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The Future of FCMs: Adapting to Survive The plight of Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs) in recent years has been well documented. But can they adapt to survive and where are there parallels with the changes taking place in FX prime services? The FCM business model has been ...
As RMB Internationalises, Questions Arise Around Settlement A turning point year for the Chinese currency, 2015 foretold a new era for the RMB. As the currency gains in prominence, China faces decisions around settlement mechanisms, which will be crucial to its acceptance as a truly international currency. Galen ...
NBIM Steps into the Last Look Debate In the latest issue of its Asset Manager Perspective, Norges Bank Investment Management investigates the role of last look in FX markets. The fund acknowledges that the practice “serves a legitimate need” of liquidity providers and can improve liquidity available ...
Under the Hood of the LCH.Clearnet, CLS Partnership LCH.Clearnet and CLS announced plans this summer to launch a service for clearing deliverable FX products. But how exactly will the new system work and is there really demand for this type of service? Galen Stops investigates. In August, ...
Mind The Gap

in Analysis, Industry

Mind The Gap

Is the continued technological evolution of the FX market opening up gaps in banks’ risk management capabilities? Galen Stops takes a look. The numerous benefits that technology has brought, and continues to bring, to the FX market have been well ...
Does Bitcoin Have a Future in Financial Services? With financial services firms currently tripping over each other to highlight the potential applications of blockchain technology, Galen Stops looks at what this means for Bitcoin’s chances of entering the financial mainstream. There are very few topics within the ...
FX NDF Client Clearing Begins on SEFs: More to Follow? The first centrally cleared FX NDF client trade took place on a Swap Execution Facility (SEF) last month, potentially paving the way for more clearing activity and more competition in this segment of the market.Despite no regulatory mandate to ...
Catching the FX Bug

in Analysis, Industry

Catching the FX Bug

Whilst a career in FX might not be top of mind for many women, once they get a taste of the job they are hooked. Joy Macknight spoke to women in different areas of the market to uncover the attraction ...
Is FX Still a Man’s World?

in Analysis, Industry

Is FX Still a Man’s World?

Although most would agree that the FX industry now counts more women among its ranks than ever before, it is still nowhere near parity. What more can be done to recruit and retain women throughout their careers? Joy Macknight investigates. ...
Markit Aims to Stitch Up Fragmented FX Market With DealHub Acquisition The trend for M&A activity continues apace in the FX industry, with the news that Markit is set to acquire DealHub for an undisclosed fee. Although the rest of the M&A activity has thus far involved trading platforms, ...