When Colin Lambert posted a column arguing that the events surrounding the April month-end FX Fix highlighted the need for reform – and then followed that up by asking if the industry needs to revisit the 2014 FX Benchmark Group’s recommendations – it ignited a firestorm of debate over both public and private channels. This […]
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Albert Einstein is often alleged to have said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I say allegedly, because it is claimed in many circles that he never actually uttered, or wrote, those words. No matter, for this column is about the Einsteins in the […]
As liquidity has clearly deteriorated in FX markets over the past two weeks, this week’s podcast is faced with a series of questions regarding participant behaviour, and joining Colin Lambert to discuss these issues is John Crouch, founder and CEO of Ideal Prediction. Using the imagination for which he is famous* Lambert kicks things off […]
We should not be blind-sided by the relative calm at this week’s quarter end WM Fix, the fact is FX market conditions are as bad as I can remember them in my almost 43 years in the industry – and that includes countless multi-big figure days (or hours sometimes). The difference when those conditions hit […]
Even though liquidity conditions in FX markets remain sufficiently robust to ensure a reasonably functioning market, sources say that different mechanisms are now being seriously considered – especially as the market eyes what could be a tricky quarter end benchmark Fix on Tuesday (March 31) – a time when volumes submitted for fixing are significantly […]
With increased focus on the impending quarter end WM Fix, the Global Foreign Exchange Committee has issued a statement reminding market participants of their responsibilities in what is likely to be a challenging market environment. In the statement the GFXC says given the intense volatility seen in global financial markets this month, it is possible […]
Aside from what one news service decided was the headline – more like click bait – “FX Volumes Slump Globally” (guess what, yes, there was a dip from April, but on a more considered year-on-year basis FX turnover is up 8.9% at the third highest mark ever), there were actually a few interesting snippets in this week’s FX committee surveys. The two that stood out for me were the surge in RMB trading and a quite remarkable resurgence for the voice brokers in the UK.
There was an interesting line in a report in yesterday’s Handelsblatt discussing the impending lawsuit against the banks in Europe and the US. We, along with other news organisations, reported the impending European lawsuit at the time the US papers were filed (although it did apparently come as a surprise to some outlets who reported the European case “exclusively” one week later!) but the Handelsblatt report has a quote from a source at one of the plaintiffs that I found quite insightful and potentially signals a nightmare for the banks facing the case.
On Monday I called for a radical re-think around the FX industry’s use of benchmarks – and this elicited (and continues to do so) considerable feedback. Re-reading the latest class action over activities around fixes, however, made me realise this case could also end up revolving around pre-hedging – and if it does, then not only do certain industry bodies face a real challenge, but more broadly we have to discuss much more than restructuring one small piece of the market.
In this week’s podcast, Galen Stops lights the blue touchpaper and steps back to watch the fireworks by asking Colin Lambert about not only the Benchmark Fix, more specifically the research paper published this week, but last look as well following the news that a regional regulator is investigating the practice. Just to add to the mix, he also gets him going on another Lambert favourite, tracking error.
They also discuss the FX Global Code and fintechs and ask, ‘should they be adhering and signing up to the Code?’ and Lambert shares some reader feedback on this week’s opinion piece on FX options brokerage.