John Lothian Newsletter: NYSE Euronext and CME kick off race for LME; US Regulators Take Aim At Trades Made In Error; Traders Manipulated Key Rate, Bank Says

Feb 17, 2012

Reports are in that NYSE Euronext and CME Group (and possibly ICE) have made a bid for the London Metal Exchange. Regulators are expressing an interest in somehow regulating or punishing firms that let rogue orders into the market.  An unnamed bank in Canada allegedly named UBS, has told regulators there that traders were successful in manipulating LIBOR interest rates. In the top box, John Lothian writes about more fallout from MF Global (looks like nobody’s getting 1099 forms for last year); an article discusses customers who scrape excess funds out of their futures accounts each night, post MF Global; and Cinnober announces that they’ve got the top thumbtack on the board right now for, “Fastest Real-Time Index Engine”.

Observations – Statistics – Commentary

There is No Accounting for Chaos By John J. Lothian Wednesday, just before 4 p.m., an email arrived at The Price Group. MF Global 1099s would be delayed, it said. The deadline to send out the 1099s to clients, February 16, would be missed and an extension had been filed. A short time later, I learned from sources close to the matter that no 1099s are likely to be issued by MF Global for 2011. One of the leading MF Global GMI technologists had been let go Wednesday, so were other senior employees. They said the online account interface Emidas was dead and the back office system GMI was going to be shut down. The gist of the conversation was this. The trustee was told by MF Global staff they needed to send out 1099s, to which the trustee responded, no they did not. Because the firm is in bankruptcy, the trustee said, they don’t have to issue 1099s. Not only was the bankruptcy trustee not interested in sending them out, but they were letting go of the key people necessary to produce these reports. So the message is clear to me. MF Global customers will not get 1099s, pending a change of heart by the trustee, according to sources I find very credible. A few months back I addressed this issue with some industry colleagues. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to offer a specialized service to produce 1099s for MF Global customers.  They passed on the idea because they believed the trustee had a legal obligation to issue these reports. There would be no need, they said. It is not the end of the world if MF Global customers have to figure out their own profits and losses for tax purposes, but it is a big headache. You could argue that some customers may be better off calculating their own numbers, rather than depending on MF Global’s accounting. But there are some clients, those who were flat going into the October 31 bankruptcy, for whom the information should be accurate.  For those with open positions, the 1099s would at least serve as another tool to help them compute their own figures. There may be good reason for the trustee to delay, or indeed cancel, the 1099 duties of MF Global. But in the end, it’s another insult to the customers who have endured plenty of hardship already, now 3 and a half months after it declared bankruptcy. ++++ Cinnober Releases World’s Fastest Real-Time Index Engine – Microsecond Continuous Updates With Superior Flexibility Press Release Cinnober today announces the launch of TRADExpress Index Engine, the financial industry’s fastest real-time index engine. As the latest addition to the suite of products based on Cinnober’s proven TRADExpress platform, it will permit exchanges and other actors to rapidly develop new indexes to fit their markets and attract new business. http://jlne.ws/zmyPao **** I love fast match engines.  In fact, I think I want to co-locate with this one.  February does strange things to one’s love life. ++++ CBOE Hosts 28th Annual Risk Management Conference, March 11 – 13 in Bonita Springs, Florida 30 Top Professionals Present on Latest Trends in Risk Management CHICAGO, February 16, 2012 – The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) will host its annual Risk Management Conference from Sunday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. Now in its 28th year, CBOE’s Risk Management Conference (RMC) is the most sophisticated event of its kind, providing end-users of equity derivatives with an educational forum to explore the latest policies, trends and techniques in risk management. http://jlne.ws/xGjjyJ **** Back to back with Boca.  