LONDON, March 21 State Street said on
Friday it had no formal plans to overhaul the WM/Reuters foreign
exchange fixing, the benchmark rate which is at the centre of a
global investigation by regulators into possible manipulation.
The Financial Times reported earlier on Friday that WM,
owned by State Street, and Thomson Reuters, its partner
in producing the daily fixing data, planned to overhaul the
foreign exchange fix and was looking at a range of sweeping
proposals including the widening of the one-minute time window
in which the snapshot of transactions is taken.
The FT report was in line with a broad discussion going on
in the industry about how to change the way the fixing is
conducted, or whether to do away with it in its current form.
"We've always said to the market that we are considering all
options but there is certainly no formal plan for an overhaul as
it says in the FT article," a spokesman for State Street said.
"The words 'planning' and 'overhaul' are wrong. It makes it
sound like there is something imminent happening and there is
Thomson Reuters is the parent company of Reuters News, which
plays no role in the fixing.
A spokesperson for Thomson Reuters declined to comment.
(Reporting by Patrick Graham; Editing by Jamie McGeever/Jeremy