HotSpot FX to offer free trading till year end, whilst ADV hit 2.5 yr low


BATS Global Markets, who bought HotSpot FX earlier this year, has today announced plans to offer free FX trading till the end of the year once their new European matching engine when it goes live next month.

BATS has a reputation for driving low-cost execution, and this move is part of their initiative to drive down the costs of execution as the look to gain market share.

According to Chris Concannon, CEO of BATS: Continue reading

EBS and FXall looking to service Corporate Treasurers – so where does that leave bank SDPs?


The two main FX platform providers, ICAP’s EBS BrokerTec and ThomsonReuters have both announced new multi-dealer offerings to better service corporate treasurers.

EBS BrokertecEBS BrokerTec has announced they are integrating ICAP’s My Treasury, their fully disclosed relationship based multi-product, multi-bank, multi-fund, multi-currency solution for corporate treasurers into the EBS platform. The new offering will be called EBS Treasury, and will be available later this year.

EBS Treasury will offer: FX spot, FWD, Swaps, with FX pricing from EBS Direct. Trading will be provided by Streamed RFQ (request for stream), which is a new addition to EBS Direct’s execution functionality. The streamed RFQ will allow banks to stream tailored prices to corporates. EBS Treasury will improve efficiency for corporates that currently source FX liquidity and money market products from multiple providers. EBS Treasury will be designed to integrate seamlessly into existing treasury management systems.

Justin Meadows, CEO of MyTreasury,  said: Continue reading

Weekly Summary: Most viewed posts from past week


Here is a summary of the most viewed posts from last week.

  • New management team at merged EBS BrokerTec
    ICAP announced they were merging their two leading trading platform business divisions EBS (FX) and BrokerTec (Rates) into a single operation called EBS Brokertec Markets. Today the firm announced a new executive management team to drive the combined business forward

New management team at merged EBS BrokerTec


Back in Dec 14, ICAP announced they were merging their two leading trading platform business divisions EBS (FX) and BrokerTec (Rates) into a single operation called EBS Brokertec Markets. Today the firm announced a new executive management team to drive the combined business forward.

According to the company, this will allow the business to leverage key functions across the division, including combined product, technology and sales groups. As a result, the central limit order book (CLOB) businesses of EBS Market and BrokerTec have been combined into a single business division now referred to as EBS BrokerTec Markets. In addition, the BrokerTec CLOB business will now be referred to as BrokerTec Market.

EBS BrokerTec Markets will be led jointly by Dan Cleaves and Darryl Hooker as Co-Heads. Dan most recently served as Continue reading

Central Bank FX Survey data: What’s happening to eFX ratios? Comparing London and NY


In my previous post, I looked at the Bank of England (BofE) FX semi-annual FX survey data.

In this post, I want to look at some of the interesting changes in eFX ratios – the proportion of total FX that is traded electronically, that is the sum of single+Multi-dealer+ECN as a percentage of total volume. We will look at London and NY, and compare and contrast overall eFX ratios, and eFX ratios by product and by client segment. Continue reading

BofE FX Survey data: London FX vols down 8% in Apr 15, whilst USD/CNY vols +25% (now 9th largest curr pair)


The Bank of England today released their latest semi-annual FX turnover survey results for Apr 2015.

Highlights on London FX volumes for Apr 2015

  • Total FX vol  of $2,481bn/day, fell -8% compared to the record level seen in Oct 2014, but still showed a +5% YoY gain
  • Spot FX vol fell -13% to $973bln/day compared to Oct 2014, although still up some +24% YonY
  • USD/CNY activity increased by 25% in April 2015 to $43bln/day, a new record high, and is now the 9th largest FX pair.
  • USD/JPY vol fell -25%, returning back to October 2013 levels.
  • MDP vol fell –16% compared to Oct 2014 at $406bn/day (+12% YonY)
  • SDP vol fell -12% from Oct 2014 at $276bln/day (still down -11% YonY)
  • Ratio of SDP/MDP vols rose slightly (in favor of SDPs) to 68%, compared to the low of 65% seen in Oct 2014

Volumes never really recovered following the Swiss National Bank’s EURCHF event in January. Below are full details, charts and some interesting observations on the data. Continue reading

BIS establishes working group to strengthen code of conduct standards and principles in FX markets


In the recent release of ‘The Fair and Effective Markets Review’ FEMR, into how to restore trust in FICC markets, the report made the following recommendations in sections 4a and 4b:

4. Launch international action to raise standards in global FICC markets

a. Agree a single global FX code, providing: principles to govern trading practices and standards for venues; examples and guidelines for behaviors; and tools for promoting adherence. The Review strongly welcomes the recent announcement by central banks to work towards those goals; (BIS and national central banks including the Bank of England 4.3.3)

b. As part of that work, improve the controls and transparency around FX market practices, including ‘last look’, ‘time stamping’ and ‘internalisation’ (BIS and national central banks including the Bank of England 4.3.3)

Following the recommendations The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), has now Continue reading

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