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.
Profit & Loss introduced a new format at Forex Network Chicago, which took place September 28-29. The second day was dedicated to the Profit & Loss Challenge, during which conference participants broke into working groups under five key topics: Geopolitics, Regulatory, Liquidity, Execution and Technology.
Raising the curtain on the day’s discussions during a new format on Day 2 at Forex Network Chicago, managing editor Colin Lambert kicked off with a series of questions to get the conversations going with topic speakers.
The Debriefing session brought together each of the five speakers after convening with their table heads to get feedback from each of the respective working groups, the results of which were presented in a panel discussion about the findings.
In the final act of Forex Network Chicago, The Debriefing session featured the five topic speakers providing an overview of the working group sessions that took place around each of the five topic working groups.
The main speakers and the table heads they worked with included: Geopolitics: Mario Manna, CEO, Nightberg, with support from table heads George Dowd, president, G. Dowd & Co; and Bob Savage, CEO, CCTrack.com.
More than 500 are already registered for Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago, the biggest two-day FX conference in the industry. It's happening next week, so make your plans now to head to Chicago for the premier international FX event of the year.
Both days in Chicago are jam-packed with top experts from around the globe, ready to share with you their knowledge and insights.
Day 1 features Think-Tank sessions where you dive in and get involved in solving a critical FX issue of your choice. Then on Day 2, the speakers link the findings from these sessions in their discussions.
The latest P&L Survey is online ahead of our Asian conference swing starting Thursday November 9 in Singapore, through Tuesday November 14 in Hong Kong, ending in Shanghai on Thursday November 16.
To accompany our conference agenda, we have published a short survey for readers to complete – the questions have both a global and regional relevance ranging from liquidity conditions, through execution, to clearing and cryptocurrencies.
A panel of buy side market participants at Profit & Loss Scandinavia in Stockholm shared their insights into their FX activities and discussed how data has come a long way in terms of helping them measure best execution; however, analysing that data isn’t as easy as they’d like.
Is the availability of data and technology changing how the industry assesses execution quality? That’s the question addressed by Marcus Samuelsson, portfolio manager at Ericsson; Andreas Wollheim, head of trading and treasury at SEB Investment Management; and James Koutoulas, CEO at Typhon Capital Management, speaking at Profit & Loss Scandinavia in September.
The UK’s Investment Association (IA) has today published a number of guidelines regarding the use of last look, seeking to address concerns that this practice can negatively affect the ability of asset managers to meet the needs of their clients.
As part of the guidelines, the IA has also identified a number of instances in which last look should no longer be considered acceptable due to the potential for misuse of information by the liquidity provider.
These include: pre-hedging during the last look window, trading activity based on information derived from rejected trades and trading activity based on information from a request for quotation which is in progress or those that are not won.
Broadway Technology is extending its full software stack to support firms trading cryptoassets.
“We’re basically taking our entire software stack - which is already asset class agnostic - and making it available to both buy side and sell side firms that are trading cryptos. Fundamentally, what we’re trying to do is provide institutional market participants with much better software and access to what is a pretty volatile and challenging space for them to trade in,” explains Tyler Moeller, co-founder and CEO of Broadway.
This software stack can be used to power a firm’s entire risk management, trade management and e-commerce capabilities - meaning that it can be used for order routing, algo execution, quoting prices, hedging and risk and credit management.
FX liquidity providers that use technology and data analytical tools are becoming more powerful in FX markets, but liquidity consumers are becoming better informed.
The role of data and the empowerment it brings FX market participants was a key theme of the first panel looking at liquidity at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago. Panellists agreed that generally speaking, liquidity in FX markets is fine, there is always a price; however, the question liquidity consumers need to ask is: “How high is that price?”
When clients are looking at prices in an aggregator they could see a bunch of quotes that appear to be identical to one another.
But as Roel Oomen, managing director, electronic FX spot trading at Deutsche Bank, explains, this does not mean that the transactions costs for dealing on each of those quotes is exactly the same.
This is because rejection rates can vary, the liquidity that’s shown at these quotes can vary, and the risk management style of the liquidity providers (LPs) in the aggregator might vary, with some externalising the risk and other internalising it. But how to tell the two apart?
JP Morgan has made its execution services tool for FX algos, called Algo Central, available on the Bloomberg App Portal.Bloomberg Terminal subscribers globally can access the Bloomberg App Portal, so by making Algo Central available on the portal, JP Morgan is offering additional choice of where its clients can access its FX algo execution tools. Algo Central, previously only available via the JP Morgan Markets Execute platform, provides access to the firm’s pre-trade, real-time, and post-trade analytics and allows investors to manage multiple algo strategies simultaneously.Richard James, co-head of macro markets execution at JP Morgan, says: