Remember How Technology Changed FX? Now It’s Doing the Same for Crypto

James Banister, CEO of Market Synergy, reflects on how the dynamism of the digital asset space reminds him of the FX industry of yesteryear and talks about how institutional-grade technology is changing these markets. For those of you who weren’t around in the FX market during the ‘90s and early ‘00s, let me tell you […]
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And Finally…

Is it time to really start to get worried about the primary FX venues? I have written before about the decline in volumes at these venues but one could be forgiven for thinking the decline is now becoming a little precipitate. Both Refinitiv and EBS reported their lowest spot ADV since they started reporting (so […]
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In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast starts with a bombshell that leaves Galen Stops reeling and lost for words before he and Colin Lambert get into the details with a look at the results of the first day of the Global FX Committee’s deliberations this week. Lambert highlights one of two challenges he believes the committee face, not […]
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And Another Thing…

The agenda established by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee for the focus of the impending three-year review of the FX Global Code was not expected to surprise – and it didn’t. As I argued in Monday’s column the key factors in need of discussion and review largely surround execution – although I have to acknowledge […]
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And Finally…

This week sees the Global FX Committee meet in Sydney for a meeting that is largely going to focus on the subject matter for the first three-year review of the FX Global Code. I will be very surprised if the key themes for the review are not buy side engagement, disclosures, anonymous trading and certain […]
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And Another Thing…

With a “Happy Thanksgiving” to our US readers, let’s keep this short, sweet and cautionary. There are currently a remarkable number of M&A deals going through with deals worth $70 billion announced on Monday alone. Several of them are cross-border and are likely, therefore, to involve at least a degree of FX activity – some […]
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And Finally…

Last week saw the announcement of the closure to the public of macro hedge fund giant Moore Capital – an act that would have bought a wry smile to generations of FX traders who have, over the decades, found the firm’s business (ahem) a little tricky to monetise. Obviously there are multiple circumstances that led […]
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And Another Thing…

A week and a half ago, during our In the FICC of It podcast, Galen Stops and I briefly touched upon a comment from a speaker at one of our events, that clients were looking at deploying an algo that deliberately lost money for the first 30 seconds. At the time we chatted away, as […]
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And Finally…

I am writing this sitting in a US airport awaiting my flight home – that airport is JFK in New York and, thanks to a short delay, I cannot help but think that just a few years ago it was here that Mark Johnson was arrested and commenced a period of hell that few, if […]
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And Another Thing…

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the discussions I have been having post the news that Citi is closely studying the number of channels it supports in FX markets is not that several other major LPs have confided in me that they expect, or are currently conducting, a similar review but the number of LPs […]
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