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Foreign Exchange

FX credit management: Keeping up with the bots

The operators of FX platforms deny that credit management has failed to keep pace with the development of automated trading – but they do acknowledge that the process could be more efficient.

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Credit is not allocated or managed correctly at trading venues in real time and the person bearing the credit risk is often the last to know. 

That, at least, is the view of Adrian Patten, co-founder and chairman of Cobalt, an FX-focused fintech company, in a recent market commentary. To make things worse, Patten adds, many risk systems sit downstream and are slow, requiring manual processes.

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Adrian Patten,
Cobalt
 

Patten’s comments were made in the context of promoting Cobalt’s own low-latency credit-management solution, and need to be seen in that light. But others do not disagree.


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