Societe Generale links FX algo fees to ESG targets

Clients face penalties if they fail to meet sustainability criteria during algo rental period

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Spot foreign exchange is not an asset class that readily lends itself to environmental, social and governance goals. Trades are short-dated, with tenors often as brief as a single day, making it hard for dealers to link individual transaction fees to longer-term performance indicators. Societe Generale believes it has found a way.

The French bank is offering spot FX algorithms to buy-side firms, with fee structures reflecting a client’s ability to meet ethical targets over a defined period. The

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