Platform FX Volumes Aug14: Strong gains for EBS & Hotspot, lackluster for Reuters


All the major FX platforms reported increased volume figures for August, with EBS leading the pack with a healthy 21.1% rise  to $85.5bn/day and some 8.6% up on a year ago, with Thomson Reuters delivering a more modest 3.2% overall gain and Reuters FX spot with a 8.3% gain after the multi-year lows in July, although still down -43.7% compared to a year ago.

This rise in FX volumes is also reflected in CLS settlement system which reported Continue reading

Are regional banks ready to offer mobile trading?


Top tier banks have been offering mobile solutions to their institutional clients for a while now, ranging from research and indicative pricing, through to enabling clients to manage existing and in some cases placing new orders. With early compliance and security concerns having been addressed, banks such as Citi and JP Morgan are providing full mobile click and trade functionality.

But what about regional banks, what is their attitude towards mobile trading for corporate customers?

Here at Caplin, we are certainly seeing interest from a number of Continue reading

Platform FX Volumes July14: Double-digit falls for most platforms


Major platforms have reported July FX volumes, with double-digit falls across the board, with Thomson Reuters (TR) spot vols down -14.5%  to $98.8bln/day – a record low, whilst taken in total all Reuters FX products are down -11.4%, although still up some 7.6% on a year ago. Overall spot volumes across all platforms are down between -16% and -21% compared to a year ago.

This drop in FX volumes is also reflected in CLS settlement system which reported a -13.7% drop in trades submitted to their platform at $4,710bln/day down from $5,460bln/day in June, although still up 5.4% on a year ago, whilst the number of trades submitted for clearing is down -20.2% over the year.

From this month, TR has changed their reporting methodology, reporting aggregated volume for Reuters Matching, FXall and the Thomson Reuters SEF. Only splitting out volumes for FX spot and aggregating all other products covering: forwards, swaps, options and non-deliverable forwards traded on those platforms. FXall volumes shown in previous months post here.

Individual platform volumes are as follows: Continue reading

Global FX Volumes: Top six centers, what’s the story?


The major central banks representing the top six FX trading centres have now published their semi-annual FX volume surveys data for April 2014, so what’s the story?

Key findings from top 6 FX centres:

  • Total daily FX vol up 4.3% at $4,530bn/day in Apr 14 ($4,345bn/day in Oct 13), although still down -9.7% YonY
  • Spot vol down -26.6%  YonY, whilst NY spot volume is down even more at -32.2%
  • Top 6 trading centers share of total global FX rose to 85% compared to 80% in 2010 (compared BIS 2013 & 2010 triennial data)
  • Compared to six months ago:
    • London +6.6%, Singapore 7.6% & Canada +9.1%
    • NY -0.6%, Australia -0.9% & Japan -2.6%
  • Compared to a year ago:
    • Japan +4.3%
    • NY -19.5%, London -8.8% , Australia -7.9% , Singapore -5.5% & Canada -5.1%
  • London SDP flows 11% of total (down from 13%) & MDP flows at 13% (up from 12%): SDP/MDP 85% (107% in Oct 13)
  • Canada SDP flows 13% of total (down from 15%) & MDP flows at 8% (up from 7%): SDP/MDP 163% (214% in Oct 13)

Looking in more detail we can see; Continue reading

BofE FX Survey data: FX vols recover in April 14 at $2,758bln/day (+6.6% on Oct 13, and -8.8% YonY) – interesting trends


The Bank of England today released their latest semi-annual FX turnover survey results for April 2014.

Highlights on London FX volumes for April 2014

  • FX vol  of $2,758bln/day, +$171bln/day, which is +6.6% from Oct13 (although still -8.8% YoY)
  • MDP vol of +15% from Oct13 at $362bln/day (+4% YonY)
  • SDP vol -8% from Oct13 at $309bln/day (-16% YonY)
  • Ratio of SDP/MDP vols at new low of 85% from 107% in Oct

Below are full details, charts and some interesting observations on the data. Continue reading

Caplin’s ‘award winning technology’ helping regional banks accelerate delivery of SDPs


We have discussed before how regional (commercial) banks have been ‘upping their game’, investing in talented e-commerce people, enhancing their back-end pricing technology and importantly investing in new client facing single-dealer platforms (SDPs).

As a result of this focused investment, regional banks have been steadily gaining market share, sometimes at the expense of the large global banks as they deliver ever greater value to their client franchise through their SDPs.

This trend can be clearly seen in the chart below Continue reading

Fixing the Fix


The Swiss based Financial Stability Board (FSB), has published an interesting consultative paper, Foreign Exchange Benchmarks Consultative Report.

The paper looks at FX market structure, and how that created incentives for market malpractice – mainly in the form of allegations of front running client orders, collusion between bank dealers sharing information on client orders, and manipulation of rates during fixing – linked to the structure of trading around the benchmark fixings. The paper makes recommendations to address these adverse incentives as well as examining how to improve the construction of the benchmarks themselves.

The main FX benchmarks used by market participants are the WM/Reuters London and ECB reference rate. Unlike Libor, these benchmarks are based on actual trading activity during a fixing window. FX benchmarks are used by market participants for a variety of purposes, but most notably for valuing, transferring and rebalancing multi-currency asset portfolios.

This market structure creates what the report terms as an: Continue reading

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