As we reported at the start of this week, Citi formally confirmed what most of us knew, that it was cutting the number of connections to its FX business. I see this as the start of a process, however – nowhere near the end – one that also reflects what is likely to be a […]
Tag: multi-dealer platforms
I mentioned in a recent column the increasing noise around fragmentation in equity markets, specifically end user frustration and unhappiness with it, but it is noticeable to me that the same discussion is gaining more volume in FX. Now I need to stress that this is not me (for about the 10th time) predicting consolidation […]
A new report from Greenwich Associates says that FX market participants are spurning anonymous trading on ECNs in favour of disclosed, bilateral trades executed through a variety of channels – as well as a growing share of business done through so-called “API aggregators” that could eventually emerge as a challenger to the market’s biggest execution […]
The very fact that more and more people from the platform/connectivity world are talking to me about FX swaps tells me that, as I have suggested many times before, change could be coming to this segment of our industry. Ideas and initiatives are all fine, however, but will they translate into definitive market structure change? […]
Within the UK’s FX Joint Standing Committee (JSC) report on FX turnover, the data on execution styles suggests a return to trend on the part of the channels through which participants are trading. The last two reports from the UK have been notable for a significant surge in spot business executed via the voice channel, […]
With P&L’s editor Galen Stops showing his contempt for the listenership by declining to call in to the podcast from halfway down a black run on a snowboard, this week’s In the FICC of It takes a look back as managing editor Colin Lambert is joined by P&L’s founder Julie Ros, just over 20 years to the day she incorporated Profit & Loss.
Although they somehow manage to omit to mention how they wrote pieces for the magazine about Caribbean and Scottish holidays and, even worse, took their own cover pictures, the two look back to the early days of e-FX, which coincided with the launch of Profit & Loss, and look at how things have changed – and in some cases have not.
The names of the leaders in e-FX may have changed, as Ros notes, but our two podcasters agree that there is much that remains the same, in both the single and multi-dealer platform world especially.
One week after Stops and Lambert went to town on each other’s predictions for 2019, Ros offers Lambert to chance to critique someone else’s predictions for the foreign exchange industry, made in 2000, and you will glad to hear that in spite of the aforementioned clairvoyant going onto to become Prime Minister of his country, Lambert shows his customary disregard for rank and gives it both barrels…
If you ever wanted an example of how an enhanced market structure – specifically around electronic trading – helps to build volumes, one need look no further than NDFs. Volumes have been climbing steadily over the past five years, indeed I am starting to think they may eclipse FX options soon, and how people trade them also appears to be shifting, to the degree that I wonder if the NDF market is giving us a glimpse into the market structure of the foreseeable future?
BGC Partners is set to launch a new e-FX trading platform in the next few weeks.
The platform will be unveiled alongside BGC’s new electronic US Treasuries platform, with both being branded under the Fenics umbrella. The FX platform will be called Fenics FX and the Treasuries platform will be called Fenics UST.
Lucera, which is owned by BGC, has supplied the underlying technology for the Fenics FX platform.
Soft trades have already been completed on the new platform and Profit & Loss understands that it will be ready to officially go live with trading in the next few weeks.