Profit & Loss

Bitcoin: Short Term Spurious Correlation or a Proper Safe Haven?

Chris Wittenborn, director of business development for Velocity Markets, analyses whether or not Bitcoin can really be considered as a safe haven asset. As the new year dawned, war tensions jumped and investors turned to “safe havens” to protect assets and find speculative alpha. During this time, gold – the traditional port in a storm […]

How Technology and Data Are Opening the Door to FX Automation

Sebastian Hofmann-Werther, Head of EMEA at 360T, explains how the barriers preventing greater automation for trading non-spot FX products are being overcome, and why buy-side firms could stand to benefit significantly as a result of this. We would argue that the benefits of automating FX trades are largely self-evident. After all, you only have to […]

Remember How Technology Changed FX? Now It’s Doing the Same for Crypto

James Banister, CEO of Market Synergy, reflects on how the dynamism of the digital asset space reminds him of the FX industry of yesteryear and talks about how institutional-grade technology is changing these markets. For those of you who weren’t around in the FX market during the ‘90s and early ‘00s, let me tell you […]

What Really Happens to Markets Around Flash Crashes?

This content was sponsored by Deutsche Bank Several high profile flash crash episodes have been reported in recent years. Their frequent occurrence has raised concerns around the stability of the market, and has attracted attention from both regulators and market participants alike. In this article we highlight two of DB’s market-leading research pieces in this […]

How Soon Will Instant FX Settlement Be Possible?

By Brian Charlick, Risk & Regulation Financial Services, CGI During the past decade we have witnessed a significant shift in the payments and banking landscape. A drive to mobile banking, fintechs, younger tech-savvy demographics and new global financial instruments have driven up payments volumes. This pattern of increased volumes has coincided with ever increasing demands […]

Time to Embrace the Data Revolution

The winds of change have begun to blow in the world of FX swaps, and as a result it’s becoming increasingly apparent that knowledge — in the form of accurate market data — truly is power. Today, whether pricing or hedging FX swap trades, banks are still relying on market data feeds that are merely […]

Coolest Banks to Search the Net Sample

You can imagine that, after three decades of shooting some of the world’s best surfers, filmmaker Taylor Steele has amassed a lot of unseen footage. Like, a lot a lot. Steele started showing up to the beach with his camera back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, and not long after graduation (and subsequently meeting Kelly […]

Is the FX Global Code of Conduct Working?

The FX Global Code is now over one year old and is generally seen to have been a success in establishing a blueprint for conduct in the markets. The number of firms adopting has been steadily growing but at such an uneven pace that some are wondering exactly how successful it will be? Next week’s Forex Network Chicago conference will kick off with an armchair debate and a panel session looking at the impact of the Code from two perspectives.

And Finally…

It is widely believed that it is inevitable that technology will assume more control of the decision making in markets, but I for one, hope it does not, for I don’t believe the outcome would be particularly good. At the moment technology dominates the execution of strategies, but the decision making is still a more balanced process with the human very much involved – which to me is a good, because what we need is a good blend of human and machine if we are to continue to see risk takers.

And Finally…

It is widely believed that it is inevitable that technology will assume more control of the decision making in markets, but I for one, hope it does not, for I don’t believe the outcome would be particularly good. At the moment technology dominates the execution of strategies, but the decision making is still a more balanced process with the human very much involved – which to me is a good, because what we need is a good blend of human and machine if we are to continue to see risk takers.