Hits & Takes
By JLN Staff
Over 1200 signatures are on the petition for Justice for Jitesh that I started on Change.org. Join the movement and help us let key politicians know there is support to see justice done in this CFTC case against Jitesh Thakkar.~JJL
There will be a game seven in the World Series of baseball between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros tonight in Houston.~JJL
John Lothian News will be shooting video interviews in the Eurex exhibit booth at FIA EXPO in Chicago today and tomorrow. Thank you to Eurex for sponsoring the video series we will produce and for giving us this space and opportunity. Thank you to our friends at FIA for being so helpful as well. If you are looking for me, or my team, that is where you can most likely find me.~JJL
Spencer Doar and other folks at 3Points Communications put together an homage to their favorite moments from FIA Expo, which will be taking place in Chicago this week until Thursday evening. Brian Mehta, CMO at Trading Technologies, and Carl Gilmore, President at Integritas Financial Consulting, also contributed. Here’s a preview, from Gilmore’s contribution – “Who says compliance officers, lawyers, and regulators don’t know how to party?! And, believe it or not, the lawyer jokes have gotten better over time.”~MR
Brian Mehta also offers a brief glimpse of Trading Technologies’ past and future plans re Expo in the TT blog, modestly titled, “The World in the Palm of the TT Platform.” ~SR
Trading Technologies will launch connectivity to Mexder, they said. Somewhere Gary Flagler is dancing.~JJL
Adena Friedman, Nasdaq’s CEO, has an article on Investopedia about “The Future of Stock Exchanges where she imagines the future of the first electronic exchange.~JJL
The CME Group is holding a webinar about SOFR Discounting and Price Alignment. The webinar will discuss CME’s proposal for transitioning price alignment and discounting of cleared interest rate swaps from the daily effective federal funds rate (EFFR) to SOFR. The webinar is at 10 am Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, November 1.~JJL
Nasdaq Global Compliance Survey; How do you benchmark against your peers?
Ever wonder what’s going inside the minds of your compliance peers?
How are they structuring their teams and spending their budgets? Where are they leveraging specialized technology? And perhaps, more importantly, what are their biggest regulatory concerns and top compliance drivers?
***** Sounds like another effort I know.~JJL
Japanese media group Nikkei loses $29m in alleged money transfer fraud; FBI investigates ‘fraudulent instructions’ sent by party posing as management executive
Leo Lewis, Kana Inagaki and Robin Harding – FT
Japan’s largest financial media organisation, Nikkei, has lost $29m in an alleged fraud involving international transfers of money from its US subsidiary.
*****I know some people who feel better right now.~JJL
AQR’s Israel Joins With Holocaust Museum to Fight Global Hate
Amanda L Gordon – Bloomberg
He’s among financiers who helped raise $3.2 million for museum; Gala honors Glenwood’s Jacob and volunteer Stacey Saiontz
Ronen Israel, a principal at AQR Capital Management, stood with his son and mom at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s New York gala, recalling their annual visits to see his grandmother in Haifa.
Obama Will Kill the Stock Market. No, Trump Will. No, Warren Will
Sarah Ponczek and Vildana Hajric – Bloomberg
Paul Tudor Jones warns Warren will cause 25% plunge in S&P 500; Before 2016 election, strategists said Trump would tank market. Wall Street’s best minds are falling over themselves to describe the cataclysms that would befall equities should Elizabeth Warren get elected. It’s a brand of analysis whose recent track record is abysmal.
*****What do you think Paul Tudor Jones will be doing if the stock market goes down 25% after a Warren win? He will be buying it. That is what he will be doing.~JJL
This foundation will pay you $10,000 to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma
Lauren M. Johnson – CNN
If you work remotely and want to make an extra $10,000, relocating to Tulsa might be your next move. Tulsa Remote, a program funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, is offering 250 people the opportunity to make $10,000 by simply moving to Oklahoma, the organizers announced Tuesday. The money comes in the form of a grant and is distributed to the recipient over the course of a year.
