Does FX still have the ability to innovate the way that it did 20 years ago? Galen Stops finds the industry divided on this important question. When Profit & Loss launched 20 years ago, the FX market looked very different than it does today. Much of the industry was still trading via voice channels, pricing […]
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 […]
In this week’s In the FICC of It, your podcasters are taken to task by a listener over some points they may have missed when discussing the State Street/BestX deal last week and Galen Stops asks Colin Lambert the question (on behalf of a listener), ‘can you be too client focused?’
They also look at the impact of political events on FX markets and Lambert appeals to listeners of a ‘certain generation’ (i.e. as old as he is!) to come up with times when global politics was potentially such an influence on FX markets?
The evolving market structure of crypto markets also attracts their attention, and they ask the question; ‘Can innovation really thrive in banks today?’
The traditional Markets business model in banking is under pressure, Colin Lambert talks to Imed Souki, global head of FRC trading at UBS, and Christopher Purves, recently appointed head of UBS’ Strategic Development Lab for FRC, about how the bank is responding to a such a challenging environment.
Colin Lambert: UBS recently announced a change in structure for its FX, Rates and Credit (FRC) business, can you outline the new business model?
Imed Souki: There has not been a significant change in the structure of the business, it is really a continuation with me taking sole responsibility for the business today, whereas Chris is tasked with taking it where it needs to be in the future. The client relationship dynamic is changing and we want to ensure we are, and remain, relevant to our clients.
Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has appointed Daniel Gorfine to serve as director of LabCFTC and chief innovation officer, effective immediately.
“Daniel is a well-respected leader whose expertise in market-enhancing fintech will help the CFTC disrupt the status quo and change the way government interacts with our ever-innovating marketplace,” says Giancarlo. “Daniel’s addition to the team will move our LabCFTC initiative into its next phase and will further our efforts to make the CFTC a 21st century regulator for our 21st century digital markets.”
LabCFTC is a new initiative announced by the Commission in May, which aims at promoting responsible fintech innovation to improve the quality, resiliency and competitiveness of the markets the CFTC oversees.
As buy-side workflows are becoming complex, these firms are looking for ways to simplify how they view and manage them, claims Basu Choudhury, business intelligence, Nex Traiana.
He says that, whereas in the past buy side firms used to probably have only one prime broker (PB), today they might have four or five prime brokers, or even have bilateral relationships. Further, when they execute they might do so via an anonymous venues or they might trade against another buy side firm that is using a prime broker.
“So what we’re seeing and hearing is that they want a single panel where they can see their PB relationships and bilateral, and even clearing at some point within one dashboard, one platform, where they can manage the matching, [confirmations] and settlements,” he says.
After the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Triennial FX Survey revealed last year that the industry has shrunk in terms of notional volumes for the first time in 15 years, speakers at Forex Network London outlined the factors that could help this market get back to growth.
During the discussion the speakers on the panel outlined a number of issues that have constrained trading volumes over the past three years, including technology shortcomings, a lack of investment in some areas of the market, and regulatory challenges.
Against this background, the question was put to the panellists, how does the FX industry get back to the kind sustainable growth that it witnessed between 2001 and 2016?
After a number of years having to take reactionary measures in response to new regulatory requirements, panellists at Profit & Loss’ Forex Network New York conference expressed enthusiasm for a new wave of innovation that has the potential to re-shape FX market infrastructure. “Perhaps for the first time in eight years, innovation is back on […]