And Finally…

As can often be the case when writing an opinion column, I have been taken to task by the readership over the past couple of days over my criticism of “full amount” trading. To be fair to all parties, there is a big caveat, however, and that is that for this method to work my […]
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And Another Thing…

Back in the day there were certain “clients” who would flat-out lie to their LPs about their trade being “full amount”. Nowadays, thanks to better data and analytics this type of behaviour can be spotted fairly easily and this has meant that now clients are quite open about the “full amount” not actually being “full […]
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And Finally…

So we brace ourselves, as an industry, for more bad headlines about conduct in the FX markets, however in contrast to previous instances, the industry should be ready on this occasion. The culmination of the European Union’s clearly exhaustive and complicated investigation into events that first came to light six years ago is upon us […]
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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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