An Overview

As a technology provider for the global foreign exchange market, 360T interacts daily with a wide spectrum of international financial institutions that contain a wealth of expertise, knowledge and insight regarding the world’s largest asset class. In our podcast series we look to tease out just a fragment of this information inviting our listeners to join an exchange amongst industry professionals with each episode.

The episodes themselves consist of short, informal interviews with senior figures from market-leading firms within the FX industry, exploring some of the key trends and themes they see impacting the market today. Tracing the evolution of technology, liquidity, credit, data analytics, market structure, trading strategies and more, this podcast series offers a wide range of unique insights regarding how the FX market today is developing around us.

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360T Podcasts | Episode 33 | 2021 | 13 min
John Quayle, Head of Client Algo Execution at NatWest Markets
Whereas Episode 31 of our podcast series focused largely on the evolution of FX algo designs, here John Quayle from NatWest Markets discusses the evolution of how buy-side firms (and indeed which buy-side firms) are using these products to improve their FX execution capabilities.

He discusses using algos to trade emerging market (EM) currencies, why corporate treasurers might be thinking about these products differently from real money or hedge fund clients, how to effectively benchmark the performance of different algos and more.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 32 | 2021 | 18 min
Axel Merk, President and CIO, Merk Investments
What are the key factors likely to move currency markets between now and the end of the year and, perhaps more importantly, what risks aren’t currently being priced into the market?
These are amongst the questions addressed by Axel Merk from Merk Investments in our latest episode. Merk also discusses the FX liquidity trends, how diverging interest rates could help certain trading strategies and what recent events in China mean for global financial markets.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 31 | 2021 | 19 min
Asif Razaq, Global Head of FX Algo Execution at BNP Paribas
In this episode Asif Razaq from BNP Paribas talks about why the pandemic has driven an uptick in the number of firms using execution algos for their FX trades and traces the evolution of these tools from basic, rules-based strategies to sophisticated and interactive ones which effectively enable human traders to augment their own skills.

Razaq also delivers his view on what will come next in the FX algo space, arguing that we are likely to begin seeing these tools deployed across a broader range of instrument types.
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Third Party Podcasts | Episode 01 | 2021 | 36 min
GUEST PODCAST | Alternative Thinking: Both Sides of the Investment Coin | 360 Trading Networks & AGF Investments
This latest podcast episode comes from the Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA) and features Tom Nakamura, Vice-President and Portfolio Manager, Currency Strategy and Co-Head of Fixed Income at AGF Investments, and Matt O’Hara, CEO of 360T Americas, analysing some key trends that they’re observing in the currency markets. It’s a wide ranging discussion which covers the impact of credit constraints, new technological innovations, evolving cost pressures and how the pandemic has changed behaviours within the FX industry.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 30 | 2021 | 18 min
Stuart Simmons, Director, Head of Currency at QIC
Stuart Simmons, Director and Head of Currency at QIC, argues in the latest episode that not only is the London 4pm Fix not a good time to trade FX on behalf of investors, but that in fact it might be the very worst time to do so. Expanding on this, he claims that order flow imbalance lead to herd behaviour amongst investment managers trading at the Fix that in turn causes market impact which negatively impacts execution outcomes. On top of this, Simmons makes the case that the interests of investors are misaligned with both asset managers and their counterparty banks when it comes to using the 4pm Fix as a benchmark.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 29 | 2021 | 25 min
Claire Dissaux, Global Head of Economics and Strategy & Elisa Baku, Economist at the Currency Management Specialist, Millennium Global Investments
In March 2021 Millennium Global Investments published a report analysing whether emerging market (EM) currencies were priced as cheap or expensive relative to the global environment. The authors of that report, Claire Dissaux and Elisa Baku — who respectively hold the titles of Global Head of Economics and Strategy and Economist at the currency management specialist — both join the podcast to discuss its findings, and what they mean for investors. They also talk about why currency performance is likely to diverge significantly amongst EM countries and how the pandemic has impacted conditions in these markets.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 28 | 2021 | 17 min
Van Luu, Global Head of Currency at Russell Investments
With the Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR) due to start impacting a number of buy-side firms starting this September, Van Luu, Global head of Currency at Russell Investments, discusses the preparations that his firm has been making to ensure compliance, both on their own behalf and on behalf of their clients.
He then goes on to analyse how investors should be thinking about currency hedging in the Covid era, analysing the various pros and cons associated with different approaches to hedging FX exposures.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 27 | 2021 | 18 min
Allan Guild, Director, Hilltop Walk Consulting
New regulatory requirements have been a huge driver of change within financial markets over the past decade, and FX has certainly not been exempt from this trend. Even now, Allan Guild, the director of Hilltop Walk Consulting, sees the direction of travel in the industry being towards a more regulated trading environment, which market participants will need to adapt to. Consequently, Guild argues that there is now an opportunity for greater innovation around automation, best execution and building a holistic approach to FX trading.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 26 | 2021 | 15 min
Paul Matherne, Head of FX EMEA, BNY Mellon
The over-arching theme of this episode is the “tech-celeration” that has occurred in the FX industry over the past year as firms have been forced to adapt to new ways of operating. Paul Matherne, Head of FX EMEA at BNY Mellon, sees evidence of this trend in how buy-side firms are looking at custody, their willingness to use algos and their desire to automate more of their FX trading and workflows. And looking ahead, he argues that market structure changes will continue to fuel more innovation in 2021.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 25 | 2021 | 22 min
Colin Lambert, Co-Founder, The Full FX
The discussion opens with Colin Lambert, the co-founder of the The Full FX news website, joking that he has been predicting structural changes within the FX Swaps space for a long time but that the scene might finally be set for these to actually happen. All of which begs the question: why now and not sooner? Elsewhere in the episode Lambert gives his opinion on the state of innovation within the FX industry, why regulators need to ensure that rules are applied uniformly and the strengths and weaknesses of the Global Code of Conduct.
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