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Hunting Guide: Paul McCormick Helps Students Find Financial Jobs
London’s financial industry employs about 250,000 people and the hurdles are high for new graduates and young professionals.

Paul McCormick, of Thomson Reuters in London is trying to help the next generation into the markets with helpful advice about getting a job. His blog,, may assist in bringing the best and brightest to firms.

“There’s a couple hundred companies in this industry,” he said. “All of these companies have got demand for talent each year. But from a graduate point of view, where do you start, you know? How do you find those opportunities?”

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Announcing Futures for Kids Walk to Work , Friday May 15 2015 – coinciding with the inaugural FFK Day
David Setters forwarded links to us about next year’s Futures For Kids events, including the annual Walk to Work and the inaugural FFK Day. Futures For Kids is a great organization that provides help to children in need, and even though their events are in May of next year, they need people to start early in order to build support. Take a look at the two links: Walk to Work – May 15 and ideas for how to make FFK Day 2015 a success on its launch. If you’d like to help or simply register your interest, send an email to David Setters,


Victory Lap: Five Minutes (or so) with Dax Rodriguez of Victory Networks
Sarah Rudolph
Dax Rodriguez recently joined Victory Networks, a market data and high-speed connectivity provider, as head of business development. An industry veteran in the fin-tech space, he has served as president of Livevol and worked at Deutsche Borse, Chicago Board of Trade, Ballista Securities and E*Trade Securities. We sat down with him to discuss his latest move, as well as recent developments in the technology space, what microstructure, how firms are cutting tech costs, plus compliance and transparency issues.


CFTC calls for international help on derivatives oversight
Philip Stafford – Financial Times
A top US markets regulator has called for his own agency to defer more oversight to overseas jurisdictions to prevent the vast global off-exchange derivatives market from fragmenting.

*****How do you put Humpty Dumpty together again when he was never whole in the first place?


Joseph Mecane to Join Equities Division at Barclays Bank
Bradley Hope – WSJ
Joseph Mecane was hired to join the equities division of Barclays Bank PLC, according to people familiar with the matter.

*****A big win for Barclays.


Bill Templer, Managing Director, Faventus Derivatives Consulting – Stretch Beyond Your Desk

“Whatever you do end up doing, find something in it that you can be the best at.”

Bill Templer, managing director for Faventus Derivatives Consulting, discusses the charitable side of his life and his work with Futures For Kids, an organization that raises money to support children living in poverty. Templer describes how Futures For Kids began with a group of individuals in the financial industry and how his work was able to lead him to new networking and job opportunities. Templer also discusses his career history and creates a list of advice he wished he knew when he was younger.

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Spot Trading Chosen For Second Consecutive Year As One Of The Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces
Spot Trading LLC, a leading proprietary trading firm, announced today that the firm was selected as one of The Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces for 2014. This is the second consecutive year that Spot earned a place on the Tribune’s list of the 100 Top Workplaces.

*****To Infinium and beyond!


EnterNext announces measures to boost Tech sector at its Tech Conference
EnterNext, the Euronext subsidiary designed to promote and grow the market for SMEs, announced three new measures to assist tech companies and raise their profile with investors. The announcement came at the first EnterNext Tech Conference, held today in Paris.

*****A resurgent Euronext sprouts a STEM.


Guess How Much Money Bill Gross Made Last Year?
Barry Ritholtz – Bloomberg
How much compensation the folks at Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as Pimco, haul in each year has always been a topic of fascination on Wall Street.

*****Even the net sum is a Gross number.


Norway Wealth Fund Outsmarts Flash Boys as Algorithms Abandoned
Saleha Mohsin – Bloomberg
Oeyvind Schanke, head of asset strategies at Norway’s $860 billion sovereign wealth fund, has worked out how to dodge traders in the U.S. trying to profit on his orders by leaving no pattern for them to track.

*****I knew Jon Matte’s random number generator would have a purpose someday.

***JM: The Norwegians originally just wanted it for a doorstop, but I guess it was useful after all.


Stringent rules for hedge funds make the financial system fragile
Sebastian Mallaby – Financial Times
Six years ago, hedge funds survived the financial crisis as the good guys of the system. Today, however, hedge funds’ stabilising role is being needlessly weakened – partly by regulators, who commit the sin of over-reach; but also by the hedge funders themselves, who have forgotten their own history.

*****Pure puffery and revisionist history. Plenty of hedge funds were not good guys during the crisis, and the hedge funds operating within banks at the time helped sink the ship.


The Options Alliance, Annual Conference: Join The Financial Startup Revolution
Monday, December 8, 2014
Arditti Center for Risk Management, DePaul Center, 8th Floor, 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago
Join us on December 8 for a deep dive into the exploding world of financial startups. Meet and mingle with your fellow entrepreneurs as you learn how to market, grow and fund a wide range of financial startups.


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Lead Stories

SGX talks to banks over launching Asian corporate-bond platform
Jeremy Grant – Financial Times
SGX, the Singapore exchange, is in talks with about 30 banks and asset managers, including UBS, Schroders and AllianceBernstein, about launching what would be Asia’s first electronic trading platform for regional corporate bonds next year.

Link Opens Between Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Markets
Alexandra Stevenson – Dealbook – NY Times
China took its biggest leap yet into the international markets on Monday morning when mainland investors began to trade shares in Hong Kong for the first time.