If you are looking for a reason to go to Florida on business, here is your chance. ++++ Video: Terry Duffy Interview with Maria Bartiromo CME Group – Open Markets CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy sat down today with Maria Bartiromo on CNBC to discuss the latest on the MF Global situation, CME Group’s Farmer and Rancher Fund, and where future growth for CME Group will come from. http://jlne.ws/zj6oQ9 **** Was Terry sitting down in this interview? ++++ After MF Global, traders hold tight to excess collateral Reuters via Yahoo! News NEW YORK (Reuters) – Until last October, farmers and fund managers rarely lost sleep over the extra money that they habitually maintained in their brokerage accounts, confident that it would be there the next morning. Now, stung by the loss of customer money from the failure of MF Global Inc, many cannot sleep soundly without transferring every spare cent into their own banks overnight. http://jlne.ws/yMDAgW **** This is a megatrend.  Customers are responding to the MF Global bankruptcy before regulators are.  This has the potential to reshape the futures industry from a retail perspective. ++++ LME bidders face catch-22 over trading model FOW Editorial FOWintelligence reported today that sources close to the London Metal Exchange have said that the race to buy the exchange will be run not only on price but also on showing “empathy” to the existing structure of trading. This injects and interesting dynamic into the bid. When the IntercontinentalExchange bought out the International Petroleum Exchange in 2001, a condition of the deal was the closure of the pit. This was not achieved until 2005, in the meantime IPE was effectively paying ICE to run the exchange without the deal completing and money changing hands. ICE will have no such luxury should it be successful in its bid to acquire the LME. http://jlne.ws/xG0mNk **** CME and NYSE Euronext want to buy a ring in February, how romantic. ++++ US regulator poised to soften derivatives curbs By Gregory Meyer in New York – Financial Times US regulators are poised to increase 20-fold the amount of derivatives a company can sell before it is subject to strict new rules for the biggest traders, softening a significant plank of financial market reform. http://jlne.ws/xkV59t **** Derivatives are like cream cheese.  It is best when it is spreadable.  Chunky, not so good. ++++ TSE punishes president for trading glitch By Ben McLannahan in Tokyo Tokyo Stock Exchange president Atsushi Saito has had his pay docked, following a trading glitch earlier this month that knocked out an entire morning’s trading session. http://jlne.ws/y9OHGT **** Who is going to pay for the Globex outage this week? ++++ Court Overturns Conviction of Ex-Goldman Programmer By PETER LATTMAN – NY Times A federal appeals court reversed the conviction late Thursday of Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of stealing proprietary code from the bank’s high-frequency trading platform. http://jlne.ws/xj6gaW ++++ JLN Interest Rates Newsletter Big Banks Expected Fed to Keep Rates Low Longer WSJ.com Ahead of the last Federal Reserve meeting, Wall Street’s biggest banks expected the central bank to lengthen the period it saw interest rate rates staying very low, although not by as much as the Fed actually delivered. In a survey of the primary dealer banks that serve as counterparties to Fed market interventions, the median projection of the banks was that the Fed will raise interest rates in the second quarter of 2014. The survey of dealers was conducted in advance of the Jan. 24-25 Federal Open Market Committee. Dealers got the questions on Jan. 12, with the responses received by Jan. 17. http://jlne.ws/woiILz Federal Reserve minutes show members divided over bond buys Los Angeles Times The Federal Reserve appears open to the idea of a third round of bond purchases to boost a still-modest recovery. But members remain divided over when or whether to take that step. http://jlne.ws/AvQKzq Moodys Unveils Broad Ratings Review of Major Banks By JULIA WERDIGIER – NY Times LONDON Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, UBS and more than 100 other financial institutions might have their credit ratings cut by Moody’s Investors Service because of increasingly challenging market conditions. http://jlne.ws/xIykdJ ++++ MarketsWiki Page of the Day Marc P. Berger http://jlne.ws/z9fcUz ++++ MarketsWiki Recent Updates People  John L. PietrzakMarc P. BergerRobert ZoellickJunius PeakeChris Ferreri Companies, Organizations and Groups TradewebPenson FuturesWholesale Markets Brokers’ Association Americas Inc. Statistics 19,498,734 pages viewed, 6,699 articles, 137,095 edits MarketsWiki Statistics _______________________________________________________

