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FXPA ‘Last Look’ Webinar Starts at 10am (Eastern) / 3pm (GMT) / 11pm (Asia) Join the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) for a webinar today that looks at the Implications of the Recent Last Look Settlement on Your Business. The webinar features an overview of FXPA’s new paper, FXPA Focus on Last Look presented by Chip Lowry, Senior Managing Director at State Street Global Markets and Chair of FXPA’s Policy Committee. Following this, Michael Millerand Jason Weinstein, partners at Steptoe & Johnson, will share their insights into the implications of the recent settlements.

China Seeks to Stabilize Yuan, Stocks Still Fragile – Reuters China set another firm fix for its currency on Tuesday and stepped up a verbal campaign, backed by what dealers said was aggressive buying, to convince sceptical investors that they were in control of events.

Singapore Rates Benchmark Error Causes CCP Split – Risk Data gathering errors meant a key Singapore interest rate swap benchmark was set 11 basis points too high in March last year. While the rate was amended an hour and a half later, millions of dollars’ worth of swaps were traded in the meantime – and two major clearing houses still disagree on which rate to use.

China Banks Feel The Heat of Meltdown – Financial Times If the US or Europe had experienced the kind of equity market slump that China has suffered of late, its financial institutions would be quaking and leading the list of biggest fallers in Shanghai and Hong Kong trading.



Regulatory News

Banks Left Little Time to Amend ‘Bad Apples’ Rules Before SMR – Risk Lack of finality around rules on the provision of individual references to regulators in the UK is raising fears banks will not have enough time to implement changes to prevent so-called “rolling of bad apples” before the Senior Managers Regime (SMR) comes into force on March 7.

Blockchain Debate to Headline CFTC Meeting – The Trade Future applications of blockchain technology in derivatives markets will be discussed in Washington later this month.

Top Five Losses: JP Morgan Fined for Mis-Advising, London Whale – Risk Financial services firms suffered relatively minor losses in 2015, with the monthly top five loss total averaging approximately $307 million; by comparison, that number was $1.04 billion in 2014.

Smaller Firms ‘Falling Back’ on MiFID II Prep, says FCA – Investment Week Several trade associations present at a recent Markets in Financial Directive II roundtable believe the news that members of the European Commission have pushed for the directive to be delayed from an “unfeasible” deadline of January 2017 has led some firms to reduce preparatory efforts, the regulator has revealed.

Core Basel III Element Gets Central Bankers’ Approval – Profit & Loss The Basel Committee’s oversight body, the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), has endorsed the committee’s recommendation for a new market risk framework.



Company News

Thomson Reuters Options Volumes Surge – Profit & Loss Thomson Reuters reports a 166% year-on-year surge in options trading volumes during 2015 over its FX dealer-to-client venue. The firm attributes the spike to staying abreast of upward trends, as well as adding more clients.

Ex-Deutsche, Barclays and SocGen Traders in Court – The Trade Former employees of Deutsche Bank, Barclays and Societe Generale are to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today charged with conspiracy to rig Euribor.

Banks Set for New Year Fintech Shake-Up – E Financial News The departure of long-standing fintech executives from banks in Europe has left their former institutions in need of a new wave of executives to spearhead their ongoing technological innovation.

CLS Outlines Plans for Expansion – Euromoney CLS, the systemically important FX settlement system, has a number of plans in the pipeline, including an initiative with LCH.Clearnet and a settlement system for currencies outside its proprietary system.

HSBC Is Likely to Stay Based in London, Aberdeen’s CEO Says – Bloomberg HSBC Holdings Plc is likely to stay based in London rather than move its headquarters to Asia, according to Martin Gilbert, chief executive officer of one of the British bank’s biggest shareholders.



Market Savvy  

Oil Flirts With $30 a Barrel – Wall Street Journal (subscription) A lack of confidence in China’s economy and an oil glut are putting pressure on oil prices.

Currency Volatility Jumps to 3-Month High as Turmoil Persists – Bloomberg Currency volatility rose to a three-month high as China’s market meltdown continued to ripple across the globe, hurting currencies of nations that rely heavily on demand from the world’s second-biggest economy.

Saudi Arabia Says It Remains Committed to Dollar Peg – Wall Street Journal (subscription) Cheap oil, record budget deficit had raised speculation over currency link.

China FX Reserve Sell-Off to Soon Move Beyond US Treasuries: BAML – Reuters The unwinding of China’s foreign exchange reserves could soon extend beyond US Treasuries, with US corporate and euro zone sovereign bonds among the assets most vulnerable to selling from Beijing, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Monday. 



Press Releases

Gain GTX, ICE See December Declines – Profit & Loss December average daily volumes in FX products at Gain GTX and the Intercontinental Exchange are showing slow year-on-year growth.

TriOptima Launches Automated End-to-End Margin Processing – Profit & Loss Post trade infrastructure provider, TriOptima, has launched TriResolve Margin, a Web-based, end-to-end margin processing solution delivered in collaboration with AcadiaSoft.

Bank of China Deploys SmartTrade in Hong Kong – Profit & Loss Bank of China (Hong Kong) has selected SmartTrade Technologies to deliver its e-FX platform.



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