The Future of Finance Meetings

FX

The Future of Finance Meetings for 2021 will bring together a variety of high-profile financial speakers. We will host a series of discussions, articles and interviews across all of our chosen themes: Data, Digital Identity, Securities, Asset Management, Law and Regulation, Payments, Money, Insurance, Pensions, Real Estate, Technology and Funding FinTechs. Follow this page for further updates.

  • 02/01/2021 - Dominic Hobson 0 Comments
    THE STRANGE LACK OF TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    Despite their importance, size and liquidity the global FX markets have remained largely immune to the digital technology revolution. The reasons for this include their global scale, amorphous and fragmented structure and lack of an over-arching regulatory framework, but the principal cause of the lack of innovation is the domination of the FX markets by a small coterie of large global banks. Even the FX services for consumers developed by household name FinTechs have done little more than reduce the margins banks enjoy in one area of their business. In the wholesale FX markets large corporations, asset managers and asset owners continue to pay high prices for FX execution and hedging. This Future of Finance event engages with a group of innovators that have identified ways to challenge the banking oligopoly in FX.

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  • 28/09/2020 - Article 0 Comments
    The strange lack of technological disruption in FX

    Foreign exchange (FX) is routinely described as the largest and most liquid financial market in the world. And the most recent triennial survey of FX by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) reckoned daily turnover hit US$6.6 trillion in April 2019, up from $5.1 trillion in 2016.


    The liquidity of the market, in particular currency pairs at particular times, is a lot less reliable than such a scale implies. And, despite the hordes of participants in every currency and country and the shift to from inter-bank trading to on-exchange trading, the FX markets are in reality controlled by an astonishingly small number of banks.

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