TradAir has announced that GKFX, a broker regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has gone live with its margin/credit FX-CFD platform.
According to TradAir, the platform was developed in response to demand from institutional brokers for a margin and credit solution in one platform that provides effective pre-trade control over client access to liquidity.
The platform supports bespoke liquidity provision, granular per instrument leverage, and fully automated risk management decision making for periods of extreme market volatility or event risk, such as seen over SNB move and more recently with Brexit, the company says.
DTCC-Euroclear Global Collateral, a joint venture of Euroclear and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, and NEX, have announced a new partnership to streamline and improve OTC derivatives margin call processes.
As a new member of the Global Collateral Partner Program, NEX is currently working to link its TriResolve Margin Web-based collateral management solution with Global Collateral’s Margin Transit Utility to provide mutual clients with a centralised view across margin call operations. The connected service will also help users to meet regulatory compliance objectives around the margining of uncleared OTC derivatives transactions.
The Futures Industry Association (FIA) has filed a response to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision urging the adoption of FIA's suggested modification to the leverage ratio and to recognise the exposure-reducing nature of client collateral in order to align regulatory incentives.
Central clearing of derivatives was a key pillar of the G20 countries response to the post-2008 financial crisis reforms to reduce systemic risk in the financial system, however FIA argues that to date, the leverage ratio’s failure to recognise collateral has had a direct negative impact on the ability of banks to provide clearing services to customers.
TriOptima has launched triCalculate IM Analytics, a new tool to provide insight into the options for initial margin (IM) calculation, helps with the identification and prioritisation of in-scope counterparties and aids trading decisions to reduce future IM costs, the group says.The service supports organisations that are in-scope for Phases 4 and 5 of the IM requirements, which come into effect in 2019/20. These two phases are anticipated to pull in thousands of regional banks and buy side participants with portfolios above €750bn, and €8bn in notional value, respectively. Those coming into scope are faced with a variety of operational challenges around the calculation and exchange of IM.“With less than a year to go until the next IM tranche, regulators will expect to see tried and tested IM calculation models supported by data well in advance of the September deadline.
Kate Lowe, global head of trade services at State Street, talks to Profit & Loss about how new margin requirements could shape buy side behaviour in the FX market, and why 2019 is likely to be a “staging” year for many of these firms.Profit & Loss: As you’ve been talking to clients at the start of 2019, what’s been the major areas of focus for them?Kate Lowe: Well one of the big talking points at the moment is the impact that the uncleared margin rules (UMR) are going to have on the industry. In September this year, the threshold for firms that have to post initial margin for u