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 […]
It is perhaps a measure of how quiet FX markets were in November that the early platforms to report volume data for December all saw an increase month-on-month in average daily volume (ADV). CboeFX transacted $29.9 billion per day during December, up 4.9% on November, however this was down 10.5% from December 2018. Cboe says […]
The first group of FX trading platform providers to report results for October indicate it was a mixed month for providers with CboeFX seeing a slight rise in activity and three other venues small declines. CboeFX handled $31.7 billion per day in October, a 4.2% increase from September, but a 14.3% decline year-on-year. The platform […]
I am struggling to find someone who was not surprised by the BIS data on Monday, I think most of us who study the FX committee semi-annual data closely expected somewhere around the $6 trillion mark, but obviously it blew through that by another 10%. This very much reflects the growth in emerging markets to […]
The rising heat around the trade war and general volatility in exchange rates saw CboeFX and Euronext FX volumes rebound strongly from a poor July. CboeFX says it handled $33.1 billion in spot volume per day in August, a 20.3% gain from July and fully reversing the drop in that month from July. Year-on-year, CboeFX […]
The first group of FX platforms to report average daily turnover (ADV) for July indicate that volume in the market dropped sharply from June, however year-on-year data was slightly better. FXSpotStream reports ADV of $36.3 billion in all FX products, a 14.2% drop from June but a very healthy 31% increase from July 2018, while […]
The first two platforms to report June average daily volume indicates that activity rose slightly in June from May, reinforcing a small rebound from April’s lows. CboeFX ADV was unchanged month-on-month at $33.1 billion per day, but 12.4% down year-on-year, while Euronext FX reports ADV of $19.3 billion, up 11.6% from May but down 12% […]
Data from three primary FX venues has confirmed earlier releases from platforms indicating that while spot FX activity rebounded in May from a poor April, it remains lower around 20-25% lower year-on-year. Refinitiv says its platforms handled $86 billion per day in May, up 6.2% from April but down 19.6% from May 2018 and it […]
Anecdotal evidence that February was a much quieter month for FX markets is reinforced by the first set of average daily volume (ADV) data reported by FX trading venues with all showing a month-on-month decline and only one a year-on-year rise.
FXSpotStream reports ADV of $34.8 billion in February, down 9.4% from January, but up 20.8% from February 2018.
Elsewhere, CboeFX says it handled $34.5 billion per day last month, a 4.2% decline month-on-month and a 21.9% decline from February 2018 – a month in which the platform set its highest ADV to date at $44.2 billion.
Finally in the first group to report data, Euronext’s FastmatchFX says it handled $18.1 billion per day in February, down 9.5% month-on-month and down 14.2% year-on-year. The FastmatchFX Tape also saw a month-on-month decline at $64.5 billion of notional value reported, this is down 3.4% from January, but still reflects a very healthy year-on-year increase from what was its second month of reporting in February 2018 when it handled $26.6 billion.
Fastmatch volumes are for spot FX products only, while CboeFX is spot and NDFs and FXSpotStream data is for all FX products, including FX swaps.
Although the latest FX committee turnover data hold no terrors for other channels, a longer term trend does seem to be confirmed that more volume is heading towards the multi-dealer model, especially those on a disclosed basis. Colin Lambert takes a look.The historically clichéd method for a customer to execute an FX hedge was to call three or four banks and ask for a price. Surprisingly, even as relatively recently as late 2017 customers were still telling Profit & Loss and other industry surveys that they still preferred to pick up the phone, but more recent data suggest this is no longer the case and that customers are moving to the e-channel for their FX needs.