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The Value of FX TCA is not Technical: It Goes to the Heart of Client Relationships

Despite the rapid uptake of algorithmic trading and execution within all cash-centric capital markets globally since 2010, wide-ranging use of transparent, unbiased transaction cost analysis (TCA) services and software applications within electronic cash FX trading specifically remains problematic for buyside firm currencies liquidity consumers and sellside institution currencies liquidity providers.

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Wholesale Financial Markets Companies & Adaptation to the GDPR: Assessing the Potential Costs

When considering the potential impact that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could have on the entirety of the bloc’s corporate economic sector, look no further than the findings of an April 2017 Veritas survey in which 20% of the 900 respondents – characterised as “senior business decision makers” – expressed concern that, globally, non-compliance could put them out of business.

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The Rise of the Non-bank Liquidity Provider

The growing ability of non-bank spot FX liquidity providers to service client demand in the marketplace came to the fore in 2016’s Euromoney annual spot FX volumes survey results, which showed that the amount of currencies volume supplied by the top-five market-makers was falling when compared to the ability of one proprietary trading firm – XTX Markets – that provides pricing to dealer-to-client currencies (D2C) venues.

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The Rise and Rise of Smart Beta

While beta is a measure of a fund’s or product’s relative volatility compared to the market as a whole, smart beta is the categorisation of strategies using rule-based screens to attempt to outperform the market, as opposed to the capitalisation-weighted indexes used by passive funds.

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