2020 Programme

2020 Programme

2020 Programme



08:00 - 08:50


Conference chair opening remarks

08:50 - 09:59


Outlook for FX market: A macro perspective on the dynamic FX marketplace

09:00 - 09:40

  • Analysis of critical current events that can impact your investment portfolio:
    • Geopolitical issues and trade tensions - how will the US and the global political landscape impact financial markets
    • Rise of global populism and implications on investment 
    • Elections in India, Japan and risk mitigation 
  • Main regulatory factors affecting the investment environment (UMR, the FX Global Code, benchmark reform, etc) - what can we expect over the next 2 years?
  • Do we expect increased volatility? What are the indexes showing now in FX and what can we predict over the next 6-12 months in terms of volatility? 
  • Technology revolution and its implication on the Chinese domestic capital market 


Hong Kong Connect: the role and transformation of Hong Kong as one of the key financial hubs in Greater China

09:40 - 10:20

  • Does Hong Kong provide enough access to market liquidity and remain a key source of liquidity in e-FX in comparison with Singapore, Tokyo, New York and London?
  • How will Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai evolve in the coming years?  
  • Will London's lead over Hong Kong CNH continue? What is the future of FX liquidity in Hong Kong whilst London stands tall?
  • Evolution of financial centres in Greater China


RMB in the spotlight: FX option market development in CNY/CNH and latest trends in offshore trading of RMB

10:20 - 11:00

  • Is internationalisation of the RMB and the Chinese bond market on track? When are we going to see it?
  • How offshore investors can gain greater freedom in accessing the onshore capital market in China
  • Flexibility and restrictions of the FX trade today
  • Latest RMB offshore trade trends on how China is fitting in bond, equity indexes, etc
  • How regulation can be simplified to navigate more participants into the domestic market
  • Onshore capital market: what is current landscape in domestic market? How do we expect the current landscape to change?
  • The playoff between onshore and offshore Chinese bonds: how can you trade the onshore market while allocating to the offshore market strategically? 


Morning break

11:00 - 11:30


Clearing panel: The next stage of FX clearing

11:30 - 12:10

  • The impact of regulatory developments around the world on the decision of clearing across various product categories
  • Incentive to clear their FX: what’s in it for investors?
  • The role of automated and electronic trading in creating liquidity and greater use of clearing 


Panel: Setting the blueprint for e-FX

12:10 - 12:50

  • How to move from a wider based trading to electronic based trading? Picking the best execution style and tools
  • Transaction cost analysis (TCA) and the main factors to consider in your analytics decisions
  • Determining which algo is right for you
  • Analytics and execution decisions – how has the use of analytics changed client execution behavior
  • Going from measurement to effective decision making to optimise liquidity
  • Compare and contrast the experiences in using algos in equities and FX



12:50 - 13:50


From hype to reality: how Blockchain is reshaping the FX market

13:50 - 14:30

  • How Leveraging Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) can increase efficiency in cross-border payments and FX market 
  • Streamlining cross-border transfer and payment between banks and companies with the Project LionRock-Inthanon: opportunities and considerations
  • What can we learn from China’s BigTechs or Fintechs about long-term disruption and increased competition that might occur in other markets?


Corporate treasurer panel: Optimizing your hedging strategies in today’s market

14:30 - 15:10

  • Implications of geopolitical risks on corporate hedging strategies 
  • The role of corporate treasure in a changing regulatory environment 
  • Criteria in determining your optimal hedge
  • How corporates should adapt to increased digitalization 


Afternoon break

15:10 - 15:40


FX trading desk of the future

15:40 - 16:30

  • Perspectives on the platforms - what's been useful, what hasn't been, multi vs. single-bank, etc.? 
  • Current applications of algo trading and quant analysis in institutional portfolios 
  • Given the increased amount of FX data, how have institutions benefited from a wider use of data mining and machine learning techniques for useful analysis
  • How will FX desks evolve in SPOT, swaps, forwards, options and NDF’s and what can you do now to stay ahead?


HKD USD de-pegging – another Black Swan event in the works?

16:30 - 17:10

  • A global slowdown, a trade war and domestic political unrest – a trigger for de-peg?
  • Indicators that a de-peg is likely to come under pressure
  • What would happen if USD-HKD peg is replaced by a link to the onshore yuan?
  • A one-off HKD devaluation against the USD 


Chair’s closing remarks

17:10 - 17:15


End of conference

17:15 - 17:16