Corporate End Users Unfazed by Derivatives Reform

Earlier this year we spoke with just shy of 400 corporate treasurers about their use of interest rate derivatives.  Given this group of IRD users isn’t covered as closely from a market structure perspective as financial end users, I was excited to see what trends we could find within the interview responses.  So with the… Read More »

US equity brokers made more money than last year – finally

We’ve just released the results of our benchmark US equities study, based on almost 600 interviews with US equity investors.  While Greenwich has been conducting this study for literally decades, this is my first market structure analysis of the data since joining the firm last summer.  The report includes the expected critical data points – total… Read More »

Where in the world is volatility?

I’m a little obsessed with volatility lately – well, the lack of it actually.  The VIX has been hovering around 12 for months despite emerging markets turmoil, rigging scandals and regulatory environment that can only be described as volatile. How can volatility be so low in a market where complexity and uncertainty are so high? Calm markets… Read More »

ETFs as part of the credit liquidity story

Liquidity in the corporate bond market is tough.  We’ve written about it time and time again.  At a high level we see two solutions.  One, inject new electronic trading tools and liquidity providers into the existing corporate bond market to better match buyers and sellers (a theme discussed in our 2014 European Fixed Income Study).  Two,… Read More »

U.S. Equities Market Structure Update

My first nine months at Greenwich have been focused on fixed income and FX markets.  With the release of Greenwich’s annual North American equities study for which we spoke with nearly 550 portfolio managers and traders, the time has come to talk equities.  To that end, on June 4 we’ll be hosting a webinar to discuss… Read More »

Package trade rules – can they do that?

On Thursday May 1 the CFTC released an eagerly awaited clarifying document outlining when and how package trades would be required on SEF.  Packaged transactions will be phased in by type from May 15th through November 15th, and to deal with the pre-trade credit checking issue (checking limits against each leg as opposed to the limit utilization… Read More »

FX volumes are down, but its more than just economics

First some admin notes.  We’ve recently created an official Greenwich Associates market structure blog.  The goal was to create a seamless method for us to get new research and commentary out to the market.  The market structure commentary I’ve been posting here at Kevin on the Street will mostly all end up on the new… Read More »