FXSpotStream LLC announced on Thursday that it will add several FX Algo strategies, along with FX Allocation services, which will be offered via its API from the second quarter of this year.
The platform will add over 70 different Algos and more than 200 parameters offered by the liquidity providers and can be accessed by the FXSpotStream client base. The FX Allocations will allow its clients on a pre and post-trade basis to send and allocate orders from multiple accounts at the same time.
Speaking to Finance Magnates, FXSpotStream Co-founder and CEO, Alan Schwarz clarified that though the upcoming services are a ‘natural extension’ of its existing services, there is a growing demand for them from its ‘banks and clients’.
“We are an API business and today, the largest by supported volume when looking at the streaming fully disclosed offerings. We, of course, have a GUI, and later this year will have Algos and Allocations available on our GUI,” Schwarz said.
Growing Demand for FX Algos
When compared to equities, the demand for FX Algos is yet to receive mass adoption. However, demand for these services is growing.
“While the volume is still not what we see in Equities, as an example, the amount of volume that is transacted using FX Algos has and will continue to increase for the foreseeable future,” Schwarz added. He elaborated that such services are gaining popularity among asset managers and hedge funds.
Mentioning the advantage of FXSpotStream’s FX Algos, the CEO details that it will be a ‘part of a multibank service support for FX Algos over an API’, something that is not yet seen in the market.
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“We are not selecting which of our liquidity provider Algos we will support. We will support all of their available FX Algos.”
Breaching the $11 Trillion Mark
Founded as a bank-owned consortium, FXSpotStream provides a multibank FX aggregation service for spot FX trading, with extended services for the derivatives market as well.
The platform reported excellent volumes throughout 2020, resulting from the market volatility and its continued business expansion. Trading volume for the year crossed $11 trillion, with the ADV increasing 18.52 percent to $42.648 billion.
“For the third year in a row we grew at the fastest rate of all FX services in the industry,” Schwarz said. “Our growth is the result of adding new clients; growing business from our existing clients; a continual expansion of the products we offer, and the underlying functionality.”
Indeed, the number of clients on the platform jumped by 19.64 percent when compared with the previous year.
“We expect to see continued volatility in the market in 2021,” he added. “We also have another very large project we are progressing.”
ChiliZ To Expand Operations, Will Invest $50 Million in the US
Following milestone partnerships with sports teams in Europe, ChiliZ have their eyes set on conquering the United States. The fintech platform will open a new office in one of the world’s major commercial cities, New York.
ChiliZ To Set Up New York Office
Maltese blockchain giant, ChiliZ is scaling up operations after securing several partnerships with top European sports franchises. Reuters reported earlier today that the fan engagement platform would open an office and invest $50 million in the United States. According to its chief executive, Alexandre Dreyfus, the move should bring the firm within reach of top United States sports outfits. He told Reuters :
“A huge focal point for us in our global growth plans is the U.S.. That’s why we’re opening a New York office and investing $50 million into the country’s sports industry in order to launch Fan Tokens with leading franchises from the five major U.S. sports leagues”
On launching Fan tokens, ChiliZ has made headway through its subsidiary, Socios. It has partnered with football behemoths like FC Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Galatasaray, and Atlético de Madrid to launch branded fan tokens. These permit owners to engage in club polls, access VIP rewards, and partake in chat forums.
The company currently has offices in Malta, France, Turkey, Korea, Switzerland, and South America. It had earlier announced that it would open offices in New York and Madrid. With the New York office inching towards reality, Chiliz is undoubtedly advancing towards global growth.
Aims To Double Up on 2020 Revenue
Speaking further about the expansion, Dreyfus boasted about his company’s capacity to generate returns for its partners in the sports and entertainment industry. He said:
“We head to the U.S. with a proven track record in generating millions of dollars of revenue for some of Europe’s biggest sporting organisations. In 2020, we shared more than $30 million with our partners, but this year we’re targeting a minimum of $60 million.”
