Whether more buy side FX trading activity will shift into order books, and how long this shift could take, was a key discussion point in a webinar examining FX market structure on Tuesday.
During the webinar, hosted by Greenwich Associates, ...
As client requirements evolve in response to changes in FX
market structure, services providers need to be ready to adapt to these new
demands, said panelists at Profit &
Loss Forex Network Toronto conference last month.
Liquidity has been a big ...
In recent years the sell side has justifiably been criticised for its behaviour in the FX market. But should regulators and market participants be taking a closer look at how the buy side operates in this market? Galen Stops reports.
The FX industry has been rocked by a number of scandals in recent years and in many cases the implications of these scandals is only now coming home to roost.
Two of the largest custodian banks in the world, BNY Mellon and State Street, have agreed $714 million and $530 million settlements, respectively, related to allegations they systematically set disadvantageous rates for their customers in contrast to their claims to be achieving best execution for them.
XTX Markets has made XTX-ray, a tool designed to replicate how sell-side market makers analyse spot FX liquidity, available to buy side market participants.
XTX-ray looks at a wide range of data, including fill ratios, the cost of rejected trades in USD, spreads and market impact, to reveal “hidden” costs embedded in firms’ spot FX execution with the aim of enabling them to more effectively analyse the liquidity they are accessing.
“XTX-ray makes state-of-the-art sell side execution analysis available to buy side firms, and counterparties will be able to evaluate the execution quality of their liquidity providers.
A new whitepaper issued by Contango Markets, a consultancy firm based in London, warns that buy side firms are increasingly being dumped by derivatives clearing firms that are re-evaluating their business models following changing cost pressures.
“Regulation, higher capital requirements and constraints on revenue models in derivatives clearing are changing the way banks in particular look at their clients. In line with a trend that started some years ago, the number of derivatives clearing firms is shrinking further.
“Bank must earn more from their clients or be faced with exiting the listed derivatives brokerage business (unwelcome), a
On the day that the second and final phase of the FX Global Code of Conduct was released, panellists at Forex Network New York debated whether it puts an unnecessary burden on buy side firms.
Philip Weisberg, a member of the Market Participants Group (MPG) that helped craft the Code, stated that it “puts an enormous responsibility on the buy side”.
Giving an example of this responsibility, he pointed to last look, a practice that some platforms do not allow and others allow to be implemented in a variety of ways. The platforms must disclose their last look policies, meaning that buy side firms need “to have some type of framework for evaluating the efficacy of a venue or liquidity provider choice or execution choice”, Weisberg explained.
new rules, according to a survey by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).
Fund managers globally that responded to the survey said that their biggest challenge regarding Mifid II is uncertainty about what the rules contained within the regulation actually mean – both their scope and substance – as well as what they perceived to be a lack of clarity relating to the cost and nature of services provided by brokers.
The survey showed that 34% of alternative asset managers are undecided about how they will pay for research following the implementation of Mifid II. Of those that have made decisions around how to pay for research, 80% plan to charge investors and the remaining 20% intend to absorb the costs themselves.
Market and regulatory reforms are forcing buy side firms to look for new ways of accessing collateral, funding and liquidity, according to a new report from BNY Mellon and PWC.
Based on a survey that 120 buy side respondents with a combined $12 trillion in AUM participated in, the report claims that “access to high-quality collateral, funding and liquidity is not only a pressing concern, but has emerged as the essential new performance driver for the buy side”.
The current challenge with accessing these is twofold.
Managed futures traders lost -0.98% in June, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge.
This was the largest monthly decline so far this year as the index is down -1.65% through the first two quarters of 2017.
The BTOP50 Index, which tracks the 50 largest investable CTAs, also fell, registering a loss of -2.60% in June, and is down -4.77% for the year as well.
“The first half of 2017 has been difficult for the CTA industry,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “The combination of low volatility and sharp trend reversals has helped to suppress returns for managed futures.”
Managed futures traders slipped after two months of gains, losing 0.72% in September, according to the flash estimate for the Barclay CTA Index, which is compiled by BarclayHedge.
“The Fed’s mid-month confirmation that it was unwinding QE precipitated trend reversals in bond yields, the US Dollar Index, and gold,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge. “In spite of the ongoing rally in global equities, there were several treacherous crosscurrents in motion during September and successful navigation was difficult.”