John Lothian Newsletter: CME Clearing to Compete in Europe as Volume Grows, CEO Says; US Exchanges’ Technology Faces Tougher Regulatory Scrutiny; UK unveils bank regulation overhaul

Jan 27, 2012

CME Group says that its European clearing operations have in the past month already processed transactions equivalent to half of last year’s volume. US regulators, noting recent breakdowns in the technology powering domestic exchanges, consider taking a closer look at tech requirements.  Britain releases the biggest bank regulation redo in over a decade.

Observations – Statistics – Commentary

Dear Mr. Lothian,

I wanted to give you an Update on my Eagle Project – Replacing all 200 old and worn flags and poles, many destroyed in storms, for downtown Hinsdale, Illinois, retiring the old flags and building a flag locker for the new flags – that I am doing , sponsored by the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce. Thank you so much for mentioning my Eagle Project in your newsletter. I received several donations.

I have also received donations from many businesses and individuals throughout the Western suburbs. Right now I have raised almost $ 5,000 of my $6,000 goal. This includes a matching by Hinsdale Bank and Trust for up to $2,000. Thank you to everyone who has supported my Eagle Project. The new flags and poles flew proudly for the 9 11 Ceremonies. I also retired all the old Flags in a Flag Retirement Ceremony at an American Legion facility in late October.

I am now in the final stages of my fund raising, so that I can complete payment of the flags and poles ( I have to repay the Chamber for their advance) and I need to buy the lumber for building the Storage Locker. My goal is to complete my project by mid-May when the Flags go up again for Memorial Day.

I would appreciate it if you would mention my fundraising,in case anyone missed my original email. If anyone is interested in sponsoring an American Flag, the donation is$50. You can also make a donation of any amount for the purchasing of the lumber to build the Flag Locker.

Please send donations to

Hinsdale Boy Scout Troop 8
In care of The Hinsdale Chamber of commerce
22 E. First St, Hinsdale Il 60521

Thank you so much for helping me with my Eagle Project fund raising.

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Boy Scouts

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IIT’s Stuart School of Business Expanding, Adding HFT Focus
Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business will soon be moving from the West Loop building it has shared with Chicago-Kent College of Law since the mid-1990s, and into expanded quarters at IIT’s main campus, across the Dan Ryan expressway from U.S. Cellular Field. As part of the expansion, Stuart plans to build a center devoted to high-frequency and algorithmic trading.

John Lothian News Editor-at-Large and Stuart alum Doug Ashburn spent Thursday evening at a “hedge fund roundtable” sponsored by Stuart, that pulled together representatives of over two dozen Chicago-based financial firms, along with Stuart faculty and a selection of its graduate student population. Stuart faculty member and MarketsWiki video participant Ben Van Vliet shared his latest research into risk controls in a high frequency trading environment. Faculty also honored Stuart alum Hazem Dawani of OptionsCity . The school recognizes Chicago as the epicenter of HFT and algo trading, and has planned to host more such events in its push to build a pipeline between the city’s trading and academic communities.

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MF Global: Uncertain futures
By Hal Weitzman and Gregory Meyer – Financial Times
David Kasouf did not feel like celebrating over the festive season. The 32-year-old independent futures trader from Long Island is one of the 36,000 former customers of MF Global whose money is yet to be returned to them in full. Almost three months after the spectacular collapse of the broker-dealer, former customers such as Mr Kasouf, as well as farmers, grain transporters and small manufacturers, are still waiting to find out the whereabouts of $1.2bn in missing funds.
http://jlne.ws/wIv5kx

**** An excellent piece by Hal Weitzman and Gregory Meyer, even if it is depressing.

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Report: Jeremy Grant moving to Singapore.
CME Group’s Allan Schoenberg reported today on his twitter account that the Financial Time’s Jeremy Grant will be moving to Singapore.  No further details are available about the plans of the FT Trading Room’s lead correspondent.  See www.twitter.com/allanschoenberg for the tweet about Mr. Grant and some cool pictures of Allan.

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Northwestern Memorial names Bernick, Brodsky to board posts
By: Kristen Schorsch and Thomas A. Corfman – Crain’s
(Crain’s) — Former Alberto Culver Co. executive Carol Bernick and Chicago Board Options Exchange CEO William Brodsky have been picked for top board posts at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.
http://jlne.ws/wKFvRs

**** Congratulations to Bill Brodsky on this new extracurricular activity.  Mr. Brodsky is a true community leader of Chicago in the tradition of those who formed the Chicago Board of Trade back in the 1840s.  Mr. Brodsky is also now the chairman of the board the organization that employs the father of two of my employees, my brother Scott Lothian.  Scott has been a pharmacist at Northwestern for many years caring for cancer patients.  I wish Mr. Brodsky well with his latest community endeavor.

