Even when implementing passive currency hedging strategies, it’s still important to think in terms of alpha, explained Jay Moore, a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), during a panel discussion at the Profit & Loss Forex Network New York conference.
Although this might initially seem to be a contradictory statement, Moore explained that providers of passive hedging services can differentiate themselves both through risk management and what he termed “operational alpha”.
While portfolio risk obviously isn’t a concern when implementing passive currency strategies, Moore explained that there is a strong focus on managing other types of risk, such as regulatory risk, operational risk and managing the fiduciary risk that managers have on behalf of the funds that they outsource to firms that are providing the passive hedging.
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.