IMPORTANT FOREIGN EXCHANGE LINKS
Federal Reserve Board (FED) - The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, was founded by Congress in 1913 to provide the nation with a safer, flexible and stable monetary and financial system. The Twelve Regional Reserve Banks which, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System.
European Central Bank (ECB) - The European Central Bank frames and implements European monetary policy; it conducts foreign exchange operations and ensures the smooth operation of payment systems.
The European Central Bank (ECB) and the national central banks of the European Union member states make up the Eurosystem, whose primary task is to maintain price stability. The ECB is made up of three parts - governing council, executive board, and general council.
Bank Of Japan (BOJ) - The Bank of Japan's missions are to maintain price stability and to ensure the stability of the financial system, thereby laying the foundations for sound economic development. The Bank conducts the following activities: Issuance and Management of Banknotes; The Conduct of Monetary Policy; Providing Settlement Services and Ensuring the Stability of the Financial System; Treasury and Government Securities; International Activities;
Compilation of Data, Economic Analyses and Research Activities.
Bank Of England (BOE) - The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the 'Old Lady' of Threadneedle Street, the Bank was founded in 1694, nationalised in 1946, and gained operational independence in 1997. Standing at the centre of the UK's financial system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining a stable and efficient monetary and financial framework as its contribution to a healthy economy.
Swiss National Bank (SNB) - The Swiss National Bank conducts the country's monetary policy as an independent central bank. Main responsibilities include: Price stability; Promoting the efficiency of the payment system; Ensuring the supply of money; Cashless payment transactions; Investment of currency reserves; Stability of the financial system; Statistical task; and Tasks on behalf of the Confederation.
Bank of Canada (BOC) - The Bank of Canada's responsibilities focus on the goals of low and stable inflation, a safe and secure, financial stability, and the efficient management of government funds and public debt. The Bank of Canada promotes the economic and financial welfare of Canada, by conducting monetary policy, supplying quality bank notes, promoting the safety and efficiency of Canada's financial system, providing efficient and effective funds-management services.
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) - The Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) main function is monetary policy. Policy decisions are made by the Board, with the objective of achieving low and stable inflation over the medium term. Other major roles are maintaining financial system stability and promoting the safety and efficiency of the payments system. Manages Australia's foreign reserves, issues Australian currency notes and serves as banker to the Commonwealth Government.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has three main functions. These are: operating monetary policy to maintain price stability; promoting the maintenance of a sound and efficient financial system; and meeting the currency needs of the public.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - CFTC was created by United States Congress in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The agency protects market participants against manipulation, abusive trade practices and fraud. Through effective oversight and regulation, the CFTC enables the markets to serve better their important functions in the nation's economy by providing a mechanism for price discovery and a means of offsetting price risk.
National Futures Association ( NFA) - NFA is a congressionally authorized self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures industry, provides innovative regulatory programs and services that ensure futures industry integrity, protect market participants and help its Members meet their regulatory responsibilities.
Capital Markets Compliance LLC (CMC) - CMC specializes in providing regulatory guidance for firms that offer securities products as well as banks requiring market risk management reviews. Clients range from one-person retail broker-dealer operations to full-scale multi registered representative broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment bankers, bank affiliated broker-dealers, state and national chartered banks, and financial holding companies.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) - SEC administers federal securities laws to protect investors from fraud and abuse. Includes the EDGAR database of corporate financial filings. The primary mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets.
The Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) - CESR was established by the European Commission Decision of June 2001. CESR is an independent Committee regrouping senior representatives from national public authorities competent in the field of securities. CESR submits an Annual Report to the European Commission, which is also sent to the European Parliament and the Council.
Ministry of Finance (MOF) - The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the country's fiscal and monetary matters. It consists of the Prime Minister's secretariat and seven bureaus. In addition to formulating the national budget, which is central to fiscal policy, the MOF monitors and guides banks and securities companies as to current monetary policy, adjusts the current balance of payments, and determines and maintains what MOF considers to be an appropriate level in foreign exchange rates.
