In the FICC of It

It's the end of year It’s the end of year special podcast and Colin Lambert and Galen Stops are in jovial mood as they bring the curtain down on another busy year in the FICC industry. Listen in as they each identify a key theme from the past year and look to re-assess them with the benefit of hindsight, before moving into less certain territory by providing a price prediction for everyones favourite out-of-control child, Bitcoin. They also – this being the season of making a wish, share their one hope for 2019, although one of them (Lambert of course) appears to have forgotten it’s the season of goodwill! In a sensational end to the year’s podcasts, Lambert also reveals that yes, he did indeed quote from the film Love Actually in a podcast earlier this year, but he tries (and fails) to make amends by setting listeners another teaser by paraphrasing from a much more acceptable movie…in his mind at least!
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In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops take a look at the first in-depth analysis from a broker of the CME-NEX deal and while they accept that much of what was written was already known and had been discussed there were a few nuggets of useful information in there. On the subject of mergers and acquisitions, they also discuss the recent changes at Refinitiv and clarify their thoughts on potential M&A activity involving that firm’s Matching, Dealing and FXall businesses. Will firms be willing to splash the amount of cash required to complete such a deal? Who would be the best buyers for the combined business or elements thereof? This and more is discussed. In a quite remarkable conclusion, they close out by expressing sympathy for a regulator – something unlikely to ever happen again – before Lambert offers listeners the benefit(?) of his experience of trading Cable with a trading recommendation as the Brexit saga continues…what could go wrong?
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In the FICC of It

It may be his life-threatening illness (slight cold) but Colin Lambert is in punchy form in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, so listen in as he and Galen Stops discuss a busy week in the FICC world. Starting with the potential implications of Cboe’s agreement with UBS to help broaden the reach of its FX platform – and why Refinitiv might want to sit up and pay attention – they rampage through the multi-dealer platform world looking at how (if according to Lambert) platforms can differentiate themselves. Are these firms really taking the single dealer model and deploying it in a multi-dealer landscape? Will this work? What are the USPs of a single and multi-dealer platform?
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In the FICC of It

The band is back together again in this week’s podcast as Galen Stops returns from a short holiday to join Colin Lambert to discuss all things currency – this week (much to the relief of P&L’s audio engineers) with no interruptions from wildlife or pool attendants! Listen is as they highlight growing concerns in the industry that it may be harder to spread the word about the FX Global Code than previously thought, thanks to the realities of life on buy side and vendor side. On the subject of transparency and ethics, Lambert is keen to talk about the new phenomena of “full amount” trading in FX markets and Stops expresses his feelings about the proposed Code of Conduct for cryptocurrency markets. As always there is room for the random, so why does Lambert want a merger between the new digital assets association and the recently renamed Wholesale Markets Brokers Association? Listen in to find out.
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In the FICC of It

High drama in this week’s podcast as it is revealed that editor Galen Stops has been removed from duties…either that or he is in Bali on holiday. Thankfully, P&L’s editor-in-chief Julie Ros is on hand to step in as guest podcaster, and while this does mean regular Colin Lambert feels he has to be on his best behaviour (he fails of course), it does mean we can bring you a quick trip around the wild life of upstate New York! The last week has seen the return of volatility to crypto markets, which has at least got Lambert excited (he never can resist a moving market), although Ros has a different take on what people should be talking about when it comes to these still relatively nascent markets. Our podcasters look at potential use cases for the technology underpinning the crypto space, liken it to the e-FX boom that accompanied the launch of P&L, before moving on to discuss the changing attitude of customers to FX markets. The randomisation that has become associated with In the FICC of It is maintained as well, with a closing question to Lambert that is definitely from left field!
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In the FICC of it

“I have a great idea,” said P&L’s managing editor Colin Lambert. “Let’s record the podcast by the pool…” Yes, we are back on the road again with this week’s podcast recorded in Hong Kong on the sidelines of the Profit & Loss conference there and thankfully our audio engineers managed to alleviate the worst impact from Lambert’s “clever” suggestion. So listen in as regular podcasters Lambert and P&L editor Galen Stops are joined by returning guest John Ashworth, CEO of Caplin, who immediately “owns” them by dropping a fantastic Hong Kong fact into the conversation very early. Topics include a discussion about a very eye-opening chat at the start of the conference which looked at the chaos in Washington DC, the evolution of AI and Fintech and the differing attitudes to crypto markets in Asia and the US. The podcast also includes Lambert’s observations on some very interesting answers to his questions on the future of the FX swaps market during the liquidity panel, however this week’s edition does come with a warning as it closes out by providing an image that some listeners may find disturbing!
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In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast sees Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the latest lawsuit facing banks over their actions in FX markets, during which Lambert invokes the spirit of a film that he can’t remember the name of, by asking, “Could you ask me that question again Galen?” Stops also has a series of questions relating to the Virtu-ITG tie up reported this week as our two podcasters discuss the evolution of the non-bank trading firm business model. Where do these firms expand? Lambert is fairly confident (is he ever not?) that it is not by buying other trading firms, but both men see opportunities away from trading. They also discuss volatility in crypto markets and ask – at what stage does the institutional enthusiasm for crypto start to weaken? This week’s podcast also highlights how Lambert giveth…and taketh away…as it is bookended by praise and ridicule for his colleague! Find out why by listening in to this week’s edition.
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In the FICC of It

In this week's podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops focus in on what seems to be a growing debate about the value and indeed future of the FX Global Code following the acquittal of the three members of the Cartel. Discussing the implications of the jury's decision and the reaction from the FX industry, regular listeners will not be surprised to hear that our two podcasters manage to disagree over a few aspects of both the case and the debate.
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In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast, Galen Stops lights the blue touchpaper and steps back to watch the fireworks by asking Colin Lambert about not only the Benchmark Fix, more specifically the research paper published this week, but last look as well following the news that a regional regulator is investigating the practice. Just to add to the mix, he also gets him going on another Lambert favourite, tracking error. They also discuss the FX Global Code and fintechs and ask, ‘should they be adhering and signing up to the Code?’ and Lambert shares some reader feedback on this week’s opinion piece on FX options brokerage.
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In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast Galen Stops shares some feedback about a previous week’s discussion on electronification of NDFs and Colin Lambert reports from an equity-focussed market structure conference, some of the statements from which, surprised him and lead to another one of his “theories” about the relationship between FX and equities. Our two podcasters also […]
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