Forex (FX) Rollover
Forex Forward Transactions
Forex (FX) Futures
Forex Market Differences
Fees and Commissions
Example of Forex Transactions
It is recommended traders manage their position size and control their risk so that no single trade results in a large loss.
Future Trends of Foreign Exchange Market
The global Foreign exchange market is currently experiencing a healthy growth. Looking forward, the market is expected to register a CAGR of around 6% during 2020-2025. Growing urbanization and digitization in both the emerging and developed economies are among the key factors driving the growth of the market.
The key features of FX, such as minimal trading costs, 24x7 trading opportunities, high transactional transparency and liquidity, have favored its widespread acceptance across the globe. Furthermore, the availability of electronic platforms and the provision of improved security mechanisms for trading are also providing a boost to the market growth. Various internet-based platforms are available to the users for conveniently exchanging currencies between countries while ensuring the delivery of goods and services in a secure and centralized setting.
Additionally, various technological advancements, such as the availability of outright forward and currency option, are creating a positive outlook for the market growth. Outright forward enables the trader to lock the current exchange rate, which further protects the investor, exporter or importer from future rate fluctuations.
On the other hand, the currency option refers to a contractual document that establishes an obligation to purchase or trade currency at a specific rate.
Here are six topics to keep in mind for currency market structure in 2020:
1. The Volcker Rule & Liquidity
Regulations such as Basel II and Dodd Frank’s Volcker Rule have made it difficult for banks to warehouse risk, such that some traders were skeptical that bank-dealers could recover their clout as liquidity providers. That the Volcker Rule is probably on the chopping block as quickly as any other provision is largely because it’s causing the most trouble in terms of reducing the capacity of banks to compete.
Traders mentioned macro-events like the Swiss National Bank’s abandonment of the Swiss franc’s peg against the euro on Jan. 14, 2015, which sent shockwaves through the prime brokerage community. Prime brokers raised fees on hedge funds and dropped clients, which may have contributed to the downsizing of global FX volumes.
Between 2013 and 2016, hedge funds and principal-trading firms reduced their FX spot trading activity from $580 billion three years go to $390 billion in 2016, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) report released on Dec. 11.
2. Algorithms & Speed Bumps
Speed-based trading strategies could become less important to currency markets. The introduction of speed bumps in the form of latency floors by major inter-dealer platforms have made such strategies less attractive, steps taken by ICAP’s EBS on its matching engines to prevent fast traders from detecting information on orders and then canceling their quotes on other venues.
In a report, BIS cited a shift away from high-frequency trading strategies that rely upon “fast execution and short-term arbitrage.” In particular, “certain algorithmic strategies primarily based on speed have reached a saturation point.”
As these trends evolve, 2017 could see a continued shift from aggressive latency-driven strategies to more passive strategies based on electronic market making.
3. Buy Side Goes Direct
Buy side will trade with buy-side in dark pools. FX participants contend that volume will increase if Dodd Frank rule is rolled back. Staff reductions at top banks in terms of experience, along with the rise of alternative sources of liquidity changes unless there is a change in regulation. The buy side will need to become more of a force. Asset managers need to react more directly to the marketplace,that the buy side needs the ability to post liquidity more directly to the marketplace rather than through a sell-side intermediary. As the buy side has a natural interest in the FX market for funding and hedging requirements, they add liquidity to the overall market.
As they control one side of the market — the buy or the sell — either side could be sufficed by a non -bank liquidity provider or the banks themselves,” he added.
One of the missing pieces of the equation is access to credit, since most alternative liquidity sources only allow for spot trading, but the asset managers need both spot and forward liquidity to manage hedges and rolls.Though large banks have less capacity to warehouse risk, Virtual markets will pick up the slack, referring to alternative liquidity sources outside of the traditional sell side. FX markets would become more integrated with credit managed across different tenors and spot venues.
Credit is the necessary ingredient, Credit can also be expensive and an impediment. This could be solved if derivatives are posted to an exchange or if credit itself can be packaged and sold potentially.
4. Revamping Post-Trade Infrastructure
With the growth of electronic trading and efficiencies from automating the front office, the focus is shifting to cost cutting in the back office. There is still some inefficient use of humans in the post-trade area that can be replaced by technology. The back-office is still much like it was 25 years ago. Though items are typed instead of written, there are still extra people. However, this doesn’t mean that humans are being cast aside. Instead, humans would be repurposed to manage the technology that didn’t exist before.
5. Blockchain to the Rescue
Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology underpinning bitcoin, is going to have a big impact on delivering real-time clearance and settlement in currencies. Blockchain is a data structure that makes it possible to record transactions and share it among a distributed network of computers.
Many financial firms are experimenting with blockchain as a transparent way to store and verify transactions without a central authority, which could help to speed up and cut costs as well as replace legacy infrastructure.
If blockchain can be adapted to facilitate real-time settlement between counterparties, then the ability to assess risk is quicker, reduced from two days to immediate, which leads to real-time executions and less margin and higher volumes. Credit will be freed up to a point where it’s monitored properly in sync with execution.
6. Future of Humans: Directing the Algos?
While technologies such as big data analytics, algorithms and machine learning can potentially be integrated to make trading decisions, participants contend there is still a role for human interaction. Humans will make better use of machines or algorithms to enact the direction and desires of the person behind the algo. There will always be a place for someone who has the ability to deal with large clients and large orders.”
Buy-side firms will also look to technology to take on the mundane tasks that allows traders to focus on complex trades. Technology will help the asset managers reduce workflow on routine areas, so they can focus attention on more important trades, such as larger size alpha generating trades, heightened activity in trades that mater, which in turn allows for probably a tighter sales and buy-side relationship as well.