****Oklahoma is OK.~JJL
Tuesday’s Top Three
Our top read item of the day was TT’s announcement about Russ Cotton and Craig J. Mohan in Trading Technologies to Add Chief Operating Officer and a Chief Growth Officer to Management Team. Second was Bloomberg’s How Jim Simons Built the Best Hedge Fund Ever. Third was CQG’s FIA 2019
166,983,627 pages viewed; 23,965 pages; 222,158 edits
Futures Exchange Reins In Runaway Trading Algorithms; CME takes emergency measures to combat surging data volumes in Eurodollar futures
Alexander Osipovich – WSJ
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is cracking down on runaway algorithms in one of the world’s biggest futures markets. Over the past two months, the volume of data generated by activity in CME’s Eurodollar futures soared 10-fold, according to exchange statistics. The torrent of data strained trading systems and prompted complaints to the exchange, traders said. It subsided Monday after CME took emergency measures to halt it.
Rise of machine trading forces data providers to pivot; FactSet chief says information sellers are focusing on companies rather than traders
Philip Stafford – FT
Financial information suppliers are on the hunt for new markets such as wealth management and corporate audiences, according to the chief executive of Factset, as the decline of the traditional dealing floor makes it harder to sell data to traders.
‘Hubble Telescope for markets’ attracts new criticism; Wall Street and supporters raise threat of hackers in bid to derail consolidated audit trail
Patrick Temple-West and Robert Armstrong – FT
Republican politicians and regulators, along with securities industry advocates, are making another push to derail the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s plan to create a single, real-time record of trade prices, arguing it will become a tool for government over-reach or a target for hackers.
India’s shadow banking crisis raises spectre of contagion; Financial groups such as Indiabulls see shares fall as crisis grows
Benjamin Parkin – FT
At the turn of the millennium, a group of entrepreneurs in their twenties banded together in a cramped office near a New Delhi bus terminal to start what they hoped would be India’s answer to Charles Schwab.
Derivatives Market Watchdog Promises Movement on Long-Stalled Measures; Approach could be friendlier to industry than that of Democratic predecessors
Dave Michaels – WSJ
The Trump administration’s pick to oversee the nation’s derivatives markets plans to take a more industry-friendly approach than some of his Democratic predecessors and wrap up unfinished business.
Deutsche Boerse in Buying Mood With $2.2 Billion in War Chest
Viren Vaghela – Bloomberg
Deutsche Boerse Group AG has about 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) in its war chest as it looks to join rivals in buying up trading platforms.
Citi plans to withdraw from two-thirds of foreign exchange platforms; Market’s third biggest dealer is whittling down its list of third-party price aggregators
Eva Szalay- FT
One of the biggest banks in the currencies market is learning to say no to customers. Citi, the third biggest dealer in the $6.6tn-a-day foreign-exchange market, plans to whittle down the number of websites and systems on which it competes with other banks on prices to win business from clients.
HK stock exchange CEO says ‘one country, two systems’ flawed; Charles Li’s comments on relationship with mainland China come as protests roil city
Harry Dempsey and Hudson Lockett – FT
Charles Li, chief executive of the Hong Kong stock exchange, has publicly questioned the framework underpinning the city’s relationship with mainland China, just weeks after concerns about his company’s autonomy from Beijing helped scupper its unsolicited £32bn bid for the London Stock Exchange.
How the euro helped Germany avoid becoming Japan; Berlin should be thankful for what the single currency, and Mario Draghi, have given it
Martin Wolf – FT
To think that two and two are four/And neither five nor three/The heart of man has long been sore/And long ’tis like to be.” Anybody thinking about the economy needs to recall these lines by the English poet AE Housman. Things must add up. The question is how. People responsible for large economies cannot ignore this. A tragedy of the eurozone, especially of Germany’s role within it, is that the transition to thinking about how income and expenditure add up at eurozone and global levels has so far failed to occur.
US retirement accounts offer tempting target for cyber attacks; Industry under pressure to bolster defences for nearly $6tn of 401(k) plans
Jennifer Williams-Alvarez – FT
With nearly $6tn sitting in 401(k) plans, the US financial services industry is coming under increasing pressure to ensure that retirement savings are safeguarded from rapidly evolving cyber threats.
South Korean hedge funds fear public distrust after Lime crisis; Thousands of ordinary investors stung by move to avoid low interest rates
Song Jung-a – FT
YB Choi, a 72-year-old retiree from Seoul, is finding it hard to sleep. The cause of his anxiety: an investment in South Korea’s biggest hedge fund, Lime Asset Management, which suspended withdrawals earlier this month.
