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The FX Marketplace: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

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Executive Summary

The foreign exchange marketplace is in a state of flux. The rules of the game are being re-written by the advent of new players and different ways of transacting FX thanks to technology advances. What are the trends in the FX marketplace and what opportunities and challenges do they present to the old and new market players? Algorithmic trading, as the name suggests, involves trading based on algorithms with no or limited user intervention. Algorithmic trading has been common in other asset classes such as equities but has picked up pace recently in FX. This has been facilitated by increased interest by proprietary desks and hedge funds that treat FX as an asset class.

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