EBS BrokerTec and ICAP Information Services launch the EBS CNH Benchmark

07 July 2016
Darryl Hooker, Co-Head of Markets, EBS BrokerTec

Hong Kong, London, New York, 7 July 2016 – EBS BrokerTec, ICAP's market-leading electronic foreign exchange (FX) and fixed income business and ICAP Information Services (IIS), the information division of ICAP, announce today that they have launched the ‘EBS CNH Benchmark’, the first fully electronic, trade-backed reference rate for the offshore Chinese renminbi (CNH) market. The benchmark has been launched following considerable interest from a number of major Chinese banks and senior onshore authorities

Published daily at 16:30 Beijing / 08:30 GMT, the EBS CNH Benchmark is timed to coincide with the onshore renminbi (CNY) market close. This will allow market participants a direct comparison of CNY and CNH market activity during the increasingly significant APAC-EMEA crossover. The benchmark will provide the first transparent reference rate for offshore RMB trading in international markets.

Calculated and distributed by IIS, the EBS CNH Benchmark incorporates rates from executed trades during the fixing window from the EBS Market central limit order book. The benchmark uses transparent methodology consistent with the IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks, to create a reliable and accurate daily reference rate.

The launch of the EBS CNH Benchmark further establishes EBS as the primary OTC venue for CNH globally. Currently 70% of all CNH interbank activity is traded on the EBS Market with USD/CNH the third most traded currency pair on the platform.

Darryl Hooker, Co-Head of EBS BrokerTec Markets, said: “The CNH market continues to grow exponentially with more market participants trading USD/CNH than ever before. As a result, there is an industry need for an innovative benchmark which accurately and reliably captures the true reference rate, at the Asia- Europe crossover. Launching a dedicated benchmark for this market, was the logical next step in our CNH offering and we look forward to working with our customers to further develop and realise the full potential of this benchmark.”

Gary Licht, Director of Local Currency Markets, ICBC Standard Bank, said: “The continued internationalisation and liberalisation of the RMB will, no doubt, benefit from a reliable and transparent benchmark in the EMEA time zone. Such a credible benchmark will, over time, aid CNH product development increasing the effectiveness of hedge instruments available to EMEA based clients. ICBC Standard Bank looks forward to monitoring the progress of this initiative as we continue to witness strong CNH interest within Europe and the Americas.”

Jan de Smedt, Global Head of Indices, IIS, said: “The EBS CNH Benchmark combines trade-backed EBS Market data with a transparent methodology and our independent governance model to produce a much-needed benchmark for this unique and growing market. The benchmark provides customers with meaningful and accurate information that will aid price discovery for trading USD/CNH.”

The EBS CNH Benchmark can be accessed via the EBS and IIS Websites, as well as via the Bloomberg terminal (Ticker: CNH EBSB Curncy  ) and Thomson Reuters (RIC: ).

About IIS

ICAP Information Services (IIS) is the market data & price information division of ICAP Group and delivers independent OTC data solutions to financial professionals for real-time, end-of-day and historical products. With over 400 million updates per day and constant advances in product complexity, ICAP’s data is the intelligence behind algorithmic trading, research models, risk and compliance applications and portfolio pricing and management.

IIS sits within ICAP’s Post Trade Risk and Information division which provides innovative services that enable customers to reduce cost and risk, as well as to increase efficiency, return on capital and capacity to process trades.

About EBS BrokerTec

An award-winning ICAP Group division at the heart of the foreign exchange and fixed income global markets, EBS BrokerTec is a market-leading e-trading technology and solutions provider, offering access to multiple execution options and diverse, valuable liquidity. Constantly creating new, ground-breaking solutions, while continuously investing in proven, market-leading platforms and products, the division provides exceptional value to a globally diverse community of professional traders. For more information, go to www.ebsbrokertec.com.

About ICAP

ICAP is a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services. The Group matches buyers and sellers in the wholesale markets in interest rates, credit, commodities, FX, emerging markets and equity derivatives through voice and electronic networks. Through its post trade risk mitigation and information services ICAP helps customers manage and mitigate risks in their portfolios. For more information, go to www.icap.com.

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