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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.
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, after last week’s confident prediction of a German World Cup win Profit & Loss’ managing editor Colin Lambert puts a hex on another team by predicting them as winners and editor Galen Stops volunteers to play fact checker on statements made by panellists at a conference. They also discuss this week’s news, including the Global Foreign Exchange Committee meeting, BNY Mellon launching an options business, the latest from the crypto world and the latest evidence (unproven) of regulatory arbitrage involving Australia and the US. On a more sombre note they also pay tribute to FX industry veteran Paul Chappell, who passed away this week, with a couple of lighter hearted stories involving him.
Using Data to Generate Alpha Signals Charles Ellis, a trader and quantitative strategist at Mediolanum Asset Management, explains how data can be used to help generate alpha signals. The first thing that Ellis points out is how trading firms can most effectively use data is dependent on their investment process and the type of research questions they are trying to use the data to answer. For starters, he says, firms need to consider what investment time frame they are working towards. “Then you have to ask which of these time frames can we add the most value to? What data do we have access to? And then it goes into what sort of questions can we answer using this data over these time frames?” comments Ellis.  
In the FICC of It In this week’s In the FICC of It podcast managing editor Colin Lambert and editor Galen Stops continue the tradition (yes, we know it’s three weeks in) of slamming a white paper from one of the world’s authorities. To find out the winner of this week’s “obvious conclusion” prize, as well as hear their thoughts on Mark Johnson winning bail and Deutsche Bank’s fine for FX malpractice, download the podcast now. Along the way you will also hear about a panel that was “moany”, they give a sneak peek of an exclusive story and, most importantly, they go truly off piste by giving their World Cup predictions!
In the FICC of It In this week's In the FICC of It podcast, P&L's editor Galen Stops tries to rein in a punchy managing editor Colin Lambert. So to find out what is a "social experiment" and what report "is a propaganda exercise" listen in. Along the way there will be more considered opinion and insight on the changing dynamic of the LP-client relationship, including a quick way to identify changing LP behaviour, as well as a look at what is, at face value, a surprising deal involving FXall and 360T.
In the FICC of it In the latest edition of Profit & Loss' podcast series, In the FICC of It, managing editor Colin Lambert and editor Galen Stops discuss some of the news stories that have hit the headlines over the past week. They discuss the surprising departure of Fastmatch CEO Dmitri Galinov, the drivers of latest deal in the FX trading platform world and the challenges and opportunities facing the CTA industry. They close out with a few quick thoughts on the first anniversary of the FX Global Code and as you would expect, they are "off message"!
The Need for a Better FX Benchmark Philippe Bonnefoy, founder of Eleuthera Capital, explains why the FX industry suffers due to a lack of an effective industry benchmark. Bonnefoy discusses why the 4pm Fix can be beneficial, but points out that it also suffers from potential gaming. He then adds that benchmarking remains a huge issue for investors trying to work out whether they should consider FX as an asset class or not. “With an equity benchmark, you know what the index is doing, for fixed income you know what the composite bond or the bond benchmark in 10-year Treasury is. For FX, is it cash? Is it a three-month yield? Is it overnight pricing? How do I say that you created value for me in trading FX other than just saying whether you were positive or negative?,” asks Bonnefoy.
Combining Currency Hedging with Alpha Generation Adrian Lee, president and CIO at Adrian Lee & Partners, explains why combining currency hedging with alpha generating strategies can benefit investors. When questioned about whether clients are looking for hedging or alpha from currency managers, Lee responds that many clients actually need both simultaneously. He continues: “The challenge of risk management is that currencies are a biggish risk – there’s no long-run return really, so on paper it makes sense to reduce it. But when you start to do these hedges after you’ve got the international assets, you’ve got to get the currency exposure back… with that [you have] really strong cash flows because if you hedge half your 20% international, it’s 10% of your whole portfolio. If that goes against you [the impact on] performance in a quarter could be massive.”