CME Group’s TriOptima says it has reduced notional outstanding at Eurex Clearing by 26% following a record compression run on June 26, 2019. The latest run, which equates to $3.9 trillion worth of cleared euro interest rate swaps (IRS) and forward rate agreements (FRAs), represents a 143% increase on the previous record of $1.6 trillion. […]
Three primary FX trading venues saw increased month-on-month activity in June 2019, however as was the case with other platforms that reported earlier this month, they were all down year-on-year with the exception of Refinitiv’s non-spot FX products. The total average daily volume (ADV) of FX trading in all products across Refinitiv platforms in June totalled $452 […]
The news this week that Citi served a 90-day notice to the largest non-bank market making firms in FX – including Jump Trading, XTX Markets, Virtu Financial, HC Technologies and, at an earlier point in time, GTS – that it is no longer willing to offer them FX prime brokerage (PB) services, certainly got tongues […]
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 […]
Data from three primary venues in the FX market confirms numbers from last week suggesting that turnover in April slumped, with one reporting an all-time low in activity and two others the quietest month since 2016. Refinitiv reports average daily volume of $81 billion across its FX spot offerings, a 16.5% drop from March and […]
In this week’s podcast Profit & Loss managing editor, Colin Lambert, and editor, Galen Stops, open by discussing the news of some senior staff departing from EBS in the wake of its acquisition by CME Group, which in turn causes the pair to compare and contrast the different approaches and FX businesses of the Chicago-based […]
Given they predicted just such a move almost a year ago there is no surprise from Colin Lambert and Galen Stops in this week’s podcast over the announcement that Deutsche Boerse is in talks with Refinitiv to buy some or all of its FX assets. So far, so straightforward – however this is In the […]
In a rumbustious podcast this week Galen Stops relates how he took on the Twitter world following a tweet that was clearly misunderstood (he says) and he and Colin Lambert get into a debate over the value of speed bumps in futures markets. One group, as Stops observes, is very unhappy about it, but Lambert points out there is another – rather influential – group, that really like the idea.
Our two podcasters also follow up on a recently published story by Profit & Loss about the potential buyers of Refinitiv as well as take a look at a recent blog post on aggregation in FX which inevitably leads to a question from Stops to Lambert, ‘what do you consider full amount trading?’ Luckily for everyone, the latter keeps his answer reasonably (to him) short – even delving into the depths of his own trading career for an analogy.
Speaking of delving the depths, the podcast closes out by fulfilling its promise of the previous week through delivering “considered analysis” of a recent rival podcast which took a look at the events surrounding the death of crypto exchange Quadriga’s CEO. There are those that think, as Stops notes in this podcast, that the FX industry likes a good gossip and wild speculation, but his report on the investigation into Quadriga leaves FX standing well in the shade…
Cboe appears to have conceded defeat on bitcoin futures to cross town rival CME Group with an announcement that it will delist its contract this month.
In a release listing new product information, the exchange says its CFE subsidiary, which supported bitcoin trading “is not adding a Cboe Bitcoin (USD) (“XBT”) futures contract for trading in March 2019”.
Cboe adds that CFE is “assessing its approach with respect to how it plans to continue to offer digital asset derivatives for trading”, continuing that “while it considers its next steps, CFE does not currently intend to list additional XBT futures contracts for trading.”
A new research note from CME Group looks at whether FX options skews can be used to predict where certain currencies will move relative to the US dollar.Written by Erik Norland, executive director and senior economist at CME, the research opens by explaining that options markets typically exhibit a skew, but that in different asset classes this skew can be in different directions.For example, Norland points out that out-of-the-money (OTM) put options on equity index futures are usually more expensive than OTM call options because investors fear a sudden decline in stock prices more than a sudden rise. However, the reverse is generally true for options on agriculture products because food buyers are more concerned with a sudden increase in the price of crops rather than a decline.