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Hamilton Joins Markit

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Hamilton Joins Markit

IHS Markit says Jane Hamilton joined the firm as managing director of business development for FX. The firm says Hamilton brings “deep experience” in the FX market, prime brokerage and the technology systems supporting FX trading and she will be responsible for expanding Markit’s portfolio of FX services and software, including recently-launched centralised services for trade affirmation, managing FX options, clearing and regulatory reporting. Hamilton joins from Icap where she was director of strategic alliances for Traiana for eight years. Prior to Traiana, she worked at Thomson Reuters.
ISDA and IHS Markit Collaborate on VM Protocol Tool The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and IHS Markit have announced the launch of the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol on ISDA Amend. The protocol automates the process for amending existing collateral documents or setting up new agreements in order to comply with new variation margin requirements going into effect on March 1 2017. The ISDA Amend platform enables counterparties to electronically share specially designed questionnaires through a centralised online platform, removing the need for bilateral negotiations. Counterparties can make elections under the protocol, including which regulatory regimes apply and which method they will use to make the required changes to their documentation. The service also automates the reconciliation of questionnaires between counterparties.
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.”
The FoXy’s: Profit & Loss Readers’ Choice Awards Profit & Loss readers cast large numbers of votes this year for their preferred market makers and service providers. Last year was the first that we changed the category description from banks to market makers to account for the larger proportion of non-banks that now comprise an important part of market making, and this is again reflected in the results. The industry’s changing dynamics are starting to show. Voting, which spanned across time zones, was close in many categories, so we have listed the top three for each category to acknowledge the runners up.
IHS Markit Adds Three to FX Team IHS Markit has hired Randy Hebert as director, FX business development, APAC; Stuart Crooks as director, FX business development, EMEA; and Steven Singh as product development manager, FX trading. In his new role, Hebert will be responsible for APAC FX business development and workings with regional sales groups to drive FX technology partnerships. He will report to Julian Chesser, APAC head of Markitserv. Hebert joins IHS Markit from First Derivatives, where he served as a director of business development. He has more than 25 years of expertise in FX, interest rates, derivatives, structured products and alternative investments – in trading, risk management and marketing functions.
IHS Markit Unveils Cross Currency Swap Solution IHS Markit has announced new trade technology solutions from its MarkitServ unit that enable full automation of settlement and margin payments in the cross-currency swaps market. Cross-currency swaps expose counterparties to settlement risk due to the high value of initial and final principal exchanges that take place in what was recently measured to be a $30 trillion market. New automation, workflow and integrations between MarkitServ and both CLS and LCH SwapAgent enable firms to automate swaps payments, including initial and final notional exchange settlements through CLS and variation margin payments with LCH SwapAgent.
Getting Beyond the FinTech Hype For the past few years the financial services industry has been abuzz discussing how new fintech solutions are going to change the way that the industry operates. Venture capital (VC) firms have been throwing money at fintechs, banks have been launching incubator programmes and innovation labs, and existing technology vendors have been re-branding themselves all to try and take advantage of the fintech hype. As such, it’s nearly impossible to have a conversation about the impact of fintech without someone talking about the potential for “disruption” within financial services.  And yet, certainly within FX specifically, it remains hard to really identify any tangible evidence of this disruption thus far.
Can Silicon Valley Business Models Work in FX? It seems that increasingly, some FX firms want to adopt the business models deployed so successfully by the large technology giants that have emerged from Silicon Valley. Banks talk about developing their single-dealer platforms to mimic the Amazon model of being able to supply everything that their customer needs within one platform. At least one trading venue is talking about moving to the Facebook model of charging nothing for the actual technology platform that it provides, because it will instead derive profits from the data generated by that platform.
Clearing Mexican Peso Swaps Just Got a Little Easier IHS Markit’s MarkitSERV has expanded its global network of derivatives clearinghouses by connecting to Asigna, the clearinghouse for Mexican listed and standardised derivatives. With the new connection, it will provide standardised workflow and connectivity for matching, confirming and clearing Mexican peso TIIE 28 swaps. “With the connection between MarkitSERV and Asigna, we can offer our clients an efficient and secure channel to transmit confirmed TIIE swap data to our clearinghouse,” says Catalina Clavé Almeida, CEO at Asigna.  “It also helps global banks on the MarkitSERV network do business in our market.”
IHS Markit Adds BidFX to FX Post Trade Network IHS Markit has announced that MarkitSERV will now offer integration with BidFX, an execution management system (EMS), for straight through post-trade processing of FX trades. In working with BidFX and other FX trading venues on its network, MarkitSERV aims to deliver a comprehensive, flexible straight through processing (STP) solution for FX trading, which includes a hosted service to disseminate trades from execution venues to clients’ internal trade capture and risk systems. The low latency service is designed to eliminate manual trade booking and provides real-time trade notification, position and P&L updates, confirmation of dealt trades, and enhanced operation and risk control.  
IHS Markit Turns to the Cloud for Post-Trade Processing IHS Markit has introduced new, cloud-based technology for post-trade processing of OTC derivatives trades. Called TradeServ, the platform launched in September for matching, confirming and clearing trades of NDFs. In total, 32 banks and asset managers are now live with TradeServ, which uses microservices architecture and cloud infrastructure to make the platform “flexible, scalable and reliable”, the firm says. It aims to provide customers with better access to trade data, easier integration and more continuous service upgrades in response to changing regulation and industry needs.
7Orca Live with ThinkFolio German asset manager 7orca Asset Management AG has expanded its use of IHS Markit’s ThinkFolio solution to include its order management and portfolio modeling solution. Formed in 2017, 7orca is an independent German asset manager that has been using thinkFolio for over a year to support its currency overlay and short volatility investment strategies for institutional clients. “Since establishing 7orca, we have focused on providing our clients with a quantitative investment process to actively hedge currency risks,” says Jasper Duex, CIO at 7orca Asset Management.
IHS Markit Teams Up with Cobalt for Post-Trade FX IHS Markit is partnering with Cobalt through its MarkitSERV business to deliver and sell post-trade processing services for FX, and is also making a strategic investment in the firm.“In working together, MarkitSERV and Cobalt will offer a shared post-trade infrastructure designed to replace legacy technology and manual processes, bringing increased efficiency and reduced operational risk to the FX market,” says IHS Markit in a release issued today.The integration between the firms is already complete, with trade data flowing from customers and trading venues via MarkitSERV into the Cobalt platform.