I mentioned in a recent column the increasing noise around fragmentation in equity markets, specifically end user frustration and unhappiness with it, but it is noticeable to me that the same discussion is gaining more volume in FX. Now I need to stress that this is not me (for about the 10th time) predicting consolidation […]
The latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Quarterly Review provides execution method data relating to the recent Triennial Survey of FX Turnover and finds that while e-ratios generally are stable there have been some significant shifts in the channels handling the volume. Perhaps significantly, the report also picks up on what the authors says are […]
If the numbers are anything to go by, 2018 was a good year for OTC FX platforms, says Galen Stops.2018 saw the spot volumes increase across all of the multidealer OTC FX platforms that report this data, something that has not happened once in the past five years. Talk to the platform providers about what they saw as the key drivers of trading volumes in 2018 and they largely cite the same factors, chief amongst these being a proper decoupling of US interest rates relative to the rest of the world.
A couple of months ago I wrote a piece highlighting what I suggested was the first signal of a real shift away from anonymous trading toward disclosed. The column received, as is usual I should point out, a mixed response, with several of you pointing out that without the anonymous pools of liquidity price discovery would be severely hampered and liquidity would dry up. Back then, I used FX Committee data for the basis of my argument, but now it looks as though the platforms are providing the ammunition.
Multibank platform providers need to broaden the range of liquidity options that they offer clients in order to thrive in the diverse FX market ecosystem, said panelists at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network New York conference. There has been much discussion in the industry about whether more FX trading will occur through central limit order book […]