GLOBAL FINANCE BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR FOREIGN EXCHANGE 2020

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Global Winners

Best Global Foreign Exchange Bank:  Citi 
Best FX Provider For Corporates: Société Générale 
Best FX Provider for Emerging Market Currencies: Crown Agents Bank 
Best Liquidity Provider: UBS 

Regional Winners

Africa: Standard Bank 
Asia-Pacific: ANZ 
Central & Eastern Europe: Société Générale 
Latin America: BBVA 
Middle East: National Bank of Kuwait
North America: Citi Western Europe UBS 

Country Winners

Algeria: Société Générale 
Angola: Standard Bank Angola 
Argentina: BBVA Francés 
Armenia: Ameriabank 
Australia: ANZ Austria UniCredit Bank Austria 
Bahamas: CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank 
Bahrain: Ahli United Bank 
Bangladesh: Sonali Bank 
Barbados: Republic Bank 
Belarus: BPS-Sberbank 
Belgium: KBC Bank 
Belize: Atlantic Bank 
Bermuda: Bank of NT Butterfield & Son 
Bolivia: Banco BISA 
Botswana: First National Botswana Brazil Itaú Unibanco 
Bulgaria: UniCredit Bulbank 
Canada: RBC Capital Markets 
Chile: Banco de Chile 
China: Bank of China 
Colombia: Banco de Bogotá 
Costa Rica: BAC Credomatic 
Côte d’Ivoire: Société Générale de Banques en Côte d’Ivoire Cyprus: Bank of Cyprus 
Czech Republic: Komercni Banka 
Denmark: Saxo Bank 
Dominican Republic: Banco de Reservas de la República Dominicana 
Ecuador: Banco de Guayaquil 
Egypt: CIB 
El Salvador: Banco Cuscatlán 
Estonia: Luminor 
Ethiopia: Dashen Bank 
Finland: OP Financial Group 
France: Société Générale 
Gambia: Trust Bank 
Georgia: TBC Bank 
Germany: Deutsche Bank 
Ghana: Zenith Bank Ghana 
Guatemala: Banco Industrial 
Honduras: Banco Ficohsa 
Hong Kong: The Bank of East Asia 
Hungary: OTP Bank 
Iceland: Arion Bank 
India: ICICI Bank 
Indonesia: Bank Mandiri 
Iraq: Bank of Baghdad 
Ireland: Investec 
Israel: Bank Leumi 
Italy: Intesa Sanpaolo 
Jamaica: National Commercial Bank 
Japan: Nomura 
Jordan: Arab Bank 
Kazakhstan: Fortebank 
Kenya: KCB Bank 
Kuwait: National Bank of Kuwait 
Kyrgyzstan: OptimaBank 
Latvia: Rietuma Bank 
Lebanon: BLOM Bank 
Lithuania: Luminor 
Luxembourg: Banque Internationale à Luxembourg 
Malaysia: Maybank 
Mexico: Citibanamex 
Moldova: VictoriaBank 
Morocco: Trade and Development Bank 
Netherlands: Rabobank 
New Zealand: ANZ 
Nicaragua: BAC Credomatic 
Nigeria: Stanbic IBTC Bank 
North Macedonia: Komercijalna Banka AD Skopje 
Norway: DNB 
Oman: BankMuscat 
Pakistan: Habib Bank 
Palestine: Bank of Palestine 
Panama: Banco General 
Paraguay: Banco Itaú 
Paraguay: Peru BBVA Peru 
Philippines: BDO Unibank 
Poland: PKO Bank Polski 
Portugal: Millennium bcp 
Puerto Rico: Banco Popular 
Qatar: Commercial Bank of Qatar 
Romania: BRD-Groupe Société Générale 
Russia: VTB Capital 
Saudi Arabia: SABB 
Sierra Leone: Zenith Bank 
Singapore: OCBC Bank 
Slovakia: Tatra banka 
Slovenia: NLB Group 
South Africa: First National Bank and Rand Merchant Bank 
South Korea: KEB Hana 
Spain: BBVA 
Sweden: SEB 
Switzerland: Credit Suisse 
Taiwan: CTBC Bank 
Thailand: KASIKORNBANK 
Togo: Orabank 
Trinidad & Tobago: Republic Bank 
Tunisia: Banque Internationale Arabe de Tunise 
Turkey: Akbank Turks & Caicos Scotiabank 
Uganda: Stanbic Bank Uganda 
Ukraine: Raiffeisen Bank Aval  
United Arab Emirates: Emirates NBD 
United Kingdom: NatWest Markets 
United States Citi United States BNY Mellon (Honorable Mention) Uruguay: Citi US 
Virgin Islands: Scotiabank 
Venezuela: Mercantil Banco Universal 
Vietnam: VietinBank 
Zambia: Zambia National Commercial Bank 

