FXPB: It’s Been a Bumpy Road

Galen Stops charts the ups and downs of FX prime brokerage over the past 20 years and looks at how this segment of the market might be ripe for innovation going forward. Ask anyone who has been around in the FX market for the past 20 years to list the key developments that have shaped […]
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The 20 for 20 Countdown – Part Three

It’s been a busy 20 years since Profit & Loss launched. Colin Lambert and Galen Stops have picked out 20 key events or trends during that time and asked senior industry figures for their perspective on them – here’s numbers 10-6. 10. Brexit Putting aside the (ongoing) politics, the night of the Brexit vote showed […]
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The Money Makers

Galen Stops talks to some veteran currency managers about generating returns in a world of reduced FX trends, increased regulation and evolving investor demands. Talking to individuals that have been actively trading in the foreign exchange market since Profit & Loss was launched in 1999 – and in some cases before then – it is […]
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The 20 for 20 Countdown – Part Two

It’s been a busy 20 years since Profit & Loss launched. Colin Lambert and Galen Stops have picked out 20 key events or trends during that time and asked senior industry figures for their perspective on them – here’s numbers 15-11. 15. Last Look “Last look is a cancer at the heart of the foreign […]
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Algos: Next Big Thing or Already There?

From a trader using their skills and multiple channels to execute client orders to a silent world of APIs and smart order routers, the execution process has changed almost beyond recognition over the past 20 years – but, as Colin Lambert finds out, not everyone sees algos as the next big thing in FX markets. […]
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The Real Revolution: Data and the FX Market

From origination through trading to settlement, Colin Lambert argues that data has revolutionised the foreign exchange industry more than any other single factor. “Even 10 years ago I probably heard the word ‘data’ once a month,” says Kate Lowe, head of trade services at State Street. “Now? It’s 40 times a day. As an industry […]
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FX and the Big Bang Theory

As electronic trading went mainstream, it created an explosion of growth in the market. But has this growth run out of steam? Galen Stops takes a look. The Big Bang Theory – in addition to being a popular American sitcom – is a well-known scientific thesis that posits the universe started with a small singularity […]
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The 20 for 20 Countdown – Part One

It’s been a busy 20 years since Profit & Loss launched. Colin Lambert and Galen Stops have picked out 20 key events or trends during that time and asked senior industry figures for their perspective on them – here’s numbers 20-16. 20. A New Currency for a New Era While the big event of 1999 […]
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Atlas Bank Eyes a New Model for FX Clearing

Galen Stops takes a look at how Atlas Bank is taking a new approach to prime banking and clearing processing in Latin America’s FX markets. Atlas has been around for quite some time now, and in fact has a long history in the FX industry. The group initially formed in 1994 with the launch of […]
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UK Execution Data Returns to Trend, but Concerns for Single Dealers?

Within the UK’s FX Joint Standing Committee (JSC) report on FX turnover, the data on execution styles suggests a return to trend on the part of the channels through which participants are trading. The last two reports from the UK have been notable for a significant surge in spot business executed via the voice channel, […]
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