ISAM Capital Markets Hires Two in Sydney

ISAM Capital Markets, through its subsidiary, IS Prime Australia, is expanding its APAC agency execution business with the hires of Angus Malone and Cal Portway in Sydney. Prior to joining IS Prime Australia, Malone and Portway were joint managing partners at VIA FX,  an independent Sydney-based voice and e-FX agency. Malone also has 15 years’ […]
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EU Fines Five Banks for FX Manipulation

The European Union has formally fined five banks a total of EUR 1.07 billion for taking part in what the EU terms two “cartels” in the spot FX market, involving trades in 11 currencies. Two settlement decisions have been announced, the first involves a group called the “Three Way Banana Split” which sees a total […]
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FIAPTG, CFTC Commissioners, Slam Commission Approval of ICE Speed Bump

The Futures Industry Association’s Principle Traders Group (PTG) has slammed the decision by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to allow ICE to self-certify its Passive Order Protection mechanism, more commonly known as a speed bump. The PTG was joined in its criticism of the decision, which has already caused significant controversy in futures circles, […]
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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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Is FX a Dirty Word for Allocators?

Although FX as an asset class still offers potential for returns, asset managers are increasingly reluctant to allocate funds towards trading strategies that are only focused on FX trading, said speakers at the annual Profit & Loss Forex Network New York event. On a panel session looking at allocation trends, the moderator observed that the speakers […]
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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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Cleary to Leave Cboe FX

Sean Cleary is set to leave Cboe FX, where he was global head of sales. Profit & Loss understands that Cleary will be leaving his position at the end of May, and that Ben Leit, currently head of FX sales, Europe, will assume his role. A spokesperson at Cboe FX says: “We thank Sean for […]
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Academics Sceptical on Economic Value of Cryptocurrencies

Academics speaking at CoinDesk’s Consensus event in New York today appeared doubtful about the economic value of cryptocurrencies. In a panel titled, From Digital Gold to Contract Theory: The Economics of Mainstream Adoption, Joshua Gans, professor of strategic management at Rotman School of Management, said that an economists job, when confronted by new and exciting […]
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CFH Clearing Extends Metals Offering

CFH Clearing is now offering trading in aluminium, copper, nickel, lead and Zinc against USD. This latest development is the first in a series of new products and asset classes being launched by CFH Clearing. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulated firm says that it has secured pricing for its base metal liquidity as a […]
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AllianceBernstein to Adopt OpenFin Operating System

AllianceBernstein is working with OpenFin, which provides an operating system (OS) to financial services firms, in a bid to help accelerate its digital transformation strategy. In a release issued today, OpenFin says that this collaboration will enable AllianceBernstein to modernise its desktop technology infrastructure, allowing integration and interoperability with legacy and third-party applications without the […]
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