Future of Single-Dealer Platforms: SIs, MTFs or OTFs?


An excellent article in Risk.net covered also in FXWeek, looks at the future of Single-Dealer Platforms under MiFID II and discusses the options for bank platforms.

Should they register as:

  • Systematic Internalisers (SIs), which enables them to utlilise their own risk capital and trade on bilateral basis with customers
  • Organised Trading Facilities (OTFs), in which case they cannot use their own capital, and would in effect be running an agency business, but cannot run both an SI adn OTF under the same legal entity
  • Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF), which offers all to all trading

Initially, the SI regime seems obvious, as they can deploy their own capital, and trade with clients on a bilateral basis, which is what most SDPs currently do.

The test for an SI is that it Continue reading

CLS FX Settlement Jan 16: value of transactions up 8.3% to $4.84trillion/day in Jan 16 (highest level since Jun 15)


The CLS FX settlement system has reported a healthy +8.3% increase in the ADV of FX trades settled through their platform in Jan 16, taking volumes back up to $4.84trillion/day (up from $4.47trillion/day in Dec 15). This is the highest level since Jun 15, although still down -8.9% on Jan 15.

In terms of number of transactions settled, these showed a strong gain, up +30% to 1,249,226 in Jan 16, although still down –12%  on Jan 15 level of 1,419,369.

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FX 2nd tier platform vols Jan 16: Fastmatch (+24.3%) & Hotspot (+7.1%)


Second tier FX volumes showed gains in January, led by Fastmatch which reported a+24.3% rise to $11.8bn/day, whilst Hotspot reported a +7.1% gain.

2nd tier platform vols Jan 16

Table showing Second Tier platforms: Hotspot, Fastmatch vols for Jan 16

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FX Platforms Jan 16: Top tier FX platforms report strong gains, led by EBS +37%



The top-tier FX platforms have now released their Jan 2016 volumes.

In terms of Spot FX, all the major platforms delivered strong performances:

  • EBS +37.7% to $103bn/day ($74.8bn/day in Dec 15), still down –1.7% compared to Jan 15 level at $104.8bn/day
  • Reuters spot+35.2% to $123bn/day ($91bn/day in Dec 15), +16% compared to Jan 15 at $106bn/day
  • The CME +9.4% to $121bn/day ($111bn/day in Dec 15), up +1.1% compared to Jan 15 level of $120bn/day

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BofE FX Survey data: London FX volumes down -21% in Oct 15 (SDP volume+6%, MDP volume -13%)


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

Highlights on London FX volumes for Oct 2015

  • Total FX volume  of $2,148bn/day, down -13.4% compared to Apr 15, and down -21% compared to a year earlier, and the lowest volumes since Oct 12.
  • All product volume  fell:
    • Spot -24% at $737bn/day (and down -34% on year earlier, to lowest since Oct 12)
    • FX Options – 24%
    • NDFs -16% and FWD -13% although FX Swaps were only -2%
  • Turnover fell in most currency pairs:
    • EUR/USD down -17% to $640bn/day
    • Only three in top 22 currency pairs rose:
      • USD/AUD +8%
      • USD/CNY + 3%
      • USD/KRW +11%.

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Reuters announce FX Options vols increased 166% in 2015 (seems far higher than official BofE survey data suggests)


A Reuters press release on FX Options caught my eye today. The announcement states that:

Thomson Reuters FX dealer-to-client venue saw a surge in options trading volumes of 166 percent in 2015 compared with the previous year. In particular the fourth quarter of 2015 saw record-high monthly, weekly and daily volumes with over 36 global and local active options price-makers and more than 225 active options price-takers now on Thomson Reuters FX platform.

Thomson Reuters FX Trading provides both relationship trading (bank-to-client) and bi-lateral trading (interbank) for vanilla and exotic FX options. In recent months the company has introduced electronic FX options callouts to streamline how banks can access options liquidity in the interbank market. By providing one single point of access to options liquidity via electronic callouts or via Thomson Reuters FXall dealer-to-client request-for-quote service, FX Trading helps market participants to efficiently manage their trading risk.

According to Phil Weisberg, Global Head of FX at Reuters: Continue reading

CLS FX Settlement: Value of transactions up 1.4% in Dec 15, end year at lowest levels since Aug 13


The CLS FX settlement system has reported a slight increase of +1.4% in the ADV of FX trades settled through their platform in Dec 15, taking volumes back up to $4.47trillion/day (up from $4.41trillion/day in Nov 15). This is the lowest on the platform since Aug 2013.

In terms of number of transactions settled, these were almost unchanged at 961,698 in Dec 15, although they are now at their lowest level since Jul 14.

Details from the platform and charts are as follows:

CLS value of instructions submitted: $4.47 trillion/day in Dec 15, up +1.4% on the $4.41 trillion/day in Nov 15, although down -8.2% compared to Dec 14.

CLS number of instructions submitted: 961,698/day in Dec 15, down -0.3% on the 964,810 in Nov 15, and down -21.4% on Dec 14 level of 1,223,109.

Average Trade size: $4.65mln in Dec 15, up +1.7% on the $4.57mln in Nov 15 and up +16.7% compared to the $3.98mln in Dec 14.

CLS Clearing charts Dec 15

CLS Data: Value and number of transactions submitted to CLS in Dec 2015

Note: CLS reports both sides of an FX transaction. To adjust the average daily value data to equate to the same reporting convention used by the Bank for International Settlements and the semi-annual foreign exchange committee market reports, the gross values should be divided by two.