CLS designated a systemically important Financial Market Utility

The attack on OTC products has found some safety as CLS Bank gets the honour of designation as an FMU,

The attack on OTC products has found some safety as CLS Bank gets the honour of designation as an FMU, the new designation highlights CLS’s role as a significant participant in standardising and managing risk in OTC products.

CLS Bank International (CLS), the market infrastructure that enhances financial stability through the mitigation of FX settlement risk globally, today announced it has been designated a systemically important Financial Market Utility (FMU) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC).

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The notification confirms CLS’ status as an institution critical to the stability of the US financial system as determined by the FSOC, which was established as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank). Dodd-Frank was enacted in 2010 with the intention of significantly restructuring the regulatory framework for the US financial system.

CLS plays a fundamental role in the FX market – it operates the largest multicurrency cash settlement system to mitigate settlement risk for the FX transactions of its Members and their customers. Owned by 73 of the world’s leading financial institutions, CLS settles payment instructions related to underlying FX transactions in 17 currencies.

The FSOC was authorized by Title VIII of Dodd Frank to designate an FMU as systemically important to the US financial system. An FMU is typically a payment system, securities depository, or central counterparty that provides the essential infrastructure to clear and settle payments and other financial transactions, upon which the financial markets and broader economy rely to function effectively.

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The designation follows a two-stage process of evaluation by the FSOC over recent months prior to the vote of determination. It is expected that systemically important FMUs will be subject to heightened risk management rules and standards and reporting requirements necessary to mitigate systemic risk and promote financial stability.

“In our role as the predominant settlement system for FX, CLS acknowledges its designation as ‘systemically important’ to the U.S. financial system,” Gerard Hartsink, CLS’ interim Executive Chairman said. “We take this responsibility very seriously and understand how important it is for us to continue doing our job at the highest level of competency.”

CLS Bank had a stronger month in settlement of FX transaction in June.

  • Total volumes

In June 2012, the total volumes submitted to CLS, combining the Settlement and Aggregation services, was 1,171,981 sides, which is up 10.4% from May (1,061,829).

  • Settlement volumes and values

In June, CLS settled an average daily value of US$5.12 trillion, up 13.5% from those recorded in May (US$4.51 trillion). Average daily volumes during June were up 11.2% at 823,449 (May: 740,342).

  • CLS Aggregation Service – volumes

The average daily input volume into CLS Aggregation was 365,309. This is up 6.4% on May (343,257) and, for consecutive months, represents the highest average daily input volume by month recorded to date.

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