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12:01 April 15th 2016 in Analysis, Digital FX Awards

Best Platform

Whilst it is heartening that providers are still investing in their e-commerce efforts, it is noticeable that a great deal of the recent effort has been away from foreign exchange. This is not a huge surprise, for as we have ...
Blockchain: Weathering the “Hype Storm” “It’s not just hype, we’re in a perfect hype storm,” said Lee Braine from the investment bank CTO office at Barclays at the 2016 Blockchain Symposium hosted by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) in New York on Wednesday. ...
As RMB Internationalises, Questions Arise Around Settlement A turning point year for the Chinese currency, 2015 foretold a new era for the RMB. As the currency gains in prominence, China faces decisions around settlement mechanisms, which will be crucial to its acceptance as a truly international currency. Galen ...
NBIM Steps into the Last Look Debate In the latest issue of its Asset Manager Perspective, Norges Bank Investment Management investigates the role of last look in FX markets. The fund acknowledges that the practice “serves a legitimate need” of liquidity providers and can improve liquidity available ...
RMB Included in the SDR Basket: Symbolic or Significant? The big news this week was the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the Chinese renminbi will be included in its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket.  But is this decision purely symbolic or does it have broader implications ...
Goldman Says Go Long USD Against EUR, JPY in 2016 Goldman Sachs has released the first six of its ten top trades for 2016, including two FX recommendations, against an “unusually uncertain” backdrop of Fed rate hikes, ECB easing and volatile oil and metal prices. The bank says that while the ...
XTX Joins 360T: A Sign of Things to Come? The news, reported last week by Profit & Loss, that XTX Markets has joined 360T’s platform as a streaming liquidity provider, has raised a few eyebrows in the FX market. Given that 360T is generally perceived to be an FX ...
SEFs: Houses Built on Sand or Rocks? The introduction of SEFs was just one piece of the overall puzzle in the G20 swaps reform mandate. To see the whole picture, Galen Stops looks at the impact of swaps infrastructure rules on market participants' workflows and why MiFID ...
Worried About Liquidity? Deal With It! Market participants remain concerned about liquidity conditions in markets, but as Colin Lambert reports, central bankers are less than sympathetic. If 2016 is the year in which Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) ramp up their market presence and seek to take their ...
SEFs: A Market Divided

21:36 October 22nd 2015 in Analysis, Special Reports

SEFs: A Market Divided

As the pace of regulatory reform for the swaps market slows, Galen Stops finds market participants divided on the impact that SEFs have had on the market.  Ask two different swaps market participants about the impact that Swap Execution Facilities (...