Lead Stories

NYSE Euronext and CME kick off race for LME By Jeremy Grant, Jack Farchy and Anousha Sakoui in London – Financial Times NYSE Euronext and CME Group, the two US exchange groups, have submitted bids for the London Metal Exchange, valuing it at up to £1bn and kicking off a contest for the commodities business, according to people familiar with the matter. http://jlne.ws/zMVT6s US Regulators Take Aim At Trades Made In Error By Jacob Bunge Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES U.S. regulators are preparing to clamp down on firms that send so-called rogue orders into the stock market, citing concerns that an erroneous trade could ricochet across exchanges and ensnare investors. http://jlne.ws/yeTqi3 Traders Manipulated Key Rate, Bank Says BY JEAN EAGLESHAM, PAUL VIEIRA AND DAVID ENRICH – WSJ A group of traders and brokers successfully managed to manipulate an interest rate that affects loans around the world, one of the banks being investigated has told regulators. In a court filing in Ottawa, Canada’s Competition Bureau said a bank it didn’t identify has told the agency’s investigators that people involved in the alleged scheme “were able to move” interest rates. http://jlne.ws/zjOCos Libor probe shines light on voice brokers By Michael Mackenzie – Financial Times Computers and Bloomberg terminals dominate trading floors, but the human element remains a crucial feature of transacting across derivatives and other parts of the global financial system. This is no better illustrated than by the presence of so-called “voice brokers” who act as middle men for banks trading swaps and other fixed income securities in financial centres that link Asia, Europe and the US. http://jlne.ws/z4rkRX [Video] Europe Unrewarded for Austerity, HSBC’s King Says Bloomberg Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC Holdings Plc, talks about the economic outlook for Greece and the rest of the euro zone. King also discusses the impact of the European debt crisis on emerging economies. http://jlne.ws/Ap0yZX Eurozone central bankers and the taboo subject of losses By Gillian Tett – Financial Times Fifteen years ago, a little-known tragedy hit the Bank of Japan. In the mid-1990s, during the early stages of Japan’s banking crisis, BoJ officials decided to use some of the central bank’s own yen to prop up a failing finance company in a desperate effort to paper over problems and buy time. http://jlne.ws/wCgXYV China wants say in World Bank choice By Simon Rabinovitch in Beijing – Financial Times China has said that the next World Bank president should be chosen on merit, seeking to challenge a tradition that the bank’s chief be a US citizen, though it did not suggest a candidate. http://jlne.ws/w8xx3n

Environmental Trading News

EU politicians agree compromise text on CO2 allowances Reuters European parliamentarians have agreed to compromise wording ahead of a vote this month that is expected to increase pressure on the Commission to remove carbon allowances to prop up prices on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme which have plumbed record lows. http://jlne.ws/xljz7v Carbon Set-Aside Option Endorsed by Europe Parliament Groups Bloomberg The European Parliament is poised to signal support for the option of withholding some carbon permits to bolster prices after political parties in the assembly reached a compromise tied to draft energy legislation. http://jlne.ws/z0E7mR  UBS Immunity, EU Carbon Trading Plan, Pentagon Capital Ruling: Compliance Bloomberg UBS AG (UBSN), Switzerland’s biggest bank, sought immunity from prosecution by Canadian regulators probing a potential conspiracy to rig the price of derivatives worldwide, three people with knowledge of the inquiry said. http://jlne.ws/zpPr2j For more environmental trading news, subscribe to the Environmental Markets version of the John Lothian Newsletter edited by Jim Kharouf.  Visit http://www.jlnenvironmental.com to subscribe.

