The Swiss competition authority, the Competition Commission, has become the latest jurisdiction to levy fines on six banks related to their dealers’ activity in several chat rooms. COMCO says it has detected several anti-competitive arrangements between banks in foreign exchange spot trading and concluded “amicable” settlements and imposed fines of around CHF 90 million. Therefore, […]
Australia has become the latest location for a class action lawsuit against a group of banks with a law firm filing a cartel class action in the Australian Federal Court claiming the banks “systematically manipulated foreign exchange rates to boost profits at the expense of Australian businesses and investors”. In what has become a familiar […]
OpenFin has raised $17 million in its Series C funding round, which was led by Wells Fargo. OpenFin is a financial operating system whose technology has been adopted by over 1,500 major banks across 60 countries. Interoperability serves as the base of the system’s technology, allowing them to share information, intent, and context with third […]
The European Union has formally fined five banks a total of EUR 1.07 billion for taking part in what the EU terms two “cartels” in the spot FX market, involving trades in 11 currencies. Two settlement decisions have been announced, the first involves a group called the “Three Way Banana Split” which sees a total […]
Barclays has added equities to BARX and announced that it will now function as the bank’s cross-asset electronic trading platform. Prior to this, clients could trade FX, fixed income and futures on the BARX platform. “We are excited to announce that BARX will be our newly integrated, cross-asset electronic trading platform that will continually innovate […]
Mauricio Sada-Paz, global head of e-FICC product and distribution at Barclays, discusses new algorithmic products available within the bank’s e-FX platform. Profit & Loss: Barclays’ recently added a new algo, BARX Peg, to its e-FX platform. Can you explain the genesis of this product launch? Mauricio Sada-Paz: The Barclays’ Gator execution channel was a pioneering […]
This year Profit & Loss decided to update the format and judging categories of our annual Digital FX Awards. The process remains subjective but we have not restricted ourselves to the narrow confines of previous years’ categories. Instead of many of the categories, we have created Awards for Excellence in e-FX, something that we believe […]
Peg Algo If this had been rolled out a year ago it would have been a pretty unique offering, but that should not take away from the excellence of the development. Put simply, the Peg Algo allows a customer to do all the pre-trade work in terms of how it is going to execute the […]
This week’s podcast opens with Galen Stops gloating over Colin Lambert because CTAs – and in particular ones using trend following strategies – are (finally!) producing some positive returns. One swallow doesn’t make a summer, argues Lambert, but Stops is convinced that this is the beginning of an upswing for these hedge funds. This leads into a more serious discussion about some the challenges facing CTAs when their trend following models aren’t working. For example, do they alter their models to improve returns at the risk of diluting their potency as a diversifier within investors’ portfolios?
Just days after former colleagues Carlo Palombo was convicted of similar charges, a UK jury has found a second former Barclays interest rate trader guilty of Euribor manipulation.
Former managing director at Barclays, Colin Bermingham, has been convicted of manipulating the benchmark rate at the height of the financial crisis following an investigation and prosecution brought by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
A third trader, manager of the liquidity management portfolio at Barclays, Sisse Bohart, was acquitted last week.