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SGX Suffers Another Outage Singapore Exchange (SGX) has suffered its fourth outage in the past two years today, the exchange posting a message on its website saying trading was suspended at 11.38 am local time “due to duplicate trade confirmation messages being generated”. SGX says ...
SGX Must Improve Operational Resilience – MAS The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), has directed the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to implement measures to enhance its recovery processes and operational resilience. The directive comes after a supervisory investigation into the trading disruption that occurred in the market on 14 July 2016. The measures include recommendations by the Industry Working Group (IWG), which comprises SGX and industry stakeholders. SGX will contribute $1.5 million to co-fund the costs that may be incurred by brokerage firms to implement the IWG measures.
Exploring Correlations Between the Yen and Nikkei SGX has released an article looking at whether the long-standing assumption that the Japanese yen is inversely correlated with Japanese equity indices, and what this means against the current geopolitical outlook. Conventional wisdom maintains that that a weakening yen leads to stock gains, with benchmarks such as the Nikkei 225 and the Topix Index strengthening as a result. According to the data presented by SGX, although the correlation between the Nikkei 225 Index and the Japanese yen fluctuates daily, historical evidence over the past four years shows that the inverse correlation theory holds true most of the time.
Negara Issues Offshore Ringgit Warning Malaysia’s central bank – Bank Negara Malaysia (Negara) – has issued a statement warning that offshore trading of the ringgit contravenes Malaysian laws. The statement was issued to the recent introduction of ringgit futures at the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), with Negara claiming that these products are “inconsistent with Malaysia’s foreign exchange administration (FEA) policy and rules”. Negara adds: “The Malaysian ringgit is a non-internationalised currency and thus, offshore trading of ringgit, in any form whether as a non-deliverable forward traded out of offshore financial centres or as a futures, options and other derivative contracts on exchanges outside of Malaysia, is against Malaysia’s policy.” In the statement, BNM reminds market participants that failure to comply with the FEA rules is an offence under the Financial Services Act 2013 and Islamic Financial Services Act 2013.
SGX Touts 74% YoY FX Futures Growth SGX has released data showing that the total volume of its FX futures contracts grew 74% year-on-year to 759,983 contracts in July, and open interest in these contracts was up 15% YoY to 60,105 contracts as at the end of July. The renminbi continued to strengthen against the US dollar in July, extending a trend from the previous month. However, the USD/CNH spot market traded in a narrow range resulting in low volatility that also affected overall volumes for USD/CNH futures across various exchanges. While the total exchange-traded USD/CNH futures contracts traded globally fell 12% month-on-month in July, the volume for SGX’s USD/CNH futures in the month fell by 7.7% to 150,567 contracts.
SGX Achieves FX Record Singapore Exchange (SGX) has announced a new daily volume record for its SGX INR/USD futures contract. The exchange says it handled a total of 108,417 contracts on 22 September 2017, translating to a notional value of $3.34 billion. The INR/USD is SGX’s most actively traded FX futures contract, and recent volume growth has extended its market share to more than 40%, SGX adds. SGX also recorded its highest ever daily volume for its USD/CNH on 8 September 2017, with 25,857 contracts traded.
SGX Expands US Presence Singapore Exchange (SGX) has expanded its US presence, opening SGX America in Chicago.  SGX says it presence in the US will enable it to better serve a growing client base in the region and meet the rising international investor appetite to access and risk manage Asian exposure. Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX, says, “This is an important milestone in SGX’s international expansion strategy and reinforces our status as Asia’s most connected exchange. SGX’s knowledge of the Asian markets, and the diversity of our Asia-linked futures and options will resonate with investors in North America, who are increasingly looking East for growth opportunities across asset classes. A physical presence in the US will also better enable us to develop connectivity with the world’s largest equities and fixed income market.”
