FTSE Curex announce release of executable benchmarks for spot FX

FTSE-180x110FTSE, the award winning global index provider, and Cürex Group, a leading developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange with global capital markets, today announced their worldwide partnership and the launch of the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series – a new range of independently calculated, 24/5 streaming, executable spot FX benchmark FIX for currency pairs and currency baskets.

The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series provides the next generation of FX valuation and performance benchmarking for global capital markets. By establishing real-time Bid and Offer spot FX indices on 192 currency pairs (FTSE Cürex FIX), from multiple independent contributors and at multiple depths of liquidity, global capital markets benefit from improved clarity when viewing previously opaque foreign exchange pricing.

The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series is published in real time during the hours of the institutional OTC FX market, from 17:00 ET Sunday to 17:00 ET Friday. Additionally, ‘snap’ indices are published every 15 minutes, 96 times per day, providing an independent, time-stamped valuation metric to enhance NAV calculation and fuel the creation of new currency risk management tools and investment products. Designed to be highly customizable, the index series enables market participants to combine any of the 192 pairs into custom calculated FX baskets.

New executable benchmark currency baskets include the flagship FTSE Cürex USD/G8 Index, an equally weighted, real-time index designed to provide an improved valuation of the US Dollar. The index consists of seven major currencies representative of global finance and commodity trading, plus the Chinese Renminbi – the most important emerging Asian reserve currency. These new benchmark FX Indices also can be used to measure the performance of active currency strategies, and provide new tools for investors seeking to express a ‘risk on / risk off’ trade.

The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series has been built to FTSE’s renowned standards of index design, which emphasizes transparency, independence, innovation and strong governance. The indices are available directly from FTSE and via major global data vendors.