Clearing house LCH has announced record volumes across multiple clearing services in 2017, with FX leading the way by registering the greatest pace of growth across established products.
The firm says its equities, fixed income, and OTC derivatives clearing services all surpassed previous years’ clearing activity, with growth driven by the roll-out of new products, effects of regulatory change and the onboarding of new customers across the world.
LCH’s FX derivatives clearing service, ForexClear, delivered very strong growth in 2017.
A new blog by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (NY Fed) shows that ratings agencies and financial markets are divided about whether the Dodd-Frank Act has significantly reduced the “too big to fail” problem.
Noting that one of the goals of Dodd-Frank was to end “too big to fail”, the blog points out that to this end, the Act required systemically important financial institutions to submit detailed plans for an orderly resolution (“living wills”) and authorised the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to create an alternative resolution procedure.
The response from the FDIC was to create a “single point of entry” (SPOE) strategy, announced in December 2013, in which healthy parent companies bear the losses of their failing subsidiaries.
A new report from research group Greenwich Associates says that the focus of e-trading efforts in financial markets is switching away from mature markets like FX and into high yield bonds and cash equities.
In its latest report, From FX to High-Yield Bonds: Global Electronic Trading Update, Greenwich’s head of research, Kevin McPartland, says that the main action has shifted to new frontiers like high-yield bonds and those changing at the hands of new regulations like cash equities, where the impacts of MiFID II and advances in automated trading technology have triggered a surge in e-trading.