Unveiling the Future of FX: Insights from the Inaugural Full FX Conference in Chicago

The inaugural Full FX Conference in Chicago served as a great forum for industry experts to discuss the evolving landscape of the foreign exchange (FX) market. The event was full of insights, covering everything from industry standards to the growing role of data analytics. tended the conference.  For those who could not attend we delve into the key takeaways from the conference.

The Growing Importance of Industry Standards

The Fireside Chat with the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA) underscored the organization’s role in shaping industry standards. Interestingly, a significant number of banks have yet to commit to the global code. This cautious approach by some institutions highlights the need for trading solutions that are not only robust but also compliant with evolving industry standards.

The Outsourcing Trend Among Asset Managers

Asset managers are increasingly looking to outsource certain operations to optimize efficiency. The challenge of managing complex trade reporting was a focal point of discussion. In this context, having a comprehensive suite of tools that can simplify reporting and compliance can be invaluable, allowing asset managers to focus on strategic activities.

Navigating Volatility Through Algorithmic Trading

The FX market has experienced notable fluctuations in volatility, especially during global events like the Covid-19 pandemic. Algorithmic trading has emerged as a reliable strategy for navigating these volatile waters. The adaptability of trading algorithms to market conditions is crucial, offering traders a dynamic toolset for a variety of market scenarios.

The Data Imperative in FX Trading

The conference emphasized that traders and asset managers are seeking more comprehensive data analytics. This growing demand reflects a broader industry trend toward data-driven decision-making. Real-time data and advanced analytics can offer traders a more nuanced understanding of market dynamics, thereby enhancing trading strategies.

Automation in the FX Swaps Market

The FX Swaps Market panel revealed that automation in this area is still in its infancy, lagging behind other financial instruments. However, the industry is gradually recognizing the benefits of automation, including efficiency and transparency. This slow but steady shift underscores the importance of being ahead of the curve with automated solutions that can bring the swaps market into the modern age.

The Three Pillars of Algorithmic Trading

The pillars of successful algorithmic trading—Liquidity, Internalization, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)—were identified as critical factors. The availability of deep liquidity pools, advanced internalization strategies, and cutting-edge AI algorithms can significantly enhance the performance and reliability of trading platforms.

Crypto: The New Frontier

The crypto market is evolving into a new ecosystem with diverse financial instruments and opportunities. The conference emphasized the need for efficient post-trade operations and the disruptive potential of blockchain technology. As the crypto market continues to grow, seamless integration with traditional FX markets will become increasingly important.


The inaugural Full FX Conference in Chicago offered a comprehensive look into the current trends and challenges shaping the FX market. As the industry continues to evolve, the need for agile, robust, and data-driven solutions becomes increasingly apparent. Advanced trading platforms that offer a blend of compliance, efficiency, and innovation are well-positioned to meet these emerging needs.

For those interested in elevating their trading operations to the next level, smartTrade Technologies offers solutions in Trading (LiquidityFX) and Payments (CBP) that align with these industry trends and challenges.  Please contact us for more information and to arrange a demo

This article is based on notes taken by one of our North American sales executives –  Michael Mini during the first-ever Full FX Conference in Chicago.