CFD Market Data … Boring but essential!

Posted by Robert Buxton on Nov 24, 2020 7:49:09 AM

A key and often overlooked issue that we have been seeing time and time again, with LPs and brokers alike, is that of inaccurate market data. In times of extreme market volatility and high volumes, such as we have experienced recently over the US election results and the announcements in the press regarding a Covid-19 vaccine, these issues have become particularly apparent.

Risk Update: US Election – Are You Ready?

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Oct 30, 2020 3:47:20 AM

As the US 2020 US Presidential race draws to a close on Tuesday, with polls opening on the morning of November 3rd, ISRA takes a look at the market conditions around the election, and discusses how brokers can better prepare their businesses, and protect themselves from market shocks.  

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - September 2020

Posted by Fred Gewirtz on Oct 6, 2020 3:23:14 AM

September volumes slumped slightly from August figures, and profits dipped as well. However, most brokers were able to post respectable overall statistics due to relatively strong early to mid-month gains. The month also saw a reversal from August trends, with equity indices pulling back and both oil and gold selling off. The movement in gold drove the majority of PL volatility during the month.

Is waiting for a ‘client drop’ really the best way to manage P&L and risk?

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Sep 23, 2020 8:31:20 AM

Retail brokers generally state that around 75% of retail investors lose money - the majority of these losses are in the spread value of their trades (because they are trading on wide spreads) rather than because they call the market wrong. 

However, studies have shown that over the long-term (if you take out transaction costs and spreads), clients’ trading P&L is generally no better or worse than that of their brokers.

Getting it right from the start: Taking a constructive approach to client integration

Posted by Daniel Crane on Aug 5, 2020 10:37:57 AM

Whenever a firm decides to work with a new Prime of Prime (PoP), there are a number of steps involved and various factors to consider. Firms – particularly retail brokers servicing their own end clients - may not realise that the way the PoP approaches their initial onboarding process, their technology integration and their continued, ongoing support, will all become key factors in the success or failure of their business and their ability to service their own end clients.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - July 2020

Posted by Fred Gewirtz on Aug 5, 2020 8:45:39 AM

After a relatively quiet start to the month, the second half of July brought strong profits for brokers, allowing most to far exceed the results seen in June. Although volumes were only up marginally from the prior month, revenues were robust because of broad-based USD selling and the late month rally in metals. By the beginning of August, metals had reached all time highs and EURUSD was at a level not seen for 16 months.

Liquidation Risk: Have you assessed the impact on your firm?

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Jul 24, 2020 4:51:45 AM

As market volatility persists, brokers have become increasing vigilant monitoring the risk of their clients’ potential (and realised) negative balance exposure following liquidation, but there is another side to liquidation risk that may be even more important for brokers to consider.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - June 2020

Posted by Fred Gewirtz on Jul 7, 2020 9:33:13 AM

June profits and volumes were front-loaded with the bulk of PL in the first 10 days of the month, primarily due to broad-based USD selling. Profitability in that period was focused in EUR and JPY pairs, along with indices and gold. Mid-month activity was relatively flat, but the month finished well primarily because of the continuation of the gold rally. Overall, both profits and volumes recovered well from the lows seen in May.

Why Client Flow Needs to Be Matched Against Appropriate Liquidity Pools

Posted by Barry Flanigan on Jun 26, 2020 4:06:00 AM

In a follow-up to my recent post on Aggregation & Spreads: The Race to Zero, I’d like to drill down on the best practices that we use to help brokers distinguish between true retail flow and institutional or proprietary trading flow.

How can they tell which is which, and what can they do to ensure they are receiving the appropriate liquidity for each?

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - May 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Jun 23, 2020 7:44:36 AM

May volumes were very similar to April totals, but still far below the highs reached in February and March. Although volumes were in line with April, profits were far lower. Losses in oil suppressed profitability in the early weeks of May as the majority of retail clients held their long positions into the rally at the start of the month. Movements in indices later in May helped salvage respectable, though below average, overall profits for the month.