Liquidity, fragmentation and geopolitics dominate closing conversations on Day 2 at Profit & Loss Forex Network Chicago.
After each of the five topic speakers gave their debriefing of discussions within the working groups, the conversation opened up between the panelists to explore some of the themes raised during the working group recaps.
Drawing on discussions around both liquidity and geopolitics, Chip Lowry, senior managing director, State Street Global Markets, kicked things off with the topic of de-globalisation, and whether the current trend of countries looking more inward is affecting liquidity.
Darren Jer, CEO of MarketFactory, talks to Galen Stops about flash crashes, the new latency arms race and how technology will enable the FX market to keep growing in size.
Galen Stops: What’s going to be the main focus for MarketFactory as a company in 2017?
Darren Jer: Well let me just start by saying that FX is the biggest market that not everyone knows about. In the equities market last year, $114 trillion was traded across all exchanges; in FX, that figure is $1.4 quadrillion. In FX we talk in average daily volume (ADV) numbers all the time so we’re just used to the size of the market, $5.1 trillion per day, but the general public and traders in other asset classes don’t know the degree of notional liquidity.
It has always driven me a little nuts when I ask about a firm’s strategy going forward and am told something along the lines of, “We listen to our clients – new products and services are driven by client demand”.
Yes, of course, a service provider that does not listen doesn't last long, but I have always argued superior service is about anticipating client demands, not reacting to it, and the story of CME Europe may be a case in point.
In this week’s podcast Galen Stops shares some feedback about a previous week’s discussion on electronification of NDFs and Colin Lambert reports from an equity-focussed market structure conference, some of the statements from which, surprised him and lead to another one of his “theories” about the relationship between FX and equities.
Our two podcasters also dive into the big announcement from the crypto world that Fidelity are stepping into this space in a big way and ask the question, who comes next?
They close out with a brief example of the challenge facing Refinitiv as it rebrands, before asking the question first put in yesterday’s And Another Thing…Was FXMarketSpace really, as Stops puts it, “the right idea at the wrong time?”