In the FICC of it is one year old this week, and, aside from expressing surprise they got this far, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops celebrate by plunging into two of the themes covered in the first podcast that still resonate today. Stops talks about the evolution of Euronext FX and has two questions for […]
Anecdotal evidence that February was a much quieter month for FX markets is reinforced by the first set of average daily volume (ADV) data reported by FX trading venues with all showing a month-on-month decline and only one a year-on-year rise.
FXSpotStream reports ADV of $34.8 billion in February, down 9.4% from January, but up 20.8% from February 2018.
Elsewhere, CboeFX says it handled $34.5 billion per day last month, a 4.2% decline month-on-month and a 21.9% decline from February 2018 – a month in which the platform set its highest ADV to date at $44.2 billion.
Finally in the first group to report data, Euronext’s FastmatchFX says it handled $18.1 billion per day in February, down 9.5% month-on-month and down 14.2% year-on-year. The FastmatchFX Tape also saw a month-on-month decline at $64.5 billion of notional value reported, this is down 3.4% from January, but still reflects a very healthy year-on-year increase from what was its second month of reporting in February 2018 when it handled $26.6 billion.
Fastmatch volumes are for spot FX products only, while CboeFX is spot and NDFs and FXSpotStream data is for all FX products, including FX swaps.
QuantHouse announced that the FastMatch consolidated central market dataproduct, the FX Tape, is now available on its API Ecosystem store.QuantHouse is an independent provider of systematic trading solutions, including market data services, an algo trading platform and infrastructure solutions. QuantHouse says that more than 300 buy side firms and investment banks are connected to its API Ecosystem, which enables access solutions provided by buy and sell side firms, execution venues and technology partners. As QuantHouse manages the API, customers can access services quickly and efficiently, simply by ‘plugging-in’.FastMatch’s FX Tape includes transactions from a range of market participants and sources, including FastMatch’s ECN, delivering a reference point for executed trades in the spot FX market.
If the numbers are anything to go by, 2018 was a good year for OTC FX platforms, says Galen Stops.2018 saw the spot volumes increase across all of the multidealer OTC FX platforms that report this data, something that has not happened once in the past five years. Talk to the platform providers about what they saw as the key drivers of trading volumes in 2018 and they largely cite the same factors, chief amongst these being a proper decoupling of US interest rates relative to the rest of the world.
In 2016 Fastmatch saw year-on-year average daily volumes (ADV) on its platform grow by 54%, and no doubt this growth was at least partially responsible for Euronext’s decision to spend $153 million to purchase 90% of the platform in August 2017, as it subsequently registered a 44% increase in ADV for that year. 2018 saw strong, if not as spectacular, year-on-year ADV growth of 9% to $20.1 billion, but Kevin Wolf, CEO of FastMatch and head of FICC US at Euronext, instead highlights the increase in the number of clients using the platform as the key growth metric for the year. “When we think about client acquisitions, we break it down along two dimensions: one is the number of clients and the other is the diversity of clients,” he explains.
While the results from the first three platforms to report FX turnover data are all up from December, the year-on-year comparison is more mixed, with FXSpotStream hitting another peak for the service, but CboeFX and FastmatchFX both falling back.
FXSpotStream reports average daily volume (ADV) of $38.4 billion in all FX products, while CboeFX handled $36 billion per day of spot and FastmatchFX saw a daily average of $20 billion transacted on its platform. The Fastmatch Tape saw a decline for the second month in a row, however.
BestX is including the FX Tape, a service provided by FastMatch, a Euronext company, within the BestX Best Execution FX Analytics, allowing clients to choose to include the FX Tape as an additional benchmark against which they can analyse their trade portfolios.
BestX is the first FX analytics provider to offer clients FastMatch’s FX Tape service as a benchmark to its client base, which includes asset managers, hedge funds, wealth managers and sovereign wealth funds.
“As the industry standard for FX TCA, it is important that BestX offers the FastMatch FX Tape as an additional benchmark within our analytics for our clients. The inclusion of the FX market’s default streaming mid is another material step towards increasing the transparency of the FX market,” says Oliver Jerome, Co-Founder at BestX.
The first four platforms to report average daily volume (ADV) for April paint a mixed picture with Euronext’s Fastmatch FX seeing an uptick in activity from March and Cboe FX, FXSpotStream and GTX seeing a slight decline. All four venues are higher on a year-on-year basis.
Cboe FX, formerly HotspotFX, reports average daily volume of $36.3 billion in April, FXSpotStream, $24.6 billion, FastmatchFX $19.4 billion and Gain’s GTX $13.3 billion. The Fastmatch Tape has also report a big gain in April.
Cboe Global Markets’ Data Shop has added historical spot foreign exchange and bitcoin data from Cboe FX to its range of offerings.
The exchange group says that market participants and academics can back-test, analyse, and have the potential to increase trading opportunities, using the data, which includes TOP, which provides top-of-book data on currency pairs, including the quote time, bid price, bid quantity, offer price and offered quantity. Also available is Snapshot, which provides a look at the depth of book data at intervals throughout the trading day; and Cboe FX Tape.