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 22 | 2020 | 18 min
Andrew Strasman, Principal at Totem Asset Group (18 min)
This episode focuses specifically on trend following, with Andrew Strasman from Chicago-based Totem Asset Group explaining why 2020 should have been a great year for firms deploying this strategy, but also why in some cases it wasn’t. He also discusses why FX has become a more frustrating asset class for trend followers to trade, makes the case that this strategy is still an effective diversification play within investors portfolios and talks about how to distinguish a relevant correlation in financial markets from a spurious one.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 21 | 2020 | 15 min
Peter Lewis, Founder/Director of Peter Lewis Consulting and Presenter of “Money Talks” on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)
Following a contentious US election Peter Lewis, who hosts one of the most popular English language radio programmes in Hong Kong, gives his perspective on what a Biden administration could mean for China and its economy. He also discusses why the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is concerned about a recent surge in the value of the yuan, the growing competition amongst APAC’s major financial centres and whether Hong Kong’s new national security law could threaten its position within the global financial system.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 20 | 2020 | 13 min
Ian Campbell, Treasurer, TT International
This episode opens with Ian Campbell from the asset management firm TT International tracing the evolution of technology within the FX industry, explaining that one of the key changes that have emerged as a result is that firms now have many diverse options for how they want to handle different order types. He goes on to talk about trading EM currencies, explaining that whilst liquidity conditions have improved in recent years the myriad of restrictions and regulations that still exist in these markets can still make these currencies challenging to trade. Indeed, although Cambpell notes that many of the regulations that have been introduced into developed markets over the past decade have worthwhile goals, he also suggests that they have slowed the pace of innovation in FX.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 19 | 2020 | 17 min
Marc Chandler, Chief Market Strategist, Bannockburn Global Forex
Although “volatility events” like the US presidential election, Brexit trade negotiations and a second wave of Covid-19 could provide investors with short-term opportunities to benefit from trends in the currency markets, Marc Chandler from Bannockburn Global Forex argues that they’re unlikely to change the longer-term direction of currency moves. During this episode he also discusses the potential impact of a K-shaped recovery on FX markets, whether or not central banks are running out of room to maneuvre and why a recent decision by authorities in China might prove significant for the RMB.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 18 | 2020 | 14 min
Robbert Sijbrandij, Head of Institutional FX, Flow Traders
There’s been a lot of talk about NDF trading shifting towards electronic channels, but is this actually happening? Robbie Sijbrandij from Flow Traders discusses how this product segment is evolving, in addition to delivering his view on the challenges and opportunities around trading FX Futures, Outright Forwards and FX Swaps. Sijbrandij goes on to explain that for firms like Flow Traders credit remains a core concern when it comes to FX trading, but also highlights the steps that the firm is taking to mitigate any potential issues on this front.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 17 | 2020 | 17 min
Justin Slaughter, Partner, Mercury Strategies
The upcoming US presidential election could prove to be a crucial fork in the road when it comes to financial regulation, explains Justin Slaughter, a partner at Mercury Strategies. In this episode he talks about the potential for the politicisation of US regulatory agencies, the extent to which international cooperation on financial rules could be jeopardized and whether or not geopolitical conflicts around trade and technology could be replicated within financial markets.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 16 | 2020 | 22 min
Juan Garcia, Director of Domestic Operations, Banco de México
The local FX market in Mexico is ripe for change, and technology could be the catalyst for it, says Juan Garcia at Banco de México. For example, he highlights that ten years ago less than 20% of FX trading in Mexico was conducted via electronic channels, whereas today that figure is estimated to be around 60%. In this podcast episode Garcia talks about the implications of this trend, as well as anaylsing the growth prospects for the Mexican peso going forwards and discussing the impact of the Global Code of Conduct on the domestic market.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 15 | 2020 | 14 min
Saeed Amen, Founder of Cuemacro
In this episode, Saeed Amen from Cuemacro discusses the practical challenges facing firms as they try to adopt a more data-driven approach to FX trading. These include finding a source of high-quality data for non-spot FX products, overcoming the fragmented nature of the market and having the right technology with which to analyse the data being accumulated. Amen also explains that sourcing the right data is only the first step — to derive the maximum value from it firms need to apply their domain-specific expertise.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 14 | 2020 | 12 min
Kirstie MacGillivray, Head of Multi-Asset Dealing, Kames Capital
This episode opens with MacGillivray talking about her firm’s technology stack for multi-asset dealing, explaining that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution and, therefore, the desk has instead built out a “best-of-breed” model which deploys asset class specific technology to ensure the best execution outcomes. MacGillivray also highlights areas where she sees existing technology being adapted to fit different asset classes, talks about the importance of reducing manual risk from the trading desk and discusses how attitudes towards handling FX exposures are slowly changing amongst the investment management community. The episode ends with MacGillivray expressing optimism that the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to greater diversity within the financial services industry, reducing the existing culture of presenteeism that she says exists today.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 13 | 2020 | 13 min
Christopher Cruden, CEO and Director, Insch Kintore Ltd.
In this episode Christopher Cruden, CEO and Director of the hedge fund Insch Kintore Ltd., reflects on how the FX markets have changed since he launched his first currency trading programme back in 1991 and explains how he has adapted his trading strategy accordingly. Cruden also tackles the question of why trend following strategies have generally yielded poor returns over the past decade and whether or not there is actually such a thing as “sweet spot volatility” when it comes to FX.
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