Tag: Fragmentation

Fragmentation

And Another Thing…

It’s been quite a week for me thanks to my digital life being turned upside down (I have never had to deal with so many help desks at one time) and the passing of the founder of my favourite restaurants in London, Dick Barfoot of Sweetings. So with a “vale” to Dick and a gesture […]

10 Years On – G20 Reform Agenda Continues with Crypto in the Sights

A decade after it was tasked with driving reform of the financial system, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) has reported to G20 leaders that while much has been achieved, “promoting global financial stability is a continuous task”. In a letter to the leaders, current FSB chair Randal Quarles says that the FSB’s transition from determined […]

In the FICC of It

In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert is keen to find out more from Galen Stops about a new peer-to-peer FX platform being created, we’re not sure but this interest may stem from his recent statement that anyone who thinks the concept could work lives in “Narnia Land” This week’s episode also takes a look at […]

And Another Thing…

Here are three statements. “Fragmentation exacerbates the already inherent challenge – adequate liquidity – and increases market fragility as a result.” “Fragmentation leads to smaller, disconnected liquidity pools and less efficient and more volatile pricing.” “Divided markets are more brittle, with shallower liquidity, posing a risk of failure in times of economic stress or crisis.” […]

Exchanges in FX: A Game of Musical Chairs

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.

Exchanges in FX: A Game of Musical Chairs

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.

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 […]

And Finally…

It has always driven me a little nuts when I ask about a firm’s strategy going forward and am told something along the lines of, “We listen to our clients – new products and services are driven by client demand”.
Yes, of course, a service provider that does not listen doesn’t last long, but I have always argued superior service is about anticipating client demands, not reacting to it, and the story of CME Europe may be a case in point.

Unshackling the FX Market

Darren Jer, CEO of MarketFactory, talks to Galen Stops about flash crashes, the new latency arms race and how technology will enable the FX market to keep growing in size.

Galen Stops: What’s going to be the main focus for MarketFactory as a company in 2017?

Darren Jer: Well let me just start by saying that FX is the biggest market that not everyone knows about. In the equities market last year, $114 trillion was traded across all exchanges; in FX, that figure is $1.4 quadrillion. In FX we talk in average daily volume (ADV) numbers all the time so we’re just used to the size of the market, $5.1 trillion per day, but the general public and traders in other asset classes don’t know the degree of notional liquidity.

The Wrap

Liquidity, fragmentation and geopolitics dominate closing conversations on Day 2 at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago.

After each of the five topic speakers gave their debriefing of discussions within the working groups, the conversation opened up between the panelists to explore some of the themes raised during the working group recaps.

Drawing on discussions around both liquidity and geopolitics, Chip Lowry, senior managing director, State Street Global Markets, kicked things off with the topic of de-globalisation, and whether the current trend of countries looking more inward is affecting liquidity.