A busy end to the week. Virtu IPO back on? New NYSE system & that big meeting looming for BGC-CME-GFI to name but three key stories…
Meanwhile an end of week reminder that the third video in my Cinnober series has been published. I truly believe this is simply the most fascinating era for capital markets which we are lucky to be witnessing:
The previous videos made with our friends at Cinnober in Stockholm for this year’s series are:
Meanwhile, over in Premium Posts, busy as always with several new Premium Briefs to remind you of various issues in the industry (and don’t forget others such as the BGC-CME-GFI deal file) are updated daily when news arises. Recent briefs include:
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Operating revenue: yen 78,849 mln (USD 670 mln), down 11.5%
Operating income: yen 36,377 mln (USD 309 mln), down 9.3%
Ordinary income: yen 38,580 mln (USD 327 mln), down 8.3%
Net income: yen 24,164 (USD 205 mln), down 1%
PLY: Abenomics appears to be battering JPX…
Net income of $13.0 million, or $0.36 per diluted share compared to net income of $9.7 million, or $0.26 per diluted share for Q4 2013.
Revenues of $149.0 million (up 12.9%).
Expenses of $131.2 million (up 8.1%).
Battle Brews Over Bids For Broker GFI Group (subscription)
Liz Hoffman, Katy Burne & Telis Demos – Wall Street Journal
Michael Gooch Issues Note To GFI Group Stockholders
PLY: Ladies & Gentlemen…In the red corner, Mickey Gooch supported by CME, in the blue corner Howard Lutnick… Over how many rounds nobody knows but today’s bout, er, egm promises to be spectacular.
Read our daily updated Premium brief: BGC-CME-GFI.
Q&A: BATS President Sees Huge Opportunity In FX Market
James Dornbrook – Kansas City Business Journal
BATS Global Markets’ announcement that it would acquire Hotspot FX for $365 million marks marks a shakeup…
EU Watchdogs Could Hold Sway Over London In Europe Markets Union
Huw Jones – Reuters
Priorities Revealed For EU Capital Markets Union (subscription)
Philip Stafford & Alex Barker – Financial Times
Key Takeaways From Lord Hill’s Capital Markets Union Plan (subscription)
Tim Cave – Financial News
Proposals to create a U.S.-style capital market across Europe to increase companies’ financing options could give European regulators more powers at the expense of the City of London, a EU document showed.
The plan aims to create a so-called capital markets union by 2019 from Europe’s fragmented bond and stock markets. It outlines possible reforms to allow markets, rather than banks, to become the main source of cash for the region’s companies to help to boost growth and create jobs.
The aim is to build a capital market more on par with the US where public equity markets are almost twice the size of EU markets.
PLY: Markets work but they must be free. Currently the EU has half the equation worked out…
Euronext Looks To Crowdfunding In SME Push (subscription)
Anna Irrera – Financial News
Euronext is looking into whether crowdfunding platforms could help provide finance to companies that are too small to list on its markets, as it pushes ahead with efforts to support SMEs.
PLY: So long as Euronext does not crowd out competition and innovation in the crowdfunding market this is a good idea.
Nasdaq Head Bob Greifeld Questions SEC Market Panel (subscription)
Philip Stafford – Financial Times
The head of Nasdaq has questioned the composition of a new panel to advise regulators on reform of US equity markets for omitting exchanges with corporate listings.
Earlier this month SEC announced a 17-person strong advisory committee to explore “the role of exchanges in the current market structure”.
PLY: The lack of exchange management did strike me as odd at the time.
CFTC’s Giancarlo Calls U.S. Swap Rules ‘Fundamentally Flawed’
Silla Brush – Bloomberg
Wall Street has been hurt by CFTC regulation of the $700 trillion swap market, and the agency should re-write policies adopted after the financial crisis, the panel’s Republican member said.
J. Christopher Giancarlo, a former executive at swaps brokerage GFI Group, said in an 89-page paper (reported yesterday) that the agency’s regulations have shifted business overseas, made it more expensive to operate exchanges and will encourage high-speed trading that could have an unpredictable market impact.
The regulations are “fundamentally flawed,” said Giancarlo, who joined the agency in June.
Keynote Address By CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo – TabbFORUM, Fixed Income 2015: Perfect Storm- Navigating The Confluence, New York, New York – A Pro-Reform Reconsideration Of The CFTC Swaps Trading Rules
Charles Schwab Eyes Expansion In China (subscription)
Jeanny Yu – South China Morning Post
The US broker became serious about expansion in China over a year ago, when its founder Charles Schwab visited China in September 2013.
South Korea’s stock exchange authority was delisted Thursday as a public institution, effectively allowing an ATS to sweep in and vitalize the local capital market.
