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 […]
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Can Symbiont’s Blockchain Solution Change How FX Trades?

For many years, Symbiont deliberately avoided touching FX. But now, having partnered with Vanguard, it is building a decentralised network for FX trading that it claims could represent a major inflection point for the industry. Galen Stops reports. One thing that the team at Symbiont, a blockchain technology company founded in 2013, are adamant about […]
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Liquidity Spillovers – Phenomena or Structural Change?

Colin Lambert reviews a new paper from the Bank for International Settlements’ Monetary and Economic Department, which suggests the direct links between liquidity conditions in FX spot and swaps markets are getting stronger – and that regulation is having a serious impact on the FX market’s functioning. At face value, the phrases “…the pricing of […]
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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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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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FX: Still a Banking Market

Much has been said about how the banks’ influence in FX markets is much reduced, but is that accurate? Colin Lambert says the data suggests it is not. It is easy to get wrapped up in the rhetoric of the “customer being at the centre of what we do”, but is the reality a little […]
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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 […]
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Self-Learning FX Algos: Part of the Shifting TCA Battleground

Galen Stops takes a deep-dive look at how Goldman Sachs is adding self-learning elements to its FX algos, and where this technology fits into the shifting analytics landscape across FICC markets. Goldman Sachs has for some time now offered a variety of algorithms to clients for trading FX, ranging from the more aggressive ones that […]
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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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