January 07 2016

elb2Back to ‘normal’ but in the wake of Epiphany, not much of an opportunity for an “Epithany” either albeit with a few regulatory spats, ‘long-end LIBOR’ trials looking likely & the launch of the FINRA Spoofometer, while SGX celebrates vast freight volume growth, lots to enjoy on a brief scroll…

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Public Markets

Plus500 Welcomes Back New Customers To UK Entity

Ron Finberg – Finance Magnates

After halting the onboarding of new customers to their UK licensed entity, new customers are once again able to apply at Plus500.


China Halts Stock Trading After 7% Rout Triggers Circuit Breaker


China Stock Regulator Said To Call Unscheduled Meeting On Market


China’s securities regulator called an unscheduled meeting on the stock market after a tumble forced local exchanges to shut for the second day this week.


Speeding Up China IPO Approvals To dilute Hong Kong’s Market Share Of Offerings In 2016 (subscription)

Xie Yu – SCMP

The push from Beijing to install a “registration-based” IPO system will add fuel to mainland China’s primary securities market in 2016 and put pressure on Hong Kong’s share of the IPO market.

The new guidance issued by HKEx on December 21 to ban cash companies from listing will discourage mainland companies from seeking back-door listings in Hong Kong.


Oslo Børs: Merkur Market Go-Live 13 January


PLY: I am interested to see how Merkur Market goes. The new SME initiative from Oslo Bors is a welcome one. Good luck to Bente Landsnes and her team.


SEC: J.P. Morgan Misled Customers On Broker Compensation


SEC announced that J.P. Morgan’s brokerage business agreed to pay $4 million to settle charges that it falsely stated on its private banking website and in marketing materials that advisors are compensated “based on our clients’ performance; no one is paid on commission.”

PLY: This seems such a fundamental faux pas, a real low hanging fruit for the SEC’s desire to fine…


LME Details Fines For Trading Members (subscription)



US Liquidity Reform Plans Spark Debate (subscription)

Financial Times

Investment industry calls on SEC to water down proposed rule.

PLY: Blamestorming over bond liquidity & how to redeem rapidly when fundholders exit – ought to cheer the cockles of electronic fixed income platforms in some ways…


European Regulation: Key Points To Know About MiFid II / MiFIR

Finance Magnates

MiFID II has been approved by the European Parliament and will be a revision of the MiFID legislation that has been in place for approximately 8 years.


US Investigates Traders Over Debt-Market Rigging (subscription)

Financial Times

DoJ examining whether traders colluded to manipulate SSA prices.

PLY: Long-end LIBOR show trials loom.


Wall Street To Get Graded On How Much Spoofing It’s Facilitating

David Michaels – Bloomberg

U.S. regulators have grown so concerned that traders are using high-speed computers to manipulate markets that they’re planning a new tactic to clamp down on the practice — rating brokers on how much spoofing flows through their order books.

PLY: FINRA launches the “Spoofometer.”


ESMA Assesses Regulators’ Compliance With Market Maker Exemption Under Short-Selling Regulation


Esma Raps Regulators Over Short-Selling Shortcomings (subscription)

James Rundle – Financial News

Europe’s top markets regulator has sharply criticised regulators in the UK, Germany and elsewhere over their application of regulations about short-selling, branding the situation “far from ideal”, but national supervisors claim the review’s findings are inaccurate.


Unintended Consequences Of Regulatory Onslaught Will Hurt Wall Street But Cripple Main Street, Says TABB Group In New U.S. Listed Options Research


PLY: As good an example as they come of the sheer incapability of the current US administration to understand even the vaguest precepts of business.

Private Markets

Colombo SE Gets Nod To List Foreign Firms

Daily News


Gemini’s Winklevoss: ‘Institutionalization’ Of Bitcoin Trading Has Begun


PLY: Probably but the market remains a tiny one, smaller than most every minor currency…

Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads

PLY: MCX off 1%, FTILL flat to small off, I was struck the other day by a tweeted screenshot of Jignesh Shah on TV claiming all NSEL bills would be paid in five months – that was August 5th 2013.


SGX Freight Derivative Volumes Surge Over 500% In 2015

Marcus Hand – Seatrade-Maritime

SGX saw a 505% increase freight derivatives traded in 2015 to take over a 30% global market share by December.

Career Paths

Bloomberg reports that Cantor Fitzgerald hired Kevin Reynolds and Timothy Swift from Cowen & Co. to lead a team that would bring in and distribute new debt deals as part of an effort to expand its leveraged-finance business.

Reuters reports that Morgan Stanley promoted its investment banking chief, Colm Kelleher, to President, making him the heir apparent to current CEO James Gorman, and prompting Greg Fleming, the head of wealth management, to depart.

Japan’s CEOs: Underpaid & Underwhelming

Yuko Takeo & Nao Sano – Japan Times

If you want to know why many Japanese CEOs fall short as leaders, look no further than how they are paid.

That is the view of Atsushi Saito, who ended an eight-year stint as head of JPX in June. Japanese CEOs are underpaid, according to Saito. Not only that, most of their salary is fixed regardless of performance, and they will not make bold decisions for fear of missing out on cushy adviser roles after they retire, he says.

The solution: pay them more, link compensation to the share price and part ways when they step down.

Financial Calendar

Oslo Børs: Merkur Market Go-Live 13 Jan 13, 2016

Nasdaq Q4 2015 Results – Jan 28, 2016 (press release)

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

Share Notes

NASDAQ EVP Lee Shavel sold 10,231 shares on January 4th at $56.83 (bargain $581,427.73). He now owns 75,168 shares.


Chicago’s CFX Markets Opens To The Public For Crowdfunding Investment

Samantha Hurst

PLY: A secondary market for crowdfunding.



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