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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Rationalising Buy Side Adoption of the FX Global Code

The changing nature of foreign exchange markets, not least the day-to-day participation of the buy side, offer a good rationale for why buy side firms should sign a Statement of Commitment to the FX Global Code, speakers argued at the recent Profit & Loss Frankfurt conference. Ahead of the Global Foreign Exchange Committee meeting in Tokyo […]
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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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P&L Talk Series with Baton Systems’ Arjun Jayaram

Arjun Jayaram, CEO of Baton Systems, talks to Profit & Loss about how distributed ledger technology (DLT) is already helping the FX market, why the hype cycle around this technology is coming to an end and who he expects to win the “blockchain wars”. Profit & Loss: What is the problem in the FX market […]
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A Closer Look At: Driving Automation in Commodities

In the past year JP Morgan began offering clients a cocoa arb via its e-trading platform. Filippo Finelli, global head of commodities automated trading strategies (ATS), and Sandy Sehmi, commodities e commerce product head, discuss how this is part of their broader effort to bring more automation to commodities trading. Profit & Loss: So tell […]
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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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A Closer Look At: A Differentiated Algo Offering

Mauricio Sada-Paz, global head of e-FICC product and distribution at Barclays, discusses new algorithmic products available within the bank’s e-FX platform. Profit & Loss: Barclays’ recently added a new algo, BARX Peg, to its e-FX platform. Can you explain the genesis of this product launch? Mauricio Sada-Paz: The Barclays’ Gator execution channel was a pioneering […]
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Single-Dealer Platforms and Portals – Past & Future

By John Ashworth, CEO of Caplin systems Background In the early days of e-commerce, just 20 years ago, there was an important distinction between single-dealer platforms and single-dealer portals. A single-dealer platform was understood to be a broad layer of software that allowed a bank to offer integrated information and trading across most or all […]
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