Sustaining the Momentum Since launching its initial suite of FX products four years ago, SGX has reported consistent growth in this business segment. But can the exchange sustain the momentum going forward? Reporting from Asia, Galen Stops takes a look. Back in November 2013, Singapore Exchange (SGX) went live with trading for six deliverable and non-deliverable currency pairs: AUD/USD, AUD/JPY, USD/SGD, INR/USD, KRW/USD and KRW/JPY. As Profit & Loss noted at the time, the aim was clearly to establish SGX as the major hub for Asian currency futures trading. Fast forward four years and it appears that the exchange is well on its way to achieving this ambition, with the star performers in its FX suite being the INR/USD and USD/CNH contracts, the latter of which was launched in 2014.
Year-End Volumes Showing MoM Dip Thomson Reuters and Singapore Exchange have today released year-end FX trading volumes, which each show year-end dips from the previous month. TR reports total average daily volume of foreign exchange trading across its platforms in December totalled $392 billion, a dip from the $397 billion reported in November. Average daily volume for spot trading was $88 billion, down from $94 billion in November. This total reflects trading volumes on TR’s Matching and FXall in all transaction types, including spot, forwards, swaps, options and non-deliverable forwards.
SGX Sees Record Volume in USD/CNH Futures Singapore Exchange (SGX) set a new volume and open interest records for its USD/CNH futures contract in January. A total of 297,011 USD/CNH futures contracts with a notional value of  $29 billion traded on SGX’s platform last month. This represents an increase of 175% y-o-y and comes after the exchange reported full-year growth in trading on the contract of 270% in 2017 compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the daily open interest for this product reached a new high of 31,278 contracts, with a notional value of $ 3.21 billion, on 26 January.
SGX FX Volumes Double YoY in February The aggregate volume for SGX FX futures stayed above 1 million contracts, or approximately US$ 53 billion, for the full month, representing year-on-year (y-o-y) growth of 99.3%. The average daily volume (ADV) of FX contracts traded on the exchange in February was 1.17 million. On a Year-to-Date (YTD) basis, this represents an increase of 123% over the corresponding period in 2017. SGX’s USD/CNH futures saw a pick-up in activity last month, with 10 successive days of trading in excess of $1 billion, including two consecutive days of trading above $2 billion.
SGX Invests in Cobalt Cobalt has secured a strategic investment from Singapore Exchange (SGX). In a release issued today, Cobalt says that SGX’s investment will support the continued expansion of its footprint into the FX space, accelerating the technology development and build out of its team. Cobalt uses distributed ledger technology (DLT) to provide shared back and middle office infrastructure. By creating a shared view of trade data, Cobalt looks to free up back and middle office resources from multiple layers of reconciliation, creating a “golden” portfolio of FX transactions from which to provide multiple services.
SGX Posts Continued FX Growth SGX has reported that 1.09 million FX futures contracts were traded on its platform last month, up 88% compared to April 2017. This also represents the fourth consecutive month that the number FX contracts on the exchange have exceeded over 1 million. The cumulative open interest for all FX contracts is up 37% m-o-m and 74% y-o-y. In April, SGX also reached the milestone of $ 1 trillion worth of cumulative notional trading in INR/USD and USD/CNH futures since their inception in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
SGX Launches “Futurised” OTC FX Product Singapore Exchange (SGX), is launching a new product, SGX FlexC FX Futures, with the aim of “futurising” certain OTC FX product offerings. Targeted for launch on August 27, SGX FlexC FX Futures - developed in consultation with market participants - enable bilateral trades that are privately negotiated with tailored expiration dates to be registered and cleared like a standard SGX FX futures contract. This feature will be available for INR/USD, KRW/USD, TWD/USD, USD/CNH and USD/SGD contracts. Michael Syn, head of derivatives at SGX, says: "Access to counterparty credit, especially for tenors longer than spot, is increasingly scarce and expensive in the OTC FX markets.
