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FXPB: Which Way is the Pendulum Swinging? Over the past few years, some FX prime brokers have gone from aggressively competing for market share to off-boarding clients and increasing their fees. What happened to make the pendulum swing so dramatically, and is it due for another reversal? Galen Stops reports. Relatively speaking, it wasn’t all that long ago that banks were aggressively trying to build out their FX prime brokerage (FXPB) businesses and competition was fierce. This precipitated a race to the bottom in terms of fees by some FXPBs. Numerous market sources claim that Morgan Stanley was at the forefront of this race, although they note that a number of major FXPB players were not far behind.
The Wrap Liquidity, fragmentation and geopolitics dominate closing conversations on Day 2 at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago. After each of the five topic speakers gave their debriefing of discussions within the working groups, the conversation opened up between the panelists to explore some of the themes raised during the working group recaps. Drawing on discussions around both liquidity and geopolitics, Chip Lowry, senior managing director, State Street Global Markets, kicked things off with the topic of de-globalisation, and whether the current trend of countries looking more inward is affecting liquidity.
The Debriefing The Debriefing session brought together each of the five speakers after convening with their table heads to get feedback from each of the respective working groups, the results of which were presented in a panel discussion about the findings. In the final act of Forex Network Chicago, The Debriefing session featured the five topic speakers providing an overview of the working group sessions that took place around each of the five topic working groups. The main speakers and the table heads they worked with included: Geopolitics: Mario Manna, CEO, Nightberg, with support from table heads George Dowd, president, G. Dowd & Co; and Bob Savage, CEO, CCTrack.com.
The Profit & Loss Challenge Profit & Loss introduced a new format at Forex Network Chicago, which took place September 28-29. The second day was dedicated to the Profit & Loss Challenge, during which conference participants broke into working groups under five key topics: Geopolitics, Regulatory, Liquidity, Execution and Technology. Raising the curtain on the day’s discussions during a new format on Day 2 at Forex Network Chicago, managing editor Colin Lambert kicked off with a series of questions to get the conversations going with topic speakers.
SEFs: Houses Built on Sand or Rocks? The introduction of SEFs was just one piece of the overall puzzle in the G20 swaps reform mandate. To see the whole picture, Galen Stops looks at the impact of swaps infrastructure rules on market participants' workflows and why MiFID ...
Worried About Liquidity? Deal With It! Market participants remain concerned about liquidity conditions in markets, but as Colin Lambert reports, central bankers are less than sympathetic. If 2016 is the year in which Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) ramp up their market presence and seek to take their ...
SEFs: A Market Divided

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SEFs: A Market Divided

As the pace of regulatory reform for the swaps market slows, Galen Stops finds market participants divided on the impact that SEFs have had on the market.  Ask two different swaps market participants about the impact that Swap Execution Facilities (...
SEF Volumes: Changing Liquidity Patterns Since the introduction of SEFs, the liquidity on these platforms has remained very sticky, with clear incumbents in each asset class. But what does the data tell us about changing liquidity patterns and could competition be about to heat up ...
The FX industry’s favourite conference returned to Chicago in September, drawing record numbers. Close to 600 attendees converged in the Windy City for the annual Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago conference in September to network, tour the exhibition hall and ...
FX continues to gain exemptions from the global authorities. Colin Lambert reports. Physically delivered FX forwards and swaps have been exempted in the final framework establishing the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives, published by regulators. The Basel Committee on ...