As FX execution becomes increasingly fragmented with more and more trading taking place in dark environments, price discovery is rapidly becoming one of the industry’s key challenges. But can the recent proliferation of new market data offerings from the leading ECNs really help tackle this problem as claimed? Nicola Tavendale writes.
The past year’s run of unprecedented market events has only served to highlight the growing demand for timely and reliable FX market data, yet innovation in this area has notably lagged behind the levels seen in other areas of the financial markets.
There have been some raised eyebrows in the FX industry recently amongst those that have noticed FastMatch’s sudden spike in volumes.
Profit & Loss has previously noted FastMatch’s strong start to the year in terms of average daily volumes (ADV), highlighting that in March it reported an ADV of $19.2 billion for the month, a new record high and almost double the $10.1 billion ADV it registered in March 2016.
Then in April it set another high water mark in ADV terms, eclipsing March’s record with ADV of $19.8 billion in April, up 83.3% from April 2016.