SGX: Doing Things Differently “It’s not rocket science, but it is a different approach compared to other exchanges,” says KC Lam, head of FX and rates at SGX, when discussing the exchange’s new FlexC FX futures, which aim to “futurise” certain OTC FX product offerings. This is, of course, a reference to the recent product initiatives launched by various exchange groups in an attempt to bridge the gap between OTC and listed FX trading. While Eurex has launched rolling spot futures, which mimic the trading of OTC FX spot contracts, combined with the daily usage of a tom-next (T/N) swap in order to roll over the value date of the spot position, and CME has launched CME Link, spot FX basis spreads offered on Globex to create a central limit order book (CLOB) between the OTC spot FX and CME FX futures markets, SGX is indeed taking a very different approach.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, Colin Lambert apologises to the English nation and Galen Stops talks about the needs of a millennial. They also discuss the week’s news from the FX world including SGX launching futurised OTC products and LCH going live with deliverable FX options clearing, as well as deliberate upon how hedge fund performance is measured; US regulators’ attitudes to cryptocurrencies; and the latest blow to the desktop terminal industry. They close out with a quote from their favourite profession – the legal industry – which rather aptly reinforces something Colin Lambert has been saying for some years – and let’s face it, if he says enough at some stage a lawyer somewhere will have to agree, it’s the law of averages! In case you missed some of the original coverage this week, you can catch up here: SGX Launches “Futurised” OTC FX Product LCH Goes Live with Deliverable FX Options Clearing US Regulators Shift Attitudes Regarding Cryptocurrencies Hedge Funds Suffer in June: BarclayHedge And Finally…(subscription required)
Derivatives Revenues Drive Profit Growth at SGX Singapore Exchange (SGX) today reported a net profit of S$363.2 million for the year ending June 30, a 7% increase from the previous year. This partially driven by a 12% increase in revenues from the exchange’s derivatives business, up to S$339.8 million, meaning that this business line contributed 40% of SGX’s total revenue. Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX, says: “FY2018 was a record milestone in our financial performance as we achieved our highest revenue since listing in 2000 and the highest profit in five years.
FX Volumes Dip on SGX Despite USD/CNH Surge The total volume of FX futures traded on SGX in July was 1.7 million, down 8% month-on-month, despite the exchange seeing record volumes in its USD/CNH futures. Although volumes were down last month compared to June, they were still up 124% year-on-year. The monthly decrease appears to have been driven by a decline in volumes on SGX’s INR/USD futures, with trading down 23% m-o-m but still up 81% y-o-y. The bright spot for SGX in July was trading on its USD/CNH futures, as a record $61.5 billion in notional was traded on these contracts, bringing the total volume of these contracts cleared to over $255 billion this year.
SGX Completes First USD/CNH FlexC FX Futures Trade Singapore Exchange (SGX) has successfully completed the first USD/CNH Flexible FX futures trade.The transaction involved Bank of China (Singapore) and ICBC (Singapore) executing two CNH FlexC FX futurised swap trades on SGX. A total notional value of $8 million changed hands.“The transaction marks a major step forward in bringing together the listed and OTC markets in FX. With global regulatory initiatives such as Basel III and MIFID II coming into play, financial institutions are facing an increasing burden of capital requirements that include Leverage Ratio, Liquidity Coverage Ratio and Counterparty Credit Risk charges, as well as Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) for OTC derivatives.
SGX Sees Strong Growth in FX Futures Trading on SGX’s FX Futures more than doubled to $914 billion in 2018 as the exchange saw a record monthly volume of $96 billion traded in December.In aggregate, 1.76 million FX futures contracts were traded on SGX in December, up 87% from the same month in 2017. Meanwhile, the notional volume of $96 billion traded on the platform was a 122% year-on-year increase.“The robust annual growth is strong evidence of the role SGX plays as a key risk management venue for market participants as they manage their Asian currency risk exposure,” says the exchange group in its monthly newsletter.
SGX Starts 2019 with Record FX Volumes Trading on SGX’s FX futures hit an all-time in January, with $105 billion in notional value and 1.87 million in aggregate contracts traded. Year-on-year, this represents a 60% growth in terms of notional value and a 30% growth in the volume of contracts traded. Average daily volume (ADV) of contracts traded last month grew to approximately 85,000 contracts from 68,000 in January 2018, while the notional ADV traded per day grew to $4.8 billion in January 2019, up from $3.1 billion the same month the previous year.