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FX Trading, Cryptocurrencies and the End of Exchanges - Roundtable

 

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The internationalization of investments has led to a significant increase in the foreign exchange (FX) business. Along with this major growth, the whole set up and market structure of currency trading, alpha generation in FX markets and the FX overlay industry have significantly changed.

How are the markets working now? What are the best and most efficient set ups for currency trading? What happened to the alpha generation of FX managers? When it comes to technology and innovation, is FX trading leading crypto trading or is it the other way round - who sets the trend? (page 20) Why is crypto a very easy market to trade for professionals from the strategy perspective, but the trouble is rather on the legal and the regulatory side? And, will Blockchain technology lead to a future without exchanges?

These are just some of the themes and theses discussed in the new Currency Trading Roundtable, sponsored by NEX Markets.

Liquidity myth and price generation mechanism in FX markets

The global FX markets are usually considered to be extremely liquid and based on an efficient price formation. However, practitioners, traders and market makers may find that FX is not that liquid as people think, because at certain relevant points in time auto liquidations can consume liquidity on an intraday high frequency and daily basis. Large market moves turn out to be unrelated to liquidity, but actually happen due to auto liquidations (page 16).

On this Roundtable panel,

  1. Karsten Schroeder, Chairman, Amplitude Capital
  2. Thomas Suter, CEO, QCAM Currency Asset Management
  3. Giuseppe Rapallo, Managing Director, Tiberius Asset Management
  4. Anton Golub, Founder & CEO, flov technologies
  5. Thomas Kochanek, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, 1512 SG Capital Management
  6. Richard Preschern, Founder & CEO, RoboSig
  7. Alexis Atkinson, Head of Order Driven Markets, NEX Markets
  8. Chris Codo, Director Hedge Funds, NEX Markets
  9. Rene Chinni, Senior Account Manager, NEX Markets
are sharing the following insights:
  • Why is currency trading for alpha generation very challenging? What structural issues are currency multi-manager programs facing? (page 8-9, 14-15, 17) Why is systematic currency trading extremely tricky (page 15)
  • What is the real intrinsic value of a traditional fiat currency? (page 26)
  • When does it make sense to use FX services from a prime broker? (page 9). The changed market structure in FX (page 19-20)
  • Why should you know who is actually providing liquidity, and how to identify the type of liquidity provider (page 11-12)
  • Do additional liquidity providers or fragmentation add value in FX trading? (page 9, 11, 14). How to know your market impact in FX trading (page 19-20)
  • The use of alternative data, Big Data and Deep Learning in currency trading (page 13-15)
  • What's the benefit of high frequency trading? (page 16)
  • Why do cryptocurrencies go up? (page 17). What are the margin requirements of crypto futures telling you about the asset class? (page 18). What most people get wrong regarding crypto and tokens (page 18-19)
  • What are the two main issues the regulator has with crypto? Why are the exchanges the predominant problem of cryptocurrencies? (page 20-22) Taxation in the crypto space (page 25)
  • Why is the atomic swap that Blockchain provides so powerful? (page 22)
  • Gold, stable coins, and the biggest downside of Bitcoin. Centralized versus de-centralized Blockchains (page 27-28, 31). Does the concept of broad-scale institutional custody actually contradict the intention and design of distributed cryptocurrencies? (page 28-29).
  • What will happen to Bitcoin in the next financial crisis? (Page 30) What could bring Bitcoin down? (page 33)
  • Over 2,000 crypto companies are active in the Greater Zurich area. What's the Swiss government's take on this? (page 34)

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