CEO of Norway’s $1 Trillion Wealth Fund to Resign After 12 Years at Helm
Mikael Holter and Sveinung Sleire – Bloomberg
The chief executive officer of Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, Yngve Slyngstad, said he will step down after leading the giant investor for almost 12 years.
Despair for Many and Silver Linings for Some in California Wildfires; Natural disasters are another prism through which California’s vast income inequalities can be viewed.
Thomas Fuller, Julie Turkewitz and Jose A. Del Real – WSJ
After a wildfire razed his spacious suburban home in the Sonoma hills two years ago, Pete Parkinson set out to rebuild. This time it would be an even better one. He reoriented the house toward vistas of a nearby mountain and designed a large kitchen with hickory floors and 16-foot windows under vaulted ceilings.
Exchanges, OTC and Clearing
MaterialsXchange Launches with First Raw Materials Transaction; MaterialsXchange’s digital marketplace streamlines the buying and selling of raw materials
MaterialsXchange (“MX”), an electronic marketplace for buying and selling raw materials, went live on Monday with the first transaction executed shortly after the launch. The first listings on MX are wood products, specifically Oriented Strand Board (OSB), European Spruce (Euro Spruce) lumber, and Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) lumber. **This inaugural transaction on MX matched Binderholz Timber Inc. (seller) with Hart Lumber (buyer) for a first-ever deal between the two and consisted of a full truckload of 2×4 Euro Spruce from the Port of Houston.
Startup Aims to List Bitcoin Product on Frankfurt, Luxembourg Exchanges
Aaron Wood – Cointelegraph
A German startup is attempting to list a Bitcoin (BTC) derivative product on the Frankfurt and Luxembourg stock exchanges. According to German business news daily Handelsblatt on Oct. 29, the startup Iconic has filed a prospectus for regulated trading of a Bitcoin exchange-traded note (ETN), which could become available as soon as the beginning of December 2019.
New Partner Offers Start-Up Financing Through Digital Business Shares; Deutsche Börse Venture Network Cooperates with Cashlink / Regulated Issue of Digital Securities Opens New Possibility of Start-Up Financing
The Deutsche Börse Venture Network is offering its members a new financing option via its partner Cashlink using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT): From now on, all members of the network will receive discounted access to the issue of digital securities.
CME Group Inc. Reports Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results
CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CME) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2019. The company reported revenue of $1.3 billion and operating income of $685 million for the third quarter of 2019. Net income was $636 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.78. On an adjusted basis, net income was $679 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.90. Financial results presented on an adjusted basis for the third quarter of 2019 and 2018 exclude certain items, which are detailed in the reconciliation of non-GAAP results.
Nasdaq Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results; Delivers Broad-Based Revenue Growth and Strong Capital Returns
Third quarter 2019 net revenues were $632 million. Revenues in the non-trading segments increased 10% versus the prior year period, primarily driven by organic growth, while Market Services revenues increased 2%.
Appointment of Directors, etc.
Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) hereby announces that, considering JPX’s subsidiary Tokyo Commodity
Exchange, Inc. (TOCOM) will transition from a company with nominating committees, etc., to a company
with a board of auditors effective on December 1, 2019, JPX has chosen directors, etc. of TOCOM, to be
appointed on December 1, 2019, as follows.
Japan Exchange Group, Inc. And Consolidated Subsidiaries Consolidated Financial Results For The Six Months Ended September 30, 2019 (Based On IFRS), Unaudited
During the consolidated cumulative second quarter (from April 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019), JPX Group recorded operating revenue of ¥57,936 million (2.2% decrease from the same period of the previous fiscal year (i.e., year on year)), and operating expenses were ¥27,482 million (increased 4.9% year on year). As a result, JPX Group recorded operating income of ¥31,870 million (decreased 7.2% year on year) and income before income tax of ¥32,011 million (decreased 8.8% year on year).
Confluence Acquires StatPro, Global Portfolio Analytics Solution and Data Provider
Confluence Technologies, a global leader in investment data management automation for regulatory, financial and investor reporting, announced today that it has acquired StatPro Group plc (StatPro), a highly respected global provider of cloud-based portfolio analytics, asset data services and data management tools for the global asset management industry and asset management service providers.
