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And Finally... Trying to decipher platform performance during last month’s UK-inspired mayhem is almost as difficult as keeping track with the latest shenanigans in UK politics following the vote to leave the EU – but I’ve had a go and there ...
Platforms Suffer Mense Horribilis Most FX major trading venues will be glad to see the back of August – following the downbeat results from FastMatch and Hotspot, four other venues have reported a decline in volumes – two registering historic lows and a third the lowest in seven years. The numbers add up to a horrible month for the platforms and, by association, for the wider foreign exchange industry as activity levels continue to dive following June’s Brexit-inspired spike, most will be hoping for a forex rebound in September.
Platform Volumes Rise in November The first six FX platforms to report volume data indicate a good November for the industry with the US elections driving sufficient volume to more compensate for the traditionally quiet period around the US Thanksgiving Holiday. Bats’ HotspotFX handled average daily volume (ADV) of $30.4 billion in November including just under $64.5 billion on November 9 following the US poll. It was a similar picture at FastMatch where ADV was a new high for the platform at $17.1 billion. Finally it was also a very good month for Gain’s GTX, which recorded ADV of $10.3 billion on its ECN and SEF and just over $4 billion on its Swap Dealer.