Foreign Exchange Research And Analysis Winners 

FX Research: BNY Mellon 
Fundamental Analysis: Citi 
Technical Analysis: BNY Mellon 
Forecasts: Société Générale 

Best Bank FX Trading Technology

Best Bank Platform (Overall): Citi Velocity 
Most Innovative Bank Platform: UBS Neo (Orca-Direct) 
Best Platform For Corporates: DBS DealOnline 
Best Execution Algorithms: Société Générale 
Best Transaction Cost Analysis: BNP Paribas 
Best Big-Picture View Of Positions: Citi Velocity’s Command Centre 
Best End-To-End Processing: J.P. Morgan’s Execute

BEST GLOBAL FOREIGN EXCHANGE BANK

Citi

Citi’s leading market share in foreign exchange (FX) reflects the bank’s unmatched global reach, with a presence in more than 100 countries, its technological capabilities and the dedication of its experienced staff of currency experts, traders and analysts. Citi trades more than 140 currencies from FX desks in 83 countries and serves a broad range of clients. It is the top FX dealer to global corporations.

Citi has invested heavily in electronic platforms, which now account for the bulk of FX trading. The bank offers a wide range of derivative products, from forward contracts to highly customized FX options, which help corporations manage their worldwide exposures. Citi provides liquidity in difficult markets and helps to ease the trading experience in emerging markets, which often have complex payments and regulatory reporting infrastructures. The CitiFX Pulse platform offers corporations real-time, end-to-end visibility on fund transfers by way of connectivity with the Swift gpi solution.

BEST FX PROVIDER FOR COMPANIES

Société Générale

Corporations trade currencies and set up and manage hedging strategies using Societe Generale’s MyFX module on the bank’s SG Markets platform. Corporate clients can use applications to monitor and manage their accounts more efficiently. The platform’s pre-trade analytic tools, including application programming interfaces (APIs), help companies implement the optimal risk-management solution for their specific needs. SG supports its corporate clients’ business workflow over multidealer and direct API platforms, as well as its single-dealer platform. The bank improves hedging strategies with the help of machine-learning algorithms.

BEST FX PROVIDER FOR EMERGING MARKETS CURRENCIES

Crown Agents Bank

Crown Agents Bank’s EMpowerFX platform provides direct access to more than 100 emerging and developed market currencies, supporting trading across more than 500 currency pairs. The platform allows CAB’s international clients to do business with developing, emerging and frontier markets by providing competitive and reliable delivery of illiquid currencies. CAB is a UK-regulated provider of wholesale FX and cross-border payments services, focusing on technical and technological solutions for remote locales. The mobile wallet supported by CAB’s platform can solve safety issues around cash and the distribution of aid payments.
Crown Agents Bank executives picked up the win for Best FX Provider for Emerging Market Currencies.

BEST LIQUIDITY PROVIDER

UBS

Switzerland-based global bank UBS is a leading provider of market-making and trading services in the FX market, as well as in precious metals. The UBS Neo platform offers low-latency trading technology and algorithms that provide access to deep liquidity, including the bank’s large internal flows, around the clock. Clients can trade up to 550 possible cross-currency pairs in major and emerging markets, including a dozen non-deliverable forwards (NDFs). UBS serves wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide and has offices in 52 countries.

