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Equities

Congress Hits a Speed Bump on the Way to Spending Nearly $2 Trillion

As US cases of the coronavirus now double every two and a half days, more than 84 million Americans are spending a bleak Sunday night facing a week – and maybe months – ahead, either off the job or teleworking, separated from relatives and friends, seeing paralysing discord on Capitol Hill where the virus is […]

Virus Outracing Efforts to Measure, Contain, Compensate

The furious governmental efforts at all levels to cope with the increasing spread of the coronavirus as a disease and as a crippler of the economy Friday did not seem to be keeping up with the steepening curve of infection. As more governors close down non-essential business in their states to keep individuals separated as […]

And Another Thing…

I occasionally get the odd bit of grief from those who disagree with my views, no more so than when I criticise the shift towards an equities market model. Criticism has never bothered me, someone much smarter and more successful than me once told me she preferred to talk to people who disagreed with her […]

In the FICC of It

There is a packed agenda for Galen Stops’ last In the FICC of It podcast as he and Colin Lambert discuss a busy week in FX markets – especially if you’re in the survey business! After Lambert salutes Refinitiv for its gesture in donating brokerage to the Australian bushfire relief effort and Martin Mead on […]

Barclays Migrates Equities to BARX

Barclays has added equities to BARX and announced that it will now function as the bank’s cross-asset electronic trading platform. Prior to this, clients could trade FX, fixed income and futures on the BARX platform. “We are excited to announce that BARX will be our newly integrated, cross-asset electronic trading platform that will continually innovate […]

Data Remains the Key Battleground for FX Platforms

Platform providers are becoming more conscious about the value of data, both for their businesses and their clients. Galen Stops takes a look at what this means for the FX industry.I f there is one consistent trend that emerges talking to all of the major OTC FX trading venues in 2019, it is that they’re all keen to emphasise the importance of data, both with regards to how they operate their businesses and how their clients operate theirs. On the one hand, FX trading venues are increasingly looking for ways to package and sell their market data, creating new revenue streams for the business. On the other, seemingly all of them are investing in developing trade analytics tools that will enable users of these platforms to derive greater insights from their trading activity and more effectively evaluate the liquidity and pricing available there.

Data Remains the Key Battleground for FX Platforms

Platform providers are becoming more conscious about the value of data, both for their businesses and their clients. Galen Stops takes a look at what this means for the FX industry.I f there is one consistent trend that emerges talking to all of the major OTC FX trading venues in 2019, it is that they’re all keen to emphasise the importance of data, both with regards to how they operate their businesses and how their clients operate theirs. On the one hand, FX trading venues are increasingly looking for ways to package and sell their market data, creating new revenue streams for the business. On the other, seemingly all of them are investing in developing trade analytics tools that will enable users of these platforms to derive greater insights from their trading activity and more effectively evaluate the liquidity and pricing available there.

In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast Galen Stops shares some feedback about a previous week’s discussion on electronification of NDFs and Colin Lambert reports from an equity-focussed market structure conference, some of the statements from which, surprised him and lead to another one of his “theories” about the relationship between FX and equities. Our two podcasters also […]

Spring Time for Hedge Funds?

Hedge funds have been much maligned post-financial crisis due a perceived lack of performance. Is this criticism fair? And what is the prognosis for currency funds in particular? Galen Stops takes a look.

Earlier this year, Cliff Asness, founder, managing principal and CIO of AQR, published an excellent piece explaining why hedge fund returns should not be compared to 100% long equities returns, as they so often are when people use the S&P 500 as a benchmark.

In the article, Asness was unequivocal in his conclusion that hedge funds not keeping up with equities during a nine-year bull market was completely predictable and is certainly not a reason to worry about the performance of these firms.

Why CTAs Needn’t Fear Rising Interest Rates

Campbell & Company argues in its paper, Prospects for CTAs in a Rising Interest Rate Environment: A Refresh, that CTA performance is less dependent upon the interest rate climate than some may think.

The paper builds on the data presented by Campbell in a 2013 paper, which showed that traditional assets, such as US equities and Treasuries, have historically underperformed when interest rates are rising. In addition, it showed that CTA performance has exhibited a different pattern from these assets and has in fact not been regime-rate dependent.