BoA links major and emerging forex forwards in risk strategy drive

This continues the transition begun last year to move the bank "from a traditional FX forwards pip business into a more strategic risk management team that focuses on the FX forwards/interest rate environment," said Larry Baum, global head of spot, forward and proprietary trading at BoA in New York.

The move ties up with the bank’s recent management reorganisation, which saw Baum take responsibility for global emerging markets, and is designed to take advantage of "a growing number of synergies between the two businesses", said Baum. Alan Collins, London-based global head of forex for Europe, Middle East and Africa, who took on responsibility for Asia as part of the changes last month, works much more closely with Baum under the new structure so the two areas can be effectively co-ordinated, he added.

Co-heading the newly merged forwards and emerging markets forwards business in London will be new hire Jasper Falk, who is due to join from JP Morgan Chase next month. He will run the combined business in London alongside the current UK emerging markets head Gavin Moule, who takes responsibility for both product lines immediately.

In New York, Lee Cantor was hired last month to run the bank’s Canadian forwards book. He also joined from JP Morgan Chase, where he was a euro/dollar trader.

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