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As banks adapt to stricter regulation by stepping back from foreign-exchange market making, firms including hedge funds and proprietary traders are moving in to provide more liquidity, according to a survey by Greenwich Associates published in May.

Asian issuers have sold $90.6 billion notes so far this year denominated in those three currencies. Trading by regional investors in Asian bonds in the currencies fell about 9 percent between mid-2014 and mid-2015 from the year-earlier period,...

ETFs can also provide a tool to sidestep liquidity disruptions for individual debt securities. Brokers have purportedly used them to stockpile riskier bonds, and about 70 percent of investors in bond ETFs value them for their liquidity and ease of...

Banks’ plans illustrate their concern that the electronic platforms and algorithms that dominate foreign-exchange trading may have serious limitations during high-volume periods.

Product development is a strong theme at the large private equity firms today, in part because they are all striving to make their revenue flows more “regular and repetitive,” says Rodger Smith, at Greenwich Associates. Most of the efforts are...

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