P&L Talk Series with Baton Systems’ Arjun Jayaram

Arjun Jayaram, CEO of Baton Systems, talks to Profit & Loss about how distributed ledger technology (DLT) is already helping the FX market, why the hype cycle around this technology is coming to an end and who he expects to win the “blockchain wars”. Profit & Loss: What is the problem in the FX market […]
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A Closer Look At: Driving Automation in Commodities

In the past year JP Morgan began offering clients a cocoa arb via its e-trading platform. Filippo Finelli, global head of commodities automated trading strategies (ATS), and Sandy Sehmi, commodities e commerce product head, discuss how this is part of their broader effort to bring more automation to commodities trading. Profit & Loss: So tell […]
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The Problem with Cryptocurrencies….

One of the ongoing problems regarding the adoption of cryptocurrencies by mainstream financial firms was on full display at a fintech event hosted by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in New York this week. The problem was highlighted by a fairly innocuous sounding question from the moderator: what is the problem that cryptocurrencies […]
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A Closer Look At: A Differentiated Algo Offering

Mauricio Sada-Paz, global head of e-FICC product and distribution at Barclays, discusses new algorithmic products available within the bank’s e-FX platform. Profit & Loss: Barclays’ recently added a new algo, BARX Peg, to its e-FX platform. Can you explain the genesis of this product launch? Mauricio Sada-Paz: The Barclays’ Gator execution channel was a pioneering […]
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Single-Dealer Platforms and Portals – Past & Future

By John Ashworth, CEO of Caplin systems Background In the early days of e-commerce, just 20 years ago, there was an important distinction between single-dealer platforms and single-dealer portals. A single-dealer platform was understood to be a broad layer of software that allowed a bank to offer integrated information and trading across most or all […]
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And Another Thing…

Following last week’s column I am obviously in the bad books of a small number of buy side firms and as such I intend, in true fashion, to dig myself in a little deeper today. There is a trend in the buy side, indeed business generally, that makes peer-to-peer matching on any reasonable scale even […]
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FairXchange: Building New Relationship Foundations

The client experience is everything and with that in mind Colin Lambert takes a look at a firm seeking to deliver analytics with a difference, as well as the impact of this service on a client. One of the biggest changes in the foreign exchange industry in recent years has been the explosion of data […]
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A Closer Look At: Building for Corporates

NatWest Markets’ Jacintha Love, head of Agile Markets products, and Jeremy Maw, head of UK mid corporate FX sales, talk about the nuances of building e-FX solutions for corporate clients. Profit & Loss: So why have corporate clients been a big focus for you on the e-FX side? Jeremy Maw: Corporates are a huge part […]
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A Closer Look At: Real-time Transaction Cost Estimation

Morgan Stanley’s Matt Thomas, global head of MSET macro sales, and Jian Chen, head of quantitative solutions and innovations (QSI), explain how transaction cost analysis (TCA) is evolving into a real-time estimative framework tool. Profit & Loss: Talk to me about how you see transaction cost analysis (TCA) evolving in the FX space? Jian Chen: […]
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Hall of Fame 2019

Ian O’Flaherty “Smart, Adaptable and Fair” The evolution of the foreign exchange industry has seen it shift from a largely voice-driven business into one dominated by technology, but that successful transition could not have taken place without people like Ian O’Flaherty to bridge the gap, bringing their wealth of experience to bear on increasingly complex […]
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