Northern Trust has entered an exclusive
partnership with execution services software provider Bex to develop customised FX software, including
components used in Northern Trust’s electronic FX trading platform.
The firms say Bex’s
software “has enabled Northern Trust to ...
Northern Trust has
established an FX presence in Sydney along with efforts to boost its securities
lending in Australia.
The bank has
established a securities lending trading desk and appointed Kia Oboudiyat, senior sales representative
for foreign exchange.
He was ...
Dan Torrey, global head of FX e-commerce sales, at Northern Trust, talks to Profit & Loss deputy editor Galen Stops about how the bank is planning and building a more comprehensive FX e-commerce strategy to meet the changing needs of its client base, noting it’s not just as simple as offering RFS in spot, forwards and NDFs in different regions across a broad array of pairs, but also being able to come up with customised solutions and putting more sophisticated execution tools in the hands of clients.
Northern Trust has launched a suite of FX client execution algorithms, aimed at allowing clients to manage their FX exposure with an enhanced level of control and transparency.
Dan Torrey, global head of FX e-commerce sales at Northern Trust, says that previous trends amongst Northern Trust clients currently utilising its algo suite suggest that many of them will focus on using TWAP algos to minimise market risk/impact on larger orders, while attempting to benefit from the greater transparency that is offered by the bank’s post-trade execution reporting.
Dan Torrey, global head of FX e-commerce sales at Northern Trust, explains how technology can help revolutionise regional banks’ e-FX businesses.
Torrey concedes that, prior to joining Northern Trust, he had been uncertain about whether or not claims that the increasing availability of technology is helping to democratise the FX markets were accurate.
However, he says that his own experience in building out Northern Trust’s e-commerce business has convinced him that these claims are not overblown.
“What’s happened is that through the technology, being able to bring in house better e-commerce pricing, being able to reduce a lot of latency, being able to expand the pairs in which we’re competitive and then to provide that downstream to our customers, means that we’re not just another custodial bank offering to them, we can actually competitively go after third-party accounts where we couldn’t’ get them before,” says Torrey.
The structure of the FX market means that transaction cost analysis (TCA) within this asset class is unlikely to look like it does equities for the foreseeable future, according Dan Torrey, global head of FX e-commerce sales at Northern Trust.
TCA is clearly much easier to perform in the equities market because it has a consolidated tape, which provides one uniform data set from which firms can analyse the cost and effectiveness of their execution. This, says Torrey, turned equities TCA into “more of a science that’s very hard to dispute”.
By contrast, he points out that, not only is FX an OTC market without a central tape, but that the reference points for pricing has become more diverse over the past decade.
Northern Trust is partnering with Lumint Corporation, a provider of currency management services, to enhance its suite of FX solutions for asset managers and asset owners globally.
With this partnership Northern Trust is aiming to strengthen its platform for currency hedging, including portfolio overlay, share class hedging and look-through hedging. The banks says that the partnership will also help support further innovations in hedging program management and analytics to meet the evolving needs of global investors.
“Northern Trust is committed to delivering best-in-class foreign exchange services and we are excited to announce this strategic partnership with Lumint for currency hedging. This enables us to offer a differentiated and innovative solution to our clients who are looking to delegate their hedging needs and benefit from our expertise, coupled with Lumint’s powerful tools and technology,” says John Turney, global head of FX at Northern Trust Capital Markets.
The paradox of data is, as observed by panellists at Forex Network Chicago, while the data itself is becoming cheaper and more easily accessible than ever before, the resources being allocated to analysing it are increasing, bringing with it increased costs.
“The core fundamental cost of collecting data and storing and processing it is cheaper than ever,” observed John Ashworth, CEO of Caplin. “The premium is going to be on the labour force that will be doing the work on the data.”
Northern Trust has announced an agreement to acquire Bex, a provider of foreign exchange software solutions.
The bank says the acquisition will give it ownership of a platform providing algorithmic FX trading, global liquidity aggregation and transparency in execution and pricing to institutional clients worldwide. The agreement builds on an exclusive partnership between the firms announced in 2016.
“Bex has been a key differentiator for Northern Trust, increasing the depth and breadth of our global FX execution capabilities,” says Pete Cherecwich, president of corporate & institutional services at Northern Trust. “In an evolving FX marketplace, this acquisition provides a foundation for sustained growth and innovation on behalf of our clients.”