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 […]
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CME Group has appointed new heads to the EBS, BrokerTec and Optimisation business lines as part of its ongoing integration with NEX Group, which the exchange acquired last year. Jeff Ward has been named global head of EBS, having formerly served as global head of NDFs and forwards and head of EBS Asia, based in […]
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 […]
Three senior executives at EBS are to leave the company as part of the previously announced plan to streamline the combined CME/EBS business following the exchange group’s takeover of certain assets of NEX Group last year. Informed sources confirm that Jim Iorio, global head of FX sales at EBS will leave the firm in the […]
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 […]
Data from CME Group, Integral Development and Refinitiv, which reports a new high in average daily volume (ADV), confirms the picture established by three other platforms earlier this week of a rebound in March FX volumes.
CME Group says its FX futures and options franchise handled 1,042,000 contracts per day in March, which Profit & Loss estimates to be just over $103 billion in notional volume. This is a 36% increase on activity in February, but is 7% down year-on-year, it is also CME’s busiest month in FX since September 2018.
EBS is launching a new API streaming service on its quant analytics platform. The new functionality is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019 and will stream trade information, market impact and alpha calculations on a trade-by-trade basis to clients.
Profit & Loss has previously reported how, using benchmark data taken from the entire EBS ecosystem, the analytics platform is designed to provide insights that allow clients to analyse trade flows, optimise execution efficiencies and benchmark their performance against the EBS community, including statistics on averages for like-for-like trades.
The three primary FX venues to report average daily volume (ADV) data have reinforced data from a second group that activity in the market was low in February.
Refinitv says it handled $87 billion in spot ADV in February, down 8.4% from January and down 23% from February 2018, while CME Group says both its futures and EBS businesses saw similar declines.
CME Group reports ADV in futures and options contracts of 762,000, which Profit & Loss estimates to be notional volume of $75.4 billion. This is a 9.2% drop month-on-month but down 30% year-on-year.
In recent years, large exchange groups have been lining up to buy OTC FX platforms. But in this game of musical chairs, what happens to the venues without a buyer when the music stops? Galen Stops reports.One of the major trends in the multi-dealer platform space in recent years has been the acquisition of these platforms by larger exchange groups. Hotspot was the first to go after it was bought by BATS Global Markets in 2015, which in turn was then acquired by Cboe Global Markets in 2017 and the FX platform was rebranded as CboeFX.