April 22 2016

elb2CME eyes a stake in MCX  – 15% can be theirs for petty cash compared to the pumped up era from the days when Jignesh Shah was the future of markets…

Elsewhere in the Exchange parish, today’s exciting news is a sneak preview of something I am working on with Thom Barnhardt, who pioneered the first CEE Capital Market Awards last year. (At the time we tied in with Young Markets). For 2016, Exchange Invest will be working with the Awards to create the first Capital Markets Union Summit for the region east of the Oder, discussing the EU’s plans to change the funding ratio in favour of markets away from an over dependency on banks…

Save the date: September 15th at the InterContinental Hotel, Warsaw, all parties interested in SME funding, CEE listing and CMU will be welcome. The CMU summit will take place during the morning alongside an Issuers Summit, ahead of the evening awards gala. Speakers already signed up include regional exchange CEOs Ivana Gazic of Zagreb, and Ivan Takev of Sofia. I’ll be announcing more speakers in the days ahead. It promises to be an excellent forum for discussing the exchange parish from the Eastern European perspective, highlighting the best issuers in the region and the opportunities for CMU.

Public Markets

CME Eyes 15% Stake In MCX

Shrimi Choudhary – Business Standard

The move follows the government’s decision to increase foreign holding in Indian commodity exchanges to 15%, from 5% earlier.

PLY: Exciting news for India as CME CEO Phupinder Gill eyes a subContinental pivot – spending circa $100 million on a fascinating business which ex-Jignesh Shah sounds attractive for a 15% stake.


US SEC Panel Proposes Stock Exchange Fee-Cutting Experiment

John McCrank – Reuters

High exchange fees have been cited as one reason for a rise in off-exchange trading, with nearly 40% of U.S. stock trading taking place on lightly regulated private trading venues, up sharply from 16% in 2008.

A subgroup of the SEC’s Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee recommended that the regulator test reducing fees and rebates in three separate groups of stocks with market capitalizations of more than $3 billion for one or two years, in a memorandum on the SEC’s website dated April 19.

The full committee, made up of equity market executives and experts, will meet on Tuesday to discuss the proposal – agenda here.

Exchange fees are currently capped at 30 cents per 100 shares. Rebates are generally under 30 cents per 100 shares, but can be higher.

Under the experiment, fees and rebates would be capped at 20 cents per 100 shares for the first group of stocks, 10 cents per 100 shares for the second group, and 2 cents per 100 shares for the third.


Singapore Raids Brokers; Exchange Reports Irregularities

Wes Goodman, Chanyaporn Chanjaroen & Andrea Tan – Bloomberg

Singapore authorities raided a number of brokerages in a probe of possible breaches of the securities law, while the stock exchange reported several cases related to alleged insider trading and market manipulation as the city sought to protect its reputation as a financial center.


Euronext to Start Distributing Market Data in China via Major Chinese Vendors


Euronext announced the signing of market data agreements with Chinese data vendors East Money, Shanghai DZH Limited and Shanghai Wind Information, which will allow them to distribute Euronext’s market data in mainland China. As of today, up to 100 million Chinese retail and institutional investors have the opportunity to follow Euronext markets in the Chinese language.


CFTC: Spoofing Cases From Oystacher’s Past Prove Intent

Matthew Leising – Bloomberg

Fines levied against 3Red Trading’s Igor Oystacher by the world’s largest futures exchanges prove he intended to rig markets, according to U.S. regulators seeking to use those penalties as evidence in their own lawsuit against the trader.


OTC FX Trading Becomes ‘Exchange-Like’

Paul Golden – Euromoney

Exchanges and the OTC market might have moved a little closer in recent years, but it is far from inevitable that demand for greater trading clarity will push a sizeable chunk of the market away from OTC.


New US President Means Big Changes for Dodd–Frank (subscription)

Dan DeFrancesco – Waters Technology

CFTC’s Justin Slaughter said whoever is elected the next president of the US will likely make major changes to the Dodd–Frank Act.


SEC Issues Order Modifying & Extending the Pilot Period for the National Market System Plan to Address Extraordinary Market Volatility


Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads

PLY: MCX +3%, FTIL +1.5%.


Blockchain Comes Out of the Lab

Shanny Basar – Markets Media

Blockchain has come out of the laboratory and the distributed ledger technology has started being used in areas of financial services according to participants at the ICDA blockchain conference.

PLY: For once at least my remark that “Blockchain is the Liz Hurley dress of its time” didn’t make the cut here as Shanny reviews elements of the ICDA conference.


Buy A ByRD On BABA? NYSE Goes The Full Las Vegas (subscription)

Paul Murphy – Financial Times

Let’s start with the guff.

