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Dan Torrey, global head of FX e-commerce sales at Northern Trust, explains how technology can help revolutionise regional banks’ e-FX businesses.
Torrey concedes that, prior to joining Northern Trust, he had been uncertain about whether or not claims that the increasing availability of technology is helping to democratise the FX markets were accurate.
However, he says that his own experience in building out Northern Trust’s e-commerce business has convinced him that these claims are not overblown.
“What’s happened is that through the technology, being able to bring in house better e-commerce pricing, being able to reduce a lot of latency, being able to expand the pairs in which we’re competitive and then to provide that downstream to our customers, means that we’re not just another custodial bank offering to them, we can actually competitively go after third-party accounts where we couldn’t’ get them before,” says Torrey.
A new survey released by JP Morgan, which almost 200 institutional FX traders took part in at the end of last year, shows that although just 12% of respondents currently use algorithms for trading, 38% plan to increase algo usage in 2017.
This, in and of itself is not necessarily a surprising statistic. Numerous market commentators have been predicting for a few years now that more institutional FX trades will employ algorithms for a variety of reasons. These include navigating an increasingly fragmented liquidity landscape, helping firms to minimise their market impact, providing a more auditable trading record, and potentially enabling buy side firms to take on more risk themselves as some banks drift towards a more agency-focused business model.