Algo adoption at inflection point, driven by buy side

Usage in FX is rising, but there are inherent limitations to overall take-up

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BNP Paribas says algo execution is better suited to larger-sized trades

While the uptake of algorithmic trading in foreign exchange has lagged expectations, compared with other markets, since the rollout of first-generation algos about a decade ago, venues and market participants say it is finally taking off – partly driven by the buy side.

While banks and FX trading platforms do not report on the share of their volumes executed through algos, FXall says adoption by buy-side institutions increased by 41% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with Q2 2018, as

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