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Chris Towner

Director

I joined JCRA in June 2018 as a Director and specialise in the provision of FX advice to funds, corporates and private equity clients. With a background in banking and corporate dealing, coupled with 15 years’ experience in advising corporates and funds on their FX exposures, my role at JCRA is to help its clients protect themselves against currency risk.

T: +44 (0)207 493 3310

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Expertise

  • Private Equity
  • Corporates
  • FX Hedging

About Chris

After graduating from Nottingham University, I began my career at BZW (which became Barclays Capital) on the foreign exchange interbank trading desk. After being promoted to the position of Sterling crosses trader in London, I spent two years trading in Asia; firstly in Singapore and then in Tokyo, where I was responsible for the Sterling desk.

In 2003, I joined HiFX heading up the advisory business as well as the corporate dealing business. During these years I formed part of the operational management team which oversaw the purchase of HiFX by Euronet (Nasdaq eeft) in 2013/2014 as well as sitting on the credit committee, which mandated all significant credit decisions.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family as well as my other passions which include running, travel, restaurants and live music. I also like to keep in touch with different circles of friends that I have formed over the years.

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Published work

The growing influence of the US Dollar

When US rates push higher, USD denominated debt in emerging markets becomes more expensive.

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Choppy Waters or Smooth Hedge? In 2019 protecting your budget exchange rate will be crucial

Drawing from our 30 year’s of experience advising clients globally and across sectors on how to hedge their FX exposure, we have compiled our top 10 tips to address budge rate setting.

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The outlook for the US dollar – A Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

Prophecies in the FX markets can end up being self-fulfilling. We are witnessing one at the moment with the US dollar. It starts with an improving economy and this leads to expectations and realities of higher interest rates, which strengthen the currency.

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Bank of England raise interest rates by 25bps to 0.75%

After Mark Carney poured cold water over the potential of a rate hike in the first quarter, which given the dip in economic activity we saw back then was the right thing to do, the Bank of England have today decided that the time is right to increase interest rates by 25bps to 0.75%.

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