Currencies in Competition

On first glance there appeared to be few significant changes of note when looking at the currency-specific data in the latest BIS survey. But scratch beneath the surface and this data asks some important questions, says Galen Stops. Looking at the data regarding the currencies themselves in the latest OTC FX turnover survey from the […]
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And Finally…

This week sees the Global FX Committee meet in Sydney for a meeting that is largely going to focus on the subject matter for the first three-year review of the FX Global Code. I will be very surprised if the key themes for the review are not buy side engagement, disclosures, anonymous trading and certain […]
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And Another Thing…

With a “Happy Thanksgiving” to our US readers, let’s keep this short, sweet and cautionary. There are currently a remarkable number of M&A deals going through with deals worth $70 billion announced on Monday alone. Several of them are cross-border and are likely, therefore, to involve at least a degree of FX activity – some […]
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BIS: How Did We Get to $6.6 Trillion?

The Bank for International Settlements’ Triennial Survey of FX Turnover sent the market’s activity benchmark to a new high, but what drove the growth and what does it mean for the industry? Colin Lambert finds out. The first thing to note about the Bank for International Settlements’ $6.6 billion figure for average daily turnover in […]
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And Finally…

Last week saw the announcement of the closure to the public of macro hedge fund giant Moore Capital – an act that would have bought a wry smile to generations of FX traders who have, over the decades, found the firm’s business (ahem) a little tricky to monetise. Obviously there are multiple circumstances that led […]
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And Another Thing…

A week and a half ago, during our In the FICC of It podcast, Galen Stops and I briefly touched upon a comment from a speaker at one of our events, that clients were looking at deploying an algo that deliberately lost money for the first 30 seconds. At the time we chatted away, as […]
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And Finally…

I am writing this sitting in a US airport awaiting my flight home – that airport is JFK in New York and, thanks to a short delay, I cannot help but think that just a few years ago it was here that Mark Johnson was arrested and commenced a period of hell that few, if […]
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And Another Thing…

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the discussions I have been having post the news that Citi is closely studying the number of channels it supports in FX markets is not that several other major LPs have confided in me that they expect, or are currently conducting, a similar review but the number of LPs […]
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And Finally…

I am flying to Singapore and then Hong Kong for our two Asian conferences this week, so this will necessarily be relatively brief – what does the British electorate have in store for us this time and will this UK general election, like so many other votes recently, leave the pollsters with egg on their […]
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And Another Thing…

There has been quite a flutter around the Financial Times story this week about Citi cutting the number of FX platforms it supports; to me – and I’m sorry to blow my own trumpet here, having written about just such a move in a previous column – I was not at all surprised and think […]
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