SGX expands FX growth pillar with strategic investment in BidFX

SINGAPORE: Singapore Exchange (SGX), Asia’s most international multi-asset exchange and largest foreign exchange (FX) marketplace, has acquired a 20% stake in BidFX, including an option for additional shares to gain a controlling interest, for a total cash consideration of USD 25 million.[the_ad id=”31605″]The strategic investment is part of SGX’s strategy to build core pillars of growth across multiple asset classes. BidFX, a specialised trading platform for global FX markets, plans to utilise the funds to further grow its reach and offering among institutional investors.

BidFX was spun off as a division of Trading Screen (TS), a provider of a multi-asset execution and order management system, in January 2017. It offers a cloud-based, front-end trading platform to help hedge funds, traditional asset managers and regional banks trade, improve access to liquidity, generate alpha and simplify workflows.

Its liquidity aggregation platform supports FX spot, swaps and forwards for G10 and Asian currencies.

Loh Boon Chye, Chief Executive Officer of SGX, who will join the Board of BidFX, said, “FX is one of our key growth pillars and we are excited to strengthen our service proposition to the market. With this investment, we have an opportunity to offer our suite of Asian FX futures alongside the over-the-counter (OTC) products offered on the BidFX platform, bringing together both pools of liquidity. We are confident that over time, they will establish themselves as a global e-FX platform and complement our fast-growing FX business.”

Jean-Philippe Malé, CEO of BidFX, said, “This capital investment enables us to enhance our expertise and products to deliver comprehensive FX trading coverage to market participants in one workflow management system.”Pierre Schroeder, CEO of Trading Screen, said, “We’ve been incubating BidFX inside Trading Screen, with demand for the most sophisticated FX trading and workflow solutions expected to grow significantly in the coming years. This investment strengthens BidFX’s leadership status across the global financial markets ecosystem.”

Singapore, as the biggest FX centre in Asia and the third-largest globally, continues to attract strong FX trading activity driven by the growth and volatility in G10 and Asian currencies. Since SGX introduced FX futures in November 2013, over USD 2.0 trillion in aggregate notional has been traded across its entire FX franchise.

As of end-February2019, the exchange’s FX futures had an average daily turnover volume of USD 4.4 billion and notional open interest of USD 5.4 billion. Last year, SGX launched FlexC FX Futures, an innovative feature that allows market participants to trade customisable FX futures in an OTC manner and clear transactions on the exchange.

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