The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has fined FXCM and its founding partners $7 million and ordered the firm to withdraw from doing business in the US for defrauding retail FX customers.
Beset by political worries, the euro was set for its biggest daily fall of 2017 against a broadly stronger US dollar.
- Euro Slips Amid Election Concerns – Financial Times (subscription)
- Draghi Defends Germany Against US Currency Exploitation Claims – Financial Times (subscription)
Marine Le Pen’s plans to take France out of the euro would consign the country to impoverishment, one of the European Central Bank’s most senior French officials has warned.
The US dollar has reversed four consecutive days of declines with a vengeance after one of the country’s central bank officials raised the prospect of the first rate hike under the presidency of Donald Trump as early as next month.
- Dollar Rises Against Euro as Uncertainty Weighs – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
- Goldman Sachs Says Trump Rally Has Been Curbed – Bloomberg
China’s foreign exchange reserves fell below $3tn for the first time in nearly six years last month as its central bank spent more of its war chest on propping up the value of the renminbi and Beijing imposed new capital controls in an effort to slow the pace of outflows.
The yen strengthened to its highest level against the dollar in more than two months, despite a wider rally for the greenback.
Russia’s central bank’s foreign currency purchases aimed to replenish the country’s Reserve Fund will be done carefully to avoid market volatility, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters.
The central bank’s steps to curb trading in offshore non-deliverable forwards last year made it harder for global funds to hedge their exposure to Malaysia, according to Macquarie Bank.
‘The executive order that the President offered with a lot of hype has no specifics. In fact, it doesn’t do anything’.
The European Central Bank rejected US accusations of currency manipulation and warned that deregulating the banking industry, now being openly discussed in Washington, could sow the seeds of the next financial crisis.
Legislative challenge will primarily play out in Senate, where GOP holds 52 seats, but passage of overhaul likely would require 60 votes.
Jay Clayton expected to ease rules rather than hand out record fines atop regulator.
With one month to go, market participants are still unsure how to treat foreign exchange derivatives.
Deutsche Börse and the London Stock Exchange Group have submitted the sale of the LSE’s French clearing arm as their sole remedy to European antitrust authorities to clinch approval from Brussels for their planned €29bn merger.
Futures market operator CME Group plans to broaden its rules against wrongdoing at the request of federal regulators, the company said, a move that is expected to ramp up disciplinary action against traders.
The vendors expect to conclude the deals before the end of the first quarter, officials say.
North American firms report more losses than their European counterparts, but the amount is falling.
The Canadian dollar weakened against its US counterpart as oil prices fell and bond yields settled at a two-week low, with investors awaiting December trade data due on Tuesday and jobs numbers later in the week for signs of economic growth.
After surging last week, investors sold the Australian dollar from its highs in profit taking.
The Turkish lira advanced to a four-week high against the US dollar.