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FX aggregation nears full adoption; glitches still exist, survey shows

Some 94% of buy-side and sell-side firms now use liquidity aggregation in their FX trading systems, compared with 65% last year, according to a survey conducted by StreamBase Systems, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based technology firm that builds systems for real-time data streaming.

Although the survey concluded that most respondents were satisfied with their aggregation, more than one-third said they planned to improve their liquidity aggregation capabilities soon. The survey was based on 135 responses from mainly US-based FX participants, with 55% classifying themselves as buy-side firms and 36% as on the sell side. “Even though everybody now says they understand that you can aggregate the market, there’s still a big emphasis on how markets are aggregated, not just that they are,” StreamBase’s chief executive, Mark Palmer, tells EuromoneyFXNews.

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