The TRADE’s (Unofficial) M&A Awards 2019; The TRADE reviews the mergers and takeovers that have caused a stir in the industry. The Unofficial M&A Awards returns for a second year, as consolidation in the exchange space raises more than a few eyebrows and investment in FinTech has never been hotter.
John Brazier – The Trade
Last year, The TRADE introduced the first ever (unofficial) mergers and acquisitions awards, featuring some of the biggest deals inked between major players that significantly impacted the market and saw some of the industry’s established names, such as NEX Group and ITG, become absorbed into new ownership.
TP ICAP signs multi-year data deal with Refinitiv
Refinitiv will help TP ICAP expand its datasets to support its brokers and technology platforms.
Hayley McDowell – The Trade
Interdealer broker TP ICAP has signed a multi-year deal with Refinitiv to expand its integrated global data across equities, fixed income, FX, derivatives and commodities.
Trading Technologies to Launch Connectivity to the Mexican Derivatives Exchange Via the TT® Platform
Trading Technologies (press release)
Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT), a global provider of high-performance professional trading software, infrastructure and data solutions, and the Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer), a subsidiary of the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores), one of the largest stock exchanges in Latin America, today announced that all derivative products listed on MexDer will be available globally to all users of the TT platform in Q4 2019.
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TNS launches TNSXpress portfolio at FIA Expo
Transaction Network Services (TNS) launched its TNSXpress product suits at the FIA Expo in Chicago. TNSXpress includes TNS Layer 1, TNS Managed Hosting and TNS Market Data. This combined offering provides ultra-low latency connectivity and covers a significantly expanded global footprint.
Facebook Sues Companies for Shielding Phishing, Hacking Services
Robert Burnson – Bloomberg
Facebook Inc. filed sued two companies it accuses of fostering cyber crime by shielding the identities of websites involving in phishing, malware, spam and botnets.
We’re Not Ready for Our Quantum, High-Speed, Clean Future; A lot can go wrong on the road to progress.
Mark Gongloff – Bloomberg
This newsletter loves to joke around about an impending apocalypse, but there’s also a good chance we’re on the doorstep of a golden age of superfast computing, high-speed rail travel and clean energy that will make us almost forget how we never got those jetpacks and flying cars.
Another Credit Bubble Grows: the $5 Billion Crypto-Loan Market
By Alastair Marsh – Bloomberg
Too much credit too fast has traders warning of a blow-up; Interest rate on Bitcoin loan down to 5% from 11% at Genesis
The laws of finance still apply in cryptocurrency’s parallel universe. Crypto credit has expanded too quickly and is headed for a blow-up, says a group of former Wall Street traders who are now seeking riches in digital assets. A near $5 billion industry has emerged from nothing just two years ago and the number of loan platforms is rapidly proliferating, according to blockchain data company Graychain Ltd.
Unwanted Cryptocurrency Could Trigger Tax Under IRS Policy
Allyson Versprille – Bloomberg Tax
Cryptocurrency holders could have to pay tax on coins they received unwittingly, or against their wishes, under recent IRS guidance. If left unchanged, the policy may make it harder for people to meet their tax obligations—at a time when the IRS is ramping up enforcement to increase compliance in the crypto space, according to tax professionals.
Investment app provider Robinhood is seeking a chief compliance officer for its crypto unit
Yogita Khatri – The Block Crypto
Robinhood, a stocks, exchange-traded funds and cryptocurrency investment app provider, is hiring a chief compliance officer for its cryptocurrency unit, Robinhood Crypto, LLC. According to a job posting on the company’s website, Robinhood is looking for a person to manage day-to-day cryptocurrency compliance operations. The key responsibilities of the new hire would be to manage regulatory reporting, execute a strong anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) program, and to lead the annual Robinhood Crypto AML audit, among other operations.
Bitmain’s exiled founder returns in coup; Turmoil at world’s largest cryptocurrency hardware maker
Ryan McMorrow and Nian Liu – FT
A coup at Bitmain, the Chinese company that claims to have three-quarters of the world market for machines that mint bitcoin, has seen one of its founders return from exile to oust the other.
