Report: Pathways & Frameworks for Best Execution

Striking the Balance between High and Low Touch Trading

The quest to achieve best execution is an ongoing focus for buy side heads of desk. In an increasingly automated world, FX traders need to be able to strike the right balance between low and high touch trading, whilst ensuring and proving best execution has been achieved.

To better understand how FX traders are managing the balance between high and low touch trading, The Finance Hive and FlexTrade hosted a digital boardroom for a select group of buy side heads of desk to benchmark and discuss effective pathways to best execution, which included how to balance high and low touch trading and what the developing role of data and automation means for execution and workflow. This report provides some of the key takeaways from this buy side discussion.

Our buy side participants shared some of the variables they use to determine whether a trade will be made using high or low touch methods. These included:

  • Who is executing the trade
  • The size of the trade
  • The time of day of the trade
  • Volumes needing to be traded
  • The sensitivity of the trade
  • Portfolio manager preferences
  • What currency pairs are being traded

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