The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) today published its Recommendation for Financial products Markup Language (FpML) version 5.8.
A variety of enhancements have been made to the FpML standard, including:
Version 5.8 covers 28 new foreign exchange products from the accrual, target and volatility families. This will greatly help the confirmation and regulatory reporting processes for these products.
Version 5.8 provides support for a variety of commercial loan processes, such as loan servicing and position-inventory messages. The product set has further been expanded with the coverage of repos.
Version 5.8 contains several schema changes to improve data quality of regulatory reporting, which continues to be a focus for FpML. This includes modifications to comply with European Securities and Markets Authority level 2 validation requirements. In addition, the latest version includes coverage for the 2014 standardized credit support annex.
“Multiple steps have been taken in version 5.8 to increase the regulatory reporting data quality,” said Karel Engelen, Senior Director at ISDA. “Data quality will continue to be a priority when we cover the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive/Regulation (MIFID II/MIFIR) reporting requirements in version 5.9.”
“The coverage extensions for loans and FX products are a testimony to the industry’s commitment to standardizing the market-place, while also demonstrating the capacity of distinct professional organizations - ISDA, the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) and the Global Foreign Exchange Division (GFXD) of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) - to effectively work together in achieving such goals through the FpML standard,” said Pierre Lamy, Managing Director in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs and Chair of the FpML Standards Committee.
“The Global Foreign Exchange Division of the Global Financial Markets Association welcomes the expanded FX coverage in FpML version 5.8,” said Andrew Harvey, Managing Director Europe for GFXD. “The new FpML templates for more exotic FX products will be a significant benefit to the industry and regulators alike.”
Work on the standard continues, and a first working draft for version 5.9, which covers equity volatility swaps, has been released simultaneously. Future 5.9 versions will contain work related to coverage of the SEC and MIFID II/MIFIR regulatory reporting requirements. Regulatory reporting, clearing and electronic execution continue to be the focus areas for the FpML Standards Committee.