Tag: Emerging markets

Emerging markets

VaR Shock Has Led to “Clean” EM Positions: Morgan Stanley

New research from Morgan Stanley has concluded that emerging markets investors faced a “VaR shock” in the first two weeks of March which led to the “unprecedented” weakness in EMFX markets as they cut overweight positions., but that shock has passed. The research, by Min Dai, head of Asia Rates and FX strategy at Morgan […]

Liquidity Thins Out as Conditions Take Toll on FX Market

Conditions in FX markets are deteriorating steadily according to market sources as liquidity providers (LP) ration precious resources and battle widespread shut downs of offices. Spreads, which have been gradually widening over the past few days, have continued to do so Monday with dealers reporting top of book spreads on FX platforms anywhere from between […]

A Sense of Perspective

In a 1999 edition of Profit & Loss, David Clark, now chairman of the European Venues and Intermediaries Association (EVIA), reflected on 30 years in the foreign exchange industry. Now he talks about what has – and hasn’t – changed in the industry since then and makes some bold predictions for the future. Profit & […]

In the FICC of It

Having dragged Colin Lambert and Galen Stops kicking and screaming off the beach, the podcast is back and they are into the swing of things early, discussing the changing attitudes of fund managers to FX. Looking at this week’s NAB survey of Superannuation Funds FX attitudes, Lambert highlights the paradox of funds investing more in […]

A Closer Look At: Deploying e-FX Tools in Emerging Markets

Yi Hahn Chin, MD and regional head of e-FX solutions – corporates, EMEA at Citi, talks about the most recent regional rollout of the bank’s e-FX platform for corporates, and the broader challenges associated with deploying this technology in emerging markets. Profit & Loss: Talk me through the roll out of Pulse in Nigeria – […]

The Evolution of an Emerging Market

Greater automation in emerging markets is widely seen to be merely a matter of time. Profit & Loss talks to Darryl Hooker, former co-head of EBS Brokertec Market and currently consultant at Capitolis about his experience in helping bring a larger ‘e’ focus to Russia and China.

Profit & Loss: Can you give us an insight into the thinking that saw you focus on first Russian markets and then China when you were at EBS? What are the main signals that identify a frontier market ready to move into the mainstream of EM?

Darryl Hooker: A common pitfall in emerging markets is to make the mistake of considering them collectively despite the fact that they have very particular and specific nuances.

How Will FinTech Shape Emerging Markets?

Galen Stops quizzes Jon Vollemaere, CEO of R5FX, about whether fintech solutions will be used in China, and emerging markets more broadly, to effectively replicate existing FX markets or create an entirely new ecosystem.

Galen Stops: How does the FX market in China compare to those in Europe and the US?

Jon Vollemaere: A lot of the Chinese dealing rooms look like the Western FX markets of the late ‘90s in the way that they’re set up and the lack of technology in them.

P&L Talk Series with Carlos Mosquera Benatuil

Carlos Mosquera Benatuil, the CEO of Mexico-based Solidus Group, which focuses on digital finance through its crypto hedge fund, Solidus Capital, and crypto OTC desk, Solidus Markets, talks to Profit & Loss about why cryptoassets are more than just a vehicle for speculation in Latin America.

Profit & Loss: What are some of the key differences you see between crypto trading in Latam compared to the US?

Carlos Mosquera Benatuil: So there are only a few places for cryptoasset price discovery in Latam, but the bigger exchanges are pretty good. The market still lacks sophisticated traders, however, which has actually been a challenge for us as we’re looking to hire staff for the proprietary trading desk that we’re building out.

A Well Trodden Path?

Galen Stops examines the extent to which banks in different emerging markets face the same challenges when trying to build out their e-FX businesses, and questions the extent to which technology developments in these markets will follow a familiar pattern.

Talking broadly about how firms in emerging markets operate is often misleading, given the diversity of these markets and how widely the demands and conditions vary within each one. And yet, when it comes to banks in emerging markets that are looking to build out their e-FX businesses, there are some common themes that can be identified. For starters, these banks actually tend to have a sizable and often fairly diverse customer base, although each of these clients tend to trade FX on a smaller scale in terms of transaction size compared to their counterparts in more developed countries.

FX in Asia: A Question of Risk and Reward

The potential for Asian FX markets has long been talked about but has rarely been delivered, that may be changing, however, as Colin Lambert finds out.

When, in the early morning of October 7, 2016, the FX market witnessed a flash crash in Cable, there was a collective metaphorical shrugging of the shoulders, as epitomised by one London-based trader who told Profit & Loss, “It’s Asia – that type of thing happens.”

The perception is that institutions pay less attention to Asia, allocate fewer resources to the region generally and, as one global head of FX puts it, “Rely upon Asia not to drop the ball.”