Six Trends for Currency Markets: Volcker, Dark Pools, Blockchain Top List

Political shocks such as Brexit and the U.S. election of Donald Trump jolted the foreign exchange markets in 2016, fueling more trading activity for hedge funds and bank trading rooms. Uncertainty around a stronger U.S. dollar and higher interest rates could drive more volatility into 2017.

FX market pundits are pinning their hopes on lighter regulations, the evolving landscape of liquidity providers, a more active buy-side, the transforming potential of blockchain, and the future role of humans in the process.

However, some participants were not entirely optimistic.

In 2020, prepare for “more volatile FX markets, less liquidity among banks and better [electronic trading] platforms,” predicted one panelist at the Markets Media FX Trading 2016 event.

Here are six topics to keep in mind for currency market structure in 2020:
  • The Volcker Rule & Liquidity
  • Algorithms & Speed Bumps
  • Buy Side Goes Direct
  • Revamping Post-Trade Infrastructure
  • Blockchain to the Rescue
  • Future of Humans: Directing the Algos?

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