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Foreign Exchange

People moves - my move: Up and running

This is my penultimate column.

Normally, the People moves are tacked to the end of my weekly missive, but as this is my space, I’m announcing my own change of career right here. There’s a chance that some of you may be saddened to hear that I’m off; many more of you will likely be glad to see the back of me.

Anyway, I am making a partial return to my roots by joining Citi. I hasten to add that Citi’s shareholders should not fear, I will not be taking any risk. Rather I will be involved in a communications role, fully embedded – to use a term frequently applied to war correspondents – in the trading room.

My departure should provide a catalyst to take the WeeklyFiX to a new level. My old mucker Trevor Carr, who I met at Midland back in 1985, is taking over the reins. Trevor has had a long and successful career in the FX market and knows far more about it than I do. He has always secretly longed to be a journalist – and a singer, strangely enough. Having seen some of his writing this week – and having heard his singing – I’m glad he’s decided on word-craft as a career. I know I’m leaving the column in his very capable hands.

One thing I’m going to miss is the FX poll. This year is going to be very interesting – we should expect to see a decline in reported volumes. However, there has been a record number of respondents in the first week of voting, which makes me think that the poll is becoming an ever-more accurate snapshot of the FX industry.

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