In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast P&L’s editor Galen Stops is in ebullient mood as trend followers return to profitability and he is quick to let P&L’s managing editor Colin Lambert – who predicted the death of trend following last year you may recall – know this fact. As well the expected bluster and refusal to change […]
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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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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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And Another Thing…

I noticed that an old favourite turned up in the news cycle last week – indeed I suspect it is moving into the market’s general psyche given more people are talking to me about it – and that is peer-to-peer matching, more specifically asset managers seeking to by-pass the banks because the latter are able […]
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Profit & Loss Readers Choice Awards – Voting Now Open

Voting closes on Friday May 31 for the Profit & Loss Readers’ Choice Awards – the FoXys – is now open. The P&L editorial team has made its choices over the best in the banking industry, as unveiled tonight at the Digital FX Awards Dinner, now it is Profit & Loss readers that get the chance to vote for […]
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And Another Thing…

Here are three statements. “Fragmentation exacerbates the already inherent challenge – adequate liquidity – and increases market fragility as a result.” “Fragmentation leads to smaller, disconnected liquidity pools and less efficient and more volatile pricing.” “Divided markets are more brittle, with shallower liquidity, posing a risk of failure in times of economic stress or crisis.” […]
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And Finally…

We are in the midst of yet another culling season within various banks’ Markets divisions, with this round’s poster children appearing to be Societe Generale and Nomura thanks to heavy cuts across the FICC business. Staff comings and goings are a routine part of banking life of course, but I wonder if this is the […]
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And Another Thing…

I teased a theme on Monday in the column regarding the oversight of FX businesses to which I want to return. If there is one recurring theme that I hear from talking to managers in the trading businesses, both voice and ‘e’, it is that not only do their compliance teams not understand the nuances of markets, they take up valuable time from people on the desk asking unnecessary questions and having basic themes explained to them. It’s just not an efficient model.
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The Global Code: Back to the Future

When I joined a US investment bank in London as a graduate trainee in 1969, it was explained to me that they did not actually have a graduate programme nor were they particularly interested in the economics and politics that I had spent three years studying. I had been hired because I had a sound education and they believed, after several interviews, that I had the qualities of honesty and integrity that they insisted on for all employees, at all levels of job function and experience.
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Reporting from Forex Network London

Concannon Ready to Create Price War in FX to Make Hotspot Leading ECN   Hotspot plans to increase competition in the FX market by creating a price war, Chris Concannon, president and CEO BATS Global Markets, says of the recently acquired FX platform. Speaking at Profit & Loss Forex Network London 2015, Concannon outlined the exchange group’s plans […]
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