Posted on March 7, 2014 by Paul Blank
Earlier this week I looked at how the adoption of eFX was accelerating and commented on the huge increase in the e-FX ratios at RBS in particular, which has risen from 8% of flows being electronic in 2010 to some 53% in 2013. A whopping 511% increase in their e-FX ratios.
So, it’s interesting to see in today’s FX week an article talking about how RBS is now ‘internalising’ upwards of Continue reading
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Posted on March 4, 2014 by Paul Blank
The migration of foreign exchange trading from voice to electronic based trading has been gathering pace over the past few years.
Whilst exact e-FX ratios vary between banks, products, client segment and regions, recent research puts the e-FX ratio at anywhere between 50-70% of global totals (Greenwich Associates-70% and Aite Group -60%, and Bank of International Settlements at 50%)
Interestingly the adoption rate of e-FX is expected to accelerate as banks, in response to the ongoing investigations into irregularities around the FX fixing business (where traders are alleged to have colluded by sharing details of client order books) look to reduce the use of voice trading and migrate more flow over to the eFX channels.
There is much debate around how to ‘fix’ The Fix, including greater use of agency based algorithmic execution over a longer period of time, rather than the current limited ‘fixing window’, and some talk about moving to an exchange type model.
The FT has an article today talking about the migration to e-FX, and what was interesting for me was that for the first time, seeing actual bank FX volumes and their eFX ratios, which usually aren’t made available on a named basis, so below are some of the more interesting statistics. Continue reading
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Posted on March 3, 2014 by Paul Blank
Last week I attended the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) 9th annual European Market Liquidity Conference.
As always with AFME, there had some thoughtful speakers and topical panel discussions, as well as providing good forum for networking opportunities (including providing for the conference iPad’s pre-loaded with delegate names allowing you to reach out to them and make contact).
This year’s agenda focused on the new emerging market structures
- Liquidity in the new regulated market – the changing market structure
- Keynote address -Verena Ross, Exec Dir, ESMA
- Foreign Exchange:
The renminbi and other Asian currencies
Impact of regulation on development of the FX market place
- Fixed Income:
Development of exchange capabilities
Liquidity issue, what liquidity issue?
- Funding European economic growth: the obstacles and opportunities
Below are my notes and some comments from the sessions that I attended: Continue reading
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Posted on February 28, 2014 by Paul Blank
Interesting article in FX Week, about banks pulling their liquidity provision back from a number of multi-bank platforms due to the high cost fee structures on those platforms.
According to Kurt Vom Scheidt, COO of Markets in Saxo Bank, speaking on a conference panel at FX Invest Europe in Frankfurt…
“With banks struggling to make adequate returns across the board, connections to expensive trading platforms are on the chopping board”
He further commented that…. Continue reading
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Posted on February 21, 2014 by Paul Blank
This week saw the introduction of mandatory execution on new SEF platforms for certain standardised interest rate swaps. Such swaps will no longer be executed bilaterally between banks and their clients, but rather must be executed anonymously on SEFs.
The move to SEF trading has however been tentative, with many buy-side firms holding back, nonetheless by midweek some 74% of the 372 IRS trades were being executed on SEFs, according to data from Clarus. Although there are 23 newly registered SEFs , the majority of business so far has tended to flow through to the incumbent inter-dealer platform SEFs.
But what about single-dealer platforms (SDP), how are banks managing the migration to SEF trading? Continue reading
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Posted on February 12, 2014 by Paul Blank
Thomson Reuters just reported full year (and 4th quarter results).
Overall, revenues grew 2% for the full year and 1% for the fourth quarter
When looking at the transactional businesses that sit within the Financial & Risk division, we see: Continue reading
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Posted on February 7, 2014 by Paul Blank
The three main OTC FX platforms have now reported their Jan 2014 volumes.
All three platforms delivered strong double-digit pct gains in volumes, with FXAll recording it’s highest single day trading volumes. The individual platforms results were as follows: Continue reading
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Posted on February 5, 2014 by Paul Blank
EBS the FX ECN platform owned by ICAP saw daily FX volumes rebound strongly in January, up 23% to $87.5bln/day from December’s multi-year low of $71bln/day, although still some -38.1% lower than a year ago.
In a conference call with Analysts, ICAP CEO, Michael Spencer also spoke about the new relationship based disclosed liquidity service called EBS Direct, which is now live with some 200 banks (made up of liquidity providers and price takers).
The service is delivered across the same technology as the EBS markets anonymous matching platform, but provides liquidity to price taking banks on a disclosed named basis. Although the current volumes are still small, they are growing at a strong rate, having been averaging under $500mln/day in November, by January they were averaging $2bln/day, with some days showing volumes of over $3bln/day. EBSDirect has launched a precious metals service. Continue reading
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Posted on January 28, 2014 by Paul Blank
The Bank of England today released their latest semi-annual FX turnover survey results for October 2013.
Highlights on overall London FX volumes
- Total FX vols down 12% since Apr at $2,234bln/day (up 11% YoY)
- FX Swaps account for 50% of total FX vols (up from 42% in Apr), highest share since Apr 09
- FX Spot account for 34% of total FX vols (down from 39% in Apr), lowest share since Apr 09
- Spot FX vol down 24% from Apr at 767bln/day (5% higher YoY)
- Spot USD/JPY vols 48% lower than Apr at $119bln/day (still 2nd most traded curr pair)
Execution via Multi-Dealer Platforms (MDP) and Single-Dealer Platforms (SDPs) both down approx 9% since Apr
- SDP vols – 9% (still up 21% YoY), driven by +31% increase in use by Reporting Dealers and +14% by other banks
- MDP vols -10% (up 53% YoY), driven by +77% rise in Non-Bank Financial Institutions
Detailed analysis and charts on the figures follows below. Continue reading
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Posted on January 20, 2014 by Paul Blank
Deutsche Bank released preliminary 2013 full year figures today, together with details of 4th quarter figures. Net revenues in the 4th quarter were EUR 6.6 billion, 16% below the prior year period. The decline largely reflecting weaker results in Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and a smaller decrease in Global Transaction Banking (GTB) revenues, and the impact of regulatory fines (some EUR1.3bln).
The Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) division are home to the FX and fixed income businesses. Reading through the accompanying investor presentation, it seems that within Debt Sales & Trading, FX was the only Continue reading
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