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Trends in Foreign Exchange Market Structure

[vsw id=”55306789″ source=”vimeo” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] James Sinclair is CEO and co-founder of MarketFactory, a financial technology company that provides feed handlers to the forex market. The company’s FX Aggregator product is a single API that connects to all sources of liquidity in the foreign exchange market, including ECNs, banks, brokers and futures exchanges. Sinclair […]
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Congressmen Separated in Time and Space

James Sinclair If the audience had illusions that bipartisan cooperation would follow the U.S. election, such thoughts were quickly dismissed at SEFCON III last week, a conference sponsored by the Wholesale Money Brokers Association Americas.   Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ5) , Vice-Chairman, House Budget Committee, and Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn4), Member, Committee on Financial Services,  gave […]
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Are We Doomed? Not the usual keynote at an FX conference

James Sinclair In May 2007, I heard Professor Robert Schiller of Yale University speak on housing. He said the boom could not be explained in fundamental terms – rents, construction costs, interest rates and disposable income. A “psychological theory of a social epidemic fits the evidence much better”, he proclaimed, as he presented some rather […]
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Will Market Fragmentation Impair Liquidity?

Eva Szalay, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal (“FX Trading system Boom Fuels Liquidity Concern”), says that whereas the 2001 spate of new FX platforms stimulated trading and lowered costs “this time looks set to be different”. I respectfully disagree.   The platforms will attract new participants and permit hedges that were not previously cost-effective; […]
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New Platforms and London Buses

To the Editor of Profit and Loss Midweek Update: Sir, You mention that the rush of new platforms could be due to “herd instinct whereby nobody wants to be left behind” (And Another Thing, 21 June 2012).  More likely, it is for the same reason that London buses come in threes.  For both buses and […]
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Iceland and the Loonie

The idea that Iceland would give up its currency and adopt the Canadian Dollar seemed extraordinary even a week ago. This author of this blog says he’s known for a while … strange he didn’t blog about it before: he is a Canadian FX analyst. However, he does explain the rationale well. http://www.recoverypartners.biz/blog/ I have […]
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FX ECN Monthly Volumes Calculation – Feb 2012

We report the ECNs which report volumes We normalize all ECNs into common units of measure (e.g. all volumes are single counted volumes) We guesstimate from publicly available data the FX spot volumes of ECNs which aggregate spot, options, forwards and swaps.
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Platform Diversity and the Evolution of FX

9 June 2011 James Sinclair, CEO of MarketFactory, speaks on the topic of Platform Diversity and the Evolution of FX at the P&L Forex Network on June 9, 2011 in New York. The following is a 3 minute video excerpt and the complete, narrated powerpoint presentation is available for streaming below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdANrk4gPk   MarketFactory: Platform […]
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Starting or Scaling a High Frequency Trading Firm or Desk

19 May 2011 Darren Jer, Head of Sales at MarketFactory, moderates a panel on the topic of starting or scaling a high frequency trading firm or desk at the P&L FX High Frequency Trading Workshop on May 19, 2011 in Chicago. Source: P&L Workshop
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Optimizing Latency in a Fragmented World

28 April 2011 Darren Jer, Head of Sales at MarketFactory, speaks on the topic of optimizing latency in a fragmented world at the A-Team Insight Event: The Business and Technology of Low-Latency Trading on April 28, 2011 in NYC. Source: A-Team Insight
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