Financial Supervisory Agency (FSA) - FSA was established as an administrative organ responsible for the inspection and supervision of private sector financial institutions and surveillance of securities transaction. With the establishment of the Financial Reconstruction Commission, the FSA became an organization under the jurisdiction of the said Commission.
Financial Services Authority (FSA) - FSA is an independent non-governmental body, given statutory powers by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. It is a company limited by guarantee and financed by the financial services industry. The Financial Services and Markets Act gives FSA statutory objectives: market confidence: maintaining confidence in the financial system; public awareness: promoting public understanding of the financial system; consumer protection: securing the appropriate degree of protection for consumers; and reduction of financial crime.
Swiss Federal Banking Commission (SFBC) - SFBC supervisory authority of wide areas of the financial sector in Switzerland. Following are its tasks: supervision of: banks, investment funds, mortgage bond business, stock exchanges and securities dealers, disclosure of shareholdings and public takeover bids. It is in constant contact with the Swiss Federal Department of Finance and the Swiss National Bank. In addition, maintains regular contact with various associations, primarily the Swiss Bankers Association, the Swiss Funds Association and the Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Consultants.
Money Laundering Control Authority (MLCA) - MLCA is one of the supervisory authorities responsible for implementing the Money laundering Act. It is responsible for the supervision of all financial intermediaries in the non-banking sector that are subject to the Money Laundering Act. These in particular include all those financial intermediaries who, on a professional basis, accept, or hold in custody, assets belonging to third parties, or assist in investing or transferring such assets.
Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDDC) - CDDC is the issuer, clearinghouse, and guarantor of equity, index and interest rate financial derivative contracts traded on the Montréal Exchange. CDCC also provides clearing, settlement and administrative services to the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and the WCE Clearing Corporation.
Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) http://www.albertasecurities.com
British Columbia Securities Commission http://www.bcsc.bc.ca
Commission des valeurs mobilieres du Quebec http://www.cvmq.com
Manitoba Securities Commission http://www.msc.gov.mb.ca
Ontario Securities Commission http://www.osc.gov.on.ca
Prince Edward Island Securities Office http://www.gov.pe.ca/securities
Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission (SFSC) http://www.sfsc.gov.sk.ca
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - ASIC enforces company and financial services laws to protect consumers, investors and creditors. It regulates and informs the public about Australian companies, financial markets, financial services organisations and professionals who deal and advise in investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit. ASIC works with other financial, consumer and law enforcement bodies in Australia and internationally. It is an independent Commonwealth government body.
Securities Commission of New Zealand (SEC) - SEC is a statutory corporation which, in all matters other than funding and the appointment of Members, is expected to act independently of the New Zealand Government and others.Its purpose is to strengthen confidence in New Zealand's capital markets, both in New Zealand and overseas, by promoting the efficiency, integrity and cost-effective regulation of these markets and thereby fostering capital investment in New Zealand.
Bank of International Settlements (BIS) - BIS is an international organisation which fosters cooperation among central banks and other agencies in pursuit of monetary and financial stability. It is based in Basel Switzerland.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - IMF is an international organization of 184 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.
The World Bank (WB) - The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance. Its primary focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries.
World Economic Forum (WEF) - The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.
International Finance Corporation (IFC) - IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world. It promotes sustainable private sector development primarily by: Financing private sector projects located in the developing world; Helping private companies in the developing world mobilize financing in international financial markets; Providing advice and technical assistance to businesses and governments.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) - OPEC is an international Organization of eleven developing countries which are heavily reliant on oil revenues as their main source of income. Membership is open to any country which is a substantial net exporter of oil and which shares the ideals of the Organization. The current members are Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
International Energy Agency (IEA) - is based in Paris and is an autonomous agency linked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The IEA is the energy forum for 26 Member countries. IEA Member governments are committed to taking joint measures to meet oil supply emergencies.