in late 2017, before issuing a consultation paper in late 2018 seeking industry feedback, It now says that following that feedback it will officially introduce new rules on April 2, 2019, “to tackle widespread concerns about the inherent risks of these products, and the poor conduct of the firms selling them”. It adds, “This has led to consumer harm in the UK and internationally through large and unexpected trading losses.”
The European Venues and Intermediaries Association (EVIA), formerly known as the Wholesale Markets’ Brokers Association (WMBA), has published its response to a call from Germany’s Finance Ministry for feedback on MiFID II and MiFIR one year on from their implementation. In the feedback, EVIA makes a number of points and stresses its belief that foreign exchange swaps should not be covered under the regulation. EVIA does note that whilst its feedback sets out some of the difficulties and remedies in response to the premise of the call for evidence, it states that MiFID2 delivered a “great many benefits”.
Written testimony has been lodged relating to former HSBC FX trading head Mark Johnson’s appeal against his conviction for wire fraud in the US and it contains a few surprises – some of which may indicate stronger implications for the FX industry than the original trial, as Colin Lambert discovers.The original trial of HSBC’s former global head of FX trading Mark Johnson was widely seen in the FX industry as being, aside from the outcome on his personal circumstances, a single issue case – what would the US legal system say about pre-hedging? The initial outcome – which is now being appealed – was a conviction and a jail sentence under the very broad umbrella of “wire fraud”, a decision that was seen as potentially having an impact on the FX Global Code, which explicitly (under certain circumstances), endorses the practice.