2018 was undoubtedly a transitional year for Refinitiv. In the first half of the year, the firm was finishing off big initiatives that were started in 2017 – although everything was all ready internally for the MiFID II deadline on January 3 there were subsequent client enhancement requests to work through, while Matching was re-platformed and moved into the Equinix LD4 data centre in London. Meanwhile, in the second half of the year, the focus shifted onto new initiatives: announcing plans to launch an analytics suite and making more algos available to clients on FXall. Of course, the obvious transition for the firm was being rebranded as Refinitiv from Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk (F&R) after a consortium led by private equity firm Blackstone agreed a deal to acquire 55% of the business.
Refinitiv has formally launched Trade Performance Analytics (TPA), the new analytics solution for users of FXall. “TPA empowers users to assess the quality of their historical execution, conduct like-for-like comparisons of liquidity providers, as well as make better informed trade planning decisions. Leveraging highly interactive data visualisation technology, this comprehensive analytics solution offers several analytics views that are available for immediate use, with the ability for users to customise their analysis using a wide range of filters,” says Refinitiv in a release announcing the launch today.
It may be his life-threatening illness (slight cold) but Colin Lambert is in punchy form in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast, so listen in as he and Galen Stops discuss a busy week in the FICC world.
Starting with the potential implications of Cboe’s agreement with UBS to help broaden the reach of its FX platform – and why Refinitiv might want to sit up and pay attention – they rampage through the multi-dealer platform world looking at how (if according to Lambert) platforms can differentiate themselves. Are these firms really taking the single dealer model and deploying it in a multi-dealer landscape? Will this work? What are the USPs of a single and multi-dealer platform?
In an environment in which liquidity has become increasingly commoditised, how do FX trading platforms offering access to this liquidity differentiate themselves?
This was the question put to Jill Sigelbaum, head of FXall, Refinitiv, during a recent video interview with Profit & Loss.
Sigelbaum responded that providing transaction cost analysis (TCA) and pre-trade analytics tools are examples of ways that platforms can offer increased value to clients, but also highlighted a number of other services that are being developed.
“What really differentiates us, and I think how we move forward, is the pre-trade workflow, the artificial intelligence that we plan to use around analysing the post-trade data so that we can make suggestions to clients, automating the process as much as possible without actually trading for our clients,” she said.
Thai energy company, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP), has implemented Refinitiv’s FXall trading platform and “Settlement Center” post-trade solution for managing its FX transactions.
Because PTTEP already uses Eikon, this maks it the first Thai corporate to adopt the end-to-end suite of services covering pre-trade, trade and post-trade phases, according to a statement. PTTEP executed its first production trades in early October.
Yongyos Krongphanich, executive vice president, finance and accounting group at PTTEP, comments: “This collaboration between PTTEP and Refinitiv is considered an important step for PTTEP in managing its foreign exchange risk management and streamline back-end processes. This will further improve company’s competitiveness and support sustainable growth in this challenging digital era.”
Regular readers will know I am unsurprised to read reports of Blackstone pondering the sale of FXall once it completes its takeover of a majority stake in Thomson Reuters F&R, because (for once, I know, before you all message me) I predicted such a thing in this column in June.
What I find interesting in the latest production from the rumour mill is how it is only the sale of FXall – Matching and the other channels are not mentioned.
SEB has announced that it is the first Scandinavian bank to offer FX algo trading to its clients through multibank portals Bloomberg and FXall.
Instead of traditional orders where clients call in for their orders to be executed, they will now be able to place their orders themselves through FX Algos, a new portal which will give them the advantage of a transparent, smooth as well as automated trading solution.
The bank says clients will completely own their order execution, and will be able to select their preferred strategy and follow the execution without the need to contact their salesperson at the bank.
Thomson Reuters has introduced Trade Performance Analytics (TPA) for FXall users, a new analytics solution aimed at helping FX traders assess the quality of their trade execution, identify new opportunities to improve performance, and demonstrate best execution to their stakeholders.
In a release issued today, Thomson Reuters says that the launch of TPA was driven by the growing sophistication and adoption of analytics to drive decision making amongst FX market participants. The firm says that some of the benefits of TPA are that it will allow users to assess the quality of their historical execution, conduct like-for-like comparisons of liquidity providers and make better informed trade planning decisions.
360T, Deutsche Börse Group’s FX unit, and Thomson Reuters (TR) have agreed to collaborate in order to enable pricing of Thomson Reuters FXall customers through 360T’s rate engine technology.
Banks using the 360T pricing engine infrastructure, comprised of Market Maker Cockpit and Auto Dealing Suite, can now directly price their customers on the FXall multibank platform.
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) is the first German financial institution to go live with the new connectivity. Through the interface, Helaba can quote customers on both the 360T and FXall platforms utilising 360T’s FX price engine technology.
Thomson Reuters has announced it is introducing more granular pricing for AUD/USD across its spot FX trading platforms. The change has been in beta testing with clients for some time and the change will officially be rolled out at the end of March.
Pricing for the pair will be in half pips to five decimal places, the new pricing regime will also be reflected in the firm’s market data offerings and added value calculations, as well as on its Eikon screens.