The first batch of trading venues to
provide turnover data indicates that trading volumes in July, perhaps
inevitably, retreated from the Brexit-inspired heights of June.
HotspotFX reports average daily volume
(ADV) of $26.25 billion in July, down 9% from June’s $28.8 billion. ...
Three FX platform providers have reported lower volumes for the second consecutive month, highlighting the difficult nature of the market in August.
Thomson Reuters says its sterling volumes trebled on October 7, the day of the Cable flash crash which saw the pair drop from above 1.25 to below 1.15 before recovering to 1.24.
The company does not break down its volume data by product or currency on a daily basis and provides no further details, however this would appear to be further evidence of the phenomenon in FX markets whereby dealers typically head to the major matching venues of EBS Market and Thomson Reuters Matching when markets get hectic.
The first trio of FX platforms to report FX volumes for October indicate little change from September’s numbers although they were clearly helped by increased activity surrounding the Cable flash crash on October 7.
Bats Hotspot reports average daily volume (ADV) of $25.3 billion, a 10.6% decline from September, while FastMatch FX says its ADV was $13.6 billion, a fraction down from September’s $13.7 billion. Gain GTX handled $8.7 billion per day, up 3.5% month-on-month.
Hotspot and FastMatch can be thankful for a very busy day on October 7, the day of the Cable flash crash, the former handling $37 billion that day and the latter $20.6 billion.
Bats Global Markets completed its acquisition of Javelin SEF, a swap execution facility (SEF).
The deal was announced on August 11, 2016 and received approval from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on October 23, 2016.
Javelin has been integrated with Bats Hotspot, the institutional FX trading platform, in order to enable trading in non-deliverable forwards (NDFs). Hotspot already offers trading in outright deliverable forward contracts. Dodd Frank Act provisions mandate that certain market participants have to trade NDFs on SEFs.
Early indications from FX trading platforms suggests all saw a good boost to activity during the US election results sequence.
Bats’ Hotspot handled average daily volume (ADV) of $64.5 billion on November 9, the firm says, roughly two and a half times more than the average it had been handling in the first week of the month and significantly higher than last month’s $25.3 billion ADV.
FXSpotStream also had a good day, with the firm saying it handled $48 billion on a single count basis, almost three times its volumes which last month were $17.1 billion.
FastMatchFX also saw a similar increase in activity, handling $38 billion yesterday, up from the $14 billion it was averaging in November and the $13.6 billion averaged in October.
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.