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Morgan Stanley begins trading listed FX at Eurex

  • July 21, 2022

Eurex has reported that Morgan Stanley has entered the listed FX business of the European derivatives exchange. As a major participant in the global FX market, Morgan Stanley joins a number of market participants at Eurex who are moving their business to the exchange or combining over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-listed FX trading by using ‘exchange-for-physical’ (EFP) services.

“Especially asset managers are increasingly seeking to combine the depth and flexibility of FX OTC markets with all the benefits of centrally cleared listed FX products,” said Eurex in a statement. “By using EFP services, they can swap OTC trades into exchange-traded and centrally cleared contracts, thus removing uncleared exposure, and optimising capital allocation.”  

Jens Quiram, Eurex.

Jens Quiram, global co-head FIC derivatives and repo sales at Eurex, said,"We are delighted to see Morgan Stanley expanding their FX activities at Eurex and offering our EFP services to their European clients. With the standardised approach for counterparty credit risk (SA-CCR) and uncleared margin rules (UMR) coming into effect, these services provide a cost-effective solution to mitigate the impact of these rules. It is a great addition on our way to becoming Europe's leading FX liquidity hub.”

Richard Condon, Morgan Stanley.

Richard Condon, managing director and head of FX investor sales at Morgan Stanley, said, "We look forward to working with Eurex to expand our EFP footprint. Asset managers in Europe are recognizing that the EFP mechanism is a simple yet dynamic way to enhance their workflow while deepening their liquidity pool. The intersection of OTC liquidity, FX-specific execution strategies, and high-quality market making all wrapped in a cleared instrument has a powerful value proposition. Central clearing can also reduce the need for bilateral credit, settlement relationships or lengthy onboarding cycles.”

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