And Finally…

In this column on February 10 I bemoaned the lack of risk takers in markets, noting that the surge in passive investing in equities markets meant that inevitably the market swings, especially during corrections, will be wild. The last week has kind of highlighted what I meant, it is to be hoped that CTAs and […]
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In the FICC of It

Market structure dominates this week’s podcast as Colin Lambert goes to town on the SEC’s refusal to grant Cboe permission to implement a speed bump (and along the way take a few pops at the equity market structure of course), before touching upon news that the LSE-Refinitiv deal may be delayed and what that means […]
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And Another Thing…

Sometimes it just pays to have the odd rule in your trading ecosystem to protect you from when things – as they inevitably do – go wrong. The latest to discover this is Japanese crypto exchange Quoine, which this week lost an appeal against a ruling in Singapore that it wrongfully reversed seven crypto trades […]
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And Finally…

The “buy side” is a hydra – we use the phrase for convenience rather than accuracy – and indeed as more buy side firms face holding more risk and, possibly, seek to match with other firms, even this generic description may be out of date soon. So with the caveat that what I am about […]
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And Finally…

Talk to any service provider – the customer is at the centre of everything they do. I am, therefore, a little confused, or perhaps fearful for those pushing this line, by some of the data in the latest turnover survey by the UK’s FX Joint Standing Committee (JSC). Of course, at the same time as […]
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And Another Thing…

I played golf the other week, you’ll all be pleased to hear, and it didn’t go too bad. The only real hiccup was when the pro shop directed us to start on the 7th hole we arrived there to find we were behind three other groups of players – at which point my friend said, […]
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And Another Thing…

Not for the first time I have been copping some flak over a previous column, although, again, I have to say there was some support for my views on the lack of risk taking and its potential impact on the platform market. So, as I like to do when faced with opposition for my views, […]
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And Finally…

There is so much happening at the moment it’s hard to know where to start, so let’s kick off with the good, before moving to the cynical. First up, hearty congratulations to Martyn Mead, who left Barclays, and, I understand, the FX industry, last week after four decades, the majority of which he spent at […]
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In the FICC of It

There is a packed agenda for Galen Stops’ last In the FICC of It podcast as he and Colin Lambert discuss a busy week in FX markets – especially if you’re in the survey business! After Lambert salutes Refinitiv for its gesture in donating brokerage to the Australian bushfire relief effort and Martin Mead on […]
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And Another Thing…

It’s been quite a week in the HFT world with Navinder Sarao escaping jail time for his spoofing activities that the US authorities ridiculously claimed led to the May 2010 flash crash, and the UK’s FCA releasing a report stating that latency arbitrage in UK equity markets adds 17% to the cost of trading or […]
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