The euro held near a one-week high before a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to outline a scaling back of bond-purchase, with analysts expecting a pause in the euro’s rally in the absence of any hawkish surprises.
ECB chief expected to give timeframe for weaning eurozone off quantitative easing.
The US dollar fell as investors speculated that the European Central Bank will announce a reduction in its monthly bond-purchasing program as the region’s economy continues to strengthen.
The UK pound came under pressure in light trading after a government survey underlined the decline in consumers’ purchasing power.
- Sterling Builds on Strong GDP Data Boost – Reuters
- Pound Reverses Decline as UK Economy Grows More Than Forecast – Bloomberg
Foreign exchange represents the second-largest derivatives market in the European Union, with a notional value of €112.3 trillion (£100.01 trillion), according to a study published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) in what is the first such snapshot of the region’s derivatives market.
The world’s biggest clearing house has urged the Government to come up with a Brexit transition deal this year to avoid the €850bn (£755bn)-a-day euro-clearing market from being fragmented by contingency plans.
UK clearing house aims to retain swaps clearing even if sovereign repo business relocates to the Eurozone.
Foreign banks contributed £17bn to the UK’s public finances in the latest financial year, raising concerns about potentially significant tax losses if overseas lenders accelerate plans to shift staff and operations elsewhere in Europe.
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Amid the rise of bitcoin imitators, a potentially even bigger disruption looms: Bitcoin itself could split next month.
- Analyst Tom Lee Says the Bitcoin Investment Trust Could Triple From Here – Bloomberg
- How an Analyst Thinks Bitcoin’s Volatility Is Predictable – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
A failure to embrace digitisation could see investors fall even further out of love with banks, the consultancy says.
President Donald Trump he still is considering offering Janet Yellen another term as Federal Reserve chairwoman when her term expires in early February.
- Trump Decides Against Gary Cohn for Fed Chair – Bloomberg
- Warsh vs. Quarles Feud Has Been Renewed by Trump Fed Search – Bloomberg
Bond issuers and dealers must manage the hedging of their market risk solely for that purpose and not to influence pricing during deal execution.
The post-crisis era of globally harmonised bank prudential standards co-ordinated by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision may be drawing to a close, bank regulatory and risk specialists have warned.
Some trading activities will need to be reorganised to comply with market risk rules.
The Wall Street bank said that Leah Mallas had been appointed as global head of FX prime brokerage.
Nasdaq won its first deal to help power a bank’s currency trading, its latest attempt to branch out from its original business of running a famous stock exchange.
Barclays has reported a 40 per cent jump in quarterly profits, as lower customer redress costs in its UK consumer bank offset a decline in bond and currency trading revenues at its investment bank.
The US Office of Financial Research (OFR) has launched two new tools aimed at monitoring and measuring the risks and stress levels of financial markets.
Bloq, a U.S. blockchain technology company, said on Tuesday it will launch the sale of its own crypto-currency called Metronome (MTN), which will have a predictable and autonomously managed token supply.
The Mexican peso came off a seven-month low to rally sharply after the country’s central bank stepped in to prop up the currency.
The Canadian dollar came under heavy selling pressure after the Bank of Canada held interest rates steady and officials said they would take a cautious approach to any further rate hikes going forward.
The South African rand hit its lowest level since late 2016, amid a chaotic inaugural budget presentation from the country’s new finance minister.