Report Warns DLT Technology Could Backfire

A new report from Greenwich Associates warns that, if taken too far, distributed ledger technology (DLT) could reintroduce problems financial markets have been working to alleviate for more than 500 years. DLT has been touted as a means of creating new efficiencies in a number of different areas within the financial system, one of which […]
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State Street Reports Rise in Investor Confidence

The State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) showed an increase in confidence of 6.6 points in May. State Street’s Global ICI increased to 79.5 in May, up from 72.9 the previous month. The results found that confidence among North American and European investors improved, with the North American ICI rising from 71.3 to 76.7, and […]
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Report Highlights Major Slowdowns in US Growth

In a recent report from IHS Markit, the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has revealed faltering US business activity and a slowdown in US private sector output growth in May. IHS Markit’s Flash US Composite PMI Output Index, which accounts for services and manufacturing data from IHS Markit’s PMI surveys, came in at 50.9 in May, […]
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Outgoing GFXC Chair Potter Highlights Ongoing Work

Outgoing Global FX Committee chair Simon Potter remains optimistic about the impact of the FX Global Code and has signalled a busy work schedule for the Committee and its working groups over the coming year. In an interview withProfit & Loss Potter outlines the continuing work of the separate streams established by the GFXC, but makes […]
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Study Shows Long-Only Investors Looking to Alternative Data

Traditional “long-only” investors are joining quantitative early-adopters in using alternative data to achieve investment alpha, according to a new study from Greenwich Associates. Nearly half of investment managers that participated in the study said that they use alternative data, with another quarter planning to do so in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, the study shows […]
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Quants the Sole Bright Spot Amongst Crypto Funds

A new report published this week shows that while the median return for crypto hedge funds was a staggering -46% last year, quant funds managed a median return of 8%. The data contained in the report, which was published by PwC and Elwood Asset Management, was collected within the first quarter of 2019 across the […]
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Moore Set to Launch Buy Side Matching Platform

Jay Moore has officially announced his plans to launch a new buy side-to-buy side matching platform for passive FX hedging programs. The new platform, where Moore will serve as CEO, is called FX HedgePool and is designed to allow institutional investors to trade directly with one another. “For 20 years I’ve been developing products built […]
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XTX Prepares for Life Post-Brexit

XTX Markets (XTX) has chosen Paris as its post Brexit European hub, although the firm says that its headquarters will remain in London. XTX has filed an application with the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution, the French regulator, to operate a regulated firm in France. In a release issued today announcing the decision, XTX says that is opening an office in Paris as part of its preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The firms adds in the release that it is committed to maintaining and further developing its liquidity provision to clients, platforms and exchanges across the European Union.
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Fidelity Unveils Digital Assets Business

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services providers with more than $7.2 trillion in client assets, has announced the launch of a new company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, which will offer enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for cryptocurrencies to sophisticated institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices and market intermediaries. The launch culminates a more than four year programme by Fidelity that started with initial research conducted in February 2014. The firm says it believes that distributed ledger technologies can enable entirely new business models, lead to the creation of frictionless capital markets and improve existing financial market infrastructure.
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Oanda Offers FX Forward Rates to Corporates

Oanda will now offer forward rates to corporate clients around via its Exchange Rates API. This new data set aims to provide corporate treasurers and finance directors with an accurate, trustworthy view of the forwards market, offering over 360 forward rate currency pairs – which Oanda claims is more than any other currency data feed on the market. Data is delivered via Oanda’s API and can be integrated into any treasury management system, enterprise resource planning system or billing software solution. “Having been a trusted source of FX data for more than 20 years, Oanda is uniquely positioned to create a market consensus despite the decentralised treasury market, enabling us to deliver reliable forward rates to our clients.
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