Exchange & ECN News

CME Group Said to Submit Bid to Purchase London Metals Exchange By Matthew Leising and Nina Mehta – Bloomberg Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) — CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures exchange, has made a bid for the London Metals Exchange, according to a person with knowledge of the offer. http://jlne.ws/xBAVby CME bids for London Metal Exchange: report Crain’s Chicago Business (Reuters) – CME Group Inc., which operates the world’s largest futures market, has made an offer for the LME. http://jlne.ws/AqxrBl ICE Announces March 5 Launch of 7 New Cleared OTC Contracts Press Release ATLANTA, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, today announced the launch of 7 new cleared OTC contracts for natural gas liquids, North American natural gas, North American power, crude and refined petroleum products. http://jlne.ws/yRafw9 NYSE Liffe Consults On New Regime For London Commodity Contracts Michael Haddon, Dow Jones Newswires LONDON (Dow Jones)–The NYSE Liffe exchange Thursday proposed a new regime for the monitoring and regulation of London’s commodity contracts which would include accountability levels and delivery limits, in an attempt to maintain market confidence and enhance transparency. http://jlne.ws/xOXtlF Vienna Stock Exchange Wins A New Customer: Eurex Derivatives Exchange Press Release http://jlne.ws/zvqRYB CME Clearing – Performance Bonds / Margins Performance Bond Requirements: Coal, Crude Oil, Ethanol, NGLs, and Refined Products Inter-Commodity Spread Credits- Effective Tuesday, February 21, 2012 http://jlne.ws/xOO5Vl Program Trading Averaged 28.0 Percent of NYSE Volume during Feb. 6-10 http://jlne.ws/wOQ18X NYSE Euronext welcomes EOS imaging to its European market http://jlne.ws/AirjN8 TMX: The MiG Report January 2012 Press Release http://jlne.ws/y49qVG KDPW Poland: Increase Of The Number Of Securities Accounts In January 2012 Press Release http://jlne.ws/AmL0Zb NYSE Euronext Statement on H.R. 3606 http://jlne.ws/yKcFmD NASDAQ OMX Statement On H.R. 3606 Press Release http://jlne.ws/AciB7F NASDAQ OMX Statement Following Markup Of H.R. 3606 Press Release http://jlne.ws/y2m4q0

Banks, Brokers & Dark Pools

GFI Group Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results and Completion of Restructuring Press Release GAAP net revenues were $204.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 4.2% from $196.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues increased 0.6% to $192.6 million from $191.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. http://jlne.ws/x8jQLy Macquarie Expands North American Futures Trading Capability Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance MONTREAL, QUEBEC– – Macquarie Group today announced the launch of a Canadian futures business as part of its North American futures franchise. The new business comprises a team of senior sales professionals … http://jlne.ws/xaqVgg European Banks to Suitors: Hands Off the U.S. By ROBIN SIDEL And DAVID ENRICH – WSJ European banks are keeping “for sale” signs off the lawns of their U.S. branches. Despite deep financial problems that are forcing them to unload assets around the world, most big European banks consider their U.S. retail divisions to be among their most stable operations. That means—at least for now—big banks such as Banco Santander SA, Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA want to hang onto these businesses. http://jlne.ws/A9hmGo Goldman Said to Delay Samurai Bond Sale Bloomberg Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) delayed its proposed sale of Samurai bonds until Feb. 21 at the earliest after Moody’s Investors Service said it’s reviewing the bank’s rating, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. http://jlne.ws/wFtF17 Citigroup whistleblower: I have no regrets Reuters via Yahoo! News (Reuters) – It wasn’t Sherry Hunt’s original intent to go public on the shoddy quality control at a mortgage unit at Citigroup Inc , her employer since 2004. But by March 2011, as it became apparent to her that the problems were getting worse and not being addressed, the Missouri quality assurance manager decided enough was enough. http://jlne.ws/yGTTub BofA Said to Add Citigroup’s McKee for Energy Corporate Banking BusinessWeek Bank of America Corp., the second- biggest U.S. lender by assets, hired Citigroup Inc.’s J. Nicholas McKee to help the firm lend money in the energy industry, said two people with knowledge of the matter. http://jlne.ws/yCzDVp Morgan Stanley’s Roach Retiring to Focus on Scholarly Work BusinessWeek Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley’s former chairman for Asia and chief economist, is retiring from the firm to focus on scholarly pursuits. http://jlne.ws/wp5xfd Ex-Merrill broker boss slams bank on client focus By Joseph A. Giannone – Reuters (Reuters) – Lyle LaMothe, who last year retired as head of brokerage giant Merrill Lynch, is warning his former employer and other banks that obsessing over corporate goals at the expense of brokers and investors will ultimately damage their business. http://jlne.ws/Avt87X TD Ameritrade Announces Results of Annual Stockholders Meeting Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation announced the results of the voting by stockholders at its 2012 annual meeting, held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. At the m http://jlne.ws/ywkinj Bernanke says community banks have strengthened Associated Press via Yahoo! News Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that the health of the nation’s community banks has strengthened, despite what he described as a frustratingly slow economic recovery. http://jlne.ws/yZiDRM SecondMarket Launches Pilot Program for Private Community Banks PRWeb via Yahoo! News Platform for alternative investments expands its private company stock market.New York, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2012 SecondMarket, the leading marketplace for alternative investments, including private company stock, announced today that it has launched a new pilot program for private community banks. http://jlne.ws/AuLuxf Madoff Trustee May Struggle to Undo HSBC Ruling, Lawyers Say BusinessWeek The liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s firm asked an appeals court to reinstate $30 billion of his claims against banks including HSBC Holdings Plc and JPMorgan Chase & Co. http://jlne.ws/xZsfoG

