Welcome and a very Happy, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year to you and yours. Here’s to a very profitable and stimulating 2016 – it certainly looks promising as I alluded to before the festive season.
Today’s bulletin updates the Christmas period. Tomorrow we’ll cover through to New Year and then Wednesday, perhaps somehow appropriately to mark Epiphany, Exchange Invest Daily will be back to covering the overnight news in the world of market structure.
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So here’s a first installment of what you might have missed while shopping for pressies, consuming wondrous comestibles in hearty quantities or watching repeats of Top Gear & James Bond…
Today’s Christmas review bulletin includes a hyper pithy NYT broken markets article while Hillary Clinton may have – inadvertently? – one quasi-logical approach to policy. BATS has filed for an IPO whereas IEX is still in application phase for another 90 days..and there’s more, such as Elliott Piggott leaving ICE’s acquisition Trayport plus the relaunch of the US NSE & other new markets. Happy scrolling:)
LSE has acquired XTF (press release), a US-based provider of analytics and ratings data for the fast-growing ETF asset class.
Barney Jopson & Philip Stafford – Financial Times
A transatlantic dispute that has left a glaring gap in global financial regulation is on course to be resolved in 2016 after the US signalled it was ready to end years of bickering and strike a compromise with Europe.
PLY: One lives in hope that the Transatlantic regulatory stasis will end with magnanimity all round and sensible progress. True, that may be tantamount to launching pigs from aircraft carriers and expecting gravity to be thwarted…
Kristyn Nika M. Lazo – Manila Times
SEC has extended the Philippine SE’s (PSE) deadline to respond to the regulator’s concerns about the planned merger with the Philippine Dealing Systems (PDS).
Madelaine B. Miraflor – Manila Bulletin
SEC will deny the merger of the country’s bond and stock bourses should the Philippine SE (PSE) fail anew to submit a clear business plan.
QV Premium: PSE – PDEx Merger Brief.
PLY: The credibility of the markets in the Philippines is somewhat strained by this whole, rather remarkable affair. I remain convinced the whole thing is a feint to create a plotline for a classic South American-style soap opera.
Jayshree P Upadhyay – Business Standard
Entities with 15% stake in an exchange can’t list on it; those with such stakes to be referred to as associates.
PLY: More rather pointless rules bred within the SEBI machine.
Huw Jones – Reuters
The EU plans to extend commodity dealers’ exemption from the full panoply of capital requirements faced by banks for another three years to 2020.
MCX retained a major market share of over 85% in the commodity futures market, followed by NCDEX and NMCE.
Dilip Kumar Jha – Business Standard
FTSE Global Markets
Set against a dynamic business backdrop in its own backyard, the European Energy Exchange (EEX) has adopted a confident and bold strategy to establish its global footprint within the exchange industry.
Nicole Bullock – Financial Times
Matthew Leising – Bloomberg
PLY: Or at least the mainstream started listening to the likes of Neil Crammond (see his latest here) who have been pointing out the deficiencies of the exchanges and others including regulators, for years.
Jonathan Macey & David Swensen – NY Times
PLY: Brutal but brilliant. The must read from this bulletin.
Eduard Gismatullin & Sam Mamudi – Bloomberg
PLY: Clearly a massive danger in 2016 is the election of yet more fiscally illiterate incompetents such as Hillary Clinton (yes, I know, “credible opponent” I get that gist). However, perhaps by pure luck, her reasoning here may be astute. Certainly HFT needs to pay for excessive use of trading bandwidth in the way it used to be the responsibility of the pit booths/traders themselves…whereas in an electronic world this has crept into the collective responsibility leaving the cost burden on all exchange members (and that’s before we get to the egregiously rapine behaviour of an ugly minority of HFT traders).
James Rundle – Financial News
Eric Onstad – Reuters
David Michaels – Bloomberg
PLY: A classic case of treading the tightrope between hell-fire and damnation. Readers will be unsurprised to discover that arbitrary limits placed as a result of a previous kerfuffle didn’t work well when the crisis itself morphed slightly in its next incarnation. Typical problem of regulation naturally, especially in a world where derisking is seen as essential by regulators but delivered in an arbitrary manner bereft of more holistic perspective.
Tim Cave & James Rundle – Financial News
Bats has officially filed for an IPO with US regulators, providing a chance for employees, rivals, users (and financial journalists) to pore over previously undisclosed details about the 10-year-old exchange operator.
Gretchen Morgenson – NY Times
John McCrank – Reuters
It is extremely unusual for a company to grant a regulator more time to make a decision.
PLY: However this is no ordinary application and the Wall Street critics remain incredibly exposed by dint of their statements – arguable within the precepts of dire regulations like Reg NMS but entirely inconsistent in the broader court of public opinion where the public has considerable reason to feel the market is being rigged against the retail investor. Hopefully by spring we will see the sub 350 millionths of a second Titanic deckchair arranging by some vested interests give way to an open market spring.
John McCrank – Reuters
The National Stock Exchange relaunched with a low-cost model its new management says will challenge current industry practices and could save U.S. investors billions if adopted market-wide.
Xerxes Wilson & Karl Baker – The News Journal
Delaware Board of Trade officials say they have $7 million of the $8 million needed to be operational in 2016.
Rhonda Schaffler – The Street
PLY: Optimism from Alan Gandelman of ATS Brasil as he notes amongst other points, that Brazil has a puny 400,000 retail investors (0.2% of 200 million people or less than a quarter of sub 40 million citizen Poland’s tally for example).
