Frances Maguire
Frances Maguire

Streamlining and simplification of FX trading operations with more unified post trade architectures

Mandatory clearing of NDFs via CCPs is expected to be implemented this year and with clearing of FX Options to follow, Frances Maguire looks at whether the changes to the back office will bring more joined-up processing for FX.

While the addition of clearing for FX OTC products brings greater complexity to the FX back office, the re-engineering exercise that is underway across the industry is also looking to improve processes and streamline post-trade architectures at the same time. Furthermore, the increased complexity that clearing brings is also likely to spur a new wave of outsourcing, or use of ASP models, for processing as well as the newly emerging reporting requirements, which could, in effect, simplify the FX back office. Nick Dyne, managing director of MarkitSERV’s FX business, considers the next round of developments as Step 2 in the evolution of STP, where Step 1 provided  the basic “plumbing” post-trade delivery of transactions from venues to clients and counterparties. He says: “The basic delivery of messages from execution venues to post trade destinations is, today,  heavily commoditised; and the process is now largely outsourced by the major venues to third parties. For most...continued

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