FXPA Board Member Lowry Named to CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee

The Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) is pleased to announce that Board member, Chip Lowry, Senior Managing Director, State Street Global Markets, has been selected as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC).

MRAC was created to address systemic issues that impact financial stability and financial market structure evolution. Specifically, MRAC advises the CFTC on derivatives and related financial markets as they pertain to clearinghouses, exchanges, swap execution facilities (SEFs), swap data repositories, intermediaries, market makers, service providers and end users.

Lowry, who previously served as FXPA chair, will represent FXPA on the committee, which is comprised of approximately 30 members. MRAC is sponsored by CFTC Commissioner Kristin Johnson.

“MRAC represents an important forum for the industry and the CFTC to confer on issues that impact financial markets. Our mission at FXPA is to advance a sound, liquid, transparent and competitive global currency market, so I look forward to being part of this consequential effort from the CFTC,” says Lowry.

The FXPA is a unique industry body that represents a diverse cross-section of the FX market to advance its mission to collectively represent the interests of professional FX markets participants through education, research, and advocacy. Since 2014, the FXPA has established itself as a respected industry thought leader and resource for global policymakers.

The FXPA has recently engaged on a number of FX-specific and market-wide regulatory and policy issues in the US, Europe, and Asia. More specific to derivative markets, the FXPA has been involved in questions related to the trading and clearing of non-deliverable forwards (NDFs), the regulation of digital assets, post-trade swap data reporting, and swap execution facility (SEF) registration and regulation.

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The Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (“FXPA”) is a Washington-based organization that represents the collective interests of professional foreign exchange markets participants.  The group is designed to engage key regulators and policymakers through education, research, and advocacy, with the goal of advancing a sound, liquid, transparent and competitive global currency market.  See more at www.fxpa.org

Media Contact:  Julie Ros, Strategic Advisor – Tel: (646) 468-6550 / jros@fxpa.org / www.fxpa.org

FXPA Elects New Chair, Vice Chair at Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC, March 1, 2022 – The Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) elected a new Chair and Vice Chair, along with a slate of candidates to its Board of Directors, during its annual meeting on February 28th. New York-based Kevin Wolf, CEO of Euronext FX and Euronext US, assumes the Chair of FXPA, and London-based Chris Leonard-Appleton, Head of Front-line Risk and Regulation, FX, at LSEG, will serve as the new Vice Chair.

Wolf succeeds Chip Lowry, Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Markets, who has served as Chair for a total of five years, with the latest stint starting in 2020. Leonard-Appleton succeeds LSEG colleague, Jill Sigelbaum, and will also assume her seat on the Board. Sigelbaum has also served multiple terms as Vice Chair, with the latest beginning in 2019.

“I am honored to be elected to serve as Chair of the FXPA and build upon the strong leadership of outgoing Chair, Chip Lowry. It is an interesting time for the FX industry as we emerge from the pandemic, central bankers revisit monetary policy, and the market continues to react to the recently published update to the FX Global Code. I am excited to help FXPA leverage its broad and diverse membership to further increase the organization’s positive impact on the market,” says Wolf.

“It is an honor to join the Board of the FXPA, and I’d like to thank the other members for their support. I’d also like to thank Jill for all her dedication and hard work as Vice Chair. I look forward to picking up where she left off and helping the new Chair and the Association with its ongoing initiatives,” says Leonard-Appleton.

Wolf and Leonard-Appleton join FXPA’s Executive Committee, which includes Paul Houston, Global Head of FX at CME Group, who serves as Treasurer, and Jordan Barnett, MD and Global Head of Program Trading at BNY Mellon, who serves as Secretary.

FXPA also re-elected a number of members to serve two-year terms on the Board. In addition to Leonard-Appleton’s new seat on the Board, the following members were re-elected: Lauren Rosborough Watt, Economics & Investment Manager, CalPERS; Mike Margolis, Assistant General Counsel, Cboe; Tahreem Kampton, Senior Director, Microsoft; Christopher Matsko, Head of FX Trading Services, Portware; KC Lam, Head of FX and Rates, Singapore Exchange (SGX); and State Street’s Lowry.

These Board members join existing members: Tod Van Name, Global Head of FX Electronic Trading, Bloomberg; BNY’s Barnett; CME’s Houston; Euronext’s Wolf; and Trabue Bland, President, ICE Futures.

The FXPA is a unique industry body that represents a diverse cross-section of the FX market to advance its mission to collectively represent the interests of professional FX industry participants to advance a sound, liquid, transparent and competitive global currency market to policymakers and the marketplace through education, research and advocacy. Since 2014, the FXPA has established itself as a respected industry thought-leader and resource for global policymakers.

The Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (“FXPA”) is a Washington-based organization that represents the collective interests of professional foreign exchange industry participants.  The group is designed to engage key regulators and policymakers through education, research, and advocacy, with the goal of advancing a sound, liquid, transparent and competitive global currency market.  See more at www.fxpa.org

FXPA Elects 2021 Board of Directors, Officers

The Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) is announcing the results of its annual elections for Officers and Board Members for 2021, including the re-election of Chip Lowry, Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Markets, as Chair; Jill Sigelbaum, Head of FXall at Refinitiv, as Vice Chair; Jordan Barnett, MD, Global Head of Program Trading at BNY Mellon Global Markets as Secretary; and Paul Houston, Global Head of FX at CME Group as Treasurer.

In addition to the officer positions, which form the Executive Committee, the following were elected to the Board to serve two-year terms: Tod Van Name, Global Head of FX Electronic Trading, Bloomberg; Jordan Barnett, MD & Global Head of Program Trading, BNY Mellon Global Markets; Paul Houston, Global Head of FX, CME Group; Kevin Wolf, CEO, Euronext FX; and Trabue Bland, President, ICE Futures.

“With the recent US Presidential and Congressional transitions, 2021 poses unique risks to and opportunities for the FX markets, providing the FXPA the chance to ramp up meaningful engagement with legislators and regulators around the world,” says Lowry.

The new Board members join existing members: Lauren Rosborough Watt, Economics & Investment Manager, CalPERS; Jon Watras, Director FX Sales, EMEA, Cboe FX Markets; Tahreem Kampton, Senior Director, Microsoft; Christopher Matsko, Head of FX Trading Services, Portware; Jill Sigelbaum, Head of FXall, Refinitiv; KC Lam, Head of FX and Rates, Singapore Exchange (SGX); Chip Lowry, Senior Managing Director, State Street Global Markets.

The FXPA is the only industry body that represents a diverse cross-section of the institutional FX marketplace. Since 2014, the FXPA has established itself as a respected industry thought leader and resource for global policymakers.

Bank of England and Fed Examine Traders’ Access to Audio Feeds

Bank of England and Fed Examine Traders’ Access to Audio Feeds – Financial Times

The US and UK central banks are scrutinising their broadcast feeds for potential weak spots after the revelation that some traders and hedge funds may have been paying for early audio access to the Bank of England’s press conferences.

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Hedge Funds Eavesdrop on Vital Bank of England Briefings

Hedge Funds Eavesdrop on Vital Bank of England Briefings – The Times

Following inquiries by The Times, the Bank has discovered that one of its suppliers has been sending an audio feed of its press conferences to high-speed traders who hope to profit by acting on the governor’s comments before the rest of the world.

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