SGX saw record volumes in its FX futures during 2019, which it credits to heightened trading activity due to geopolitical factors. The exchange is reporting aggregate FX volumes of $1.3 trillion for 2019, up 44% from $914 billion in 2018, with a total of 23.5 million futures contracts traded on its platform last year, a […]
The US Treasury has determined that China should no longer be designated as a currency manipulator. In a new report, Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States, the Treasury cites economic reforms and commitments from China to refrain from devaluing the renminbi (RMB) as the reasons for this decision. […]
In a 1999 edition of Profit & Loss, David Clark, now chairman of the European Venues and Intermediaries Association (EVIA), reflected on 30 years in the foreign exchange industry. Now he talks about what has – and hasn’t – changed in the industry since then and makes some bold predictions for the future. Profit & […]
Despite the geopolitical situation worldwide becoming more volatile, FX markets have stayed relatively idle, leaving speakers at the Profit & Loss Forex Network London event to wonder what has caused this disparity. In recent months, news of geopolitical volatility – from Brexit woes to an intensifying trade war between China and the United States – […]
In this week’s podcast, Galen Stops lights the blue touchpaper and steps back to watch the fireworks by asking Colin Lambert about not only the Benchmark Fix, more specifically the research paper published this week, but last look as well following the news that a regional regulator is investigating the practice. Just to add to the mix, he also gets him going on another Lambert favourite, tracking error.
They also discuss the FX Global Code and fintechs and ask, ‘should they be adhering and signing up to the Code?’ and Lambert shares some reader feedback on this week’s opinion piece on FX options brokerage.
Rather than moving in a synchronised manner, speakers at the Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago conference predicted that emerging market (EM) performance has become divergent due to idiosyncratic factors within each country.
“In general, EM does well when you have at least two out of three things: one is global growth, two is a weak dollar, and three is lower US rates. So, if you look at this combination and where we are in the cycle, especially given all the easy money that we’ve had since 2008, I would be very careful with the emerging markets right now,” said Mo Grimeh, CIO at Mogador Capital Management at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago.
The FX Global Code is now over one year old and is generally seen to have been a success in establishing a blueprint for conduct in the markets. The number of firms adopting has been steadily growing but at such an uneven pace that some are wondering exactly how successful it will be? Next week’s Forex Network Chicago conference will kick off with an armchair debate and a panel session looking at the impact of the Code from two perspectives.
The euro performed well in 2017, but can it keep going? Galen Stops suggests that political factors mean that this currency could surprise markets in 2018.
This time last year, the European Union was still grappling with the fact that one of its biggest members was poised to leave the club, people were nervous about a populist, anti-EU party winning the Dutch general election, and even more nervous about a populist, anti-EU party winning the French election and presidency.
As a result, markets were – understandably – pricing a lot of risk into the Eurozone.
Geopolitics represents the single biggest threat to financial markets, warned Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, at an event in Toronto yesterday.
Speaking at the Swell event hosted by Ripple, Bernanke noted that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 was so severe because different elements of the financial system has become so interlinked that stressful conditions in one area soon spread to other parts of the system. However, he argued that the financial markets are systemically safer now and that the biggest threats to these markets come from external sources.
When assessing which large tail risk events are likely to take place in 2017, speakers at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network London emphasised that there are other risk factors being overlooked that might have a greater impact on financial markets.
“Like last year, the tail risks this year are quite high compared to normal,” said Colin Harte, strategist and senior portfolio manger at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. “There are some quite material risks that – if they come to pass – could have a significant impact on markets.”
He noted, however, that many of the expected tail risk events from 2016 were less dramatic than expected in the end: sterling took an obvious hit after the Brexit result, but soon became range-bound again, while the Trump election victory actually led to a rally in the equity markets.