Profit & Loss talks to Tod Van Name, Bloomberg's global head of FX and commodities electronic trading, about how technology is changing the way that corporate treasurers operate.
Profit & Loss: With a lot of global macro uncertainty anticipated for the year ahead, are corporate treasurers under more pressure when it comes to managing their FX exposures?
Tod Van Name: There’s no question that corporations are always considerate of market pressures, and while there haven’t been wild currency swings in the US, where the dollar has been strong and stable recently, for treasurers not in the US it has become a particularly big issue.
Brandon Mulvihill, managing director, head of FXCM Pro, explains that there is still not enough clarity about the different prime-of-prime services being offered in the FX market, and warns that it is a mistake to believe that these firms are currently ready to fill the gap left by the tier one prime brokers.
Profit & Loss: Since “SNB Day” there have been a lot of firms touting prime-of-prime (PoP) services to the FX market. Many of them actually provide very different services. Two years on from SNB, do you feel like these differences are better understood by market participants?
Scott Fitzpatrick, CEO of Tradition SEF, talks to Profit & Loss about the ways in which the swaps market structure has – and hasn’t – evolved since the introduction of Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs).
Profit & Loss: Has the launch of SEFs three years ago actually precipitated any major changes in the structure of the swaps market?
Scott Fitzpatrick: From an infrastructure perspective, you could argue that an increased level of efficiency has been introduced into the post-trade processing of swaps transactions. Whether it’s the centralization of processing through SEFs adopting a straight-to-clearing model or the direct reporting to the Swap Data Repositories (SDRs), and provision of daily trading activity files, there is a transparency and fluidity in the post-trade environment that did not exist prior to the introduction of the SEF regulations and the creation of the accompanying infrastructure.
Moises Michan, managing partner at Tanridge Capital, talks about the benefits of FX within a portfolio and explains how firms can benefit from more active hedging strategies
Profit & Loss: How long has Tanridge Capital been trading now?
Moises Michan: We started the firm about two years ago. We’re an FX-focused asset manager with three main products: alpha strategies, passive overlay and active overlay.
P&L: Prior to this you were on the bank side, correct?
MM: Yes, it was working on the bank side that I noticed a real gap in the FX market.
Petra Wikstrom, global head of Execution and Alpha solutions at BNP Paribas, talks to Profit & Loss about why FX TCA benefits from “a pragmatic engineering approach”.
Profit & Loss: When it comes to producing meaningful TCA, what are the big data challenges facing market participants?
Petra Wikstrom: Over the last five years we’ve seen a constant uptick in the electronification of FX, but the number of venues offering FX liquidity has increased far beyond that, which means that similar volumes are now offered across more venues.
Birgir Haraldsson and Mario Manna, co-founders of Nightberg, an independent macro strategy firm, talk to Profit & Loss about getting noticed in a crowded market and how data analytics is changing the traditional research model.
Profit & Loss: given your experience in the market, how have you seen financial research change over the years?
Mario Manna: Spending a lot of time on the buy side we’ve always been big users of research and it has changed quite a bit, in particular it’s become more siloed. So now you often have specialists carved out to cover a specific niche, firms have a US rates strategist, an EU rates strategist, etc, and so the research becomes narrowly focused and at risk of constantly reporting about a topic or asset when perhaps nothing much is happening.
Franck Mikulecz, managing director of the newly established clearing house FXCH, explains why
and how his firm is using distributed ledger technology to clear spot FX
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Profit & Loss talks to Marshall Bailey, president of ACI -
The Financial Markets Association, about the implementation of the Global Code
of Conduct within the FX industry.
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that is always brought up regarding ...
Profit & Loss talks to Kevin Taylor, managing director, Icap Information Services about why is market data increasingly seen as a big money business at a time when market participants appear able to access more data from different sources than ever.
Tony Dalton, Head of Global Foreign Exchange, R.J. O’Brien & Associates, talks with Profit & Loss about the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Profit & Loss: What attracted you from a large bank to a boutique firm like RJ O’Brien?