Imogene Wong – The Standard
Former Executive Council member Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, who chaired the defunct Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx), is being sued by a mainland businessman over a HK$20 million (USD 2.6 mln) loan and interest. Wang Xiaopei launched the lawsuit in High Court against New Effort Holdings, a company fully owned by Cheung, as well as a law firm named Chong & Partners.
PLY: We’d almost forgotten about HKMEX but the legacy of its apparently sensationally spendthrift ways continues to haunt former Chairman Barry Cheung.
Shishir Arya & Partha Sinha – TOI
The income tax department raided traders dealing in pulses, especially chana (chickpea), in Delhi and Mumbai, on the basis of inputs about hoarding and other financial irregularities in the trade.
PLY: Pre-trade bond platform growth.
The Senior Marketing Developer of the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) Motebang Mphi says Lesotho is poised to establish its first stock exchange on 22 January 2016. Once the Maseru Securities Exchange (MSE), is established, the CBL will regulate the market.
PLY: Welcome Lesotho to the world of markets – this is the age of the exchange.
Ted Chen – Taipei Times
The Financial Supervisory Commission gave its approval for Taiwan SE to set up a subsidiary to oversee cross-border equity transactions and to promote the trading of international stocks.
Samantha Hurst – Crowdfund Insider
Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads
Ram Sahgal – The Economic Times
The government has sought yet another extension from the Bombay High Court (HC) for passing a final order to merge NSEL with FTIL.
Edward Robinson & John Detrixhe – Bloomberg
NYSE is the latest to get software to detect wrongdoers. Surveillance firms took in $450 million in ’15 and rising.
PLY: Good to see, although the vast majority of exchanges (certainly divisions of NYSE, such as LIFFE) could detect such processes last century. With this update, NYSE is clearly finely attuned to the anger of Main Street investors on the spoofing issue, hence adding a state of the art Cinnober system is a welcome upgrade for Wall Street.
Nasdaq Linq Enables First-Ever Private Securities Issuance Documented With Blockchain Technology – Transaction By Chain.com Marks Significant ‘Proof Of Concept’ & Major Step Forward In Use Of Blockchain – Blockchain Holds Potential For 99% Reduced Settlement Time & Risk Exposure In Capital Markets
PLY: Good move by NASDAQ & good to see them echoing my white paper of last November: “Towards A Real Time Market” in discussing time savings etc.
Philip Stafford – Financial Times
PLY: The gravity defying illogic of ASX continues apace, as the Dickensian monopolist seeks to have the world’s first totalitarian centralised variant on the ledgers whose main attractions others perceive to be their decentralised nature. Such oxymorons barely concern the fevered minds of ASX management who see no contradiction in free markets being centralised in one franchise – well, as long as it’s their dominant entity anyway. Whatever can we expect next from Sydney’s haven of anti-competition, a workhouse for destitute investment bankers to pitch deals for gruel perhaps?
Euronext still plans to retain only one wheat futures contract in the medium term, but could choose its older No. 2 version in the face of minimal liquidity in its recently launched No. 3 contract.
John Detrixhe – Bloomberg
PLY: Unless I see something mega-pithy, this will be the ‘last look’ for last look articles…
Mike Fox – LeapRate
National Mercantile Exchange, part of MOEX, launched on-exchange trading in grain. NCC Clearing Bank will act as the central counterparty. National Logistic Company will act as logistics provider, alongside surveyor companies. Accredited elevators will provide grain storage solutions.
PLY: Better than nothing.
FOW reports that ICE has told the staff of Trayport their long-standing CEO Elliott Piggott has left the energy trading firm.
trend reports that Rovshan Allahverdiyev, Chairman of the board of Kapital Bank OJSC, has been elected new head of the Supervisory Board of Baku SE (BSE). Fuad Islamov, the general director of the IBA, has been elected member of the BSE Supervisory Board.
GlobalCapital reports that Diane Schueneman will step down from her roles as a member of ICAP’s Nomination, Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees on December 31. She will also resign from her role as NED of ICAP Global Derivatives and ICAP SEF.
bdnews24 reports that Jiban Chandra Das, GM (finance and accounts) of Dhaka SE (DSE), has been dismissed.
Moneycontrol reports that (SEBI) has approved the appointment of three additional shareholder directors on the board of MCX:
Amit Goela, nominated by Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, who has a 4% stake
Madhu Vadera, nominated by reclusive investor Radhakishan Damani, who holds a 1.5% stake
RK Damani is considered by billionnaire Jhunjhunwala as his trading guru and the two are known to often buy into companies together.
Egypt’s Prime Minister issued a declaration for the renewal of Dr. Wagih Mostafa Amin Eltazi‘s contract as EGX Vice Chairman.
All forthcoming exchange / investment related events are now listed in our Events page.
In connection with a monthly share savings plan for employees of subsidiaries, Oslo Børs VPS Holding has sold a total of 1741 shares. New holding is 9287 shares. Employees paid a share price of NOK 85.65 per share, but were allowed a discount of 20% on purchases up to NOK 625.
Christian Fredrik F. Kjøde, employee representative of the Oslo Børs board, has 28 December 2015 sold 4719 shares in Oslo Børs VPS Holding ASA at the price of NOK 87.50 per share.
IOSCO published a Statement on regulation of crowdfunding.
*China Beijing Environment Exchange.
Taipei Exchange (TPEx) signed a MOU with Oman’s Muscat Securities Market to strengthen cooperation between SMEs in the two countries.
Tom Hayes’ conviction was upheld. His sentence was reduced from a total of 14 years to 11 years. Please see the full Judgment here.
PLY: I see Harry Wilson of The Times has some letters from Tom Hayes, they are also free to read here.
PLY: The sting in the tail – once again Barclays cops a fine…well it would have been odd to have a multi-day review and not see them being fined, I suppose.