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Eye on the Client: The 2019 Digital FX Awards

If there was one takeaway from the demonstration sessions that form part of the process in judging these awards, it was the air of optimism amongst the bankers showing their wares. Probably for the first time in a decade just about every institution seen had budget for the coming year and, apparently, a pipeline of […]

P&L Talk Series with Bid FX’s Jean-Philippe Male

Bid FX recently announced that Singapore Exchange (SGX) has bought a 20% stake in the company, with an option to acquire a controlling interest. The firm’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Male, talks to Profit & Loss about the rationale behind the deal, and some of the structural trends that he sees shaping the FX market. Profit & […]

P&L Talk Series with Integral’s Harpal Sandhu

Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral, talks to Profit & Loss about the launch of his new cryptocurrency exchange, and how he sees the crypto markets evolving in the future.Profit & Loss: What was the genesis of Mint Exchange?Harpal Sandhu: A lot of people don’t realise that the derivatives markets in cryptoassets is actually quite a lot larger than the physical market. Because of this, we were speaking to a lot of FX brokers, people who were trading large amounts of crypto and CFDs, and they were having problems trying to hedge those positions because, unlike FX they can’t go to prime brokers or prime-of-primes in order to access liquidity, so there’s very few places that these firms can go in order to hedge their crypto exposures.

Cobalt Bolsters its Ranks with Five New Hires

Cobalt, which provides FX infrastructure based on shared ledger technology, has hired five senior staff in its London and New York offices.Bob Linton, based in New York, has been named head of connectivity and onboarding at Cobalt. He joins following a 13-year stint at market infrastructure technology provider, Traiana.Dan Evans has been appointed as product analytics lead, having previously spent seven years as a director of FX trading at UBS and also working as the director of his own consultancy.

Flow Traders: Standing Out from the Crowd

Robbert Sijbrandij, head of FX at Flow Traders, talks to Galen Stops about why he thinks there’s still room for more non-bank liquidity providers in the FX market.Dutch proprietary trading firm, Flow Traders, has spent the past two years building out its FX business line. The firm trades in the region of €750- €800 billion of ETFs per year, of which roughly two-thirds has an FX angle, meaning that Flow Traders was already doing in the region of €2-3 billion of FX on a busy day before they decided to become a liquidity maker in FX.

Reducing Latency in FX: Necessary but a Challenge

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.”

Flow Traders: Standing Out from the Crowd

Robbert Sijbrandij, head of FX at Flow Traders, talks to Galen Stops about why he thinks there’s still room for more non-bank liquidity providers in the FX market.Dutch proprietary trading firm, Flow Traders, has spent the past two years building out its FX business line. The firm trades in the region of €750- €800 billion of ETFs per year, of which roughly two-thirds has an FX angle, meaning that Flow Traders was already doing in the region of €2-3 billion of FX on a busy day before they decided to become a liquidity maker in FX.

In the FICC of It

Just two subjects fill our podcast this week as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops share (contrarian) views over the benefit (or otherwise) of closer links between retail and institutional FX markets.
The cynicism Lambert brings to that subject also permeates the second main subject – the release last week of two reports from Global FX Committee Working Groups on disclosures and “cover and deal” operators using last look. Our podcasters also take a look at the GFXC’s annual survey of opinions on the FX Global Code and while he admires what he terms “the optimism of youth” as expressed by Stops, Lambert is again wearing the cynical expression as they discuss some potentially concerning findings in the survey.
Not happy there, Lambert also tries to hit back at what he reports was “ridicule” aimed at him after last week’s podcast discussed his NOK/MXN prediction for 2019 by deflecting the issue onto one of Stops’ predictions – or rather one of what Lambert believes is a “non-prediction”. Will FX prime brokerage consolidation reverse (slightly) and will asset manager clients remain elusive? Find out by listening in.

FX Connect Announces Technology Upgrades

FX Connect has announced a range of technology enhancements, including to its GUI, automated order routers (AOR) and order blotter.“In today’s highly competitive environment where firms face increased complexity and regulatory requirements, it’s vital that we work with our clients to shape our product and solution strategy,” says Beverley Doherty, global head of FX Connect. “Our new enhancements will be instrumental in helping us accomplish this goal, demonstrating FX Connect’s ability to innovate and improve products that create solutions for our clients’ evolving needs.”Making changes via HTML5, FX Connect is creating a trading “cockpit” within its GUI that provides order management and execution through a single, secure interface.Changes to the order blotter include live indicative rates, the estimated percentage away from an order’s limit price, colour coding of orders based on their per cent away from their custom threshold settings and customisable order alters.

Kyriba to Acquire FiREapps

Kyriba, a provider of cloud treasury and finance solutions, has reached an agreement to acquire FiREapps, a firm that provides enterprise currency management solutions to corporate treasuries.“FX volatility is a major strategic challenge for treasury organisations,” says Kevin Permenter, senior research analyst for enterprise applications at IDC, a technology analyst firm. “Financial leaders doing business in multiple countries should be looking to adopt a more holistic approach to their global risk management strategies.”In a release issued today, Kyriba says: “The acquisition will create a highly advanced solution for managing global FX risk, including data gathering and consolidation, reporting, analytics, decision support, payments, hedge accounting and more. The combined result is a faster, more efficient way to manage FX exposures than using old school processes involving spreadsheets and manual data gathering across multiple systems.”