The decision, long waited by the equities market, came at a meeting of the public institution management committee chaired by vice finance minister Bang Moon-kyu. The committee said KRX met the requirement for the delisting by overhauling its lax management style and slashing excessive welfare benefits given to its workers by over 68%.
The passage of the revised financial market act in May 2013, which lifted the monopoly control of the stock market by KRX, also enabled the delisting.
Under the revised bill, the government can authorize the opening of an ATS that competes with the KRX on a even footing.
Read our Premium brief: KRX IPO Brief.
Virtu Renews Talks With Underwriters For Pre-Summer IPO
Charlie Gasparino – FOX Business
Virtu Financial, the HFT firm that pulled its much-anticipated IPO last year (reported last April) has reengaged with its underwriters to issue shares sometime before summer, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
The company pulled the IPO amid controversy surrounding Michael Lewis’s March 2014 book ‘Flash Boys.’
Previous rumors on Virtu Financial relaunching the IPO were reported last November.
Special Section: FTI, NSEL, India at the Crossroads
PLY: Court action with MCX up 1% and FTIL +4%
FTIL Moves SC Against FMC Order
Ashish Rukhaiyar – Livemint
FTIL has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against a 17 December 2013 order of FMC that declared FTIL unfit to run exchanges. A spokesperson for FTIL confirmed the development and said the appeal has been admitted in the Supreme Court.
NYSE To Launch New Trading Platform Dubbed Pillar (subscription)
Anthony Malakian – Waters Technology
NYSE announced a new trading technology platform named Pillar, which is expected to start rolling out to its various markets in H2 2015.
Through it, users will be able to connect to NYSE’s equities and options markets using a single specification.
“Pillar has been designed to reduce complexity, while enhancing consistency, performance and resiliency,” while providing simplified, harmonized order types, terminology and messaging across all of NYSE’s markets; shorter time to market for ongoing enhancements; and more efficient processing, according to a statement.
NYSE Arca Equities will be the first market to migrate to Pillar in Q3 2015. Upon completion, including Arca, users will be able to connect to NYSE, NYSE MKT, NYSE Arca Options, NYSE Amex Options, Global OTC and NYSE Bonds, through a single interface. New customer gateways and connectivity are also included in the upgrade.
NYSE Upgrades Its Technology Guts
Sam Mamudi – Bloomberg
Software provides the heart of any modern exchange. After buying NYSE in 2013, ICE determined that the exchange’s systems were outdated and slow, prompting the acquisition of upstart trading-software developer called Algo Technologies Ltd. (reported in April 2014). The technology at NYSE’s main rivals in the stock market, Nasdaq and Bats, is generally highly regarded.
Algo Technology’s website touted its matching engine — the core exchange software that runs trading — as the industry’s fastest. Pillar includes a new matching engine as well as new methods customers can use to connect to the exchange. NYSE started introducing its current system, called the Universal Trading Platform, more than five years ago.
Thomson Reuters Rethinks FX Speed Bump (subscription)
Joel Clark – Financial News
Thomson Reuters may delay the introduction of a speed bump on its flagship fx matching platform, a concept employed by rivals such as IEX to curtail the advantage of high-frequency traders.
BitGo Launches Platform API Opening Its Bitcoin Security Infrastructure To The Masses
Andrew Desantis – Bitcoin Magazine
Palo Alto based Bitcoin security service provider BitGo announced the general availability of the BitGo Platform API, which will allow developers to fully leverage, for the first time ever, the enterprise grade security features of BitGo’s multisig HD wallet in their own applications.
FOW reports that Nick Solinger, global head of product strategy and chief marketing officer at Icap-owned system provider Traiana has left the business.
SEC announced that Robert E. Rice, Chief Counsel to Chair Mary Jo White, will leave the agency at the end of February.
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TMX Q4 Financial Results
ICE Q4 2014 Financial Results
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ICAP 6.6p interim dividend payment
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Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the senior secured ratings and reassigned the long-term corporate family on BATS Global Markets Inc., after the company announced a definitive agreement with KCG Holdings to acquire Hotspot FX, an ECN for the institutional fx market. The rating outlook is stable.
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ESMA has published an Opinion on the Draft RTS on the Clearing Obligation on IRS. This is in response to the European Commission’s notification of 18 December 2014 of its intention to endorse, with amendments, the draft RTS submitted by ESMA on 1 October 2014.
Two key policy goals of increased clearing and portfolio compression are being met by the derivatives industry, with a recent surge in compression volumes contributing to a decline in publicly reported interest rate derivatives notional outstanding figures, according to a new research paper published by ISDA.
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment CSA Consultation Paper 92-401 Derivatives Trading Facilities. The Consultation Paper proposes a framework for regulating facilities that bring together multiple buyers and multiple sellers of OTC derivatives. The Consultation Paper also proposes that OTC derivatives that meet certain criteria may be required to trade exclusively on such regulated facilities.