John Shay, most recently a partner at Virtu Financial, is joining Nasdaq as global head of fixed income, commodities and clearing, reporting to Hans-Ole Jochumsen, president of Nasdaq. Shay takes up his New York-based role in late October.
Shay spent most of his career with ICAP (Icap) before being recruited by Virtu’s founder, Vincent Viola, in 2007. At Virtu, Shay was responsible for managing all outside venue, vendor and trading relationships, including all prime and FCM counterparties, as well as all exchange, ECN and ATS relationships with a focus on fixed income, currencies and commodities.
With less than one week to go before the industry’s premier FX conference, Forex Network Chicago, Profit & Loss has recorded a special “Chicago Edition” of its podcast “In the FICC of It”.
The panel sessions will study all aspects of the current market structure with special focus on those areas most open to debate, this includes volatility levels, liquidity provision, the ubiquitous last look, and also the impact of the FinTech sector on the industry.
To preview the conference, P&L’s managing editor Colin Lambert and deputy editor Galen Stops, have been discussing what they see as the key issues facing the industry, as well as how they expect the panel sessions to go.
To access the preview, please click here, or go to the Media tab on the Profit & Loss website.
Birgir Haraldsson and Mario Manna, co-founders of Nightberg, an independent macro strategy firm, talk to Profit & Loss about getting noticed in a crowded market and how data analytics is changing the traditional research model.
Profit & Loss: given your experience in the market, how have you seen financial research change over the years?
Mario Manna: Spending a lot of time on the buy side we’ve always been big users of research and it has changed quite a bit, in particular it’s become more siloed. So now you often have specialists carved out to cover a specific niche, firms have a US rates strategist, an EU rates strategist, etc, and so the research becomes narrowly focused and at risk of constantly reporting about a topic or asset when perhaps nothing much is happening.
As EBS BrokerTec prepares for the departure of a CEO that has driven so much change at the firm and its transition to being part of Nex, Galen Stops looks at the firm’s evolving role and identity within the FX market.
News that Gil Mandelzis, CEO of EBS Brokertec, is stepping down from the role has triggered the usual speculation over a successor and the business conditions the next CEO will face. Without doubt, the next head of EBS will be taking the reins of a very different company to that inherited by Mandelzis.
What is widely seen as one of, if not the, biggest challenge surrounding the BIS FX Working Group’s work on developing the Global Code of Conduct – adherence – was addressed by Chris Salmon, executive director, Markets at the Bank of England earlier this week and Salmon – the man responsible for the adherence piece in the Code – was optimistic that it would be effective.
Addressing ACI UK’s Square Mile Debate, Salmon noted, “It is no secret that all has not been well in FX or FICC markets more generally.”
He cited the erosion of trust in markets to preface his speech but identified an “ethical drift” resulting from “structural weaknesses” that presented opportunities for misconduct.
Just about 10 months ago the deal was announced to sell Icap’s voice business to Tullett Prebon and at that time, in this column, I suggested that a consequence of that deal would be an easier path for anyone looking to buy Icap’s electronic business, subsequently revealed to be named Nex.
Obviously I cited an exchange as the most likely buyer and it seems, if the headlines of last week are anything to go by, that the pieces are being moved into place. Moving pieces is, however, very different to an actual deal – what are the chances of that?
We all know there has been a significant shift in recent years in FX markets towards the machine - events, especially in the legal and regulatory space, have helped drive the change - but is this shift now reaching a tipping point whereby traditional finance and economic theory is challenged? We talk a lot about the equitisation of the foreign exchange market structure but is the real issue, thanks to the growth in automated market making, the equitisation of FX market behaviour?