Systems failure at Reuters hits forex trading

Losses & Lawsuits

The outage serves as a firm reminder of the competitive landscape for interbank business, with rival broker EBS picking up volume, say FX traders.

The systems outage took place between 1:20am GMT (2:20am UK time and 9:20pm New York time), and lasted an hour before recovery at 3:20pm GMT, says a spokesperson for Reuters in London. The spokesperson says trading in sterling as well as Australian and New Zealand dollar currencies were affected.

"A lot of our feeds for our internal systems come directly from Reuters, so there were some ongoing implications," says a Singapore-based trader. The trader says that volumes naturally migrate to rival broker EBS as a result.

One head of trading adds: "Both Reuters and EBS as the primary sources of liquidity know that, at any time they go down, the liquidity switches immediately to the other one, so they are losing from the second the system fails."

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