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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And Finally…

Those of you who stayed with me to the end on Thursday’s column would have seen the teaser over why I think this is not the time to be buying an FX platform – so here is my thinking, and it’s pretty bleak. I have been asked in the past why I have such a […]
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In the FICC of It

Trading automation in the non-spot FX world is again firmly in the sights of Colin Lambert and Galen Stops in this week’s podcast, although this time it is in FX options. With SynOption launching in Singapore this week and Digital Vega expanding its capabilities further, they ask, ‘is this the time that the FX options […]
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And Another Thing…

It hasn’t taken long in the new year for an old favourite to roll around – platform sales. The rumour mill currently has two platforms in the process of being bought – obviously by unnamed exchange groups – and a third under consideration. I have learned to be cautious of such chatter and as I […]
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And Finally…

At face value the report that the US government is seeking to change how it releases economic data to markets seems to be yet another attempt to put the high-speed traders in the box seat, but in reality it is just another attempt to rearrange the deckchairs on the Titanic. Currently, as I have discussed […]
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In the FICC of It

There is plenty on the run sheet for this week’s podcast as Galen Stops quizzes Colin Lambert over a report that links FX swaps liquidity and spreads to spot. Lambert confesses to being a little puzzled over some of the statements in the report and willingly confesses to Stops’ accusation of him being an FX […]
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And Another Thing…

Today’s column is dedicated to the Swiss National Bank for its ineptness five years ago yesterday, which changed the foreign exchange industry forever and gave this column literally months worth of ammunition. The SNB is a signatory to the FX Global Code, so given the guidance on disruptive actions, I wonder how it would handle […]
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And Finally…

Someone asked me last week what I considered to be the biggest change in the FX industry over the past decade and were somewhat surprised at my response – the influence of the legal profession. I think they were expecting something deep and meaningful but hadn’t realised it’s way too early in the year for […]
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In the FICC Of It

The podcast is back for 2020 and Colin Lambert and Galen Stops immediately try to dampen new year’s spirits with a look at what was a pretty poor 2019 for the FX platforms. On a more positive note, Lambert thinks that 2020 could be a breakout year for two services in the FX industry as […]
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And Another Thing…

The issue of the Bank of England’s news conferences being “hacked” raises several questions, but most prominently, what is different about someone paying for a faster feed from such an event, to someone paying for co-location – or even building microwave towers to get data quicker? In December it was reported by The Times that […]
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