Have we finally hit the wall in terms of our willingness, as a broad financial markets industry, to accept the continued race to cut a few microseconds off the speed of trading? I suspect we may have, for as P&L editor Galen Stops’ articles on speed bumps in the listed derivative world have highlighted, this […]
Galen Stops takes a closer look at the new latency mechanism being introduced to FX and certain equity options products by Eurex, in a bid to improve the order book. Speed bumps seem to be the topic de jour in the listed derivatives markets just now, with the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) winning approval to implement […]
Avelacom, a provider of connectivity and IT infrastructure, is now offering access to Seed CX’s real–time market data and order-routing solutions. Through its subsidiaries, Seed CX offers a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, and plans to offer a market for CFTC-regulated digital asset derivatives. “We began working in […]
Refinitiv has migrated its spot and forward matching to a new primary data centre, Equinix Slough LD4, with Equinix New Jersey NY4 as the secondary centre. The firm says the enhancements significantly improve market data feed and round trip latency for clients while subsequently reducing complexity and cost in connecting to Spot Matching. Furthermore, it adds, […]
After a week-long absence Profit & Loss‘ managing editor, Colin Lambert, and editor, Galen Stops, are back on the airwaves to discuss some of the most eye-catching items in the news recently. They begin with some reader feedback from stories published last week. Firstly, a story about the attempt by a futures exchange to introduce […]
As a futures exchange proposes a new speed bump mechanism, a number of market participants are coming out in opposition to it. Some of the arguments they’re making will sound familiar to those in the FX markets, says Galen Stops. On February 1 the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) put the cat amongst the proverbial pigeons by […]
In a rumbustious podcast this week Galen Stops relates how he took on the Twitter world following a tweet that was clearly misunderstood (he says) and he and Colin Lambert get into a debate over the value of speed bumps in futures markets. One group, as Stops observes, is very unhappy about it, but Lambert points out there is another – rather influential – group, that really like the idea.
Our two podcasters also follow up on a recently published story by Profit & Loss about the potential buyers of Refinitiv as well as take a look at a recent blog post on aggregation in FX which inevitably leads to a question from Stops to Lambert, ‘what do you consider full amount trading?’ Luckily for everyone, the latter keeps his answer reasonably (to him) short – even delving into the depths of his own trading career for an analogy.
Speaking of delving the depths, the podcast closes out by fulfilling its promise of the previous week through delivering “considered analysis” of a recent rival podcast which took a look at the events surrounding the death of crypto exchange Quadriga’s CEO. There are those that think, as Stops notes in this podcast, that the FX industry likes a good gossip and wild speculation, but his report on the investigation into Quadriga leaves FX standing well in the shade…
For platforms looking to differentiate on the speed of their technology the equation is measured in the scale of the challenge rather than the opportunity. As David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange observes, “You can’t differentiate on speed, but you have to keep in line with the best in the market – and that means cost.”
Liquidity providers have to be able to update their prices as quickly as possible, and likewise, trading venues have to deliver price updates to their customers as efficiently as they can, to facilitate a fair trading environment. “Five years ago market data was being delivered at 100 milliseconds, then more recently it was at 5 milliseconds,” notes Mercer. “At LMAX Exchange we are live streaming and cancel and replace of orders is measured in microseconds, but already people are talking about nanoseconds – and that’s a challenge for us.”
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?
Avelacom announced that it has partnered with XTRD to “provide low latency access to all major crypto exchanges globally”.
The sub-millisecond market data and order routing, delivered over the Avelacom network, is designed to help XTRD to aggregate liquidity across exchanges in Asia, Europe and the US in the fastest way. In particular, this partnership should enable improved arbitrage strategies across the top 10 Asian cryptocurrency exchanges, such as BitMEX, Binance, Bittrex, Huobi and OKEx.
Commenting on the partnership, Aleksey Larichev, Avelacom’s managing director, says: “We found a big gap between the demands of our institutional clients and the typical solutions provided over the Internet. Web-based applications will never meet the expectations of institutional investors.