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Eurex and IFM announce joint educational initiative
Press Release
IFM to deliver its best-in-class derivatives education for Eurex training purposes/ Eurex webinar series to target traders and investors in English and Portuguese languages
http://jlne.ws/ycmErU

**** An excellent choice of a partner for Eurex.

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CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) to Launch Futures on Radar Logic 28-Day Real Estate Index on February 2
Press Release
CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) announced today that on Thursday, February 2, it plans to launch futures trading on the Radar Logic 25-Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) RPX Composite Index (futures symbol: RPXCP). The index tracks U.S. residential housing values as a whole and is one of several Radar Logic 28-Day Real Estate indexes on which CFE may offer futures contracts.
http://jlne.ws/whspkz

***** I have no idea what this is.  I guess I better read about it.

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LSE makes a virtue of Italian banks’ needs
By Jeremy Grant – Financial Times
The London Stock Exchange has highlighted its continued reliance on Italian clearing to drive revenue growth as income from treasury activities more than offset a fall in revenues from UK share trading and other capital markets businesses.
http://jlne.ws/ydvBM9

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What Really Sunk NYSE Deal?
Bob Pisani – CNBC
NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer’s comment in Davos that there was only a “glimmer of hope” on the NYSE Euronext- Deutsche Boerse deal is a blunt recognition that the deal was sunk by a combination of a euro crisis that has engulfed the continent, and furious lobbying by euro banks whose derivatives business might be hurt by the deal.
http://jlne.ws/wBhcYx

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At Euro Talks, a Calm Arm-Twister From the U.S.
By ANNIE LOWREY – NY Times
WASHINGTON — The world’s financiers and finance ministers have descended on the annual forum in Davos, Switzerland, at another perilous moment, with the sovereign debt woes in Europe sapping strength from emerging markets and threatening global growth. Lael Brainard, America’s top financial diplomat, landed Thursday in Switzerland to help coax the European negotiations along.
http://jlne.ws/waBMpg

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CME deal shows the problem with corporate tax breaks
Taxpayers are left to shoulder the burden of unfilled promises
By Elizabeth Parisian – Stand Up! Chicago
For several months, CME Group Inc., which owns the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, threatened to relocate outside of Illinois unless it received a specially tailored tax break from the state. The company got its wish when the Illinois Senate passed a bill last month that reduced the financial exchanges’ tax bill by about $77 million.
http://jlne.ws/Al18Ah

**** A member of the group that tried to deliver the golden toilet to CME Group’s Terry Duffy makes a more traditional approach to political persuasion.

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JLN Interest Rates Newsletter

Deloitte Consumer Spending Index Ends 2011 on a Low Note; 2012 Outlook Suggests Contraction in Incomes, Future Spending
NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Despite small improvements in three out of four components, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) dipped slightly in December due to a decline in housing prices. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending. […] The Index, which comprises four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages, and real home prices — fell to 1.86 from a reading of 1.93 the previous month. 

Fed’s Bernanke To Lead College Classes On Role Of Fed In Today’s Economy
The Federal Reserve Board announced on Thursday that Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will deliver a series of lectures aimed at college students. Beginning on March 20, he will lead four classes on “The Federal Reserve and its Role in Today’s Economy” as part of a course offered to undergraduates at the George Washington University School of Business. The class will feature a variety of speakers who will discuss central banking. Chairman Bernanke’s lectures are scheduled for March 20, 22, 27 and 29 and will begin at 12:45 pm EDT.

