And Another Thing…

It hasn’t taken long in the new year for an old favourite to roll around – platform sales. The rumour mill currently has two platforms in the process of being bought – obviously by unnamed exchange groups – and a third under consideration. I have learned to be cautious of such chatter and as I […]
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SynOption Launch Reinforces Singapore FX Push

Singapore’s efforts to make itself the leading FX hub in Asia has seen several players in the spot market locate their pricing engines in the city state, but on January 27 that centre’s FX offering will be boosted by the opening of an institutional FX options trading platform with SynOption due to start trading. Initially […]
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And Finally…

At face value the report that the US government is seeking to change how it releases economic data to markets seems to be yet another attempt to put the high-speed traders in the box seat, but in reality it is just another attempt to rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic. Currently, as I have discussed […]
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And Another Thing…

Today’s column is dedicated to the Swiss National Bank for its ineptness five years ago yesterday, which changed the foreign exchange industry forever and gave this column literally months worth of ammunition. The SNB is a signatory to the FX Global Code, so given the guidance on disruptive actions, I wonder how it would handle […]
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And Finally…

Someone asked me last week what I considered to be the biggest change in the FX industry over the past decade and were somewhat surprised at my response – the influence of the legal profession. I think they were expecting something deep and meaningful but hadn’t realised it’s way too early in the year for […]
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And Another Thing…

The issue of the Bank of England’s news conferences being “hacked” raises several questions, but most prominently, what is different about someone paying for a faster feed from such an event, to someone paying for co-location – or even building microwave towers to get data quicker? In December it was reported by The Times that […]
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And Finally…

Welcome to 2020 and may I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year – if we’re looking in purely market terms I suppose that means some volatility. There were a few things that caught my eye over the holiday period, all of which I will, hopefully, get to in the next week, but […]
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And Finally…

Whilst wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a tremendously successful 2020, very quickly we come to the final column of the decade and the last Irrational for 2019, my Person/People of the Year. Before I do, however, I have to acknowledge – yet again – the greatness of the readership. Two weeks ago, […]
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And Another Thing…

The second – and penultimate – Irrational of 2019 is the Event of the Year and obviously this had to be held back to ensure that the Great British public did not don their subversive hats again and surprise at last week’s election. They did not to any great degree (although I don’t recall a […]
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And Finally…

With a reminder to vote for your favourite P&L socks (yes really!) let’s move onto the second of this year’s abbreviated Irrationals – the Headline/Analysis of the Year. I have been known in the past to give strategists and analysts a bit of stick, it is good-natured with a tint of seriousness – there are […]
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