Bitfinex adds native SegWit support for bitcoin withdrawals
Steven Zheng – The Block Crypto
Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has announced it is adding withdrawal support for native SegWit (bech32) addresses, which will start with the characters “b1.” Native SegWit is a more weight-efficient address format than Wrapped SegWit (P2SH) addresses which start with “3.” Bitfinex’s new address format will enable cheaper transactions for its users looking to withdraw bitcoin from the exchange. Additionally, according to the exchange, “as bech32 addresses only exist on the Bitcoin network, our new support for Bitcoin withdrawals to bech32 addresses removes the possibility of our clients experiencing any cross-chain mix-ups.”
Bitcoin Advocate Jack Dorsey Backs Crypto Startup CoinList
Steven Russolillo – The Wall Street Journal
Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, a longtime bitcoin advocate, is making a fresh bet on cryptocurrency. Mr. Dorsey is one of several investors backing CoinList Inc., a two-year-old venture that helps startups raise money through token sales. CoinList has raised $10 million in a new round of funding, with Mr. Dorsey investing in the company for the first time, CoinList said.
Bitmain secretly files for US IPO with SEC; Deutsche Bank is the sponsor – Report
Yogita Khatri – The Block Crypto
Cryptocurrency miner manufacturing giant Bitmain Technologies is said to have secretly filed an initial public offering (IPO) application in the U.S. with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
China bans anti-blockchain sentiment as it prepares for launch of state cryptocurrency; President Xi Jinping hailed the technology in an apparent U-turn on the subject
Anthony Cuthbertson – Independent
China is preparing for the launch of its own state-backed cryptocurrency by removing online posts claiming that blockchain technology is a scam.
Binance CEO: ‘Russia Is Our Key Market’
Anna Baydakova – Coindesk
The line for selfies with Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao seemed endless, even though it was the second photo op of the night. The cryptocurrency exchange mogul, known as CZ, had already taken photos with Russian fans before the meetup started, and he kept smiling at cameras and shaking hands for half an hour after it ended. It was CZ’s first visit to Russia, and the turnout showed his popularity with the local crypto scene. The concert hall of the Radisson hotel in central Moscow could hardly fit the roughly 700 people registered for the Oct. 21 event. The warm feelings were mutual.
FTX Launches Futures on Index of 8 China Cryptos Amid Xi Blockchain Pump
Daniel Palmer – Coindesk
Derivatives exchange FTX has launched an index of eight popular China-related cryptocurrencies. Announced in a tweet by the firm’s CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Tuesday, the Dragon Perpetual Futures Index (DRGN-PERP) tracks a basket of coins including BTM, IOST, NEO, NULS, ONT, QTUM, TRX, and VET, based on a weighted average of their respective prices. FTX is also offering traders exposure to the coins in the form of perpetual futures contracts based on the index. Traders will be able to leverage these contracts up to 101 times, Bankman-Fried told CoinDesk.
China Announces New Regulatory Authority to Certify Digital Payments, Blockchain Products
David Pan – Coindesk
China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, will certify 11 types of financial technology hardware and software that are widely used for digital payment and blockchain services with its new verification system called the Certification of Fintech Products. The central bank released the first list of fintech products that could be used in both front-end and bank-end development for digital payment services, according to filings dated Oct. 26 from the bank.
Deutsche Börse Aims to Ease Digital Securities Transfer With New Deal
William Suberg – Cointelegraph
The venture capital arm of German marketplace Deutsche Börse has sealed a new partnership for allowing institutional investors to obtain digital securities. In a press release on Oct. 30, Deutsche Börse Venture Network (DBVN) confirmed the deal with local fintech company Cashlink, the benefits of which will be available immediately. From now on, investors with DBVN will be able to complete the funding process entirely digitally using tools based on so-called distributed ledger technology, or DLT.
China state media asks investors to stay ‘rational’ as blockchain-related stocks soar after Xi’s endorsement
Yogita Khatri – The Block Crypto
The People’s Daily newspaper, published by China’s ruling Communist Party, has urged investors to keep calm as blockchain-related stocks jumped after Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly supported the technology last week. “Blockchain’s future is here but we must remain rational,” said the newspaper in a commentary late on Monday, as reported by Reuters. The People’s Daily added that Xi’s support for blockchain technology does not equate support for cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocrazies Jolted Into The Real World
Theodore F. Claypoole, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP via The National Law Review
For years we have been treated to the impassioned entreaties of cryptohippies, hardcore libertarians, and straight-up conmen for the rest of us to understand that both blockchain and Bitcoin have “changed everything” and are driving us toward a destiny of money freed from government interference and life choices free from consequence, where crypto manna falls from the sky and magical fruits of the blockchain are ripe for easy picking.
