And Finally…

Welcome to 2020 and may I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year – if we’re looking in purely market terms I suppose that means some volatility. There were a few things that caught my eye over the holiday period, all of which I will, hopefully, get to in the next week, but […]
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And Finally…

Whilst wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a tremendously successful 2020, very quickly we come to the final column of the decade and the last Irrational for 2019, my Person/People of the Year. Before I do, however, I have to acknowledge – yet again – the greatness of the readership. Two weeks ago, […]
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And Another Thing…

The second – and penultimate – Irrational of 2019 is the Event of the Year and obviously this had to be held back to ensure that the Great British public did not don their subversive hats again and surprise at last week’s election. They did not to any great degree (although I don’t recall a […]
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And Finally…

With a reminder to vote for your favourite P&L socks (yes really!) let’s move onto the second of this year’s abbreviated Irrationals – the Headline/Analysis of the Year. I have been known in the past to give strategists and analysts a bit of stick, it is good-natured with a tint of seriousness – there are […]
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And Finally…

Is it time to really start to get worried about the primary FX venues? I have written before about the decline in volumes at these venues but one could be forgiven for thinking the decline is now becoming a little precipitate. Both Refinitiv and EBS reported their lowest spot ADV since they started reporting (so […]
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In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast starts with a bombshell that leaves Galen Stops reeling and lost for words before he and Colin Lambert get into the details with a look at the results of the first day of the Global FX Committee’s deliberations this week. Lambert highlights one of two challenges he believes the committee face, not […]
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And Another Thing…

The agenda established by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee for the focus of the impending three-year review of the FX Global Code was not expected to surprise – and it didn’t. As I argued in Monday’s column the key factors in need of discussion and review largely surround execution – although I have to acknowledge […]
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And Finally…

This week sees the Global FX Committee meet in Sydney for a meeting that is largely going to focus on the subject matter for the first three-year review of the FX Global Code. I will be very surprised if the key themes for the review are not buy side engagement, disclosures, anonymous trading and certain […]
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And Another Thing…

With a “Happy Thanksgiving” to our US readers, let’s keep this short, sweet and cautionary. There are currently a remarkable number of M&A deals going through with deals worth $70 billion announced on Monday alone. Several of them are cross-border and are likely, therefore, to involve at least a degree of FX activity – some […]
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And Finally…

Last week saw the announcement of the closure to the public of macro hedge fund giant Moore Capital – an act that would have bought a wry smile to generations of FX traders who have, over the decades, found the firm’s business (ahem) a little tricky to monetise. Obviously there are multiple circumstances that led […]
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