NORTH AMERICA

Citi

Citi’s leading-edge platforms provide quick, accurate and competitive FX pricing. Citi offers a wide range of market-leading FX products and services, which have enabled the bank to maintain its edge in the highly competitive North American market. Through digital applications, clients can find Citi research, commentary, and analytics; execute fast FX trades; and use the bank’s sophisticated, post-trade analysis tools. They can monitor breaking news, watch videos from Citi trading floors around the world and access Citi’s extensive proprietary data and content library.

LATIN AMERICA

BBVA

BBVA is a major FX bank, with special expertise in Spain and in Latin America. It offers a wide range of FX services for customers in wholesale and retail markets both—from multibank platforms for major corporations, to web and mobile FX services for any user that has a BBVA account. BBVA has banking operations in many emerging market countries and deep knowledge of local markets. Its proprietary cash management platform has FX capabilities for small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).

WESTERN EUROPE

UBS


UBS is the leading FX bank in Western Europe, thanks in part to its innovative technology and global reach. The bank offers top-notch FX prime brokerage and clearing services. The UBS Neo platform makes it possible for clients to have real-time access to their positions and to the bank’s research and market-risk data. Straight-through processing capabilities improve workflow efficiency. FX Investor, a portal for structured products, offers diversification and yield enhancement.

CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

Société Générale

Societe Generale is the leading FX provider in the five largest CEE markets, as well as a top player in Western Europe. It provides full FX services, including corporate client hedging solutions, in Russia (where it owns Rosbank), Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. Altogether, it has operations in 14 CEE countries and boasts a network of 2,500 branches in the region. It offers unmatched market access and trading capabilities in frontier and illiquid currencies.

ASIA-PACIFIC

ANZ

Melbourne-based Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) has an on-the-ground presence in 14 Asia-Pacific markets. Its depth and reach across the region provide local knowledge and relationships. The bank offers foreign currency accounts and a full range of FX services. The ANZ FX Online platform is user friendly and helps clients manage their international business payments and receipts. ANZ also assists companies in developing an FX risk-management strategy that fits their business model.

MIDDLE EAST

National Bank of Kuwait

National Bank of Kuwait, one of the largest banks in the Middle East, is the leading market maker and liquidity provider for the Kuwait dinar and other Gulf Cooperation Council currencies in the FX market in Kuwait. NBK deals in more than 100 currencies, including a variety of exotic currencies. It leads the Kuwait FX market in direct client sales and interbank trading both. In partnership with Ripple, NBK offers retail clients a cross-border transfer and payments service. NBK is present in major global financial centers. Its regional coverage extends to Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

AFRICA

Standard Bank

Standard Bank is the leading liquidity provider for African currencies. With its 23 dealing rooms, it handles nearly one-third of the FX volume for the entire continent. Standard Bank makes markets in 41 currencies, and its strategic partnership with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China puts it in a unique position to handle trade and FX flows between China and Africa. The bank also has a strong presence in the offshore market, where it actively deals with large institutions and corporate accounts. Standard Bank supports electronic FX trading across a dozen channels for retail and corporate clients.

BEST FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESEARCH 

FX RESEARCH

BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon’s FX research is based on a top-down, macroeconomic approach known as the Aerial View, which assists clients in identifying and predicting themes underpinning price movements in the world’s capital markets. The bank’s global team of FX commentators produces daily and weekly reports, as well as quick reactions to breaking news. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon offers a unique insight that comes from being the world’s largest custodian, with $35.5 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration. The bank delivers investment management and investment services in 35 countries.

FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS

Citi 

In partnership with Citi Research, CitiFX offers insightful economic and geographic analysis tailored to the user’s interests and needs. Its platforms offer real-time commentary, strategy, trade ideas and structured solutions. CitiFX helps clients understand complex market developments and recognize trading opportunities. CitiFX Wire, Citi’s real-time news service for clients, is one of the most widely read institutional FX platforms.
Citi and its corporate clients teamed up to win a slew of awards.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon’s proprietary iFlow data provides a unique perspective on how capital is being allocated across international financial markets and asset classes. Access to deep flow-of-funds information provides timely clues to market positioning. BNY Mellon has developed quantitative models that extract important signals of what is going on in the asset and FX markets. These signals have been rigorously backtested and validated in live markets.