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Former Exxon chief Rex Tillerson to testify in climate change fraud trial
Brendan Pierson – Reuters
Former Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Rex Tillerson is expected to take the stand on Wednesday in a closely watched civil lawsuit accusing the company of hiding the true cost of climate change from investors.
Liberal Christian group files ethics complaint against Attorney General Barr
Jack Jenkins – Religion News
Faithful America, a Christian advocacy group that often champions liberal causes, has filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General William Barr, claiming he violated his oath to defend religious liberty for all Americans in a recent speech at Notre Dame University’s law school.
Greta Thunberg declined a climate award because the world needs more action, fewer awards
Maddie Capron and Christina Zdanowicz, CNN
(CNN)Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg was awarded the 2019 Nordic Council Environment Prize, but she won’t be accepting it.
Mnuchin Open to Looser Bank Liquidity Rules Backed by Dimon
Saleha Mohsin – Bloomberg
Regulators should address daily liquidity issues, Mnuchin says; Senator Warren has warned not to loosen crisis-era regulations
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is open to loosening financial crisis-era regulations that have stiffened liquidity rules for big banks to relieve possible cash crunches in short-term funding markets.
Cantor Warns of Investor Backlash in Wake of Fisher Remarks
Vivian Nereim – Bloomberg
Moelis & Co. Vice Chairman Eric Cantor said financial firms failing to respect women in the workplace will be increasingly punished by customers.
Labor Secretary Scalia to Participate in Financial-Advice Rulemaking; Department attorneys say ethics rules don’t require recusal; Scalia had led challenge to Obama-era fiduciary rule
Eric Morath – WSJ
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia can participate in the department’s rewrite of a closely watched investment-advice rule, career government ethics attorneys said on Tuesday.
ASIC warns trustees on new rules for Putting Members’ Interests First
ASIC has called on superannuation trustees to improve the standard of communication to fund members about important reforms impacting member insurance arrangements.
Steven Maijoor delivers speech on Benchmarks in Madrid ESMA
Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has delivered a speech on the Benchmarks Regulation, and related issues, at a conference organised by the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) in Madrid this lunchtime.
2019 Ketchum Prize: The Evolving World of Retirement Security
The way Americans think about and plan for retirement is changing. Gone are the days when Americans drop out of the workforce at 65 and hit the golf course, according to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell, the 2019 recipient of the Ketchum Prize. Sitting at home for 30 years – or longer – isn’t financially viable anymore.
UK’s exit from the EU delayed
The EU and the UK have agreed to extend the date for the UK’s departure from the EU. As a result, firms do not need to take action to implement Brexit contingency plans for 31 October.
NFA bars Wichita, Kansas commodity pool operator Plutus Capital Management LLC from membership
NFA has permanently barred Plutus Capital Management LLC (Plutus), an NFA Member commodity pool operator located in Wichita, Kansas, from membership and from acting as a principal of an NFA Member. NFA also ordered Mark E. Philips, Plutus’ sole associated person and principal, to withdraw from NFA membership and as a principal of Plutus and not reapply for membership or act as a principal of an NFA Member for one year. Philips must pay a $25,000 fine if he seeks NFA membership or principal status after his one-year membership bar.
Investing and Trading
US coal miner Murray Energy files for bankruptcy; Company’s founder a staunch Trump supporter who lobbied for more favourable policies
Harry Dempsey and Gregory Meyer – FT
Murray Energy, the largest privately owned coal miner in the US and a strong backer of the Trump administration’s embrace of fossil fuels, has filed for bankruptcy protection as utilities choose sources other than coal to generate electricity.
Cannabis remains an investment market worth watching; Promises of huge growth are yet to materialise — but there’s huge potential
David Stevenson – FT
It is the curse of an adventurous investor to repeat one’s mistakes, especially when it comes to hyped-up growth stories. I’ve spent the past few months hosting or being involved with a few events centred on the global cannabis market and time after time I’ve noticed the striking parallels with the cryptocurrencies sector.
