In the FICC of It

Data is very much on Colin Lambert’s mind this week, but not in the usual sense. Thursday saw two glitches involving economic data releases, one of which had a comedy element, the other more troublesome, and while he understands mistakes happen, he wonders if we are going to see more of these incidents following the […]
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And Another Thing…

Monday’s column – predicably I have to say – prompted no little chatter on my communication channels, it’s always that way when I write about the primary venues, and amongst the always interesting conversations was an idea or two about why the April and May data were so awful, and the suggestion of a scenario […]
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And Finally…

So, do we need to talk about the primary venues? The ADV data from CME Group (which obviously includes EBS) and Refinitiv makes for pretty grim reading with the latter two reporting the lowest daily turnover since they started publishing data in 2007 and 2009 respectively, and the former being in the fifties of billions […]
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In the FICC of It

On this week’s podcast Colin Lambert is joined by Xav Porterfield, head of research at New Change FX (NCFX), to discuss a new method of measuring execution quality – the unit cost of volatility (UCV). Porterfield explains how the measurement actually derives from a landmark market impact paper in the mid-1990s before the two delve […]
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And Another Thing…

It’s a bold statement from a man who has proven again and again he is not afraid of rocking the boat, “We consider a full move to 24/7 spot FX trading a real possibility within the next five years”. So, is David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Group, making a bold statement or actually predicting what […]
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And Finally…

In a strange quirk of timing, just a day after I published my thoughts on the need for traders to escalate issues, we got news of a whistleblower being awarded $50 million, purportedly for revealing details of how a bank harmed customers. In Thursday’s column I argued that the trader who last week told a […]
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In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast, P&L managing editor Colin Lambert takes a look at the week’s news, including a brief look at the month-end Fix and the “Friday phenomena” in liquidity, leading him to describe the overall experience as “not a good look for the market – although he does also ask the question, “has much […]
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And Another Thing…

If everything stacks up, something happened on Monday that highlights just how much more work the FX industry has remaining to not only get people to understand the FX Global Code’s requirements, but also to adhere with it. Bloomberg News issued a report which basically stated that someone in Asia had triggered an option barrier […]
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And Finally…

I know I should leave it but I can’t resist – is it only me that sees the irony in a bunch of managers driving home a class action lawsuit over alleged manipulation just one day before we had a great example of how things may actually be worse than they were before? The April […]
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In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast is all about performance – following the third of Profit & Loss’ spring Dial-in-Days, editor-in-chief Julie Ros joins Colin Lambert to discuss some of the themes coming out of the events, starting with hedge fund and CTA performance in the recent market upheaval. Ros dives into the suggestion by panellists in New […]
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