Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, Norges Bank Investment Management, is calling for greater transparency and verifiability in FX markets because it believes that changes in the market structure in recent years has exacerbated the informational advantages enjoyed by dealers. It believes this change is required because it is the key to mitigating the impact of these informational advantages, without negatively affecting liquidity in what it describes as "this important market". Inevitably, last look is involved, but the paper also highlights issues around algorithmic controls and liquidity provision.
The impending advent of MiFID II has focused market participants’ attention on the matter of best execution, and while spot foreign exchange is not “in scope” of the legislation, many clients and service providers have taken the decision to embrace it into their spot FX activities.
With transparency and efficiency high on the agenda for many clients, interest has inevitably grown in the potential for increased algorithmic execution, meaning that after many false starts, the industry could be on the cusp of serious growth in the use of these strategies.
Trading technology and financial infrastructure provider Itiviti has launched Itiviti FX, a foreign exchange trading solution that the firm says is built for today’s dynamic FX market landscape and designed for compliance with the latest regulatory requirements including MiFID II.
Using a modular, app-based architecture Itiviti FX combines out-of-the-box FX trading capabilities with flexibility, enabling highly scalable and easily customised solutions. It offers cross-asset trading functionality, including algorithmic trading, distribution service, order and pre-trade risk. It also features a liquidity aggregation service, which allows for mixing of different types of liquidity from multiple sources.
Northern Trust has announced an agreement to acquire Bex, a provider of foreign exchange software solutions.
The bank says the acquisition will give it ownership of a platform providing algorithmic FX trading, global liquidity aggregation and transparency in execution and pricing to institutional clients worldwide. The agreement builds on an exclusive partnership between the firms announced in 2016.
“Bex has been a key differentiator for Northern Trust, increasing the depth and breadth of our global FX execution capabilities,” says Pete Cherecwich, president of corporate & institutional services at Northern Trust. “In an evolving FX marketplace, this acquisition provides a foundation for sustained growth and innovation on behalf of our clients.”