Cash-Market Volatility Adds to Worries Facing Libor Replacement; Issuance of floating-rate debt linked to the secured overnight financing rate falls sharply in October
Daniel Kruger and Vipal Monga – WSJ
Turmoil in short-term money markets has rattled a protracted effort to phase in a new borrowing benchmark meant to eventually underpin trillions of dollars in lending contracts.
The U.S. Treasury Department Is Exploring a 50-Year Bond for the First Time
Emily Barrett – Bloomberg
Department also considering a one-year SOFR-linked FRN; Treasury keeps nominal coupon debt at record $84 billion
The U.S. Treasury Department expressed continued interest in issuing a 50-year bond, for the first time, as part of efforts to expand its investor base as the budget deficit widens to $1 trillion.
Even the Quants Are Wary of the Stock Market; Lack of conviction leads financial commentary. Plus, Canada is going to decide on rates, too.
Robert Burgess – Bloomberg
The S&P 500 Index was little changed one day after setting a new record. That makes perfect sense. The market just capped one of its strongest periods of the year, having risen a little more than 5% over the previous three weeks. It’s as good a time as any to reassess the broad landscape. And when they do, traders will find that the primary drivers behind the rally remain firmly in place.
Alan Howard to step down as Brevan Howard CEO; Billionaire trader hands day-to-day management of hedge fund firm to risk chief Aron Landy
Laurence Fletcher – FT
Billionaire trader Alan Howard is to step down as chief executive of Brevan Howard, handing day to day leadership of the hedge fund firm to a lieutenant as he concentrates on investing and overseeing a widening group of businesses.
UBS becomes first foreign IPO sponsor on China’s Star Market; Tech board rules require underwriters to invest in listings they work on
Don Weinland and Hudson Lockett – FT
UBS has become the first foreign bank to sponsor an initial public offering on China’s new tech-focused Star Market, where underwriters are required to invest in the listings they bring to the market.
Deutsche Bank suffers setback with trading revenue drop; Germany’s biggest lender falls behind US rivals in blow to efforts to turn round its investment bank
Olaf Storbeck – FT
Deutsche Bank’s fixed income trading unit trailed well behind rivals during the third quarter in the latest sign of the steep hurdles Germany’s biggest lender faces in its efforts to turn round the fortunes of its investment bank.
Credit Suisse CEO Cautions on Outlook After Trading Beat
Patrick Winters and Marion Halftermeyer – Bloomberg
Citi analysts say results mixed as one-off sale boosts profits; Bank’s reputation was dented by spying operation on Iqbal Khan
Credit Suisse Group AG gave a more downbeat outlook after trading income surged, saying the U.S.-China trade dispute will lead to more cautious spending and investment decisions.
Deutsche Bank Slumps as Sewing’s Revamp Fails to Lift Revenue
Steven Arons – Bloomberg
Earnings from trading fixed-income securities drops 13%; All core units except one report lower income in the quarter
Deutsche Bank AG suffered its steepest drop since Christian Sewing’s sweeping revamp in early July as its third-quarter results cast doubt on the chief executive officer’s ability to arrest a long slump in revenue.
Credit Suisse Posts Strong Profit, Boosted by Fund Platform Sale; Swiss banking giant warns that Brexit and U.S.-China trade tensions may make investors more cautious
Julie Steinberg and Pietro Lombardi – WSJ
Credit Suisse Group AG’s third-quarter net profit more than doubled on the back of strong results in global markets and the sale of a fund platform, though results in its core wealth management units were weaker.
Macquarie and Kepler Cheuvreux form equities trading and research alliance; Macquarie has scaled back its cash equities business in EMEA and the Americas in response to ‘structural changes in the market’.
Hayley McDowell – The Trade
Macquarie and Kepler Cheuvreux have confirmed plans to combine their trading and research services in Europe and Asia, as the sell-side continues to battle difficult market conditions in cash equities.
Investing in the UK: glass half full? Stock picking has never been so important in a time of new uncertainty
Maike Currie – FT
Back in 2017 — almost two years to the day — I wrote a column on how to Brexit-proof your investment portfolio, making the point that UK investors need to be smarter about how they invest against a challenging domestic backdrop.