Bernanke has finger on trigger for new bond buys 
Reuters
The Federal Reserve has moved closer to embarking on a new round of its controversial money-pumping after the central bank and its chairman Ben Bernanke highlighted a grim outlook for the U.S. economy.
http://jlne.ws/wny4n3

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Lead Stories

CME Clearing to Compete in Europe as Volume Grows, CEO Says
By Nandini Sukumar – Bloomberg
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) — CME Group Inc.’s European clearinghouse this month processed more than half the volume of last year’s trades, as it steps up competition in the region.
http://jlne.ws/A2Divi

US Exchanges’ Technology Faces Tougher Regulatory Scrutiny 
By Jacob Bunge Of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The technology used by U.S. stock exchanges faces tougher scrutiny from regulators following several high-profile breakdowns over the past year that snarled trading, according to people familiar with the matter.
http://jlne.ws/w4Ud2I

UK unveils bank regulation overhaul
By Norma Cohen, Economics Correspondent – Financial Times
Britain has announced the most sweeping overhaul in over a decade of the way it regulates its financial services sector, giving greater protection to customers including those using payday lenders.
http://jlne.ws/wnuxvf

HSBC Chief Economist: Austerity ‘Does Not Deliver’
Business Insider
Austerity alone does not deliver the rewards it is meant to and the threats of stunted economic growth and recession remain high in the euro zone, Stephen King, global chief economist at HSBC told CNBC.
http://jlne.ws/y1Fcfg

EU Red-Flags ‘Volcker’
By FRANCESCO GUERRERA,TRACY CORRIGAN and SIMON NIXON – WSJ
DAVOS, Switzerland—The European Commission will complain to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that proposed U.S. regulations could discourage banks from trading European sovereign bonds, potentially increasing funding costs for the Continent’s governments and worsening its credit crunch.
http://jlne.ws/wr6lUr

Geithner Hints at U.S. Support for More IMF Funds
By AARON BACK and GEOFFREY SMITH – WSJ
DAVOS, Switzerland—U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner hinted Friday that the Obama administration would support an increase in resources for the International Monetary Fund to fight the euro crisis—but only if Europe itself puts more of its own money on the line first.
http://jlne.ws/w9KtiF

Ackermann Says Greece Solution Still ‘Open’ as Debt Talks Resume
BusinessWeek
Resolving the Greek sovereign-debt crisis is crucial to avoiding contagion in Europe, said Deutsche Bank AG Chief Executive Officer Josef Ackermann, as private bondholders met Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to seek an accord to cut the nation’s borrowings.
http://jlne.ws/yI57MY

EU Delays Bank Bond Writedown Plans Until Fiscal Crisis Abates
BusinessWeek
Michel Barnier, the European Union’s financial services chief, said he’ll wait until the region is “past the worst” of its fiscal crisis before unleashing proposals to write down creditors at failing banks.
http://jlne.ws/xv8kPl

Monti Takes on Italian Bureaucracy as Policy Push Keeps Pace
BusinessWeek
Prime Minister Mario Monti’s Cabinet is set to approve a decree law to ease Italian bureaucracy and boost productivity as he tries to revamp Europe’s fourth-biggest economy to fend off fallout from the region’s debt crisis.
http://jlne.ws/xfjFtN

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting In Davos: European Leaders Call For Tighter Euro Discipline
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/A7DTig

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting In Davos: Mexico’s Calderon Urges Europe To Take Bold Action To Firewall Debt Crisis
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/w4tk2k

CEOs Meet in Davos Amid Gloomy Forecast
BusinessWeek
The CEOs of some of Europe’s richest companies, gathering at this week’s World Economic Forum amid a flood of negative economic forecasts, have a message for doubters: don’t count us out
http://jlne.ws/ztFeya

Europe could learn from US debt scramble
By Gillian Tett – Financial Times
Last summer, some of America’s largest banks secretly stocked their cash machines with the maximum possible supply of notes. The reason? In July 2011, the bankers feared that the US might be about to suffer a technical default, because Congress could not agree on measures to raise the debt ceiling.
http://jlne.ws/yaq0pm

Environmental Trading News

California and Quebec to link emissions trading systems
Recharge
California plans to link its emerging cap-and-trade system with that of Quebec this year under the auspices of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), but challenges remain as allowances trade at record lows.
http://jlne.ws/x9kJzL

No energy industry backing for the word ‘fracking’
AP
A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines.
http://jlne.ws/wAvSfm

‘Carbon floor price’ plans dealt a blow by MPs
guardian.co.uk
Government plans to prop up the price of emitting carbon dioxide for businesses have been dealt a blow by MPs, who have blasted the proposals as a handicap to British companies.
http://jlne.ws/yxrulw

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Exchange & ECN News

Nasdaq CEO: Not Interested In Buying London Stock Exchange At This Point
Eyk Henning, Dow Jones Newswires
DAVOS, Switzerland (Dow Jones)–Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. isn’t currently interested in buying London Stock Exchange Group PLC, Chief Executive Bob Greifeld said Thursday.
http://jlne.ws/AbVmuD

