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Is it Time to Re-Write How FX Infrastructure Works? After a number of years having to take reactionary measures in response to new regulatory requirements, panellists at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network New York conference expressed enthusiasm for a new wave of innovation that has the potential to re-shape FX ...
HKEX Subsidiary Gets Approval for Cross Currency Swaps Clearing OTC Clearing Hong Kong Limited (OTC Clear), a subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), has received regulatory approval to clear cross currency swaps. Following the approval, granted by the Securities and Futures Commission, OTC Clear says that ...
CFTC Issues CCP Recovery, Wind-Down Guidance The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) has issued guidance to clearinghouses to further the development of recovery plans and wind-down Plans.  The CFTC says that for clearinghouses, or Derivatives Clearing Organisations (DCOs), ...
P&L Talk Series with Franck Mikulecz Franck Mikulecz, managing director of the newly established clearing house FXCH, explains why and how his firm is using distributed ledger technology to clear spot FX transactions. Profit & Loss: You’ve launched a clearing house to clear spot FX using ...
Saidi Set to Depart LCH Clearnet Sofiane Saidi is set to leave LCH Clearnet, where he currently works in NDF and FX options product development, according to market sources. Profit & Loss understands that although no official date has been set for Saidi’s departure from the ...
OTC Clear Claims First in USD/CNH Swaps Clearing OTC Clearing Hong Kong (OTC Clear) has launched a clearing service for cross-currency swaps (CCS), which will initially focus on swaps in the USD/CNH currency pair. OTC Clear is the first international clearing house to provide clearing for USD/...
LCH Gets the Nod for Hong Kong LCH has added Hong Kong to the centres in which it can offer clearing services.
Wright Appointed to LCH Board Graham Wright has joined the LCH Limited board as an independent non-executive director. Wright is currently the chief information security officer and global head of digital risk for National Grid. Prior to this, he has held a number of senior roles relating to cyber security and intelligence for the UK’s Ministry of Defence and in the private sector. These positions follow a career as an operational pilot and senior officer in the Royal Air Force. Lex Hoogduin, group chairman of LCH, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Graham as an independent non-executive director to the LCH Limited board. He brings exceptional knowledge of the technology and operations space and the Board will benefit greatly from his experience in this area.”
Citi Joins Tradebook FX as CCP Tradebook FX (TBFX), Bloomberg’s FX ECN, has reached an agreement with Citi for the bank to serve as a central clearing counterparty (CCP) on the platform. “We feel that the combination of Citi’s expertise in FX, and FXPB in particular, and market leading role in foreign exchange globally, coupled with the wide network of Bloomberg clients will be very synergistic,” says Tom Murphy, head of FX, futures and equity options sales at Bloomberg Tradebook. Citi will be the second CCP on TBFX
LCH Adds Its First Australian PPS Bank LCH has announced today that Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has become its first Australian Protected Payments System (PPS) bank. Having an Australian PPS bank enables LCH to make and receive Australian dollar payments in the local time zone. The PPS system is the method by which LCH calls and pays cash margin to its clearing members. As part of the membership criteria for LCH, members are required to maintain a PPS bank account. Overseen by the Bank of England, PPS has been in operation in London for over 20 years, and also operates in New York.
Francisco Handed New Role at Deutsche Deutsche Bank has named Sandra Francisco as its new head of platform sales, North America – listed derivatives and markets clearing, based in New York. Francisco took up the new role on October 7, and is responsible for developing account plans for North American clients transacting in global listed derivatives and markets clearing products. Francisco will also be expected to develop appropriate coverage models and grow profitable market share on a global basis for One Debt, One Equity and One Markets clients in global listed derivatives and markets clearing products.
OTC Reform Pre-empts Expected Exchange Invasion Data from the Bank for International Settlements show financial reform has not led to a greater proportion of derivatives trading on exchanges. Colin Lambert finds out why. As the world’s regulators, led by a very aggressive Gary Gensler-led Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), sought to reform financial markets post-global financial crisis, the outcome seemed at the time to be the inevitable growth of trading on exchanges. “The world is moving to Chicago” was used as an analogy to express this sentiment – that city being closely associated with the exchange model of course.
Thinking Big Carlo Koelzer, CEO of 360T Group and global head of FX at Deutsche Börse Group, talks to Galen Stops about the importance of building critical mass amidst the changing landscape of the FX market. Galen Stops: It’s now about one year on from Deutsche Börse’s acquisition of 360T. Can you shed some light about why you agreed to the deal? Carlo Koelzer: Prior to this deal we were a big trading platform in the market, but a small organisation in comparison to our competitors. When you look at the larger platforms in the market they’re backed by firms like Icap, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and State Street, all of whom had larger balance sheets than us.
BIS Data Highlight Impact of Clearing on Interest Rate Market The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has released its latest semi-annual survey of OTC derivative markets which highlights the growing impact of central clearing on interest rate derivative markets. The publication presents the combined results of two complementary BIS surveys on positions in OTC derivatives markets: the semi-annual survey of derivatives dealers in 13 jurisdictions, and the Triennial Central Bank Survey of dealers in an additional 33 jurisdictions. The surveys took place at end-June 2016. A companion survey on turnover in foreign exchange and OTC interest rate derivatives markets took place in April 2016, and the results were published in September.
ESMA Seeks Delay for Clearing Extension The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has asked the European Commission to delay the extension of mandated clearing to smaller counterparties. Due to a range of reasons, but in particular the fact that the relevant EU legislations are under review or still being finalised, ESMA says it proposes to postpone the phase-in period for central clearing of OTC derivatives applicable to financial counterparties with a limited volume of derivatives activity. ESMA’s report proposes to amend EMIR’s Delegated Regulations on the clearing obligation in order to prolong, by two years, the phase-in for financial counterparties with a limited volume of derivatives activity – those ones classified in Category Three under EMIR Delegated Regulations.
