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DekaBank Moves Trades from LCH to Eurex Ahead of Brexit

With the UK still headed for a Brexit in 2020, subject to December’s General Election, German banking group DekaBank, the securities services provider of the German Savings Banks Finance Group, has successfully transferred a substantial portion of its swap book from UK-based LCH to Frankfurt-based Eurex Clearing in a single day. What the firm calls […]

HKEX Eyes FX Clearing Growth

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) becomes the latest major exchange group to identify FX clearing as a growth area, after announcing last week that its OTC Clear service handled its first deliverable FX swaps and forward contracts. The banks involved in the transaction – which was hailed by HKEX as “a step forward in […]

Are FX Swaps Ready for Blockchain Settlement?

Profit & Loss recently reported on a new venture designed to settle FX swaps via blockchain-based technology. Galen Stops takes a closer look at the genesis and the mechanics of this solution. Having worked in liquidity management at Bank of Ireland and then UBS, Brian Nolan observed firsthand how the regulatory expectations around intraday liquidity […]

CLS Volumes Remained Flat in August

The average daily volume (ADV) submitted to CLS was $1.75 trillion in August, flat compared to the previous month. However, this figure represents a 9% year-on-year increase. This flat month-on-month figure is in contrast to the primary venues, which saw an increase in trading activity in August, while Euronext FX, Cboe FX, FXSpotStream and Integral […]

FX and the Big Bang Theory

As electronic trading went mainstream, it created an explosion of growth in the market. But has this growth run out of steam? Galen Stops takes a look. The Big Bang Theory – in addition to being a popular American sitcom – is a well-known scientific thesis that posits the universe started with a small singularity […]

Hedge Fund Manager Fined for Mis-Valuing Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Order filing and settling charges against Swapnil Rege, a former portfolio manager for Connecticut-based hedge fund Marinus Capital registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator (CPO), for fraudulently mismarking swap valuations to artificially inflate the profits of his employer’s trading book in order to obtain […]

CFTC Clarifies Uncleared Swap Margin Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an advisory noting that under its uncleared swap margin rules, the documentation of initial margin will not be required until the initial margin threshold amount exceeds $50 million. The CFTC says that this advisory was issued in furtherance of the March 2019 statement by the Basel Committee […]

CFTC Issues No Action Relief Regarding Swap Dealer Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has granted no-action relief to registered floor traders from compliance with rules relating to the “swap dealer” definition. According to the CFTC’s swap dealer definition, a registered floor trader does not need to consider cleared swaps executed on or subject to the rules of a designated contract market (DCM) […]

Peer-to-Peer Matching: FX HedgePool Tries a New Approach

There have been numerous attempts in the past to create buy side to buy side matching pools for FX, with very limited success. FX HedgePool is the latest venture seeking to do this and, as the company edges towards launch, Galen Stops takes a look at what it is doing differently. In April, Profit & […]

CLS Volumes Reflect April Slowdown

The average daily volume (ADV) of FX trades submitted to CLS in April was $1.63 trillion, down 12.5% from the $1.86 trillion reported in March 2019. This is consistent with previous reports from Profit & Loss showing that the multibank FX trading venues which publicly release their volumes all saw double digit decreases in percentage […]