The UK’s referendum
decision to leave the European Union has led to wild swings in the valuation of
sterling, and caused significantly increased volatility in many other
But while analysts,
strategists and economists will spend the next few ...
This week's Bundesbank paper on HFT in bund and equity markets caused a stir - as anything on this subject does of course - and it highlights to me again, how FX is in front of other markets in being inclusive and functional. It is significant that while some regulators want FX to be equities-like in market structure, more are looking to an FX solution - the speed bump - to save equity market problems.
I am not sure we should be talking about speed bumps for the real issue is the dysfunctional liquidity stream.
The latest Bank for International Settlements Quarterly Report carries a paper, Downsized FX Markets: Causes and Implications, which suggests that amongst the many structural shifts taking place in FX markets, a move towards relationship trading is underway.
The authors suggest that this shift, along with the changes in the composition of market participants and their trading patterns may have “significant implications for market functioning and FX market liquidity resilience going forward”.
The paper notes that trading with non-financial counterparties has fallen 20%, a reflection of reduced global trade flows. It argues, however, that conventional macroeconomic drivers alone cannot explain the evolution of FX volumes or their composition across counterparties or instruments.