In November last year Profit & Loss reported on an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into practices and conduct on the FX options desks of three major inter-dealer brokers. Now, according to a report, that investigation is not only ongoing, but it has broadened beyond the original "spoofing" or "flying" of fake bids and offers, into a look at the what may be the inappropriate sharing of market information and the rigging or influencing of market auctions.
Bill Shields, chief compliance officer at GFI Swaps Exchange, talks to Profit & Loss about how swaps regulations could change in 2017.
Profit & Loss: Are you expecting significant changes to swaps market regulations under a Trump administration?
Bill Shields: In large part this will depend on who is leading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo could be named as the long-term head of the agency, and he put out whitepaper outlining a lot the SEF rules that he would like to change or eliminate. If these changes were enacted it could get rid of many of the artificial barriers to trading that the CFTC put in place that weren’t necessarily required by Dodd-Frank. In addition, Commissioner Giancarlo, has spoken about the need to modernize the CFTC’s regulatory regime.
The average daily volume (ADV) of spot FX traded on Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) in January was $61.2 billion, up month-on-month from $49.8 billion and up 5.5% from $58 billion in January 2018.This represents the third highest month of ADV ever, behind June and March 2018, when the platforms registered a total of $62.9 billion and $61.3 billion, respectively. Tullett Prebon’s SEF saw the most FX volume, with an ADV of $15.8 billion going through its platform last month. The next biggest by volume was the BGC SEF, which recorded an ADV of $12.4 billion in FX, followed by Tradition and GFI, which both recorded $9.4 billion.