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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BIS: How Did We Get to $6.6 Trillion?

The Bank for International Settlements’ Triennial Survey of FX Turnover sent the market’s activity benchmark to a new high, but what drove the growth and what does it mean for the industry? Colin Lambert finds out. The first thing to note about the Bank for International Settlements’ $6.6 billion figure for average daily turnover in […]
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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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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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