Tag: FX liquidity

FX liquidity

In the FICC of It

This week’s podcast focuses largely on liquidity in FX markets, which naturally gives P&L’s managing editor, Colin Lambert, an opportunity to share some of his more strident opinions, not least when it comes to customers complaining about spreads. Luckily for listeners, Matthew Hodgson, founder of Mosaic Smart Data is on hand to provide some reasoned […]

Mosaic Smart Data Launches FX Analysis Service

In conjunction with CLS Group and Japanese bank MUFG, Mosaic Smart Data is launching FXLiquidity, a new analysis service that looks at liquidity levels in foreign exchange markets and aims to provide the FX market FX market with transparency as the market continues to experience high levels of volatility. The data offers graphical views of […]

The Challenges – and Solutions – for a Volatile Time

Sponsored Editorial with smartTrade Technologies’ CEO David Vincent 1) What are the key challenges facing liquidity providers in these highly volatile and illiquid markets? The Foreign Exchange market has experienced low volatility for quite some time, however since the COVID-19 pandemic arrival in Europe in mid-February, we have observed the return of high volatility. One […]

Liquidity Spillovers – Phenomena or Structural Change?

Colin Lambert reviews a new paper from the Bank for International Settlements’ Monetary and Economic Department, which suggests the direct links between liquidity conditions in FX spot and swaps markets are getting stronger – and that regulation is having a serious impact on the FX market’s functioning. At face value, the phrases “…the pricing of […]

BIS Report Highlights Shift in FX Trading Styles

The latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Quarterly Review provides execution method data relating to the recent Triennial Survey of FX Turnover and finds that while e-ratios generally are stable there have been some significant shifts in the channels handling the volume. Perhaps significantly, the report also picks up on what the authors says are […]

In the FICC of It

This week’s In the FICC of It podcast is an emotional rollercoaster, containing euphoria, resignations and emotional pleas for clemency as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss key themes from the last two conferences of the year at Profit & Loss, in Singapore and Hong Kong. Reflecting upon some really interesting (and different) perspectives on […]

And Finally…

I am flying to Singapore and then Hong Kong for our two Asian conferences this week, so this will necessarily be relatively brief – what does the British electorate have in store for us this time and will this UK general election, like so many other votes recently, leave the pollsters with egg on their […]

And Another Thing…

I noticed that an old favourite turned up in the news cycle last week – indeed I suspect it is moving into the market’s general psyche given more people are talking to me about it – and that is peer-to-peer matching, more specifically asset managers seeking to by-pass the banks because the latter are able […]

And Finally..

I have always been someone who has, in FX trading at least, looked at certain firms’ desperation to shave another millisecond off round trip times with some despair and no little disdain. Obviously trading has got faster, that is inevitable in such a technologically-innovative era, but I have always looked at the speed issue single dimensionally – it was about people with a technology advantage exploiting it. I wonder, though, whether circumstances are pointing in the direction of a new effort to shave time off the trading process?

And Finally…

The survey published last week by JP Morgan had liquidity as its customers’ number one concern, which, as P&L’s editor Galen Stops and I observe in this week’s podcast, kind of gives lie to the regular protestations from speakers at events that FX liquidity is plentiful. Some of the reasons for liquidity thinning out, people trying to jump on a trend for example, are understandable, but there is one that interests me – and that is the impact of best execution policies.