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FX news: Euromoney FX conference 2010

At the 10th annual Forex Forum this week, it seemed things were back to normal after the "crisis" - at least if the huge number of delegates in attendance and the generous array of freebies on offer were indications.

In fact, according to exhibitors, there had been an overwhelming number of of enquiries from delegates about offerings.

There were some excellent panel discussions, some got very heated including Emerging markets: Selecting the winning currencies which saw a normally very calm Wike Groenenberg from Citi, get noticeably irritated by Amer Bisat from Traxis Partners who had some very firm opinions on South American currencies and the Egyptian pound.

The workshops were heavily attended and covered a wide spectrum of issues, which in itself produced a difficulty - which of three concurrent workshops to attend? I often wanted to go to all three.

We attended An introduction to transaction costs analysis led by Paul Aston from Citi, who put forward some interesting ideas, particularly that of using option theory to cost trade slippage.

New safe-haven currencies in the post-crisis world led by Nomura's Jens Nordvig, was thematic of almost all the currency panels namely, that G10 currencies are out, emerging markets are in.

Walking around the Forum during coffee breaks, it was good to finally put a lot of names to faces. However, I was disappointed by the fact my name had been circulating not because of my stellar column in the Weekly FiX, but because I was that "Alan Fletcher's daughter."

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