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Bond Market Contact Group (BMCG)

The BMCG serves as a forum for discussing issues related to the euro area bond market. This includes short-term market developments as well as structural and regulatory trends and the functioning of the euro area bond market in general.

Chair

Director General Market Operations of the ECB

Members and composition

The BMCG is composed of representatives of the ECB as well as financial institutions active in the euro bond market, investors holding significant amounts of euro-denominated fixed income securities and relevant market associations.

The composition of the group is reviewed on an annual basis. For institutions interested in becoming members, please contact the secretary of the group.

Observers

Representatives from the euro area national central banks, which have the status of observer, may follow the discussions in the group.

Meetings

2017
26 January
Tentative agenda
2016
12 October
Agenda
Summary
Presentation item 1.1
Presentation item 1.2
Presentation item 1.3
Presentation item 2.1
Presentation item 2.2
Presentation item 3.1
Presentation item 3.2
Presentation item 4
27 June
Summary
21 June
Agenda
Summary
Presentation item 1 – Bond market outlook
Presentation item 2.1 – Risk markets into the UK referendum on EU membership
Presentation item 2.2 – Further aspects from the UK referendum
Presentation item 3.1 – How does Solvency II work
Presentation item 3.2. – Solvency II impact on European bond markets
Presentation item 4.1. – Impact of the recent regulation on repo for insurance companies
Presentation item 4.2 – Update on capital and liquidity requirements
Presentation item 4.3 – Towards an FX single code
7 April
Agenda
Summary
Presentation item 1 – Bond market outlook and other topics of relevance
Presentation item 2.1 - Impact of low or negative interest rate environment – dealer perspective
Presentation item 2.2 – Impact of low or negative interest rate environment – insurance company perspective
Presentation item 3 - Bank business models and the role of Principal Trading Firms (PTFs) in liquidity provision and intermediation
Presentation item 4 – Money market benchmarks and on the on-going reform process
19 January
Agenda
Summary
Presentation item 1.a – Automated trading strategies – dealer perspective
Presentation item 1.b - Automated trading strategies – buy-side perspective
Presentation item 1.c – ICMA ETP mapping study
Presentation item 2 - Bond market outlook, issuance and other topics
Presentation item 3.a – Transmission of the ECB’s expanded asset purchase programme
Presentation item 3.b – Recent developments in market-based indicators of inflation expectations
2015
13 October
Agenda
Summary
Presentation item 1 - Bond market outlook and other topics of relevance
Presentation Item 2.1.a - Impact of MiFID II from a dealer perspective
Presentation Item 2.1.b - Impact of MiFID II from an investor perspective
Presentation Item 2.2 - Impact of new regulations related to derivative products
Presentation Item 2.3 - Implications of the new capital regulations (including the TLAC and MREL rules)
Presentation Item 3 - Self-regulated best practices
30 June
Agenda
Summary
Presentation Item 1 - Bond market outlook
Presentation Item 2 - Implications of the end of tapering by the Federal Reserve
Presentation Item 3.1 – Long term implications of the APP – dealer perspective
Presentation Item 3.2 – Long term implications of PSPP – investor perspective
Presentation Item 3.3 – Long term implications of ABSPP and CBPP3 – investor perspective
29 June
(teleconference)
Summary
21 April
Agenda
Summary
Presentation Item 1
Presentation Item 2
Presentation Item 3.1 – liquidity in bond and credit markets – dealer perspective
Presentation Item 3.2 – liquidity in bond and credit markets – investor perspective
Presentation item 4 – Presentation of the EFC Sub-Committee on EU Sovereign Debt Markets (ESDM
16 March
(teleconference)
Summary
27 January
Agenda
Summary
Item 1 - Bond market outlook
Item 2.1 - Analysis of October 2014 risk-off episode from a HF perspective
Item 2.2 - Events of October 2014 from a dealer perspective
Item 3.1 - Impact of ABSPP and CBPP3 and potential LSAPs
Item 3.2 - Impact of ABSPP and CBPP3 January 2015 from an investor perspective
Item 4 - Best practice framework for euro area government bond markets
2014
21 October
Agenda
Summary

Item 1 - Bond market outlook
Item 2.1 - Collateral issues of relevance for the functioning of bond markets - bank perspective
Item 2.2 - Collateral issues of relevance for the functioning of the bond markets - investor perspective
Item 2.3 - Recent Developments to the Collateral Framework
Item 3 - Systemic risk
Item 4.1 - Best practice framework – US fixed income markets
Item 4.2 - Best Practice framework - EGB Market
1 July
Agenda
Summary

Item 1 - Bond Market Outlook
Item 2 part I- Some considerations on market making and trading
Item 2 part II - Addressing the Liquidity Challenge
Item 3 - Demand for sovereign bonds: The importance of diversity
Item 4 - SSM Comprehensive Assessment - Key issues from a market perspective
8 April
Agenda
Summary

Item 1 - bond market outlook and other topics of relevance
Item 2 - Central banks' asset purchase programmes
Item 3 part I - Role of trading and liquidity in bond markets
Item 3 part II - Role of trading and liquidity in bond markets
Item 4 part I - SME funding initiatives - New European Comission initiatives for SME funding in Europe.pdf
Item 4 part II - SME funding initiatives - the market association perspective
Item 4 part III - SME funding initiatives - the issuer perspective.pdf
21 January
Agenda
Summary

Item 1 - Bond market outlook and main developments
Item 2a - Sovereign funding challenges for 2014 and private sector issuance
Item 2b - Bond demand outlook from investor side
Item 3 - Review of latest developments of electronic trading in bond markets
Item 4 - Risk metrics
2013