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In the FICC of It In this week’s podcast episode, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops share their views on the takeover of BestX by State Street. What does it mean for BestX’ USP of independence? What drove the deal? Will it be a success? They also touch upon the latest lawsuit in FX circles, served by former Fastmatch CEO and founder Dmitri Galinov against the firm and its owner, Euronext US, and ask whether this highlights yet another barrier to success for the swathe of fintech firms targeting the FICC sector?
In the FICC of it In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert attempts to sound informative on all things crypto, while Galen Stops is informative on all things crypto. They also discuss the shift in FX trading from anonymous to disclosed channels and its impact on last look as well as the latest on pre-hedging from the Global FX Committee. There is also time for one to bang on about a correct prediction (to date) made at the start of the year and they also touch on "de-centralised" crypto trading platforms and realise it's just like the FX options market in the 1980s.
In the FICC of it In this week's In the FICC of it podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the Mark Johnson trial, pointing out that if the current verdict is upheld despite the ongoing appeal against it and ACIFMA's decision to file an amicus brief in support of the appeal, it could have a very significant impact on both the Global FX Code and how the FX industry operates more broadly. They also look at why crypto regulation is unlikely to move as fast as some people in the industry would like, and why this might not be such a bad thing.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It from Profit & Loss Colin Lambert lifts the veil of secrecy around how this podcast is created and Galen Stops talks about democratising financial markets. They also engage on the latest FX volume surveys and ask ‘are they accurate?’ as well as talk about the impact of regulation on non-bank market makers. They also seek to explode the myth that people are leaving the banking industry in droves and briefly touch upon what Colin Lambert calls ‘the madness of regulation’.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, Galen Stops breaks ranks to say he found one of Colin Lambert’s columns interesting, while the latter makes an appeal for expert knowledge on risk-free rates – if only so he doesn't have to blag another podcast feature. They also discuss the latest unfair dismissal outcome in the UK in which yet another FX dealer was found to have been wrongly sacked, as well as the potential implications for the fintech industry from a legal case in the US. In a busy podcast they also dispel some myths about AI – while at the same time making a big statement (is there any other kind?) on what will make AI trading successful; and they pick out their early selections for must-not-miss sessions from Forex Network Chicago in September.
AI in Trading: Human Ingenuity on Steroids One of the key benefits of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools for trading is that it can massively enhance human capabilities, explains Andrej Rusakov, CEO of Data Capital Management. “The way I see it is that AI can really put human ingenuity on steroids,” he says. “What I mean by that is that it really allows you to take way more data points into account and find structures in data sources that are impossible for the human eye to spot.” Rather than displacing humans, Rusakov explains that this technology is most effective when it is deployed in tandem with a human understanding of how markets work. When building strategies, his firm uses this understanding of markets and then codifies and enhances them by using AI, and in particular machine learning, tools to find new patterns in different data sets.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, Colin Lambert apologises to the English nation and Galen Stops talks about the needs of a millennial. They also discuss the week’s news from the FX world including SGX launching futurised OTC products and LCH going live with deliverable FX options clearing, as well as deliberate upon how hedge fund performance is measured; US regulators’ attitudes to cryptocurrencies; and the latest blow to the desktop terminal industry. They close out with a quote from their favourite profession – the legal industry – which rather aptly reinforces something Colin Lambert has been saying for some years – and let’s face it, if he says enough at some stage a lawyer somewhere will have to agree, it’s the law of averages! In case you missed some of the original coverage this week, you can catch up here: SGX Launches “Futurised” OTC FX Product LCH Goes Live with Deliverable FX Options Clearing US Regulators Shift Attitudes Regarding Cryptocurrencies Hedge Funds Suffer in June: BarclayHedge And Finally…(subscription required)
Dispelling Misconceptions About Currency Hedging Momtchil Pojarliev, deputy head of currencies at BNP Paribas Asset Management, talks about some of the misconceptions that exist amongst institutional investors regarding currency hedging. For example, he explains that in the past, some firms have been unclear on the exact difference between absolute return strategies and active hedging. In the former, the aim is to produce risk-adjusted returns that are as high as possible for a given volatility. The currency manager is allocated a notional amount of funds and can invest in any given currency to try and produce the maximum amount of returns possible.
Credit, Not Custody, the Biggest Challenge in the Crypto Space David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange, talks about why a lack of credit, rather than custody solutions, is the biggest single challenge facing institutional market participants wanting to trade cryptoassets. LMAX offers a crypto custody solution through LMAX Digital, and Mercer concedes that having platforms provide custody services is not necessarily ideal from a market structure perspective. However, he quickly adds: If you look at LMAX Exchange’s business model I’ve always been regulated as a broker-dealer and I’ve alway been regulated as an MTF and there’s Chinese Walls between the two.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, Colin Lambert has another one of his “theories” – this time about why 360T bought GTX – and Galen Stops thinks he knows why CboeFX is doing so well. They also rail against PR-speak when looking at this week’s news from the crypto and corporate world and ponder the value of corporate treasuries turning themselves into professional FX trading units. They close out by discussing the possibilities of voice activated trading by creating “eFXa” (Trademark pending) and P&L’s managing editor looks to continue his stellar* run of World Cup predictions by tipping yet another surefire winner.