The FX industry proved resilient in the
wake of the volatility caused by the Brexit vote while also illustrating the
changing nature of liquidity within the market, according to speakers on a Profit & Loss webinar last week.
“One of the ...
XTX Markets has joined Broadway Technology
as a liquidity provider in foreign exchange, Broadway announces.
“As the liquidity landscape evolves in FX
it is important to be able to provide our clients with increased connectivity
options to support their business”, ...
There seems to be general acceptance that last week’s flash crash in sterling merely highlighted what we have known for so long – there is a growing structural problem in FX markets.
Identifying a problem and solving it are, however, two entirely different things and in spite of the spirit of innovation reawakening in foreign exchange markets, my sense is that whilst the solution I propose here is unpalatable to some in authority it may help central banks better understand markets and curb flash events
The scenario sounds familiar. A front page in the next day's UK press is released showing a Brexit-related story (in this case a second Scottish independence referendum) which is negative for the pound. Sterling starts selling off just after 10am Australian time and actually starts to sell off quite aggressively as the story spreads.
A story about October 7 and the sterling flash crash? Absolutely not. It happened this morning and would have prompted a few hearts to beat faster than usual on FX trading desks.
TraderTools has announced that Investec Bank has joined its Unique Liquidity Network (ULN).
Through hosted facilities in Equinix LD4 and Equinix NY4, the ULN now consists of over 60 unique liquidity providers, making prices in G10 and emerging and underserved market currencies, the firm says.
Using the ULN, Investec plans to provide its customers with improved pricing and execution, and to increase its reach within the electronic FX marketplace. Access by Investec customers will be via the TraderTools API, and through a variety of FX venues.
With apologies to those loyal readers who normally part with their hard-earned cash to read this column, today I am going to make it “free to air” – mainly because I feel there is a message that simply has to get out there regarding FX execution and liquidity.
If nothing else, the ongoing Mark Johnson trial in New York is highlighting how there are some seriously poor assumptions made in the wider world about how the FX market really operates.
And so, dear readers, we commence the second 500 of these columns by returning to a theme that has dominated the past 100 – and which remains the biggest single issue facing the foreign exchange industry at this time. I refer of course, ...
Forex Network Chicago features two panels looking at the most important subject of liquidity provision in FX markets through two very different prisms. The first looks at the issue from the perspective of FX banks; how are they prioritising where they send liquidity and how are data capabilities changing how clients are evaluated? It will also look at the role of buy side as genuine liquidity providers and look at the impact on market conditions if what some consider to be a withdrawal from the market by the banks takes place.
CFH Clearing has formed a partnership with OneZero Financial Systems to enable it to provide local liquidity from New York (NY4) to brokers and banks. The firm now offers local liquidity and connectivity from both New York (NY4) and London (LD4) through OneZero and becomes a key part of the OneZero hub environment.
“This complex integration takes our overall offering to the next level as clients can trade in both LD4 and NY4 with a single centralised back-office account,” says Marc Levin, chief commercial officer, CFH Clearing.
FX markets in early Asia experienced what dealers refer to as a “mini flash crash” today as risk aversion levels were ramped up and volatility ensued following a profit warning from Apple.
USDJPY fell 400 points at one stage before reversing more than half of the drop, while AUDUSD also collapsed sharply to hit a new multi-year low. There were also sharp moves in other pairs, with Cable dropping more than 200 points and even EURUSD saw what is for the normally stable cross, a decent move.
There is nothing like a flash event to get people excited and for news outlets to dust off and update the old “blame the algos” stories for publication. Equally, there are members of our industry of a (ahem) certain generation who are quick to jump on the bandwagon with the rejoinder “it wasn’t like that before the machines”.
As a member of that “certain” generation I can assure readers that it is utter nonsense and that last week's flash event was triggered by a human.
The January 3 flash event in FX markets continues to fuel the news cycle and in this week’s podcast, Colin Lambert and Galen Stops discuss the real impact of algos – widely cited as a major factor in the event – in markets. For once they agree on a central theme in the debate, including Lambert (very reluctantly) shooting down one of his own arguments with Stops last year on trend following, but as always there’s room for divergent views.
Thursday’s column provided a steady stream of comments and feedback with one question over-riding all others – what can be done to avert more flash events, especially in the Australasian window before the mainland Asia open?
I actually think the question should be, ‘what, if anything, should be done?’ because I remain unconvinced that what happened last week requires a radical rethink of how the FX market operates. This may come as a surprise to long-standing readers who may recall me advocating for the use of central bank volatility bands post-sterling flash crash, but the two events are different.
In football parlance it’s a tap in for Galen Stops and Colin Lambert in this week’s podcast as they have more academic-research-that-states-the-obvious to poke fun at. Listen in as they discuss last week’s report on the Swiss National Bank debacle in 2015 as well as the FX market's handling of the Brexit vote. They also take a look at the potential impact of last week's HSBC announcement that it had settled FX trades using distributed ledger technology, as well as the mysterious disappearance from marketing material of two asset classes at a recent platform media day.