Currenex and the Rise of Online FX

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6 November 2001


Boston, MA, USA November 6, 2001

Online Foreign Exchange trading promises to continue its ascent, especially via platforms such as Currenex

The foreign exchange market is the largest in the world, with annual turnover of almost USD $1.5 trillion. One major activity in this market is trading among corporations conducting multi-national transactions and their banks. A new breed of intermediary, driven by corporate demands for better pricing and by the Internet, has evolved as a major force in the foreign exchange marketplace. Currenex, an online foreign exchange platform founded in 1999, represents this new breed.

Currenex has developed a robust trading platform combined with information and integration services. A focus on the buy-side has spurred liquidity from the sell-side, and the platform now operates with a member base of major buy- and sell-side firms.The platform is joined in the marketplace by two others: Fxall and Atriax, two bank-sponsored online FX platforms that have recently launched and report strong growth to date.

According to Fritz McCormick, author of the report, we expect Currenex, as well as other online FX platforms, to gain substantial trading volumes in the months and years to come. However, growth will not happen overnight. Issues contributing to a slower-than-expected adoption of online FX services include lack of standardization and industry reluctance.

Mr. McCormick continues, while keeping these potential problems in mind, we expect that over 50% of corporate-dealer trading will be conducted via the Internet by 2005, and that some type of interoperability will exist between the major dealing platforms. Moreover, other FX industry segments, such as smaller corporations and regional banks, will benefit from this technology for their own dealing operations, increasing the productivity potential among the platforms.

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