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Annie Massa – Bloomberg
Citadel is stepping up its criticism of IEX, arguing that the company’s plans to start an exchange that tries to level the playing field between firms with the fastest technology and other traders will actually hurt stock markets. In its second letter to U.S. regulators on IEX’s proposal, Citadel said the exchange application lacks sufficient information and could “harm market quality.” Citadel took particular exception with the disclosure around IEX’s trademark “speed bump,” a coil of wire purported to prevent faster traders from taking advantage of slower ones by delaying all incoming and outgoing orders by a fraction of a second.
More about IEX here.
PLY: Hmmm, in the race to pixel, not enough time to comment but I always have a certain intuitive feeling Citadel has a particularly, Citadel-centric view of the world as it ought to work to their advantage…
Max Bowie – Waters Technology
With the recent acquisitions of Interactive Data and Trayport, does ICE see its future as a vendor, or does it see controlling the entire trade flow as the future? QV Premium: Exchange Deals Brief.
Philip Stafford – Financial Times
ICE’s Asian hub has traded more than 50,000 contracts in the first two weeks of operation as it taps fast-emerging commodities markets, with business concentrated on mini-Brent futures contracts.
PLY: The mini-Brent future demonstrates all the EU has to think about before they take the suicidal lunge to an FTT. Singapore is open as Europe threatens to shut down free markets.
Peter Madigan & Duncan Wood – Risk
For 30 years, Tullett Prebon and Icap have been fierce rivals. Now, their match-up is set to create two radically different companies, with different ideas about how to succeed in post-crisis financial markets. QV Premium: Exchange Deals Brief.
Gregory Meyer & Philip Stafford – Financial Times
Under a rule “Reg AT” proposed last week, source code repositories would be open to inspection by CFTC and the US Department of Justice without a subpoena.
Carolyn King & Ben Dummett – Wall Street Journal
TMX said efforts to revitalize interest in the venture exchange will focus on increasing listings, diversifying its issuer base, and reducing issuers’ administrative burden.
Mobis Philipose – Livemint
Sebi, on Monday, announced changes in some guidelines, which had earlier made listing of exchanges a non-starter. But NSE is bringing new issues to the table, which is understandably irking its shareholders.
PLY: Thoughtful pointers from Mobis Philipose as always.
Tim Cave & James Rundle – Financial News
Bats is reported to be gearing up for its second attempt at an IPO in early 2016.
Marton Dunai & Gergely Szakacs – Reuters
Investors in Hungary find themselves in harmony with the government, which has set out plans to revitalise its lacklustre stock exchange by encouraging companies to list, raise money and help boost the slowing economy. The National Bank of Hungary, run by Gyorgy Matolcsy, a close ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, last week took control of the Budapest SE, another move by Orban to increase state control over the country’s economy and financial markets.
Initially slated for October, Yangon SE (YEX) will be launched on Dec 9, according to a statement by Myanmar’s SEC. QV Premium: ASEAN Exchanges Project Brief.
Dilip Kumar Jha – Business Standard
National Multi-Commodity Exchange (NMCE) plans to raise funds through fresh share issuances to achieve the minimum networth criteria fixed by SEBI.
NMCE requires Rs 100 crore ($15m) of minimum net worth by May 2017 of which the exchange currently has Rs 71 crore ($10.6m) including Rs 13 crore ($1.95m) contributed to the Settlement Guarantee Fund (SGF). So, the exchange needs to raise Rs 29 crore ($4.4m) in around 18 months from now.
Shrimi Choudhary – dna
Shaktikanta Das, secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, who mooted the idea, has asked bullion dealers and jewellers to give it a thought and send a concrete proposal to the government.
SEC alleges that Homero Joshua Garza perpetrated the fraud through his Connecticut-based companies GAW Miners and ZenMiner by purporting to offer shares of a digital Bitcoin mining operation. In reality, GAW Miners and ZenMiner did not own enough computing power for the mining it promised to conduct, so most investors paid for a share of computing power that never existed. Returns paid to some investors came from proceeds generated from sales to other investors.
PLY: Those “Give us your money schemes and we will mine your way to profit” turned out to be Ponzis? Ah how technology changes but human nature stays resolutely in the ‘plus c’est la meme chose” category.
Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads
PLY: MCX down 1%, FTIL flat.
Samuel Wilkes – Risk
Europe’s two biggest derivatives-clearing houses have rejected the idea of changing the region’s margin requirements to cover losses from a member’s default over a one-day period rather than two, potentially prolonging a damaging squabble between the EU and the US over whether their regulations are equivalent.
New service aims to boost securities lending fixed-income volumes.
Alliance News reports that WH Ireland’s Non-Executive Chairman Rupert Lowe left the company on Tuesday. Tim Steel, a NED, will take on the role of Non-Executive Chairman and WH Ireland said it intends to hire a new NED in due course.
PLY: Rupert Lowe, a former LIFFE director and indeed famed victor of paintings at an LCH golf day.
Euronext appointed leading industry practitioner Paul Humphrey as Head of Fixed Income, Rates and FX (FICC) Strategy. Paul will start at Euronext on 4 January 2016. He joins from Thomson Reuters, where he is a Business & Strategy consultant advising the executive leadership team of the Financial & Risk unit, and a strategic advisor to various innovative young companies.
PLY: Interesting hire of an experienced name to work for Lee Hodgkinson, as Euronext continue to inspire going forward…
Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent networking solutions, appointed John Graham as VP of Marketing.
04.12 – Record date CBOE $0.23 dividend
04.12 – TMX $0.40 dividend payment
04.12 – BGC Partners $0.14 quarterly dividend payment
All forthcoming exchange / investment related events are now listed in our Events page.
Claire Caruana – Times of Malta
Malta’s first crowdfunding platform, ZAAR, was launched Tuesday.
Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking funding for their start-ups can now promote their project idea on the website, www.zaar.com.mt, to receive small donations from a large group of people.
PLY: Good luck to Zaar and its enthusiastic Manager Karl Grech…
JD Alois – Crowdfund Insider
Susan Pulliam & Telis Demos – Wall Street Journal
In a Nov. 25 court filing, SEC ordered an unregistered brokerage firm under investigation, NetCirq LLC, to comply with an SEC subpoena sent on April 7.