Following on from the launch of its ORCA-Direct algo last year, UBS has introduced ORCA-Pro, a new GUI targeted at clients frequently using ORCA-Direct to execute FX. The ORCA-Direct algo tries to maximise the amount of liquidity available to users when executing FX by looking across ECNs, UBS’s principal liquidity and CME’s FX futures. The […]
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Barclays has added equities to BARX and announced that it will now function as the bank’s cross-asset electronic trading platform. Prior to this, clients could trade FX, fixed income and futures on the BARX platform. “We are excited to announce that BARX will be our newly integrated, cross-asset electronic trading platform that will continually innovate […]
This year Profit & Loss decided to update the format and judging categories of our annual Digital FX Awards. The process remains subjective but we have not restricted ourselves to the narrow confines of previous years’ categories. Instead of many of the categories, we have created Awards for Excellence in e-FX, something that we believe […]
P&L Report Card In terms of banks seeking to make a move up the e-FX ladder the field has thinned out in recent years, mainly because so many have achieved their ambition to either rebuild or to establish themselves. The good news from this is that this report card can be very brief! Probably the […]
Galen Stops examines the extent to which banks in different emerging markets face the same challenges when trying to build out their e-FX businesses, and questions the extent to which technology developments in these markets will follow a familiar pattern.
Talking broadly about how firms in emerging markets operate is often misleading, given the diversity of these markets and how widely the demands and conditions vary within each one. And yet, when it comes to banks in emerging markets that are looking to build out their e-FX businesses, there are some common themes that can be identified. For starters, these banks actually tend to have a sizable and often fairly diverse customer base, although each of these clients tend to trade FX on a smaller scale in terms of transaction size compared to their counterparts in more developed countries.
Marcus Butt, global head of FX prime services and futures at NatWest Markets, talks about how the bank is developing its FX Prime Brokerage offering in response to changing client needs.
Profit & Loss: So what are you doing on the FXPB side of your e-FX platform that you think differentiates your offering right now?
Marcus Butt: What we’re doing on the platform that is unique is really a reflection of what we’re doing in the business. Part of this is that we’ve introduced a number of new prime brokerage models to accommodate the diversification of our client base.
David Wright, managing director and global head of FX electronic distribution, and Jian Chen, head of Quantitative Solutions and Innovations (QSI), at Morgan Stanley, talk about how Transaction Cost Analy- sis (TCA) is moving to real-time.
Profit & Loss: Given that all the major single-dealer platforms have a TCA component now, how do you look to differentiate yourself in this area?
David Wright: So where the post-trade TCA adds value from the client perspective is as a basic benchmarking tool for the algos that they’re running. Then on the pre- trade side where we initially differentiated ourselves was on calculating transaction costs under a number of regimes, giving clients the ability to better understand the expected execution costs of one algo versus another.
Mark Goodman, head of electronic execution, E&C, at UBS, talks about the latest addition to the bank’s algo suite.
Profit & Loss: UBS recently launched a new algo, called ORCA-Direct. Can you tell us a bit more about the design and logic behind it?
Mark Goodman: ORCA-Direct came about when we were trying to improve the technology available to our FX voice traders as they execute risk in the market. As a general rule, the more liquidity they can access the better, so we made sure that we’re connected to the core ECNs and now have six on our platform
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2018 Profit & Loss Innovation Award
2018 Editor’s Choice Award
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Client Experience Award
Market View Award
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Structured products have become mainstream with the explosion in service providers offering second generation derivatives and other yield enhancing products. Most banks now offer a reasonable range of structured products and more and more are building out the ability to create your own basket. Mainly it has to be said, we are seeing this in the FX space – we are primarily a currency and derivatives magazine after all – but there are also some looking more closely at multi-asset structured notes.