FXSpotStream Sees April 2017 Trading Volumes Tick Lower

The uptick in March volumes at FXSpotStream was short lived, with April's ‎metrics reversing last month's improvement.

FXSpotStream LLC, the aggregator service of LiquidityMatch LLC, today announced its latest volumes for the month ending April 2017, which took a step back, ultimately paring the last ‎month’s gain, according to a FXSpotStream LLC statement.‎

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During the month of April 2017, FXSpotStream reported an average daily volume (ADV) of $17.11 billion, which represented a move lower over a yearly timeframe, as volumes incurred a ‎fall of -4.8 percent year-on-year from $17.97 billion back in April 2016. In addition, the latest figures, which encompass all ‎of the group’s streaming and matching products, constitute a decline of -8.9 percent in terms of volumes from March 2017.‎

Indeed, April’s volumes are a ways off from the company’s peak for this year which was recorded at $18.9 billion back in January 2017, which reflects a full -10.5 percent loss.‎

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FXSpotStream also saw a sizable drop across its total trading volumes in April 2017 after reported just $342.3 billion for the month, down -20.7 percent month-on-month from $431.9 billion back in March 2017. However, the big difference shouldn’t come as a surprise since April 2017 saw a total of 20 trading days, compared with 23 in the month prior.

A client to bank platform

FXSpotStream is a wholly owned subsidiary of LiquidityMatch LLC, and was created as a ‎cost-effective platform, which is offered on a commission free model for buyside firms to ‎tap pricing from banks using a multi-dealer aggregating platform.

The group started the ‎streaming aggregation business in 2011 with just a spot FX API and 6 liquidity providers, but now ‎utilizes liquidity from a total of twelve leading global banks – BofA Merrill Lynch, ‎Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, Citi, Commerzbank AG, Credit Suisse, ‎Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, and UBS. ‎

FXSpotStream’s offering is a client to bank platform, with each liquidity taker required to ‎create individual credit relationships with participating banks.‎ This differs from other multi-dealer platforms such as FX ECNs like Hotspot and ‎EBS Markets that operate with centralized order book systems for their participants.

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