P&L Talk Series with Integral’s Harpal Sandhu

Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral, talks to Profit & Loss about the launch of his new cryptocurrency exchange, and how he sees the crypto markets evolving in the future.Profit & Loss: What was the genesis of Mint Exchange?Harpal Sandhu: A lot of people don’t realise that the derivatives markets in cryptoassets is actually quite a lot larger than the physical market. Because of this, we were speaking to a lot of FX brokers, people who were trading large amounts of crypto and CFDs, and they were having problems trying to hedge those positions because, unlike FX they can’t go to prime brokers or prime-of-primes in order to access liquidity, so there’s very few places that these firms can go in order to hedge their crypto exposures.
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FTSE Unveils Digital Assets Index

FTSE Russell, the global index, analytics and data provider, in association with DAR Data Services, have announced their intention to launch a new indicative FTSE Digital Assets Index. The new index will be used to evaluate and test a benchmark for the most actively traded digital assets, the firms say, claiming it will also help assist in the establishment of new industry standards for the digital assets market, in consultation with market participants. The indicative index, which will be available to registered users, will be calculated every 15 seconds.
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Flow Traders: Standing Out from the Crowd

Robbert Sijbrandij, head of FX at Flow Traders, talks to Galen Stops about why he thinks there’s still room for more non-bank liquidity providers in the FX market.Dutch proprietary trading firm, Flow Traders, has spent the past two years building out its FX business line. The firm trades in the region of €750- €800 billion of ETFs per year, of which roughly two-thirds has an FX angle, meaning that Flow Traders was already doing in the region of €2-3 billion of FX on a busy day before they decided to become a liquidity maker in FX.
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Flash Crash or the New Norm? Deciphering January 3

The foreign exchange industry got an early reminder of risk when on the second full day of trading this year the market saw another flash event. What, if anything, does this mean for FX market liquidity and volatility in the year ahead though? Colin Lambert finds out.The very sharp moves seen in FX markets at the start of the year triggered yet another round of introspection over conditions in the FX market with commentators pointing the finger of blame at one or more of algos, news from Apple, thin markets, Japanese retail and poor execution. Although Profit & Loss understands that industry players have been approached for data logs by certain regulators, the chances of an investigation turning up a convincing catalyst for the moves are thin.
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Flash Crash or the New Norm? Deciphering January 3

The foreign exchange industry got an early reminder of risk when on the second full day of trading this year the market saw another flash event. What, if anything, does this mean for FX market liquidity and volatility in the year ahead though? Colin Lambert finds out.The very sharp moves seen in FX markets at the start of the year triggered yet another round of introspection over conditions in the FX market with commentators pointing the finger of blame at one or more of algos, news from Apple, thin markets, Japanese retail and poor execution. Although Profit & Loss understands that industry players have been approached for data logs by certain regulators, the chances of an investigation turning up a convincing catalyst for the moves are thin.
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Flow Traders: Standing Out from the Crowd

Robbert Sijbrandij, head of FX at Flow Traders, talks to Galen Stops about why he thinks there’s still room for more non-bank liquidity providers in the FX market.Dutch proprietary trading firm, Flow Traders, has spent the past two years building out its FX business line. The firm trades in the region of €750- €800 billion of ETFs per year, of which roughly two-thirds has an FX angle, meaning that Flow Traders was already doing in the region of €2-3 billion of FX on a busy day before they decided to become a liquidity maker in FX.
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Exchanges in FX: A Game of Musical Chairs

In recent years, large exchange groups have been lining up to buy OTC FX platforms. But in this game of musical chairs, what happens to the venues without a buyer when the music stops? Galen Stops reports.One of the major trends in the multi-dealer platform space in recent years has been the acquisition of these platforms by larger exchange groups. Hotspot was the first to go after it was bought by BATS Global Markets in 2015, which in turn was then acquired by Cboe Global Markets in 2017 and the FX platform was rebranded as CboeFX.
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Data Remains the Key Battleground for FX Platforms

Platform providers are becoming more conscious about the value of data, both for their businesses and their clients. Galen Stops takes a look at what this means for the FX industry.I f there is one consistent trend that emerges talking to all of the major OTC FX trading venues in 2019, it is that they’re all keen to emphasise the importance of data, both with regards to how they operate their businesses and how their clients operate theirs. On the one hand, FX trading venues are increasingly looking for ways to package and sell their market data, creating new revenue streams for the business. On the other, seemingly all of them are investing in developing trade analytics tools that will enable users of these platforms to derive greater insights from their trading activity and more effectively evaluate the liquidity and pricing available there.
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Has FX Turned a Corner?

Now that MiFID II is in force and the industry has had time to digest the Global Code of Conduct, platform providers will face less distractions in 2019, says Galen Stops.In the second half of 2017 it seemed as though many FX market participants, on both the buy and sell sides, were forced to shelve any business plans that they might have as resources were diverted to help ensure compliance with MiFID II ahead of the deadline on January 3, 2018. Preparations for MiFID II cost an estimated $2.1bn in 2017 alone, according to a report by Expand, a Boston Consulting Group company, and IHS Markit, and this does not account for the amount of manpower and time that was also devoted to ensuring that everything was ready within these firms ahead of the deadline.
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Multi-Dealer Liquidity on the Rise

Although the latest FX committee turnover data hold no terrors for other channels, a longer term trend does seem to be confirmed that more volume is heading towards the multi-dealer model, especially those on a disclosed basis. Colin Lambert takes a look.The historically clichéd method for a customer to execute an FX hedge was to call three or four banks and ask for a price. Surprisingly, even as relatively recently as late 2017 customers were still telling Profit & Loss and other industry surveys that they still preferred to pick up the phone, but more recent data suggest this is no longer the case and that customers are moving to the e-channel for their FX needs.
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