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Paul Blank

Talk of ICE exchange to buy FX platform Fastmatch

Interesting to see that Profit&Loss running a story that the US futures Exchange ICE may be preparing to buy our all three shareholders (Credit Suisse, BNY Mellon and FXCM) of FX platform Fastmatc...

20 Jul 2015
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Do you invest or do you execute?

Under MiFID II, both buy-side and sell-side firms are required to record and to report on, separately, the algorithms used in making both the investment decision and the execution decision. In most ag...

17 Jul 2015
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Why I'm Concerned For The FIX Service Profile

Over the past few months I've been talking with people on both sides of the Atlantic - exchanges, brokers and ISVs - about the emerging concept of electronic specifications in financial services, and ...

16 Jul 2015
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Bringing private wires into the 21st century

A recent blog post from Colt highlighted the way trading floors have changed over the last few decades – what was once a profession characterised by floors of people shouting orders across a seething...

16 Jul 2015
Trends in Financial Services
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FX markets ready for new post trade paradigm

Shockwaves following the trading scandals and the fallout from the Swiss Franc / Euro decoupling are reminders of the need for evolution in foreign exchange markets. Compliance and communication are ...

14 Jul 2015
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Hot off the shelves - how retailers are using unstructured data to predict summer demands

As summer weather and events like Wimbledon put extra demand on retailers, they are turning to agile database architectures Retail is a continuously shifting space, where not only the products we buy,...

14 Jul 2015
Paul Blank

Why Dealer-to-client FX platforms should provide TCA tools for buy-side clients

The majority of single-dealer platforms (SDPs) – especially those of regional banks, provide mainly principal (rather than agency) based pricing to clients. That’s where the bank takes the other side ...

13 Jul 2015
Paul Blank

Why SDPs should provide TCA tools for buy-side clients

The majority of single-dealer platforms (SDPs) – especially those of regional banks, provide mainly principal (rather than agency) based pricing to clients. That’s where the bank takes the other side ...

13 Jul 2015
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Blockchain - the saviour of global finance?

At a recent event I was asked to pick three technologies that could really upset the capital markets applecart. Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins Bitcoin, was one of those t...

13 Jul 2015
Paul Blank

Review of major FX Platforms volumes for June 2015

The major OTC FX platforms have now reported their Jun 15 volumes. In terms of spot FX, EBS and FastMatch show decent 5%+ gains, whilst Reuters spot volumes fall 1.8% to their lowest levels of 201...

12 Jul 2015
Paul Blank

Last look, lack of time-stamp and internalisation of flows - Which practice is most open to abuse?

Last month's publication by The Fair and Effective Markets Review FEMR, set out 21 recommendations to help restore trust in the wholesale Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity\ (FICC) markets. Recomm...

06 Jul 2015
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Ranks of cross-border issues swell

Payment for research and unbundling has been on the European regulatory agenda for some time. It has now escalated to a cross-border issue after concerns were raised with the US SEC by a senior US po...

01 Jul 2015