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Markit launches electronic service for FX options

Markit has launched a new service for electronic trade confirmation and exercise management for the FX options market, while will be deployed by MarkitSERV, its trade processing service for the OTC derivatives industry.

Barclays, Citi, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, RBS, UBS and major buyside institutions, including Citadel’s Global Fixed Income Fund, are working with Markit to design the new service that will provide electronic legal trade confirmation and an electronic system to manage the exercise processes for FX options. 
This post trade solution will help participants reduce operational risk and become more efficient in their management of FX options trades.
The new service will improve front and back office processes such as: 
                •             Centralised generation of legal trade confirmations
                •             Straight-through-processing (STP) of exercise actions
                •             Realtime communication of exercise actions via an audited platform
                •             Management of other lifecycle events based on a confirmed matched trade population
James Bindler, global head of G10 foreign exchange at Citi, says: “Manually exercising FX options is a vestige from an earlier era of FX options trading.  Automation of this process will help to reduce both uncertainty and risk in a market where volumes have grown substantially over the past years.”
Keith Tippell, managing director and head of FX processing at Markit, says: “The FX options market needs a comprehensive, centralised solution for trade confirmation and exercise which reduces risk and improves efficiency.  We have had great success in providing the industry with processing solutions in other markets such as rates and credit for over a decade, and we aim to become the venue where all participants come for FX confirmation and exercise.”
Central confirmation of FX trades makes it more efficient for the FX market to comply with regulatory requirements, such as pairing unique trade identifiers for regulatory reporting, and provides a foundation for compliance with future FX regulation, such as requirements for clearing.
Markit intends to expand the service to provide legal confirmation for non deliverable forwards (NDFs).  Doing so will complement its existing MarkitSERV clearing middleware service for NDFs.

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