CLS FX vols Sep 14: Record vols up $1Trn/day (+21.2%) to $5,940bln/day


Confirming the increased vols seem from the major FX platforms, the FX industry settlement platform CLS, today reported Sept 2014 figures, which saw volumes shoot up by $1trn/day to a new record of $5,940bln/day.

Details from the platform and charts are as follows: Continue reading

JP Morgan, Citi, BAML, GS: Q3/14 results: Strong performance in Markets – Fixed Income division


JP Morgan kicks off the Q3/14 reporting season with a strong set of results, with net income at $5.6B.

The Markets & Investor Services revenue was particularly strong with Markets revenue of $4.7B, up 1% YoY, primarily driven by:

Fixed Income Markets of $3.5B, up 2% YoY, driven by stronger revenue in currencies and emerging markets

Equity Markets of $1.2B, down 1% YoY, primarily on lower derivatives revenue

The results confirm JP Morgan as #1 in Total Markets revenue share of top 10 investment banks

Full JP Morgan results here and here, below are summary of results from Citigroup, Bank America and Goldman Sachs. Continue reading

New Caplin white paper ‘Trading On The Move’


Caplin Systems has published a new white paper entitled Trading On The Move, which examines the growing demand for, and use of mobile devices in the capital markets.

The paper authored by Patrick Myles, Caplin CTO explores the mobile revolution and looks at how it is being applied to the capital markets.

Drawing on results from a recent Caplin Systems e-Trading survey, the paper identifies current supply-demand imbalances between what the buy-side say they want, and what the sell-side think their clients want, compared to what they currently provide to clients.

Responses from the survey suggested that: Continue reading

Platform FX vols Sept 2014: Strong rebound for all major platforms, led by EBS +38%


FX vols of the major platforms showed solid gains in September, led by EBS which was up +37.9%, Thomson Reuters Spot up +34.6%, and Hotspot up+32.3% in Sept.

Detailed volumes were:

EBS $117.9bn/day in Sept, up +37.9% on Aug, and up +45.2% compared to Sept 13 level of $81bln/day.

Hotspot: $38.2bn/day in Sept, up -32.3% on Aug, and up +33.2% compared to Sept 13 level of $29bln/day.

Reuters total: $418bn/day in Sept, up 17.7% on Aug, and up 33.1% compared to Sept 13 level of $314bn/day.

Reuters Spot: $144bn/day in Sept, up 34.6% on Aug, and up 20.5% compared to Sept 13 level of $120bn/day.

Individual volume figures and charts for the platforms are summarized below: Continue reading

Client vs product profitability


Very thoughtful paper from McKinsey on Capital Markets profitability: Moving from ‘product to client’ profitability.

The paper looks at what capital markets and investment banking (CMIB) businesses can do to improve profitability and return on capital in the face of higher regulatory capital costs and changing market structure.

The starting point is the need to Continue reading

Regional banks upgrading single-dealer platforms to protect and grow market share (according to new research from Celent)


Interesting new research paper from Celent; FX Trading Platforms: Models Converge, and Competition Heats Up, examines trends in the FX markets, the blurring of traditional market structure boundaries, the evolution of Single-Dealer Platforms, and looks at the growing competition between platforms.

Some of the themes the paper are: Continue reading

Incentives for Central Clearing – paper by BIS


The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has released an interesting research paper which looks at the incentives for various market participants to centrally clear bilateral OTC derivative trades.

Following the financial crisis, G20 leaders agreed that standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives contracts were to be cleared through central counterparties (CCPs). A number of regulatory reforms have been introduced that affect the incentives for central clearing of these contracts. These reforms include requirements to exchange initial and variation margin for non-centrally cleared derivatives exposures, standards relating to the measurement of counterparty credit risk for derivatives contracts, and capital requirements for bank exposures to CCPs.

The paper found that:

Clearing member banks (ie those institutions that clear directly with CCPs) have incentives to clear centrally.

Whilst central clearing incentives for market participants that clear indirectly (ie that are not directly clearing members of a CCP but clear through an intermediary that is a clearing member of a CCP) are less obvious and could not be comprehensively analysed on the basis of the data received in the quantitative analysis.

However, given that clearing members account for the bulk of derivatives trading, the conclusion of the analysis – there are incentives for them to clear centrally – indicates that the G20 objective on OTC derivatives reforms has, for the most part, been achieved.

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