The latest round of FX turnover data from six of the world’s FX Committees shows volume at its highest level since they started recording results in 2005. The new high mark was powered by new peaks in activity in the UK, Singapore, Japan and Canada.
- Brexit Turmoil Ignites Trading Boom in World’s Biggest FX Hubs – Bloomberg
- London FX Trading Volumes Hit Record, North America Rises in April – Reuters
- London Foreign Exchange Sees Record Turnover – Sky News
- FX Volumes Reach New Records in Canada – Finance Magnates
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission moved a step closer to having a full commission for the first time in four years, with a Democratic nominee getting almost no pushback at a Senate confirmation hearing. Dan Berkovitz, a partner at law firm WilmerHale and former CFTC general counsel during the Obama administration, said he would work to complete and safeguard post-crisis derivatives rules in a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.
The euro edged higher on Wednesday ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, but gains were limited with investors cautious about a trade rift between the two powers.
- European Markets Mixed ahead of US-EU Meeting – CNBC
- Trump Set for Trade Tug-of-War with EU’s Juncker – BBC News
The pound rose on Wednesday to its highest in a week as traders bet that Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to take control of Brexit negotiations would make it easier to agree a divorce deal with Brussels.
The six things brokers and fund managers need to have ready on Mifid II now the UK regulator has begun conducting audits.
The US is one of five jurisdictions not to have implemented global standards for trade repositories.
Elad Roisman, the nominee to fill a Republican seat on the US Securities and Exchange Commission, told members of a Senate committee on Tuesday that if approved as an SEC commissioner he hopes to assist the Wall Street regulator in dispelling “the notion that the market is rigged against the little guy.”
A paper jointly published by The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and The Field Effect on the impact of the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR) reveals that transaction reporting for securities financing trades may create five times as many reports as trades when the regulation takes effect, which is expected in early 2020.
The National Futures Association is concerned that investors do not understand its role with respect to crypto activity.
Bitcoin, still by far the largest cryptocurrency that exists, is not a good store of value because the price of a bitcoin is so volatile. As a result, it functions poorly as a currency; after all, no one wants to buy something worth $100 with bitcoins if those same bitcoins are going to be worth $200 a few months later and no one wants to sell an item worth $100 for bitcoins, because those coins could be worth $50 shortly after the transaction.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed making a decision on whether to approve five bitcoin-related exchange-traded funds until September, public documents reveal on Tuesday.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority said it has received just one application from a cryptocurrency exchange looking to register as the first crypto multilateral trading facility under MiFID II. The FCA responded to a freedom of information request from The Trade Crypto confirming that of the 18 applications it has received for MTFs, one is a cryptocurrency exchange.
OTC Exchange Network is looking to address liquidity problems with an RFQ workflow, CLOB-style exchange, dark pool and more in its growth plan.
Trading platform BrokerTec will start providing data to Bloomberg for a new service on its terminal that will show benchmark interest rates on Treasuries, interest rate swaps and other financial instruments, according to people familiar with the plan. The aim is to wrest market share from Reuters’ famous “19901” page, from which market players can glean information vital to pricing corporate bonds and other products.
Oanda will now offer forward rates to corporate clients via its Exchange Rates API. This new data set aims to provide corporate treasurers and finance directors with an accurate view of the forwards market, offering over 360 forward rate currency pairs.
Turkey’s currency fell sharply amid investor concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing influence over the central bank could push the country toward a currency crisis.
Gold prices inched higher on Wednesday as the dollar held steady ahead of a meeting between the US and European Commission presidents to discuss trade-related issues.
China’s yuan inched up slightly and consolidated around the key 6.8 per dollar level on Wednesday, due largely to a stable greenback before a meeting of US and European leaders.
The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that the US dollar is over-valued, China’s yuan is in line with fundamentals and nearly half of global current account balances are now excessive, adding to growth risks and trade tensions.
The trade is familiar to investors worldwide: in times of turmoil, rush for cover by buying the Japanese yen. This year a global trade row has erupted, Donald Trump has lamented the dollar’s strength and the Chinese yuan has tumbled. And yet the yen has stayed resolutely weak, becoming the weakest of the G10 developed-market currencies this month.