TraderTools foreign exchange blog

Statistics, Damned Statistics, and Surveys

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
December 24 , 2012

I am not sure who reads FX blog posts on the night before Christmas but apparently I write them.  The recent publication of the annual StreamBase survey entitled “FX Trading and Technology in 2012” has been well covered.  I picked up my copy here.  While the survey seemed comprehensive and highly professional I did not find […]

Treasury Issues exemption for FX Swaps and Forwards from Dodd-Frank provisions

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
November 19 , 2012

This last Friday, November 16, The Treasury issued a final determination signed by Timothy Geithner that foreign exchange swaps and forwards are exempt from the central clearing and exchange trading provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act amendment of the CEA (The Commodity Exchange Act).  I would encourage everyone who has an interest to read the determination as the […]

Eating Your Launch

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
November 6 , 2012

I noticed today that Saxo Bank announced it was launching a Trading Keypad.  I am kind of surprised that it didn’t already have one given how long they have been in the market.  Reflecting on this reminded me of the day we announced our own keypad in 2008 which is so far back it is no longer […]

Election Effects

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
November 6 , 2012

No real Insight here but appropriate on election day to reflect on its potential impact on the FX market.  Dodd-Frank tops this list,  as it did when I discussed FX forwards and swaps with many Liquidity Providers last week.  Good luck to the candidates!

The FSFDF mystery part II

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
October 28 , 2012

The Forex Swaps Forwards Dodd-Frank mystery remains as foggy as ever since this post. However, this post quotes a “banking industry source” saying the Treasury will resume its push to exempt fx forwards and swaps after the November 6 election. A “banking industry source” (the same one?) said it expected action by the end of the year consistent with […]

Hoping for a Swift Settlement

By Oleg Goldshmidt, Director of Research, TraderTools
October 19 , 2012

Am I the only one still confused whether FX forwards and swaps will be exempt from the various regulatory requirements under Frank and Dodd? It does not really matter whether the compliance deadline is already in the past (Oct 12, 2012) or still in the future (Jan 1, 2013) – what are we all supposed […]

Rapid – Response

By Aharon Haber, VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
September 25 , 2012

Deutsche Bank has announced (covered here by Euromoney) a new version of its FX API which it has dubbed Rapid API (Revolutionary API Design).  This announcement follows on Deutsche Bank’s earlier July launching of the new “revolutionary” version of its Autobahn electronic trading platform (covered here – also by Euromoney featuring the same Zar Amrolia pic).  DB is only one of […]

Proliferation Promulgation

By Aharon Haber , VP, Strategic Services, TraderTools
August 30 , 2012

A couple of weeks ago, Harpal Sandhu, CEO of Integral Development Corporation, posted his take on the recent proliferation of FX trading platforms.  Quoting other industry sources that say a consolidation is inevitable, Sandhu argues that the number of platforms will increase and not decrease.  The body of the post meant to support this argument is a […]

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