FX: DIY performance analysis tools hit the masses

FX: DIY performance analysis tools hit the masses

Performance analysis solutions, once so pricey only the biggest banks could afford them, are becoming more widely used for FX strategies as regulations demand greater due-diligence processes and sell-siders are under pressure to prove they are giving clients value for money.

Regulation and innovation thrive together in the FCA’s sandbox

Regulation and innovation thrive together in the FCA’s sandbox

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory sandbox has been a hit with market participants and regulators alike, giving firms whose services were never anticipated by existing rules the chance to test out new features without fear of fines or enforcement action.

Debt mountain casts shadow over the loonie

Debt mountain casts shadow over the loonie

After a long period of dormancy, the Canadian dollar appears to have turned a corner in recent trading, as rising oil prices and a booming economy boosted appetite for the currency.

XTX puts pressure on ‘last look’ in spot FX

XTX puts pressure on ‘last look’ in spot FX

FX market-maker XTX Markets is placing its bets on trade transparency, making a new tool available to the buy side that will, for the first time, enable them to calculate the cost of trades rejected by market-makers.

The Fix – meet the Libor scandal’s ‘Trader A’

The Fix – meet the Libor scandal’s ‘Trader A’

The story of convicted Trader A – Tom Hayes – lays bare the actions of a few cliques that masterminded the headline-grabbing Libor scandal, but despite Hayes’ conviction it is still notoriously difficult to pin blame on individual traders even if a firm admits wrongdoing.

FX: MetaTrader 5 finally takes off

FX: MetaTrader 5 finally takes off

The long-awaited addition of hedging functionality to online trading application MetaTrader 5 (MT5) appears to have convinced at least retail FX customers that, seven years after its launch, it might at last be time to trade up their trading platform.

Czech koruna prepares for lift-off as speculators dive in

Czech koruna prepares for lift-off as speculators dive in

The Czech currency came under sustained upward pressure in the middle of January, as investors piled in on bets that faster inflation would spur the central bank to abandon a cap that has kept a lid on the koruna for the past three years.

Currency wars: special focus

Currency wars: special focus

Call it what you will – currency war, competitive devaluation, currency manipulation, currency intervention – but central banks are knee-deep in the trenches as they battle to lower their exchange rates and boost their economies.

FX: Bad news better than no news as sterling surges on hard Brexit talk

FX: Bad news better than no news as sterling surges on hard Brexit talk

On a day many expected would see the pound sink to new depths, the currency instead responded to news that the UK would be leaving the single market by posting its best performance since the referendum – but whether the day marked a turning point or a mere relief rally, nobody can be sure.