BNY Mellon, Deutsche Bank jointly develop new API-enabled FX solution

Maria Nikolova

The solution aims to improve confirmation times for restricted emerging-market currency trades.

BNY Mellon and Deutsche Bank have partnered on the development of a new API-enabled FX solution which seeks to improve confirmation times for restricted emerging-market currency trades.

The digital solution, initially being applied to custody FX transactions in Korean Won, aims to reduce the pre-trade lifecycle to seconds from hours, minimizing the operational burden and manual intervention that can be prevalent in emerging-market custody FX.

The solution is already live in Korea, with the Indonesian Rupiah and the Indian Rupee targeted next. Subsequently, it will be progressively rolled out to a broad range of restricted currencies, which are linked to investors’ underlying equity or fixed-income transactions.

Leveraging existing bots between the two banks for instantaneous communication to help eliminate market frictions, the solution can also bring trade remediation closer to the time of execution. The resulting benefits can also reduce price slippage for clients between the FX leg of a transaction and the equity or fixed-income security trade.

“This is a milestone in solving a long-standing challenge in emerging markets, with broad application for the industry and our clients. This demonstrates our commitment to market leading execution, at a time when investor participation and focus on costs in these markets are increasing. The collaboration between the two organizations leverages our strengths and expertise in emerging markets, custodial FX, as well as digital work-flow and innovation,” said David Lynne, APAC Head of Fixed Income & Currencies, and Corporate Bank, at Deutsche Bank.

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