[Video] NYSE-Deutsche Boerse May Cause `Serious’ Problems
Bloomberg
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) — European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia discusses proposals for a European financial-transaction tax and the planned merger of NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse AG’s trading and post-trading operations.
http://jlne.ws/AqTFZx

EU’s Almunia: Still No to NYSE-Deutsche Boerse Merger
CNBC
The European Union’s Commissioner for Competition dismissed criticism that moves to block the merger between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse were indicative of a Europe-wide problem of being too difficult on regulation.
http://jlne.ws/xxt54E

CME Group Clearing Advisory
FTP Connectivity Conversion Deadline – April 2, 2012
http://jlne.ws/AjcxFg

EEX executes second Lithuanian EUA Auction – Lithuanian Ministry of the Environment extends contract with EEX
Press Release
Today, the second primary market auction of EU Emission Allowances (EUA) on behalf of Lithuania took place on the Spot Market of the European Energy Exchange in accordance with the agreement signed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and EEX on 28 November 2011.
http://jlne.ws/zLdeb7

PLUS Derivatives Exchange Limited Appoints Gavin Bridge
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/ArVpJa

NASDAQ OMX Baltic Exchanges Announce Companies With The Best Investor Relations In The Baltic Region – Quality Of investor Relations In The Baltics Has Improved By 40% Since 2006
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/y18VMT

NASDAQ OMX Appointed As Supplier Of News Distribution Service By Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/zg8kd2

London Stock Exchange Group Plc Interim Management Statement For The Period To 26 January 2012, Including Revenues And KPIs For The Three Months Ended 31 December 2011 (Q3)
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/w1m4ov

NZX: Markit Transaction Update
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/z7f0ht

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority To Issue Guidance On Effective Disclosure In Offer Documents
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/wc2XWc

MICEX-RTS Indices Weekly Review
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/wAz64x

MICEX-RTS Group To Amend The Procedure For Removing Shares From The List Of Securities Admitted To Trading In The Exchange On The Initiative Of Issuer
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/yDx01T

Banks, Brokers & Dark Pools

JPMorgan admits it weighed euro exit
By Patrick Jenkins in Davos – Financial Times
Jamie Dimon, the straight-talking chief executive of JPMorgan, has admitted the bank considered pulling out of the eurozone’s most troubled periphery on economic grounds, but ultimately opted instead to stay for the long term.
http://jlne.ws/z19dEi

Deutsche Bank’s Incoming Co-CEO Says Financial Regulation Will Have A Specific Unintended Consequence For Banks
Business Insider
…there’s going to be powerful consolidation within our industry, which means that those who survive this will actually wind up with a margin expansion over time, Jain said.
http://jlne.ws/ySCByT

‘Corporate Broking’ Faces Scrutiny in U.K.
BY DANA CIMILLUCA AND SARA SCHAEFER MUÑOZ – WSJ
LONDON—While prominent hedge-fund manager David Einhorn was the focus of the latest alleged insider-trading case this week, a supporting actor in the drama belongs to a fraternity of London bankers that also is under increased scrutiny. Andrew Osborne, until last month a so-called corporate broker in the sprawling London outpost of Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch investment-banking unit, is alleged to have passed sensitive information to Mr. Einhorn, according to people familiar with the matter.
http://jlne.ws/Ad80wk

UBS Says Brazil Investment Banking Chief Centola Has Left Firm
BusinessWeek
UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, said that Eduardo Centola, head of investment banking in Brazil, has left after 15 months at the firm.
http://jlne.ws/wPvfOh

BNP Paribas to sell $11bn energy loan portfolio
By Anousha Sakoui and Helen Thomas in New York and Scheherazade Daneshkhu in Paris – Financial Times
BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank by assets, has put on the block up to $11bn of loans to oil and gas companies.
http://jlne.ws/zl6Xik

Investors Beware: Falling Wall Street Pay Could Wind Up Hurting You!
Jake Zamansky – Forbes
Investment bankers and stock brokers are hurting. Bonuses for bankers have been slashed across Wall Street. As James Stewart noted over the weekend in The New York Times, the bankers and traders at Morgan Stanley were particularly stunned as the firm announced it was capping cash bonuses for 2011 at $125,000!
http://jlne.ws/xj7FIi

