And Finally…

Thursday’s column elicited quick a bit of feedback – most of it, it has to said, suggesting that I had wasted my time writing it! The strong consensus out there is that the zero brokerage model will not work in foreign exchange. In my defence, I was actually asking the question rather than answering it […]
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FX: A Trading or Data Business?

At the recent Forex Network Chicago conference David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group, was interviewed by Colin Lambert about the foreign exchange and crypto market landscapes. This is an edited and abridged version of that discussion. Colin Lambert: There is a view out there that FX is no longer a trading business, how do […]
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And Another Thing…

Those of you who trade with US stockbrokers may have noticed that over the past week trading via the major brokerages (with the exception of Fidelity) has become “free” as these firms eradicated brokerage from their business models. The impact on these firms’ share prices, ironically, was they were clobbered as a result of them […]
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Are FX Swaps Ready for Blockchain Settlement?

Profit & Loss recently reported on a new venture designed to settle FX swaps via blockchain-based technology. Galen Stops takes a closer look at the genesis and the mechanics of this solution. Having worked in liquidity management at Bank of Ireland and then UBS, Brian Nolan observed firsthand how the regulatory expectations around intraday liquidity […]
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Report Envisages Erosion of USD Global Reserve Status

A new report from Vontobel and Eurasia Group suggests that there could be an erosion of the US dollar’s reserve currency status as geopolitical tensions between America and China continue. The paper, titled The Next Digital Superpower: Scenarios for the US-China conflict and implications for the global economy, argues that the current US-China trade war […]
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And Finally…

I’ll keep this short as it’s a public holiday in my domicile, so I will just ask the question, how worried should the FX industry be about ESMA’s pondering over including spot FX in its Market Abuse Regulation? Obviously the question has been raised with the European regulator thanks to the ongoing headlines around the […]
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The Great Migration

The past few years have seen a significant number of senior figures from the FX market transition into the digital asset space. Galen Stops talks to a few of them about where they see the parallels, differences and possible convergences between the two markets. Galen Stops, editor of Profit & Loss: Where do you see […]
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And Another Thing…

It’s been quite a week for me thanks to my digital life being turned upside down (I have never had to deal with so many help desks at one time) and the passing of the founder of my favourite restaurants in London, Dick Barfoot of Sweetings. So with a “vale” to Dick and a gesture […]
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Time to Get Creative?

Does FX still have the ability to innovate the way that it did 20 years ago? Galen Stops finds the industry divided on this important question. When Profit & Loss launched 20 years ago, the FX market looked very different than it does today. Much of the industry was still trading via voice channels, pricing […]
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FX: A Relationship Business

Mike Harris, President of Campbell & Company, talks about the changing dynamics of trading relationships over the past 20 years and why he’s still bullish on FX as an asset class. Profit & Loss: When you think back to 1999, what was the biggest difference between FX trading then and now? Mike Harris: The biggest […]
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