JPMAM strategic solution
In 2013, J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM), Global Fixed Income Currency & Commodities (GFICC) made the strategic decision to build a proprietary connectivity solution to access liquidity after identifying shortcomings within the market structure. We found that real liquidity was confined to a smaller subset of tier 1 market makers and that liquidity was simply being recycled by other participants. JPMAM is a fiduciary and executes all foreign exchange (FX) business on an agency basis, meaning that all trading cost savings are passed on for the direct benefit of our clients. We recognised that we could drive pricing lower by removing third party brokerage costs and building stronger relationships with our strategic partners to deliver the best client outcomes.
To do this, we built proprietary, direct, bilateral connectivity to a panel of brokers who were selected for their ability to provide liquidity, their technology expertise and a willingness to be partners in the solution. In return, JPMAM does not charge our liquidity providers a brokerage fee, enforcing the cleanest and most transparent price possible.
Our FX trading panel consists of 10 liquidity providers, who we refer to as our ‘standard counterparty list’ and contains primary liquidity providers and key strategic relationships. In addition, we have bilateral connections to another seven liquidity providers who we can also use to support client requests and access specialist liquidity, if required.
Counterparty performance is reviewed regularly and modifications can be made to our standard list to reflect changes in liquidity providers’ capabilities. Although we have a larger panel available, we will curate the size of the panel for price requests based on our analysis to achieve the best outcome for our clients.