Key Businesses of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Corporate Equity Solutions Ranked #1 for 2011 by The Washington Service
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/zld61S

RBS halves chief’s annual bonus
CNN
Royal Bank of Scotland has sought to defuse mounting political and public pressure in awarding chief executive Stephen Hester a bonus of just under £1m, less than half the amount he received for 2010.
http://jlne.ws/zVit5H

Credit Suisse Senior Banker Pay May Drop 20%
BusinessWeek
Credit Suisse Group AG, the second- biggest bank in Switzerland, told senior investment bankers that compensation for 2011 will be 30 percent lower on average than the previous year, four people briefed the discussions said.
http://jlne.ws/ygx6x8

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Continues to Expand Its Credit Fixed Income Team
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance
http://jlne.ws/zBxCBC

Morgan Stanley’s Mettler, Head of Foreign-Exchange Trading, Departs Firm
Bloomberg
Stephen Mettler, who oversaw Morgan Stanley (MS) ‘s interest rates and foreign-exchange trading businesses, has left the bank.
http://jlne.ws/y6a7dc

Schwab Offers Insight and Resources for Investors Navigating Cost Basis Reporting Changes
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
http://jlne.ws/A6o82Q

UK Panel Mulls Stripping Banker Of Knighthood
OfficialWire
Sir Fred Goodwin built Royal Bank of Scotland into one of the world’s largest banks, and walked away with a knighthood and a fat pension after the bank’s collapse.
http://jlne.ws/fEupZf

Bob Diamond Just Talked About Risk And Showed Why He’s Speaking A Different Language Than Regulators
Business Insider
In an interview with Bloomberg , Barclays CEO Bob Diamond said that regulators pushing for large banks to break up are misguided, because the universal business model is a “diversifier of risk.”
http://jlne.ws/yDqfxQ

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/2012/dig012712.htm

SEC Charges Latvian Trader In Account Hacking Scheme
By Andrew Ackerman Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Latvian trader on Thursday with concocting a widespread hacking scheme in which he manipulated the prices of more than 100 U.S.-listed stocks and caused more than $2 million in harm to customers of brokerage firms.
http://jlne.ws/A4Hu44

SEC Charges Boiler Room Operators in Florida-Based Penny Stock Manipulation Scheme
Press Release
Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2012 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a Fort Lauderdale-based firm and its founder with conducting a fraudulent boiler room scheme in which they hyped stock in two thinly-traded penny stock companies while behind the scenes they sold the same stock themselves for illegal profits.
http://jlne.ws/ymWDtq

SEC Advisory Committee on Small And Emerging Companies to Meet Wednesday
Press Release
Washington, D.C., Jan. 26, 2012 — The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that its Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet on Wednesday, February 1, beginning at 10 a.m. EST.
http://jlne.ws/xHsfiA

Remarks By Commissioner Elisse B. Walter At The 2011 SEC Government-Business Forum On Small Business Capital Formation
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/ydVb1v

Effective Date of NFA Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rule 2-36 regarding Price Slippage and Price Requoting
http://jlne.ws/wDcinY

Barbara Roper: CFTC’s Message to Municipalities: Caveat Emptor
The Huffington Post
In a little noticed vote, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission reversed course last week on a rule that had the potential to save cities and school districts across the country billions in excess costs on the swaps they purchase to hedge their interest rate and other risks.
http://jlne.ws/zAXaxn

Montana farmers meet with commodities regulator
Billings Gazette
The Montana Grain Growers met with the chief commodities regulator in the MF Global meltdown that has left $1.2 billion missing from farm and business accounts.
http://jlne.ws/xm293u

Stanford tells of $5.5bn cash pile on video
By Kara Scannell in Houston – Financial Times
Allen Stanford told top executives that Stanford International Bank had $5.5bn in excess cash in October 2008, despite receiving private warnings that the bank was running out of cash, according to a prosecutor and video played at his criminal trial over a $7bn Ponzi scheme.
http://jlne.ws/A5bQgz

FSA consults on changes to the Listing Rules
Press Release
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today proposed a number of changes to the Listing Rules that set out the requirements for companies listed in the UK.
http://jlne.ws/x9lts5

