New data from Societe Generale Prime Services shows that CTA performance was down across the board in August for its SG CTA indices.
All of the SG CTA indices were in the red last month, with 19 out of the 20 CTA Index constituent strategies ending August negatively.
The SG Short-Term Traders Index produced the lowest returns in August at – 3.41%, despite remaining the strongest performing of the managed futures indices year-to-date. The flagship CTA index also remains in solidly positive territory year-to-date at 2.19%.
A new London-based prime-of-prime service, Stater Global Markets, has launched today, with former Citi, IG and Integral executive Ramy Soliman appointed as CEO.
The FCA-regulated brokerage is seeking to capitalise on the fact that many traditional prime brokers (PBs) have either pulled out of this segment of the market completely or have reduced the number of firms that they are willing to provide services to, leaving a gap in the market for prime-of-prime to potentially fill.
“Risk appetite and credit appetite at the traditional prime brokers has contracted post-SNB
Louisa Kwok, head of prime of prime sales and products at ADS Securities London, explains to Profit & Loss deputy editor, Galen Stops, why there’s room for numerous different prime services models in the FX market.
With many of the traditional FX prime brokers (PBs) being increasingly selective about who they will offer their services to, this has created a gap in the market that many firms appear eager to fill. Subsequently, numerous prime services offerings are being touted to market participants under the banner of prime-of-prime.
Invast Global, an Australian-based non-bank prime services brokerage, has announced a deal with XTX Markets that will allow its clients to access XTX’s liquidity via its multi-asset prime services facility, PurePrime.
Invast claims that the partnership illustrates the rapidly growing stature of non-bank participants in the financial markets as banks continue to feel the effects of increasing regulatory constraints.
The firm says that this tie-up with XTX follows growing global demand for the PurePrime facility, which offers FX and CFD liquidity via multiple trading GUIs or APIs, backed by what it says are three tier-one prime brokers.