In the FICC of It

There’s something for everyone in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops traverse the US legal system, trading, crypto and China. Listen in as Lambert explains why he is mystified at the prosecution’s flip-flop in the Mark Johnson case and angry at the FX industry’s previous lack of effort to explain how markets work to the US legal authorities; and Stops takes a look at a new report n his favourite industry – CTAs. Having had the data explained to him, Lambert also thinks he knows why some CTA sectors are doing well and some aren’t, so that’s another of his “theories” then… Our podcasters then move onto debate whether crypto markets will evolve to an OTC model and whether this would be a good thing for attracting institutional money to what is still a relatively nascent market. Stops closes out by reporting from an analysts’ briefing this week that highlighted a change in approach on the part of China to its programme of liberalisation of the yuan.
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In the FICC of It

In football parlance it’s a tap in for Galen Stops and Colin Lambert in this week’s podcast as they have more academic-research-that-states-the-obvious to poke fun at. Listen in as they discuss last week’s report on the Swiss National Bank debacle in 2015 as well as the FX market's handling of the Brexit vote. They also take a look at the potential impact of last week's HSBC announcement that it had settled FX trades using distributed ledger technology, as well as the mysterious disappearance from marketing material of two asset classes at a recent platform media day.
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In the FICC of It

The January 3 flash event in FX markets continues to fuel the news cycle and in this week’s podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the real impact of algos – widely cited as a major factor in the event – in markets. For once they agree on a central theme in the debate, including Lambert (very reluctantly) shooting down one of his own arguments with Stops last year on trend following, but as always there’s room for divergent views.
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In the FICC of it

In this week's podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops tackle two big stories in the FX market: the recent flash crash in the Asia markets and the changes at Citi's FX prime brokerage (FXPB) business.Both Lambert and Stops express skepticism that the news regarding Apple's profits in China was the cause of the flash crash, although the former is equally unsure about an alternative theory put forward by the latter to explain the price moves. Both agree though that the event was symptomatic of changes in the nature of liquidity in the FX market, and note a disparity between what many market participants will say in private and in public on this matter.
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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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