Following on from the launch of its ORCA-Direct algo last year, UBS has introduced ORCA-Pro, a new GUI targeted at clients frequently using ORCA-Direct to execute FX. The ORCA-Direct algo tries to maximise the amount of liquidity available to users when executing FX by looking across ECNs, UBS’s principal liquidity and CME’s FX futures. The […]
Tag: Best Execution
Spoofing is a strange thing; some could argue it is part of a best execution policy when trying to fill a very large order, others that it is criminal activity, and both would have valid points – but is it fraud? I have no wish to get into the legal technicalities, especially around US law, […]
Morgan Stanley’s Matt Thomas, global head of MSET macro sales, and Jian Chen, head of quantitative solutions and innovations (QSI), explain how transaction cost analysis (TCA) is evolving into a real-time estimative framework tool. Profit & Loss: Talk to me about how you see transaction cost analysis (TCA) evolving in the FX space? Jian Chen: […]
Portfolio Algo Execution Goldman Sachs has rolled out its new algo product suite including its NDF hybrid algo – it had long offered an NDF TWAP strategy – but of more interest was its portfolio rebalancing and gamma algos. We go into the portfolio strategy in more detail in our Closer Look feature, but it […]
This is undoubtedly the most competitive section in these awards, even more so given the efforts made across the board to enhance the client execution experience over the past year or two. The best execution experience is about much more than the actual trade of course, it starts with decision making, goes through the flexibility […]
Goldman Sach’s David Wilkins, global head of e-FX sales, and Ralf Donner, head of client FX algo execution, talk about a new algo launch that they claim offers a new way to trade FX. Profit & Loss: So tell us about the new algo that you recently made available to your clients. David Wilkins: It’s […]
Cappitech has announced the launch of RTS 28 Market Intelligence, a product that the firm claims allows financial institutions to use regulatory compliance data to their own advantage by assessing firms’ best execution capabilities across all asset classes and benchmarks performance to the industry average. The new product enables asset managers to optimise performance by […]
Speakers at the Profit & Loss Forex Network New York event highlighted that how you define, measure and respond to market impact when trading FX depends on a number of different variables. Opening the discussion ‘Market Impact – Finding Execution Styles that Work’ moderator Paul Aston, the CEO of Tixall Global Advisors, argued that while […]
Goldman Sachs has launched a Basket Algo, which gives clients the ability to take numerous FX trades and then trade them as a basket.“The launch of this algo came from really recognising the pinch points of clients’ workflows and understanding what they’re trying to achieve,” David Wilkins, global head of e-FX sales at Goldman Sachs, tells Profit & Loss. “And I want to make it very clear: this is not any kind of simple trade batch uploader. Indeed, we think this is an entirely new way to trade FX.”The essential thesis behind the algo is that deeper examination of client workflows and trading activity shows that although these firms tend to execute trades on an individual basis, in many cases, they don’t need to be, and it would in fact be cheaper and more efficient for them to instead execute them as a basket.
In the wake of the GFC and the allegations of misconduct aimed at institutions and individuals, the buzz word was ‘transparency’ – the word from market participants was that they were going to be transparent about everything, meanwhile regulators everywhere made a sustained push for absolute transparency in markets.
The thing is, in FX terms especially, it hasn’t worked – I am not convinced it has in any market actually – and market participants are showing this in where they put their business.