FX market will be 70% electronic by year-end, says Aite report
FX Week, September 2013 – Electronic trading continues to gain traction in the foreign exchange market and could account for as much as 70% of all trading by the end of 2013, but this growth does not herald the end of voice trading, according to a new report by Boston-based research and advisory firm Aite Group.
The report, Electronic FX market 2013: Ready for a revolution, is based on interviews with banks, brokers, technology vendors, execution vendors and different client segments. Electronic trading already accounts for more than 60% of the FX market but while that number will continue to grow, voice trading often retains a bigger role when it comes to larger trades, the report points out.
“During times of severe market volatility, it is common for clients to rely on their relationships with banks to get much-needed colour into where the market is headed and to get it via voice. This was certainly the case in 2009, when, following the record volume of 2008, the dramatic dislocation of the general global economy created much uncertainty in the marketplace, leading to widened spreads and lower trading volume. During this time, reliance on high-touch, voice-driven trading became crucial for clients seeking to navigate market uncertainty,” the report states.
The report also addresses the evolution of new price discovery and trading models, suggesting the future will favour newer entrants such as Molten Markets, ParFX and LMAX Exchange, which are predicated on increasing transparency and fairness in market participation.
“The market is being driven by a revolution of greater transparency, more efficiency and a pressure on prices, which is a reflection of the times,” says Aite Group analyst Javier Paz, who cowrote the report with Howard Tai and Sang Lee. “There are two main areas of division in the client base: those that are comfortable competing with the ultralow latency environment and those that are not. Venues have responded by blowing the welcome mat away from high-frequency traders and hedge funds that primarily do things the ultra-low latency way,” Paz says.
“The Aite Group study is extremely timely,” says David Mercer, chief executive of LMAX Exchange in London. “The FX marketplace is undergoing unprecedented change: newly emerged trading models are challenging the establishment by offering increased transparency, and more reliable precise execution that existed for years in other asset classes.”
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