XTX Markets has hired Ted Yang to join its business
development team in Asia.
Yang, who will be based in Singapore, joins from Tower
Research, where he was the head of technical implementation management in the
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Invast Global, an Australian-based non-bank prime services brokerage, has announced a deal with XTX Markets that will allow its clients to access XTX’s liquidity via its multi-asset prime services facility, PurePrime.
Invast claims that the partnership illustrates the rapidly growing stature of non-bank participants in the financial markets as banks continue to feel the effects of increasing regulatory constraints.
The firm says that this tie-up with XTX follows growing global demand for the PurePrime facility, which offers FX and CFD liquidity via multiple trading GUIs or APIs, backed by what it says are three tier-one prime brokers.
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.
The hope that peer pressure will help drive adoption of the Global Code of Conduct's principles is fine, but what the industry also needs is real action to curb some practices that sit uncomfortably with some. Last look is one of them and while last year we had a spate of disclosures that highlighted how firms were hardening their stance on last look, this week has seen one bank - if I am reading this right - take a step further.
XTX Markets says it is now operating a ‘zero hold time’ (ZHT) model in its application of last look to its FX counterparty businesses. The firm says it is in response to market structure changes and is in accordance with the principles of the recently published Global FX Code.
Effectively XTX is removing a latency buffer that is applied in the last look window. Under a latency buffer the trade request is held for a brief, prescribed time delay before the price check is performed.
Niki Beattie has joined the XTX Markets board as a non-executive director, effective 1st October.
After a career in investment banking, Beattie founded Market Structure Partners which is an independent strategic consultancy specialising in capital markets structure where she has worked on numerous projects with venues, hedge funds, asset managers and government institutions.
Beattie is an experienced non executive director, with roles on the boards of a number of financial markets institutions and infrastructure providers. She also sits as a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and a member of the Secondary Markets Advisory Committee at the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA).
In this week’s In the FICC of It from Profit & Loss Colin Lambert lifts the veil of secrecy around how this podcast is created and Galen Stops talks about democratising financial markets. They also engage on the latest FX volume surveys and ask ‘are they accurate?’ as well as talk about the impact of regulation on non-bank market makers. They also seek to explode the myth that people are leaving the banking industry in droves and briefly touch upon what Colin Lambert calls ‘the madness of regulation’.
Scepticism abounds in this week’s In the FICC of It podcast as Colin Lambert and Galen Stops take a look at the latest bank to unveil a digital markets strategy – including all your favourite buzzwords. While Stops believes this is the latest move in what will be a growing trend, our podcasters also wonder whether it’s not really just a rebranding exercise?
They then move into more traditional areas and discuss JP Morgan’s survey on FX market conditions, and while they agree with a lot of the findings, there are one or two areas that raise an eyebrow, not least around internalisation and AI.
AI-generated trading and liquidity are also the forefront as they move on to share their thoughts around the flash crash in Jardine Matheson stock last week in Singapore, including asking the question, what does it mean for market maker programmes and certain order types?
The discussion then moves on to look at the latest FX turnover surveys from the world’s FX committees, with particular attention on three interesting/puzzling (delete as appropriate) elements of the UK report surrounding RMB, NDFs and voice brokers.
The podcast ends on with Lambert praising “the optimism of youth” after Stops highlights what he thinks could be a very important line at the end of the latest document detailing an FX-related fine in the US – in other words, the cynic in him won the day!