FINRA Warns Investors of Email Hack Attacks
Press Release
WASHINGTON – The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today issued a new Investor Alert called Email Hack Attack? Be Sure to Notify Brokerage Firms and Other Financial Institutions. FINRA has received an increasing number of reports involving investor funds being stolen by fraudsters who first gain access to the investor’s email account and then email instructions to the firm to transfer money out of the brokerage account.
http://jlne.ws/zWH0pX

Investments – Indexes – Managed Futures – Managed Funds

AlphaMetrix Kicks Off 2012 Summit 
Press Release
Chicago, IL – January 26, 2012 – AlphaMetrix LLC, founder and operator of the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace (AGM), the leading secure online marketplace for private investments, announced the kickoff of its annual AlphaMetrix Summit for the hedge fund, commodity trading advisor and private equity community.
http://jlne.ws/zPRlfO

Comeback Trail? LCH Clearnet Lowers Margin Requirement for Irish Bonds
Wall Street Journal Blogs
Clearing house LCH.Clearnet said Thursday it is lowering the margin it requires for positions in Irish government bonds cleared through its RepoClear service.
http://jlne.ws/zIDLhB

DealBook: In Punishing Year for Hedge Funds, Biggest One Thrived
New York Times
Bridgewater Associates, which manages nearly $120 billion, posted returns of 23 percent in 2011 – a year when the average hedge fund portfolio lost 5 percent.
http://jlne.ws/x1gAqC

Texas Fund ‘Eaten Alive’ by Hedge Fees May Curb Costs by Hiring In-House
Bloomberg
Texas’s Permanent School Fund may hire in-house money managers to oversee its $25 billion in assets because returns are being “eaten alive” by hedge-fund fees, according to Chief Investment Officer Holland Timmins.
http://jlne.ws/wFE0wO

Jeff Sangalis Joins ORIX Corporate Capital as Managing Director of Mezzanine & Private Equity Co-Investments
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
http://jlne.ws/zu87Va

BNP Paribas Expands Its Hedge Fund Administration Services
Marketwire via Yahoo! Finance
NEW YORK, NY– – BNP today announced the roll-out of a major investment program to expand its hedge fund and fund of hedge fund administration services, for both UCITs and offshore funds.Placing transparency, …
http://jlne.ws/y8MWG7

Northern Trust Offers New Fund of Hedge Funds Reporting Platform
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Northern Trust has enhanced its offering to Fund of Hedge Funds clients with a new reporting platform which provides clients with better, more flexible access to key data elements.
http://jlne.ws/ymyyTx

Deutsche Börse: Tenth bond listed on the Entry Standard 
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/yMR2A1

JIM ROGERS: Watch Out For 2013
Business Insider
Experts are increasingly pointing to 2013–not 2012–as the new year of doom. Peter Orszag warned of a gathering storm of expiring tax cuts, mandatory spending cuts, and another debt ceiling fight headed for the U.S.
http://jlne.ws/xYBKry

Media News

Twitter to restrict user content in some countries
Gerry Shih – Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Twitter announced Thursday that it would begin restricting Tweets in specific countries, renewing questions about how the social media platform will handle issues of free speech as it rapidly expands its global user base.
http://jlne.ws/xo7VMf

Morgan Stanley CEO wants off-the-record sit-down with teasing Fox Business host
Yahoo! News
Like many financial world executives, Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman is in Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum. But Gorman is eager to get back to the States, where he’s planning to have a private dinner with one of his company’s harshest media critics.
http://jlne.ws/yYQWof

For $2 a Star, an Online Retailer Gets 5-Star Product Reviews
By DAVID STREITFELD – NY Times
In the brutal world of online commerce, where a competing product is just a click away, retailers need all the juice they can get to close a sale. Some exalt themselves by anonymously posting their own laudatory reviews. Now there is an even simpler approach: offering a refund to customers in exchange for a write-up.
http://jlne.ws/zgzv7x

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

HSBC Names Kaber McLean as Japan Head, Replacing Milne
BusinessWeek
http://jlne.ws/xQ2EXg

Tokyo Commodity Exchange: Non-Standard Combination Orders (NSCO) Can Be Placed Across Oil And Chukyo-Oil Markets
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/AgjrpS

Hong Kong’s Securities And Futures Commission: Broker Convicted Of Market Manipulation
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/x0Q3Ds

Frontier Markets

Malawi Stock Exchange Weekly Report Week Ending 27th January, 2012
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/wAI3J2

MCX Weekly Market Report January 20, 2012 – January 25, 2012)
Press Release
http://jlne.ws/yL67TX

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