Transparency of forex market execution
Transparency of forex market execution
Regulatory constraints such as the ones specified in MIFID II are forcing forex brokers to create a trading environment that is fair and transparent for all market participants. Our intent is to offer a service that encourages fair play in the forex market by allowing market participants to assess the quality of the execution their broker is providing.
It is important to remember that a single poorly executed trade does not imply that one needs to find a new broker. However, if one gets consistently poor execution, one may want to contact one’s broker, or approach the appropriate ombudsman or self-regulated body.
Article 64 of the MiFID II Delegated Regulation requires firms to “check the fairness of the price proposed to the client when executing orders or taking decisions to deal in OTC products, including bespoke products, by gathering market data used in the estimation of the price of such products and, where possible, by comparing with similar or comparable products”.
ESMA expects that firms will need to make use of data analytics so that they can scrutinise the methodologies and inputs underpinning any valuation process and pricing models with respect to OTC products.
VerifyMyTrade collates market reference data against which brokers’ trades can be benchmarked. A report on a statistically meaningful sample of trades across a month could be compared to this reference data in order to provide a report to present to regulators as proof of the fairness of execution prices. While VerifyMyTrades cannot perform this in real time, we are able to provide a one day delayed audit of their Forex trade pricing.
Currently firms must comply with the overarching standard of taking “reasonable steps…to obtain the best possible results for its clients”.
The new obligation under MiFID II is for firms to take “all sufficient steps” – a higher standard to comply with. However, ESMA have said that this overarching requirement should not be interpreted to mean that a firm must obtain the best possible results for its clients on every single occasion. Rather, firms will need to verify on an on-going basis that their execution arrangements work well throughout the different stages of the order execution process.
VerifyMyTrade allows users to check the execution results for all their trades. Naturally, some trades will be outliers, but it will show that the majority of trades are well executed, complying with MiFID requirements and ESMA guidelines.
While VerifyMyTrade is not intended to fulfill the role of a dispute resolution committee such as the Financial Commission or other industry regulatory bodies, we do provide a technological mechanism to assist in the dispute resolution process.
VerifyMyTrade can compile an authenticated email that can be sent among disputing parties and financial authorities in order to provide an independent view of the state of the market at a specific point in time. In many cases such information is sufficient for a party to admit fault, and in cases where there are other mitigating factors, the information can be used as a data point in the case.
We consolidate price feeds from dozens of retail forex brokers and produce statistical box plots.
Box Plots are a representation of the minimum, maximum and percentiles of the ticks received for every second of the day. This is illustrated by the image below.
When one provides us with a trade’s details we can map the execution price execution price received with the boxplot percentiles for that particular time of day.
We are an independent company, not affiliated to any broker. We are looking out for the best interests of retail traders. We do not, and will not recommend brokers with better execution. Our company’s objective is purely to create transparency, not to show favoritism to certain brokers.
If you are a broker, you can click here to read more about how our product deals with specific regulatory requirements for OTC Brokers.
If you find your broker’s execution to be poor, please contact them directly. Feel free to mention our website so that they can compare their own execution quality against the industry.