Scaling back forex businesses should be welcomed
Banks are having to pedal back on big ambitions and focus instead on core competencies, but that could be positive for all.
Watching people give up on big dreams and become more modest in their ambitions can be disheartening. No one likes to admit they can’t be the very best in their particular field.
But when people and institutions focus on the areas where they really excel, rather than trying to be all things to all people, everyone stands to benefit. Service providers can build more profitable businesses, while consumers can be much clearer about what their providers are offering.
This is why there are reasons to be optimistic about what is going on in the FX industry at the moment.
With all the drama of recent times – the benchmark scandal, Mark Johnson’s imprisonment, the burden of Mifid II and the FX Global Code – this ought to be the time when the industry finally moves on. Reduce the compliance meetings, put the piles of regulatory texts back on the shelf and get back to business as usual.
But it’s not quite that simple.