Revenue from the company’s partnership with seven-time European champions AC Milan proves Dreyfus is not bluffing. The Italian football giant launched its token ($ACM) on Binance on February 24th. Within hours of the launch, over $6 million was generated as trading volume hit $50 million in the first 30 minutes.
Big Market For ChiliZ?
For Joseph Edwards, Enigma Securities head of researcher, there is no better time to seize the initiative. He opined that the soaring interest in NFTs indicates a big market. He elaborated further that NFTs bridge the gap between fans and their subject of interest, especially as Covid-19 caused a disconnection.
“Fan tokens right now are just hitting the perfect itch at the perfect time – fans are disconnected physically from their fandom, and this helps bridge that gap,”
NBA Top Shots seems to be a perfect example. The NFT platform has continued to gain momentum as interest surges. It reached a record-breaking $231 million in sales over the past 30 days. Perhaps, ChiliZ is taking a cue from this to target the American sports market.
Bitcoin has brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion: SEC chair nominee
When it comes to Bitcoin, market opinions are often divided, with those who support the asset and those who don’t. Similar camps may now appear to take hold of US regulators and policymakers. Recently, President Biden’s nominee for chairman of United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler appeared to share his perspective on the crypto sector. Gensler said that cryptocurrencies “have been a catalyst for change.”
Speaking to US Senator Mike Rounds during his Senate confirmation, Gensler added:
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion, but they’ve also raised new issues of investor protection that we still need to attend to.
His opinion on crypto is in stark contrast to Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen’s, who believed that Bitcoin is “extremely inefficient for conducting transactions” and that it is a “highly speculative asset.” It goes against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s views, who thinks Bitcoin would only “end badly.”
However, if Gensler is confirmed, a move that many crypto enthusiasts are looking forward to, the nominee plans to work to “promote the new innovation.”
I think, as I teach at MIT on these subjects, that these innovations have been a catalyst for change. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have brought new thinking to payments and financial inclusion but they’ve also raised new issues of investor protection…If confirmed at the SEC, I will work to promote innovation.
He quickly stressed on the importance of investor protection and said:
It’s always important to update our market oversight to new technologies…It’s important to stay true to our principles of investor protection.
Gary’s answer to concerns of crypto. pic.twitter.com/DR9u6FfDex
— CryptoBomber (@GSL24236982) March 2, 2021
Furthermore, in his opening remarks, Gensler said that markets—and technology— “are always changing” and must not be taken for granted.
Our rules have to change along with them. I believe financial technology can be a powerful force for good but only if we continue to harness the core values of the SEC in service of investors, issuers, and the public.
Gensler is most famously known for testifying before Congress for crypto and blockchain several times in the past. He even argued against the notion that crypto was similar to Ponzi schemes.
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Crypto services firm BCB Group raises $4.5M led by North Island Ventures and Blockchain.com Ventures
BCB Group, a crypto payment/trading services provider, today announced it has closed a $4.5 million investment round. The strategic funding was co-led by North Island Ventures and Blockchain.com Ventures; with participation from Pantera, L1 Digital, and Pack Capital.
As a dual regulated institution, BCB Group offers an end-to-end suite of payment processing, cryptocurrency trading, and custody. Services are accessible through a unified API-enabled platform; allowing clients to access a full range of crypto-asset products in one place.
The proceeds of the round will be used to fund investments in several new initiatives…
These initiatives include: BCB Treasury, a service designed to help companies interested in investing in bitcoin as a treasury asset. BCB Yield Accounts, a product offering clients a return on their positions. And BCB Wealth Partners, a comprehensive crypto service for private wealth clients.
“There’s so much more we want to offer our clients; and many untapped regions we’d like to be in to help those markets grow via reliable payments and market infrastructure. This funding round comes at a very exciting time for BCB Group and will be transformative for our client experience.”
– BCB Group Founder and CEO, Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie
Previously, back in March 2019, BCB Group received funding from NKB Finance and a private investor in a $1 million seed round; which brought the company much-needed talent in engineering and operations.
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