And Finally…

Welcome to 2020 and may I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year – if we’re looking in purely market terms I suppose that means some volatility. There were a few things that caught my eye over the holiday period, all of which I will, hopefully, get to in the next week, but […]
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And Finally…

Whilst wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a tremendously successful 2020, very quickly we come to the final column of the decade and the last Irrational for 2019, my Person/People of the Year. Before I do, however, I have to acknowledge – yet again – the greatness of the readership. Two weeks ago, […]
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And Another Thing…

The second – and penultimate – Irrational of 2019 is the Event of the Year and obviously this had to be held back to ensure that the Great British public did not don their subversive hats again and surprise at last week’s election. They did not to any great degree (although I don’t recall a […]
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And Finally…

With a reminder to vote for your favourite P&L socks (yes really!) let’s move onto the second of this year’s abbreviated Irrationals – the Headline/Analysis of the Year. I have been known in the past to give strategists and analysts a bit of stick, it is good-natured with a tint of seriousness – there are […]
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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 […]
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The New FX Benchmark – What Does it Mean?

Colin Lambert muses on the broader significance of the latest BIS number for the FX industry as a whole. However the number was arrived at, the FX market will, for the next three years at least, be known as a $6.6 trillion market – reinforcing its position as the largest financial market in the world. […]
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And Finally…

Is it time to really start to get worried about the primary FX venues? I have written before about the decline in volumes at these venues but one could be forgiven for thinking the decline is now becoming a little precipitate. Both Refinitiv and EBS reported their lowest spot ADV since they started reporting (so […]
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Battle Lines Drawn

Looking at the geographical distribution of OTC FX turnover, Galen Stops sees some areas of competition emerging amongst different trading centres, but argues that it will be a long time before we see the outcome of any moves being made now. It will have come as no surprise that the data from the Bank for […]
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Mystery Solved? BIS Report Studies Triennial FX Survey Data

When the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) published this year’s version of its FX turnover survey there was much scratching of heads in the FX industry at its finding that $6.6 trillion was traded every day in the FX market. Not only was the survey taken in what was a quiet month by most standards […]
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In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast starts with a bombshell that leaves Galen Stops reeling and lost for words before he and Colin Lambert get into the details with a look at the results of the first day of the Global FX Committee’s deliberations this week. Lambert highlights one of two challenges he believes the committee face, not […]
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