PLY: Fabulously channelled snark from Paul Murphy addressing the new binary options on NYSE. Or as Murphy describes it: “Coin-flipping dressed up to sound like sexy, complex finance.” Not sure binary guru Hamish Raw would agree but at least Mr Murphy takes no prisoners which is a delightful outburst of humanity from the FT amidst a welter of stories apparently suggesting global warming is caused by fears of brexit.


China Gets New Link to Foreign Markets in Clearstream Bond Deal

John Detrixhe – Bloomberg

Foreigners will soon gain greater access to China’s $5 trillion interbank bond market. DB1’s Clearstream unit will in Q4 open a conduit to that market for qualified investors.

QV Premium: China Capital Markets Transformation Brief – Main File.

PLY: If DB1 were competent at IR and actually selling their asset rich business to investors, they would be able to use this as another means to show the value inherent in the group which could make for a much better valuation than this curious fixation with merger masochism amidst 50 shades of antitrust. Hmmm, CarCrash as Christian Grey: now there’s an image to ruin your weekend.


Canadian Securities Regulators Outline Next Steps In The Implementation Of Enhancements For Regulation Of The Fixed Income Market



Moscow Exchange Increases Tick Size For FX Instruments



Thomson Reuters Helps Traders Quickly Predict Intraday Prices In High Speed Power Market



SGX Readies Research Deals To Support New Indexes (subscription)

Joanne Faulkner – Waters Technology

Career Paths

FOW reports that Andy Ross, a former MD at Morgan Stanley, started work at LSEG. He was confirmed as CEO of CurveGlobal in February.

ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) has appointed Tom Binks & Michael Berkeley to the ISDX Board. Tom Binks will assume the position of independent non-executive Chairman and will replace Richard Dellabarca who has held the position since 2012. Tom is currently a NED of JDX Consulting. Michael Berkeley joins as an independent NED, assuming the role from Nick Moore, who has held the position since 2012. Michael is an executive director at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, a role he has held since 2001.

PLY: Interesting, CEO Patrick Birley’s board firms up the board ahead of what we presume to be ongoing developments…

Finextra reports that Options has hired Jon Lambert as CFO. Lambert previously served as CFO for both TIBCO & Wombat Financial Software.

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has announced the new appointment of its board of governors: Professor Kitipong Urapeepatanapong, Chairman, Baker & McKenzie and Pichet Sithi-Amnuai, President, Bualuang Securities were re-elected for the second term. In addition, Prinn Panitchpakdi, MD, CLSA Securities (Thailand), has been elected as a new governor.

The governors whose term ends on May 27, 2016 are Kittipong Urapeepatanapong and Pichet Sithi-Amnuai, as well as, Suthep Peetakanont who has already served two terms. The SET governor serves a two-year term, with no more than two consecutive terms.

Iulian Stan was validated by the FSA as interim member of Sibex BoD for the period left until the date of the next AGM when the new structure of the BoD will be approved…i.e. 6 days.

New Rules Curbing Wall Street Pay Proposed (subscription)

Donna Borak, Andrew Ackerman & Christina Rexrode – Wall Street Journal

U.S. regulators suggested requiring the nation’s largest banks and financial firms to hold back executives’ bonus pay for four years, extending by a year the common industry practice on Wall Street incentive payouts.

PLY: Thomson Reuters had some sort of event highlighting slavery the other day – I wonder did they include the white slavery of investment bankers now tied to their enterprises through thick and thin for years on end?

Financial Calendar

26.04 – CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee – agenda

26.04 – BVB AGM

27.04 – BGC Partners Q1 2016 Results  

27.04 – LSEG AGM 

27.04 – MOEX AGM

27.04 – Nasdaq Q1 2016 Results

28.04 – CME Q1 2016 Results

28.04 – HKEX AGM

28.04 – SIBEX EGM & AGM 

29.04 – CBOE Q1 2016 Results 

29.04 – WSE Q1 2016 Report 

All forthcoming exchange / investment related events are now listed in our Events page.

Analyst Notes

LSE “Buy” Rating Reiterated By Citigroup

A full table of current analysis can be found on our Analyst Ratings page which is updated daily.

Other stories

Dude-Linked Brokerage Fueled Selloff in Turkish Airlines

Tugce Ozsoy & Constantine Courcoulas – Bloomberg

The sudden burst in trading in Turkish Airlines is the latest evidence a mystery trader is responsible for buoying volumes in the nation’s stock market. The investor is said to have first appeared a year and a half ago with $450 million of bets on a single day, almost double the market average. “Herif,” or “the dude,” as traders call him, has helped lift the average daily trading volume on the Borsa 100 about 20 percent since December compared with 2015’s full-year average.


European Commission: Keynote Speech By Commissioner Jonathan Hill At The EUROFI High Level Seminar, Amsterdam


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