Regulatory News

The SEC News Digest The SEC News Digest provides daily information on recent Commission actions, including enforcement proceedings, rule filings, policy statements, and upcoming Commission meetings. http://www.sec.gov/news/digest.shtml CFTC Updates Rule on Commodity Pool Operator Exemption to Boost Transparency Business Wire NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released updated rules to Part 4 of its regulations dealing with registration and compliance obligations for commodity pool operators. http://jlne.ws/wuk2KI SEC Removes Value of Investors’ Homes From Minimum Net Worth Requirement for Fees Financial Planning.com Going forward, investment advisors will no longer be able to include the value of an investor s home in a new $1 million minimum of investable assets now required to charge performance fees, according to the SEC, which is tightening its rule around fees. http://jlne.ws/xWnz74 CFTC to Hold Open Meeting to Consider Two Final Rules and One Proposed Rule Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., on the following topics: http://jlne.ws/wCazXX ESMA Issues Discussion Paper On Future Technical Standards For EMIR Press Release http://jlne.ws/ybtMDI IOSCO Consults On Revised CIS Valuation Principles Press Release http://jlne.ws/wUzJSF Tech Analyst Arrested in Insider Trading Crackdown By AZAM AHMED and BEN PROTESS The government’s crackdown on insider trading has ensnared one of the most vocal critics of the campaign to root out illegal information swapping on Wall Street. John Kinnucan, a technology analyst who gained notoriety last year for openly challenging federal authorities, was arrested on Thursday night by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His lawyer could not be immediately identified. http://jlne.ws/xu0fFt Federal Court Orders Texas Resident Robert D. Watson to Pay $31 Million for Defrauding Customers, Misappropriating Millions of Dollars, and Providing Fictitious Records in Forex Scheme Watson’s business entities ordered to pay disgorgement of $21 million, and Texas resident Daniel J. Petroski ordered to pay more than $550,000 for his role in the scheme In a related criminal matter, Watson was sentenced to 20 years in prison on February 10, 2012 http://jlne.ws/wLxl2y Former corporate broker at Merrill Lynch fined £350,000 for disclosing inside information The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Andrew Osborne, former Managing Director in Corporate Broking at Merrill Lynch International (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch International) £350,000, for engaging in market abuse by improperly disclosing inside information ahead of a significant equity fundraising by Punch Taverns Plc (Punch) in June 2009. http://jlne.ws/x9GnRW L&G employee arrested in trading probe By Kate Burgess and Caroline Binham – Financial Times A 44-year-old man employed at Legal & General Investment Management, one of the UK’s largest investment firms, has been arrested by the Financial Services Authority. It is the regulator’s ninth arrest in two years in connection with its largest operation against alleged insider trading. http://jlne.ws/A8p3tC Further arrest in FSA and SOCA insider dealing investigation Searches were conducted today at one London business address and two domestic premises in London and Kent. A 44 year old man has been arrested and interviewed under caution at a London police station. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries. http://jlne.ws/yZgNga BCSC panel confirms sanctions against former director of public company Vancouver – A British Columbia Securities Commission panel has confirmed the expiry date of orders made against a former director of a company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) following an appeal to the British Columbia Court of Appeal. http://jlne.ws/AkX3JS

