Lizzy Birmingham

Research Contradicts US Officials on USD Strength

A research note today from Societe Generale found that, despite claims from senior US officials, the USD has generally weakened against other major currencies over the last two decades. This announcement comes after a press conference on Saturday, where US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin argued that by not intervening to support the yuan, the Chinese […]

Kooltra Targets Brokers with Cloud-Based Solution

Kooltra has launched a new platform, called FXCore, which designed to fast-track the entry of new broker participants into the FX market. In a release issued today Kooltra, which provides an integrated back and middle office SaaS system for institutional customers, says the platform will advance back office technology for FX trading which, it says, […]

Report Warns DLT Technology Could Backfire

A new report from Greenwich Associates warns that, if taken too far, distributed ledger technology (DLT) could reintroduce problems financial markets have been working to alleviate for more than 500 years. DLT has been touted as a means of creating new efficiencies in a number of different areas within the financial system, one of which […]

Crown Agents Bank Hires Tsiaprazis

Crown Agents Bank today has appointed Mel Tsiaprazis as executive vice president and group COO. Tsiaprazis will also sit on the executive committee of the digital payment bank, which moves money to, from and across developing, emerging and frontier markets. In a press release today, Crown Agents Bank cites her previous experience working in senior […]

CTA Performance Dips in May

CTAs struggled in May as markets pulled back from established trends, according to the latest data by Societe Generale (SG) CTA indices. The SG CTA Index was down 2.36% last month, however, it still remains in positive territory for the year at 2.22%. Trend following strategies have performed well in 2019, but in May the […]

CLS Volumes Flat in May

The average daily volume (ADV) of FX trades submitted to CLS in May was $1.62 trillion, marginally down from the $1.63 trillion it reported in April. The ADV of FX swaps submitted to CLS in May was $1.19 trillion, down 4.14% month-on-month and down 5.3% year-on-year. The ADV of FX forwards trades submitted to CLS […]

Five on Friday: What Happened in Markets This Week

Lizzy Birmingham provides a brief roundup of the major FX moves this week, and the drivers behind each. 1) Euro Climbs Following Draghi’s Rate Hike Delay On Thursday, the euro climbed 0.6%, reaching a seven-week high of $1.1290 against the USD. This increase in value came following ECB President Mario Draghi’s announcement that the ECB […]

Spotex Hires Gillespie for Eurozone FX Sales

Spotex, a developer of FX technology systems and ECN, has hired Kevin Gillespie as director of institutional sales. In his new role, Gillespie, who is based in London, is set to cover institutional and broker clients as well as banks, primarily in Europe. Reporting to John Miesner, executive managing director and global head of sales […]

Mosaic Appoints Oxford Professor as Scientific Advisor

Mosaic Smart Data, a capital markets-focused data analytics company, has appointed Oxford University professor of mathematical finance, Rama Cont, as scientific advisor. In this role Cont will work directly with Mosaic’s data science team to make the latest in data science technology available to Mosaic’s customers, as well as guiding the firm’s R&D activities. Cont […]