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Markit launches a centralised FX trade confirmation service

Markit, a leading global provider of financial information services, has launched an FX trade confirmation service. The new service features:

  • matching FX option trade terms to generate legally binding trade confirmations which are recorded centrally, allowing counterparties to manage trade life-cycle events more efficiently. 
  • electronic, auditable tools for managing options exercise, updating records dynamically which help to reduce risk by replacing manual processes such as chat, email or phone.

The FX trade confirmation service can be accessed using industry standard interfaces as well as Markit’s Trade Manager portal for investment managers. Markit’s trade processing services for FX include confirmation and life-cycle management, STP services for more than 90 trading venues and tools for clearing and trade reporting.

Markit FX trade confirmation users

Citi, J.P. Morgan and DBS were the first to confirm FX options trades using the new service which is part of the MarkitSERV trade processing platform:

  • Mike Lawrence, managing director, chief administrative officer, Foreign Exchange and Local Markets at Citi, commented: “The bilateral confirmation process plays a central role in mitigating operational risk. While the cash FX market has well established automated confirmation practices, it is encouraging to see innovation in more complex products and new tools that help the industry become more efficient in managing the post trade requirements of FX derivatives.”
  • Claudia Jury, cohead of Currencies & Emerging Markets at J.P. Morgan, said: “This type of initiative helps to increase efficiency and mitigate operational risks within OTC derivatives and creates mutual benefit for the banks and their clients.”
  • Conrad Kwok, managing director, FX Derivatives, DBS Bank said: “Centralising the management of FX options will help reduce operational risk and lower costs for banks. The market will benefit from the ability to move current manual processes to an electronic platform. This service integrates trade confirmation with exercise management and that is an innovation we welcome.”

More than 50 asset managers are among the firms recently signed to use the service. Eric Teo, cohead of Investment Operations at Alphadyne Asset Management, commented: “The ability to centrally match and confirm FX options via MarkitSERV – which we already use for our rates workflows – will help us manage the post trade life-cycle more efficiently.”

Markit strategy

Matthew Hill, director and head of Markit’s FX trade confirmation service, commented, “The pace of innovation in trade execution must be matched by advances in post trade processes and we are pleased to have worked with the industry to develop this new service for the FX markets. We are committed to helping our customers find efficient solutions to operational challenges and will soon expand this confirmation service to additional FX products.”

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