It is a conundrum of the current foreign exchange market that while the world is awash with events and opportunities to trade, successful traders seem thin on the ground. Tony Sycamore recently left his FX sales role at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney and – leveraging his background in sales there and BNP Paribas, as well as his time on the prop trading team at Goldman Sachs in Sydney – has established TechFX Traders, a new advisory firm that seeks to provide structure and discipline to individual traders, and ideas to professionals.
LMAX Exchange has unveiled a partnership with an academic at the University of Oxford to develop a methodology for consistent evaluation of trading costs across liquidity pools that can be used by the FX industry.
Dr. Álvaro Cartea of the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute is a leading researcher and published finance expert specialising in high-frequency and algorithmic trading, market quality and financial regulation. Together, LMAX and Dr. Cartea aim to drive forward the industry’s understanding of FX TCA and produce mathematically robust findings of practical value to benefit all FX market participants, the firm says in a statement.
A new working paper from the Bank of England analyses the role of automated trading (AT) in FX markets in a period containing the 15 January 2015 announcement by the Swiss National Bank that it had removed its EUR/CHF floor and finds that while AT “generated uninformed volatility”, human traders did the opposite.
“This ‘Swiss franc event’ represents a natural experiment as one of the largest shocks to the FX market in recent years and probably the most significant ‘black swan’ event in the period in which AT has been a prominent force in FX markets,” the paper states.
I know I have floated ideas around this issue before, but do we need to do more about that hour after the New York close than just talk about it? Flash events are starting to occur a little too frequently in FX markets for some peoples’ liking, so what can we do about it? Actually I think we can do quite a lot – or at least it would be a lot if all the noise around data capabilities isn’t just that – noise.