FX Regulation: What Traders Need to Know As 2016 comes to a close the regulatory agenda shows no signs of slowing. While the FX market itself has largely not been directly addressed by new regulations, it has been swept up in many of the broader OTC market reforms. March 1 will mark the implementation of the variation margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives, meaning that thousands of counterparties – including asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies and hedge funds – will need to change their existing collateral support agreements, or set up new ones, before this date.
Strategy Talk: Building a “One-Stop-Shop” for FX Carlo Koelzer CEO of 360T and global head of FX at Deutsche Börse Group, talks to Galen Stops, deputy editor at Profit & Loss, about his plans for building a central limit order book and why central clearing is now a viable method for alleviating credit risk in FX. Following its acquisition by Deutsche Börse Group last year, 360T informed its clients that it planned to add a central limit order book (CLOB) and futures trading functionality to its platform.
Can Blockchain Help Alleviate the Credit Crunch in FX? Franck Mikulecz, managing director of FXCH, talks to Galen Stops, deputy editor of Profit & Loss, about how blockchain technology can help mitigate some of the credit challenges facing the FX industry. With blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, still being so new to financial services, Mikulecz claims that banks are still trying to figure out the most effective way to deploy this technology. “I can see a lot of banks have an interest because they know that the market will evolve and the market will potentially be disrupted by the technology but they don’t really know how it’s going to happen and they don’t really know how to use it themselves.
LCH Handles Record Volumes in 2016 LCH is seeing the benefit of the push towards central clearing of derivatives, the clearinghouse announcing its SwapClear service cleared record volumes of interest rate derivatives in 2016. LCH says it processed over $665 trillion in notional over the course of the year, representing an annual increase of 25%. “Both members and their clients increased their flows through LCH, with the buy side clearing a record $139 trillion in notional at SwapClear,” the firm says. “These volumes were driven by customers clearing new products, such as inflation swaps, as well the continuing effects of regulatory change.”
New Report Warns of “Clearing Orphans” A new whitepaper issued by Contango Markets, a consultancy firm based in London, warns that buy side firms are increasingly being dumped by derivatives clearing firms that are re-evaluating their business models following changing cost pressures. “Regulation, higher capital requirements and constraints on revenue models in derivatives clearing are changing the way banks in particular look at their clients. In line with a trend that started some years ago, the number of derivatives clearing firms is shrinking further. “Bank must earn more from their clients or be faced with exiting the listed derivatives brokerage business (unwelcome), a
Four Days to Profit & Loss Latin America 2017 What (and who) will play a major role in Mexico's economy this year? How will Mexico's economy perform against numerous geopolitical challenges in 2017? This will be the central topic during the opening panel, Mexico's Economy: Riding the Storm, at the 9th annual Profit & Loss Latin America conference on February 9 at the St Regis in Mexico City. The panel will follow an opening keynote address from Juan Garcia, Director of Domestic Operations, Banco de Mexico, and is part of a busy line up on Thursday (February 9). With panels looking at the impact of clearing, the challenge of liquidity and the impact of technology in regional markets, there is plenty for everyone so be sure to Register today to ensure your seat for this timely and important discussion. View the full day's agenda here and make your plans now to network with colleagues, industry leaders and FX professionals during a day filled with insight and key knowledge about the industry.
LCH Appoints Maguire as COO LCH Clearnet has appointed Daniel Maguire as its COO, effective immediately. He assumes this role in addition to his current responsibilities as global head of rates and FX derivatives. In a statement issued today, LCH says that as COO Maguire will be responsible for achieving new business growth, maintaining existing customer relationships and driving innovation and efficiency across the group, while ensuring LCH’s risk and resilience is fully safeguarded. In his new role, Maguire will also be responsible for the development of an integrated global product strategy and its execution, working in partnership with the CEOs of LCH’s regulated CCPs, the group chief risk officer and other relevant function heads.
CME Europe, CME Clearing Europe to Shut by Year-End CME Group today announced that it intends to close its London-based derivatives exchange and clearing house, CME Europe and CME Clearing Europe, by year-end 2017. During the coming months, CME Group says that it will work closely with all market participants and regulators to ensure a smooth transition and an orderly wind down of business operations, including the provision of CME Group market alternatives for actively traded products on CME Europe. "While Europe continues to be a critically important and expanding market for CME Group, with average volumes of more than 2.6 million contracts per day from European clients during 2016, our customers have shown that they prefer to access our global products, deep liquidity and greater capital efficiencies through our U.S. infrastructure," says William Knottenbelt, CME group senior managing director, international.
Derivatives’ Positions Outstanding Decrease: BIS The increase in OTC derivatives positions that took place in the first half of 2016 reversed in the second half according to the latest data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The notional amount of outstanding OTC derivatives declined from $553 trillion to $483 trillion between end-June and end-December 2016, and their gross market value – the cost of replacing all outstanding contracts at current market prices – fell from $21 trillion to $15 trillion over the same period.
IHS Markit Reports Spike in NDF Clearing IHS Markit says that in 2017 it has processed a monthly average of 54,000 NDF contracts via Markitserv, a 920% increase compared to the same period last year. “NDF clearing has seen strong interest as a response to the uncleared margin rules and other market factors,” says William Black, US head of OTC derivatives clearing at Credit Suisse. “We are proud to bring a scalable solution to this space and look forward to partnering with non-member clients as the market continues to develop.”