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First phase of a global code of conduct for currency markets published

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The first phase of the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market  and principles for adherence to the new standards were released today in New York by the Foreign Exchange Working Group (FXWG).

“In a globalised world, the foreign exchange market is one of the most vital parts of the financial plumbing,” said FXWG chairman Guy Debelle, Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

“One of the guiding principles underpinning our work is that the Code should promote a robust, fair, liquid, open, and transparent market,” he said.

The FXWG was set up in July 2015 and operates under the auspices of the Markets Committee. The group’s membership covers major financial centres in both advanced and emerging market economies, and its work is supported by the private sector Market Participants Group. Read more about the FXWG and its membership.

“This has been a unique opportunity for key participants in the FX industry to work together to develop a code of conduct that will have far-reaching implications across the market,” said David Puth, head of the Market Participants Group and Chief Executive Officer of CLS.

The release was welcomed by central bank Governors from major advanced and emerging market economies and regional foreign exchange committees.

The complete Code and the adherence mechanisms, which aim to promote the integrity and effective functioning of foreign exchange markets, will be released in May 2017.

The Markets Committee, located at the Bank for International Settlements, is a forum for senior central bank officials to jointly monitor developments in financial markets and assess their implications for the market operations of central banks. The statement of the Bank for International Settlements and related information can be found here.

In a related press release, the European Banking Authority (EBA) has welcomed the enhancement of the FX Global Code (the Code) and the publication of its May 2016 update. The objective of the Code is to promote the integrity and effective functioning of the wholesale FX market. The Code’s guidelines for responsible participation in the FX market are in line with the EBA’s work fostering financial institutions’ effective governance and enhanced consumer protection in all areas of financial products and services.

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