Investments – Indexes – Managed Futures – Managed Funds

Global Hedge Funds Find Success in Emerging Markets: Report CNBC Global hedge fund assets are off to a fairly good start this year, with a total of $2.01 trillion in assets under management, and a global median up 1.52 percent since January 1 – according to Deutsche Bank’s Monthly Hedge Fund Trends Report February 2012. http://jlne.ws/Acwfvu Hedge funds faulted for not being short-term enough Reuters via Yahoo! News LONDON (Reuters) – Used to criticism for caring only about short-term profit, hedge funds are now being faulted for a failure to think short-term enough after losing out badly in last year’s volatile markets. http://jlne.ws/AfJWDi Hedge Funds Forgiven for Slump by Insurers Shunning Low-Yield Bond Wagers Bloomberg Policyholder-owned insurer FM Global plans to boost the allocation to hedge funds in its $10.5 billion portfolio this year, after the bets “didn’t really deliver too well” in 2011, said Paul LaFleche, the company’s senior vice president of investments. http://jlne.ws/yTA3Dp Citigroup’s Havens Says Managers to Own Part of Hedge-Fund Unit BusinessWeek Citigroup Inc., the third-biggest U.S. bank by assets, will let managers of its hedge funds own part of the business ahead of rules that limit shareholders’ cash in the unit, Chief Operating Officer John Havens said. http://jlne.ws/y0FCgY Bill Gross’s Dual Play In Treasury Bonds Pays Off Wall Street Journal Blogs Although Bill Gross may have missed the broad rally in Treasurys, the manager of the world’s biggest bond fund has found ways to extract decent returns from that market and recover from a poor performance last year. http://jlne.ws/ydkzB4 Glencore reveals more IPO rewards By Javier Blas, Commodities Editor – Financial Times The extent of the wealth created by Glencore’s initial public offering has been highlighted afresh, with the company identifying a further seven executives each holding stakes of more than $500m. http://jlne.ws/xe3Dtf [Xetra] Nine UBS bond index ETFs launched  http://jlne.ws/zZIqts Dow Jones Indexes’ Dow Jones Golden Crossover U.S. Large-Cap Total Stock Market Index To Begin Increasing Its Equity Allocation To 100% From 25% Press Release Dow Jones Indexes announced that, beginning today, the equity weighting of its Dow Jones Golden Crossover U.S. Large-Cap Total Stock Market Index would increase over the next four days to 100% from 25%. http://jlne.ws/wo0tR9 STOXX Information On Index Calculation Issues Press Release http://jlne.ws/y4qPD3

