Surge of Swiss Franc Triggers Hundreds of Millions in Losses
"Banks, brokers and individual investors were left with hundreds of millions of dollars in losses a day after an unexpected surge in the Swiss franc sent shock waves through markets."
"FXCM Inc., a major U.S. retail foreign-exchange broker, emerged as the biggest victim so far and had to be rescued by an emergency $300 million lifeline from investment firm Leucadia National Corp."
"Citigroup Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG will each lose about $150 million on the franc's appreciation, said people familiar with the firms."
"Among hedge funds suffering losses: Discovery Capital Management LLC, a South Norwalk, Conn., firm that manages $14.7 billion, and Comac Capital LLP, which oversees $1.2 billion in London."
Barclays lost 'tens of millions' of dollars on Swiss franc moves
"British bank Barclays (BARC.L) lost tens of millions of dollars from the volatile moves in the Swiss franc on Thursday, an industry source said on Friday."
"Several banking sources said most major banks were likely to have lost money from the unprecedented surge in the value of the franc after the Swiss central bank abandoned a cap on the currency."
Saxo Bank says it will revisit Swiss Trades
"Once we are better able to establish the market liquidity, all executed fills will be revisited and amended to more accurate levels," Saxo Bank said in a statement. "This may result in a worse execution rate than the originally filled level."
Interactive Brokers Lost $120 Million on the Swiss Franc
"Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) Due to the sudden move in the value of the Swiss Franc ("CHF") yesterday, several of our customers suffered losses in excess of their deposit with us. Such debits amount to approximately $120 million, less than 2.5% of our net worth."
Casualties from Swiss Shock Spread from New York to New Zealand
"HSBC Customers:"The majority of clients in a franc position were on the losing side and sustained losses amounting to far greater than their account equity," Global Brokers NZ director David Johnson said in a statement dated Jan. 15 and posted on the website of affiliated company Excel Markets. All of the firm's client funds are in segregated accounts and "100 percent of positive client equity or balance is safe and withdrawable immediately," Johnson said."
Alpari UK Currency Broker Folds over Swiss Franc Turmoil
"FXCM said on Thursday it might not be able to meet certain regulatory capital requirements due to "unprecedented volatility" after clients suffered losses of $225m."
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