Back 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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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’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.
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.
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 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…
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…
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.
DoJ examining whether traders colluded to manipulate SSA prices.
PLY: Long-end LIBOR show trials loom.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Hand – Seatrade-Maritime
SGX saw a 505% increase freight derivatives traded in 2015 to take over a 30% global market share by December.
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.
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.
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.
NASDAQ EVP Lee Shavel sold 10,231 shares on January 4th at $56.83 (bargain $581,427.73). He now owns 75,168 shares.
PLY: A secondary market for crowdfunding.