Trading in FX (Part 3 of 3): The Equinix FX Ecosystem


This third and final part of the series reviews the growth of the FX trading community inside Equinix datacenters and the role it plays in today’s global FX market, looking ahead at how trends may evolve in the future.



The key financial centers for global FX trading today are New York, London and Tokyo. Equinix runs major data centers in all three regions, with NY4, LD4 and TY3 all serving as centralized FX liquidity “macro-hubs.” These data centers form a critical part of the global Foreign Exchange market infrastructure, connecting retail and institutional traders to multiple FX trading platforms, ECNs, data vendors, a myriad of service providers, and hundreds of buyside and sell-side firms.

This FX trading ecosystem within Equinix has grown 18% YoY since 2009, driven not only by new trading venues and market participants but also by existing players establishing a presence in new markets, as electronic trading in FX becomes ever more widely adopted.

By leveraging this global infrastructure, market participants are offered a neutral foundation from which to compete and collaborate within the world’s largest multi-asset class electronic trading ecosystem, facilitating the flow of currency in a truly follow-the-sun operating model.

“Most of the FX community now runs through Equinix data centers, which makes everything so much simpler in terms of implementing and connecting into everybody, versus having to manage individual infrastructures. The evolution of financial networks like Equinix has simplified the ability for everyone to connect with one and other in a fast and efficient manner.”
Bill Goodbody, Managing Director, KCG Hotspot FX

Table of Contents

The Equinix FX Ecosystem 3
Geographic Trends 3
Multi-Asset Class Connectivity 4
Information Flow 4
Economies Of Scale 4
It Infrastructure Deployment Planning 5
Conclusion 6

More In This Series

Part One: Current Market Overview Challenges and Opportunities
Part Two: Innovations and Trends


Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) operates a global interconnection platform of more than 200 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 52 markets in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. Our mission is to protect, connect and power the digital economy.
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