COVID-19 – Working Like We’ve Never Worked Before

Posted by Robert Buxton on Mar 27, 2020 4:03:19 PM

Like many firms across the Globe, the IS Prime team is now working from home and adjusting to a new way of living and working.

“Relationship” Liquidity – Why it Matters

Posted by Jonathan Brewer on Mar 11, 2020 11:20:12 AM

Recently, there have been some new offerings coming on to the market offering retail brokers direct access to liquidity. The implication is that by accessing the primary market “directly”, the broker will get better trading terms

This is actually not the case, and it shows a fundamental lack of understanding on the part of the technology companies who are providing the offering, and even more surprisingly, the “Prime of Primes” who are “clearing"it.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - February 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Mar 2, 2020 5:41:00 PM

February was an excellent month for brokers as Covid-19 coronavirus fears brought volatility to a wide range of markets. Volumes were up substantially from January, with some brokers reaching record monthly totals.

Profits were also robust, driven primarily by late month declines in stock indices and gold. With the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus continuing, the volatility may persist well into March, if not longer.

Three Layers of Defense Against Toxic Flow

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Feb 25, 2020 12:54:51 PM

In previous blog posts we have discussed how traders sometimes take advantage of unwary brokers by engaging in various forms of malicious activity (such as flooding trade servers with orders), and why it’s critical for brokers to optimise their risk management strategies to minimise their risks.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - January 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Feb 6, 2020 1:19:57 PM

2020 is off to a strong start as volumes and profits rebounded from a pedestrian month of December.

Early month profits were driven primarily by Gold, and the month finished strong on late month movements in the Euro. Indices also produced profits throughout the month as reactions to the spread of the coronavirus added volatility to equity markets.

Workflow optimisation, essential for FX brokers

Posted by Robert Buxton on Dec 13, 2019 10:56:33 AM

Good workflow and optimisation go hand in hand. Indeed, the terms are almost synonymous.

Why optimising FX risk management requires a global view

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Dec 5, 2019 10:23:00 AM

What makes the difference between success and failure in the retail FX marketplace?

How retail FX brokers can optimise across jurisdictions

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Nov 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) introduced its new trading rules in 2018, retail brokers had to rethink their strategies due to the more demanding regulatory environment and the corresponding squeeze in profits. In particular, following the Product Intervention Measures, brokers have been looking beyond Europe in order to diversify their client base and maintain volumes. 

Customised vs Commoditised: Optimise your FX liquidity

Posted by Robert Buxton on Nov 22, 2019 1:56:32 PM

In this article we explore best practices on liquidity management and how IS Prime and the ISAM capital markets group interact with liquidity providers.

(Re)Defining Prime of Prime – How well do you know your FX Liquidity Provider?

Posted by Robert Buxton on Oct 30, 2019 7:44:42 AM

Liquidity is one of, if not the most important parts of a broker’s business and is one of its key differentiators - without the right pricing in the right products delivered in the right way it is extremely difficult for brokers to survive in this increasingly competitive environment. As a result, the proper assessment and selection of an FX Liquidity Provider is something that brokers should undertake very carefully.