Norway’s oil fund head Yngve Slyngstad quits; Chief executive to stay in the role until successor chosen
Richard Milne – FT
Yngve Slyngstad has resigned as chief executive of Norway’s $1tn oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. Mr Slyngstad told a press conference in Oslo on Wednesday that he had submitted his resignation on Friday, the day that the fund’s value exceeded NKr10tn ($1.1tn) for the first time.
Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund puts weight on green investing; Investors are paying greater heed to climate risks and future infrastructure needs
Henny Sender – FT
The Arab Bankers Association of North America last week honoured Farouk Bastaki, the head of the Kuwait Investment Authority, at a glittering dinner in New York. The crowd included recipients — and no doubt some would-be recipients — of riches from his sovereign wealth fund, one of the largest in the world.
China Bond Traders Face Reality of Central Bank That Won’t Budge
Hong Shen -Bloomberg
PBOC has allowed last week’s massive cash injections to mature; Sovereign bonds are dropping at the fastest pace since April
China’s central bank has helped trigger a massive sell-off in government debt by doing nothing at all. The People’s Bank of China disappointed bond traders by skipping open-market operations every day this week — effectively withdrawing 500 billion yuan ($71 billion) from the financial system. It has also wrong-footed bond bulls by not deploying a one-year targeted lending tool, despite the move being widely expected since last week.
China’s Biggest Banks Prepare for Hard Times
Top banks report quarterly profit growth between 3% and 6%; Chinese economy expanded at slowest pace since early 1990s
China’s largest banks eked out higher profits but signaled tougher times ahead, shedding bad loans and boosting provisions as the economy shows signs of deterioration.
Singapore Sees World’s First Digital Aviation Carbon Exchange
Dan Murtaugh – Bloomberg
Singapore-based AirCarbon Pte launched the world’s first blockchain-based carbon trading exchange, which will allow airlines and other corporate buyers to buy and sell tokens backed by carbon offset credits approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Life on the Zambezi Is Hard. The Climate Crisis Is Making It Deadly; A journey down the African river shows the devastating impact of both floods and drought.
Matthew Hill – Bloomberg
For millions of people across southern Africa, the Zambezi River serves as highway, fishing ground, water fountain, laundromat, and swimming hole. From its source—a trickling spring in the highlands of northwestern Zambia—the river winds almost 1,700 miles through the forests of eastern Angola and along the borders with Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe before fanning out into a delta with dozens of channels in Mozambique.
JPMorgan, Citi Among Banks Selected for Egypt’s Dollar Bond Sale
Mirette Magdy – Bloomberg
Egypt said it picked five lenders, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., to manage new dollar bond issuance in the current fiscal year as borrowers in emerging markets reap benefits of more dovish policies by major central banks.
Less Savings, More Debt: How Chinese Manage Money American-Style, in 17 Charts; Household thrift in China is eroding, weakened by borrowing to buy real estate and enhance lifestyles, generational shift that will ripple through world economy
James T. Areddy – WSJ
China has long been a nation of savers. For decades, its citizens socked away much more of their incomes than Americans do. The pool of capital that was created powered China’s economic rise.
U.K.’s Divorce From Europe May Have to Wait
Flavia Krause-Jackson – Bloomberg
Boris Johnson has finally got his election — the U.K.’s third in four years — but it’s a roll of the dice for both the prime minister and the country.
Britain Braces For New Vote In December That Could Ease The Path To Brexit
Richard Gonzales – NPR
Still in turmoil over if, when or how to leave the European Union, Britain will go back to the polls on Dec. 12 to elect a new Parliament that may, or may not, be able to settle on a Brexit plan. Prime Minister Boris Johnson won support for a snap election Tuesday when the House of Commons voted 438-20 to dissolve Parliament and launch a six-week election campaign that will compete with Christmas for the attention of a divided and Brexit-exhausted electorate.
Beyond Brexit: U.K. Political Risks Get Even More Complex; A general election carries its own set of dangers for markets
By Jon Sindreu – WSJ
For international investors, understanding Brexit was hard enough. The coming U.K. general election on Dec. 12 makes their lives even more complicated.
Where to Eat Steak in New York That’s Not Called Peter Luger; Six alternative places to find excellent beef.
Kate Krader – Bloomberg
Peter Luger Steak House has been around since 1887, but it took only minutes for the Brooklyn restaurant’s reputation to take a devastating hit.