The podcast is back for 2020 and Colin Lambert and Galen Stops immediately try to dampen new year’s spirits with a look at what was a pretty poor 2019 for the FX platforms. On a more positive note, Lambert thinks that 2020 could be a breakout year for two services in the FX industry as […]
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There is plenty for Colin Lambert and Galen Stops to get their teeth into this week as the BIS released a series of papers studying the data in the Triennial FX Turnover Survey. From working out who the mysterious “others” were in the survey, through some initially confusing execution data, to a signalling of the […]
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the discussions I have been having post the news that Citi is closely studying the number of channels it supports in FX markets is not that several other major LPs have confided in me that they expect, or are currently conducting, a similar review but the number of LPs […]
In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert and Galen Stops pick through the big talking point of the week, Citi’s reported decision to cut the number of platforms it connects to in the FX market. Once he can stop him being smug about predicting such a thing two months ago, Stops asks Lambert whether he thinks […]
In this week’s podcast Colin Lambert gets to air some long-held grievances at market structure change when Galen Stops asks him, “any thoughts on the Deutsche Bank job cuts?” Our two podcasters look at the function of risk in the market, as well as the potential impact of what Lambert sees as a steady shift […]
Remember to download and subscribe to In the FICC of It at the Apple iTunes store and this week you can enjoy Colin Lambert and Galen Stops stepping into tricky territory by discussing actual economic things! As always seems to be the case Lambert is mystified by a US government decision, while Stops suddenly has […]
Over the years the most powerful criticism aimed at e-commerce and its potential impact on markets has not been about volatility, or market behaviour generally, it is its lack of flexibility – why else, for example, has the FX swaps market not become more automated in recent years? This is a genuinely intriguing question and whilst in the past it was hard to see how it could happen – thanks to resistance on bank and broker side – now I am definitely picking up a different vibe.
Galen Stops is back on duty for this week’s In the FICC of It podcast and he and Colin Lambert have a lot to get their teeth into. Starting with a response to Lambert’s question from episode 37 as to why the Cartel were in a chatroom anyway, our podcasters discuss the throwing out of the case against former Barclays’ FX head Robert Bogucki in the US. Staying with that bank, they then discuss a website set up by Barclays’ former head of automated trading David Fotheringhame that is “a public defence of last look”. Listeners will be glad to hear that Lambert doesn’t bang on for too long on one of his favourite subjects, preferring instead to move the conversation onto exchange in FX, with the question, “will scale ultimately win the day?”
Less than two weeks ago I discussed platforms raising brokerage rates and made the observation that “I don’t see why FX market participants shouldn’t pay a small amount more brokerage given the level of investment by several platform providers over the last year or two”. I also observed that if customers do complain about higher brokerage then the providers will at least know that they care little about the level of service they are getting as long as there is a price and the bro is low.
Well, I can report that early feedback is that I was dead wrong on the first and spot on with the second!
The past year has seen me become increasingly irritated by platforms answering my call to help police bad behaviour in the Global Code era by saying either it’s not their responsibility or it’s an impossible request – so here’s one area they can do something about. There are reasonable reasons for asymmetric price improvement data and – at a stretch – for asymmetric last look policies. But asymmetric response times? That’s a whole different matter and something needs to be done now.