FORECASTS

Société Générale

Amid a sustained rally in the dollar last year, Société Générale leveraged its cross-asset structuring capabilities to add value, with investment products in FX derivatives. The French bank rightly surmised that with global growth slowing, the dollar should continue doing well. It compared the dollar rate curve with forward curves in emerging market currencies to structure products with capital guarantees at maturity. Meanwhile, the bank says the Chinese renminbi is following fundamentals and will continue to be used as a reactive and defensive tool in the trade wars.

BEST BANK FX TRADING TECHNOLOGY​

BEST BANK PLATFORM (OVERALL)

Citi Velocity

Citi Velocity is Citi’s flagship trading platform for professional investors and active traders, such as hedge funds, asset managers, banks and other financial institutions. It delivers cross-asset execution across FX spot and options markets, as well as interest rate products and commodities. The platform includes advanced navigational features that help traders keep track of a wealth of trades and information simultaneously. As regulatory and compliance issues gain in importance, Citi Velocity focuses equally on best execution, analytics, controls and front-to-back workflow.

MOST INNOVATIVE BANK PLATFORM

UBS Neo (Orca-Direct)

Orca-Direct is a machine-learning algorithm on the UBS Neo cross-asset platform. It uses historical trading data and real-time learning to choose the best FX trades and find liquidity when markets become volatile. In a fraction of a second, Orca can decide the likelihood a trade will succeed and the impact it could have on the market. The adoption of FX algorithms has increased in recent years, but machine learning is a relative newcomer to the FX market.

BEST PLATFORM FOR CORPORATIONS

DBS DealOnline

Singapore’s DBS Bank created DealOnline for SMEs, corporations and financial institutions. The regional electronic FX autopricing and autodealing platform offers more than 40 currency pairings in spot contracts, forwards, swaps and Asian NDFs. The platform provides FX and forward rates up to a year in advance, in order for clients to manage their exposure and hedge their risk. It offers competitive pricing, transparency and efficiency.

BEST EXECUTION ALGORITHMS

Société Générale

Algorithms enable a computer to complete a predefined task without human intervention. Algorithmic trading strategies aim to reach an objective, such as reduced market impact or speed of execution. Societe Generale is improving FX hedging strategies through a machine-learning algorithm that transforms historic data into a predictive tailored model. The recommendation engine suggests a hedging strategy that has the best probability of achieving a high score, based on parameters defined by the corporate client.

BEST TRANSACTION COST ANALYSIS

BNP Paribas

The implementation of MiFID II by the European Union, to regulate financial markets and improve protections for investors, along with potential new regulations on best execution, are creating growing demand for independent transaction cost analysis (TCA). BNP Paribas partnered with Itarle Group, a best execution order analytics firm, to provide clients with independent TCA. Clients can access the Itarle Vision platform for real-time performance analytics or order decisions based on live flows. Historical data are also available on the platform.

BEST BIG-PICTURE VIEW OF POSITIONS

Citi Velocity’s Command Center

Citi developed Command Center aiming for transparency, efficiency and appropriate delegation of authority to traders. This feature of the City Velocity platform is designed to provide clients with visibility and control over user access to the platform. Users can view firmwide accounts and net open-position limits. Trading permission can be varied for different products, such as forwards and nondeliverable options.

BEST END-TO-END PROCESSING

J.P. Morgan’s eXecute

From pre-trade transparency to intelligent order routing, robust trade processing and post-trade services, J.P. Morgan’s eXecute handles it all. Real-time, straight-through processing provides efficiency and flexibility across a choice of trading strategies. Clients can execute spot trades directly on aggregated prices from up to 14 electronic communication networks. FX trading on mobile devices offers one-touch execution with the tap-to-trade function. Users can trade a breadth of orders across 300-plus currency pairs, leveraging the bank’s diverse order flows to obtain reliable liquidity.