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 12 | 2020 | 11 min
Momtchil Pojarliev, Head of Currencies at BNP Paribas Asset Management
Institutional investment portfolios have become increasingly international over the past decade, with one unintentional consequence of this being that FX exposures have similarly increased. As Momtchil Pojarliev, Head of Currencies at BNP Paribas Asset Management, explains, the key question then becomes: how should these investors be managing this risk? In this episode Pojarliev evaluates some of the different currency hedging strategies available to institutional investors and highlights some of the key challenges they face in attempting to implement an effective currency management policy.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 11 | 2020 | 17 min
Alejandro Padilla, Executive Director of Economic Research & Financial Markets Strategy at Grupo Financiero Banorte
In this episode Alejandro Padilla, Executive Director of Economic Research & Financial Markets Strategy at Grupo Financiero Banorte, gives his outlook for emerging market currencies, noting that contagion curves and stimulus policies are likely to be the main drivers of performance this year. Focusing on Latin America in particular, Padilla explains what different factors will determine currency hedging decisions and talks about the impact of the US election on the value of the Mexican peso.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 10 | 2020 | 16 min
Melody Martinez-Davidson, Managing Director, Global Head of e-Sales at BBVA
The impact of technology on relationships within the FX industry is one of the central themes of this episode, with Melody Martinez-Davidson from BBVA. She explains that e-trading can actually benefit salespeople by eliminating the administration around their client’s trading activity and freeing up time to focus on more important issues. Martinez-Davidson also details, how various client types have shifted some of their FX trading to different execution channels during the pandemic and why it’s beneficial for sales teams to have a more holistic, cross-asset focus.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 9 | 2020 | 7 min
Andreas Gaertner, Trader at Traton
In recent months, everyone has had the experience of being on a virtual group call. Conversation is punctured by awkward silences, followed by two or more people trying to talk at once, as technology still doesn’t fully compensate for in-person interaction. In this podcast episode, Andreas Gaertner, a trader at Traton, talks about how his firm has had to adapt to new communication channels, in order to ensure efficient FX execution. He also explains that while the FX market itself is already highly digital, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced firms to make more of the process around trading more digital, a trend that he expects to continue in the future.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 8 | 2020 | 20 min
James O’Connor, Senior Manager, FX Division, Bank of England
The FX Global Code of Conduct has been a big industry-wide initiative in recent years, but when volatility exploded back into life earlier this year, did it really make a difference? In this podcast episode James O’Connor from the Bank of England talks about putting the Code to work and using it to generate greater communication between counterparties. He also discusses how recent events have served to highlight the changing nature of liquidity within the FX market and the implications of the trend towards increased algo usage amongst buy side firms.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 7 | 2020 | 13 min
Jasper Livingsmith, Director, Treasury at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
In this podcast Livingsmith highlights that FX Swaps are the core funding instrument for most financial institutions – and therefore are critical within financial markets – but that even now pricing for these often remains significantly wider than normal. He also ruminates on the need for greater automation and end-to-end processing, improved communication and a means to effectively measure output within firms.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 6 | 2020 | 10 min
Alex Clark, Senior Execution Trader at Aspect Capital
Alex Clark talks to 360T about the liquidity issues caused by the sudden combination of market volatility and people working from home. However, he says that despite stressed liquidity conditions FX algorithms have performed well, enabling the trading team to focus their attention on the most challenging markets, such as EM currencies, options and NDFs. Explaining that enhanced execution tools are in high demand amongst buy side firms right now, Clark discusses how algos have needed to adapt to changing market conditions in recent weeks.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 5 | 2020 | 15 min
JB Mackenzie, Managing Director, Futures & Forex, TD Ameritrade
If you could go back in time six months before the pandemic, what advice would you give yourself? This is one of the questions put to JB Mackenzie, Managing Director, Futures and Forex at TD Ameritrade, in this podcast episode. He also talks about the impact of recent central bank stimulus, trading in 24 hour markets and how technology has made life better for investors.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 4 | 2020 | 13 min
Bhav Trivedi, FX and FI Dealer at Merian Global Investors
In this lively discussion Bhav Trivedi talks to 360T about the technical challenges associated with trading in an isolated environment. He also points out how the recent FX volatility tested banks’ re-pricing and auto-hedging capabilities, and why an increased reliance on technology has not diminished the big importance of relationships in the industry.
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360T Podcasts | Episode 3 | 2020 | 11 min
Nigell Todd, Director Global Foreign Exchange at Fidelity International
In this podcast episode Juan Landazabal from GAM Investments runs through some of the key factors that had to be considered as trading activity moved out of the office and into people’s homes. Having now adjusted to this initial wave of change, he also highlights some of the longer-term challenges – and opportunities – associated with a more decentralised working and trading environment.
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