The latest round of FX committee semi-annual turnover surveys indicate that activity globally dipped slightly in October 2017 from the previous April, but was up year-on-year.
The US was the bright point amongst the surveys, showing a 6.2% rise from April 2017’s level and 7.2% higher than the previous October, while the UK, still easily the world’s largest FX market, saw activity decline by 4.3% from April, however it was up 5.4% year-on-year. Elsewhere, all centres saw slightly higher activity from the April 2017 survey, however Singapore and Canada were up on a year-on-year basis while Japan and Australia declined slightly.
A couple of months ago I wrote a piece highlighting what I suggested was the first signal of a real shift away from anonymous trading toward disclosed. The column received, as is usual I should point out, a mixed response, with several of you pointing out that without the anonymous pools of liquidity price discovery would be severely hampered and liquidity would dry up. Back then, I used FX Committee data for the basis of my argument, but now it looks as though the platforms are providing the ammunition.
While the results from the first three platforms to report FX turnover data are all up from December, the year-on-year comparison is more mixed, with FXSpotStream hitting another peak for the service, but CboeFX and FastmatchFX both falling back.
FXSpotStream reports average daily volume (ADV) of $38.4 billion in all FX products, while CboeFX handled $36 billion per day of spot and FastmatchFX saw a daily average of $20 billion transacted on its platform. The Fastmatch Tape saw a decline for the second month in a row, however.