Today’s column comes with an apology to Labradors the world over – proof that my readership is made up of nothing if not animal lovers. Away from the unintended slight on man’s best friend, I am bothered by yet another example of what I consider to be weak operational practice. Technology, data and analytics are all good, but they can’t be left to their own devices – someone has to “own” them and either monitor them adequately or take responsibility when things go wrong.
Day: 21 February 2019
We’d all like to write our own reviews, but if the recent emphasis on third party transaction cost analysis (TCA) has taught us anything it’s that it can be beneficial to have an independent party conduct reviews too. With that in mind Profit & Loss challenged some of its readers to look over our 2018 predictions and provide feedback.Prediction: “The Great Divide” – 2018 will be all about the data and it will empower those willing to pay for it, however there will be challenges for those who cannot or will not pay up to consume and store the vast amounts of data required. Those with data will be more protective of how their pricing is used by counterparts and those without will struggle in an increasingly fragmented market as more platforms package and sell their data.
2018 was undoubtedly a transitional year for Refinitiv. In the first half of the year, the firm was finishing off big initiatives that were started in 2017 – although everything was all ready internally for the MiFID II deadline on January 3 there were subsequent client enhancement requests to work through, while Matching was re-platformed and moved into the Equinix LD4 data centre in London. Meanwhile, in the second half of the year, the focus shifted onto new initiatives: announcing plans to launch an analytics suite and making more algos available to clients on FXall. Of course, the obvious transition for the firm was being rebranded as Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) after a consortium led by private equity firm Blackstone agreed a deal to acquire 55% of the business.
Having taken a look at Colin Lambert’s predictions for 2018, Galen Stops finds that he was almost right with all of them. “Almost” being the operative word.…..1.“Bitcoin. That’s The Thing That Goes Up, Right?” – “The advent of futures in Bitcoin will take volatility out of the market. The cryptocurrency will end the year lower, not at zero, but in the single digits of thousands of dollars.” Colin definitely scored a hit with his price prediction, with bitcoin currently at $3,500 at the time of writing. However, he did give himself a rather generous amount of leeway by effectively predicting that it would end the year anywhere between $1 and $9,999.