SWIFT supports new FX Global Code principles

25 May 2017

SWIFT services fully aligned with principles of the FX Global Code

Brussels, 25 May 2017 – SWIFT announces its full support of the FX Global Code issued today by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and confirms alignment between SWIFT services and the FX Global Code. SWIFT customers can therefore be confident that their FX market activities are fully aligned with the principles of the Code.

In May 2017, BIS issued the FX Global Code (Code), which is a set of global principles of good practice in the foreign exchange market. It has been developed by a partnership of central banks and market participants from 16 jurisdictions to provide a common set of guidelines to promote the integrity and effective functioning of the wholesale foreign exchange market. The Code is expected to be adopted across the entire FX market, including the sell-side, buy-side, non-bank participants and platforms.

In addition, the BIS has provided a draft Statement of Commitment for firms to publicly demonstrate their adherence to the Code as it is believed that firms are more likely to adhere to the Code if their peers are doing so too. To help market participants make a Statement of Commitment SWIFT has published an analysis that identifies those sections of the FX Global Code relevant for the use of SWIFT services.  Detailed information can be found here.

Stephen Lindsay, Head of Standards at SWIFT commented, “SWIFT welcomes and strongly supports the launch of the FX Global Code as we believe it will strengthen the integrity and effectiveness of the wholesale foreign exchange market. SWIFT has been a core part of the FX market for many years now and the services we provide are fully aligned with the intentions of the FX Global Code. We are very pleased to help support compliance with the Code.” 

SWIFT welcomes and strongly supports the launch of the FX Global Code as we believe it will strengthen the integrity and effectiveness of the wholesale foreign exchange market.

Stephen Lindsay, Head of Standards at SWIFT






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