Technology News

London tech firm gets MF Global windfall Tom Osborn – Financial News FFastFill, the London-listed trading technology vendor, has signed a deal to provide execution software to commodities trading house ED&F Man, as the technology vendor sweeps up new clients in the wake of MF Global’s collapse. http://jlne.ws/A8dLnQ Muscat Securities Market and NYSE Technologies Celebrate Successful Launch of MSM’s New Trading Platform http://jlne.ws/y8GiJD Orc Group AB (publ) files for delisting Press Release Cidron Delfi Intressenter AB (“Cidron Delfi Intressenter”), an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary to Nordic Capital VII Limited, has on 31 January 2012 completed the public tender offer for Orc Group AB (publ) (“Orc” or the “Company”). http://jlne.ws/xVkEIx RTS Realtime Systems Connects to Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx) Press Release RTS Realtime Systems Group, a leading global trading solutions provider, today announced that the company now offers market access to the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx), China’s international commodity marketplace. http://jlne.ws/xgkbca Caplin Presenter – A New Product To Improve The Development Of Financial Web Applications – Easily Incorporate And Test HTML Components In Your Trading Interface Press Release http://jlne.ws/z4pOFw

Media News

How Google Tracked Safari Users By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries – WSJ Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple’s Safari Web browser is set to block such tracking by default. http://jlne.ws/wffVds

Reports

Briefing.com Economic Calendar http://www.briefing.com/Investor/Public/MarketAnalysis/Calendars/EconomicCalendar.htm USDA Today http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/index.asp CBOE Events Calendar http://www.cboe.com/AboutCBOE/EventCalendar.aspx Economic Release Calendar The Economic Release Calendar (PDF) is a schedule of government, academic and industry economic releases, provided as a service to CME customers. http://www.cmegroup.com/tools-information/calendars/

Asia-Pacific News

Tokyo Stock Exchange: Measures To Prevent Recurrence And Other Matters Concerning The Failure In The Equity Trading System Press Release Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) would like to offer its deepest apologies for the inconvenience and concern caused to investors and other market users by the failure in the equity trading system on February 2, 2012. http://jlne.ws/xBEEvw Japan’s Financial Services Agency: International Conference On Asian Market Integration And Financial Innovation Press Release The Financial Services Agency (FSA), in cooperation with the Japan Securities Dealers Association and the Tokyo Stock Exchange Group, Inc., held an international conference on “Asian Market Integration and Financial Innovation” on February 10, 2012. http://jlne.ws/xHMfW4 Shanghai Gold Exchange Cutting Margins International Business Times The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE), China’s biggest metals bourse, will lower trading margins for gold and revise its tiered margin system from March 1 to make it cheaper for investors to trade. http://jlne.ws/yi1dOk Hedge fund pioneer back for Asia venture By Sam Jones in London – Financial Times William Bollinger, one of the pioneers of London’s hedge fund industry, has come out of retirement to launch a new venture – in Singapore. http://jlne.ws/wtZoCr Singapore’s FX exemption welcomed as a sign of global consistency FX Week A proposal by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to exempt foreign exchange swaps and forwards from the mandatory clearing element of over-the-counter derivatives reforms has been welcomed by market participants for its consistency with the proposed approach in the US, which it is hoped will be replicated in Europe. http://jlne.ws/AlQKTN SGX Welcomes Hong Leong Finance As Full Sponsor On Catalist Press Release Singapore Exchange (SGX) is pleased to welcome Hong Leong Finance Limited (“HLFL”) as a Full Sponsor on Catalist, its sponsor-supervised board for growth companies. http://jlne.ws/zAgqCw Thai Bourse Joins SCB To Enhance E-Dividend Press Release http://jlne.ws/zCExzO Thai Bourse’s Websites Operate Normally Press Release http://jlne.ws/zRYjex

Frontier Markets

Sri Lanka May Remove Stock Trading Limits, Exchange Chief Sellahewa Says Bloomberg Sri Lanka may remove a 10 percent price trading limit on some stocks listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange, according to its chief executive officer. http://jlne.ws/zlF6jV MCX Weekly Market Report February 10, 2012 – February 16, 2012 Press Release http://jlne.ws/wEqn9C

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