Regulator says Hong Kong-China stock trading quotas will be reviewed
The chairman of the Hong Kong securities market regulator said on Monday the trading quotas that are in place for a landmark scheme connecting Hong Kong to the Shanghai stock exchange will be reviewed going forward.

Trading goes back under the hammer
Tim Cave – Financial News
In an era when trading is hitting warp speed, several European exchanges are trying to slow markets down. Auctions, which some exchanges already hold at the start and end of each day to benchmark prices, are coming into fashion for other purposes.

Forex fines show still much to do on UK banking reform -lawmakers
Kylie MacLellan – Reuters
An international settlement over allegations of manipulation in the foreign exchange market shows reform of Britain’s banking system is still badly needed and must not be diluted, a group of British lawmakers said on Monday.

James A. Lebenthal, Muni Bond Expert, Dies at 86
James A. Lebenthal, America’s best-known municipal bond salesman, who turned the tax-free financial instruments called munis into a household word with radio and television ads dramatizing how ordinary investors built subways, sewers, bridges and schools, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 86.

Self-regulation could remain the status quo for FX
Joel Clark – Financial News
As six banks get out their chequebooks to pay $4.3 billion in fines for rigging foreign exchange markets, one key question is: what’s the best way of regulating this huge market?

Frankfurt Open for Yuan Clearing as Liquidity Rises
Weixin Zha – Bloomberg
Frankfurt, which is seeking to corner a share of the burgeoning offshore yuan market, is setting the ball rolling with its first clearing of transactions in the Chinese currency.


Bridging the Week: FX Manipulation, Swaps Trading Rules, Customer Funds, Supervision, Pay to Play
Gary DeWaal – Katten Muchin Rosenman
Long anticipated enforcement actions and fines against a number of financial institutions involving allegations of attempted manipulation of foreign exchange benchmark rates were finally brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the UK Financial Conduct Authority and other international regulators. However, the insight of one new CFTC commissioner regarding the efficacy of the agency’s approach to the execution of swaps—presented in a prepared speech he was not permitted to deliver—also was notable this past week.

U.S. court affirms SEC stance on withholding Wall Street arbitration records
Suzanne Barlyn – Reuters
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not have to release records about its supervision of Wall Street’s arbitration process to a group of investors’ lawyers, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

SEC and SBA to Host Event on Small Business Capital Raising Prior to Small Business Forum
The Securities and Exchange Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, today announced they will jointly host an event on November 19, a day prior to this year’s Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, to inform small business owners and entrepreneurs about new options that are and will become available for capital raising under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

CFTC’s Giancarlo slams automatic cut to dealer threshold
Republican commissioner Chris Giancarlo is calling for the CFTC to hold a “proper vote” and seek industry input before de minimis threshold is slashed from $8 billion to $3 billion in 2017

SEC Announces Agenda and Panelists for Small Business Forum
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda and panelists for next week’s Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation.

CFTC Staff Issues Extension to Time-Limited No-Action Letter on the Applicability of Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border Situations

Collaboration could ease KYC burden
Kimberley Long – Euromoney Magazine
Meeting KYC requirements is an irksome and expensive task for banks to contend with. But there are a slew of offerings from financial-services companies to ease the compliance burden.

‘Revolving door’ has one-way flow from regulation to industry
According to new data, financial regulators appear to serve as ‘schools’ for professionals to move on to industry, raising more questions about the integrity of regulation because of the ‘revolving door’

The Financial Conduct Authority and industry agree to improve the way consumer complaints are dealt with
Financial firms have collaborated with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on a thematic review and, as a result, have agreed to make improvements to the way they deal with consumer complaints. The FCA will be consulting on possible changes to its dispute resolution rules later this year.

Remarks At The 15th Annual “Live From The SEC” Conference – SEC Commissioner Kara M. Stein, Washington DC., Nov. 13, 2014

Remarks To The ALI CLE 2014 Conference On Life Insurance Company Products, Norm Champ, Director, SEC Division Of Investment Management, U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2014

Exchanges & Trading Facilities

The beginning of a long journey
Charles Li Direct
We are just a couple of days away from the launch of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. More than a year of discussions and months of intensive market preparations all come down to the opening gong on Monday morning, when funds will flow directly between the Hong Kong and Shanghai markets for the very first time.

Chi-X Australia Hires NuPont’s Lampropoulos for Market Data
Sydney, Australia-based alternative trading system Chi-X Australia has appointed Chris Lampropoulos to lead development of its market data business.

ADX CEO Partakes In International Forum In Italy
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) Chief Executive, Mr. Rashed Al Balooshi, participated in an international meeting held in Sorrento, Italy from the 7th to 8th of November.

Ukrainian Exchange Eyes Data Policy Harmonization with Moscow Exchange

MIAX Options – Change To Allow Orders Of Any Size To Initiate A PRIME Auction At Or Better Than The NBBO – Effective December 1, 2014

Direct Edge Trading Notice #14-51: EDGA Functionality Changes

TOM MTF Statistics Week 46

Hedge Funds & Managed Futures

Hedge funds’ big bets on energy companies pummeled in 3rd quarter
Svea Herbst-Bayliss – Reuters
Some of the hedge fund industry’s most respected firms made bigger bets on a wide swatch of energy companies during the third quarter only to watch the stocks get pummeled by falling crude oil prices.

Michael Hasenstab Bets Big in Controversial Places
Matt Wirz – WSJ
Ukraine’s deputy prime minister was in a bind when he came to the San Mateo, Calif., office of mutual-fund manager Michael Hasenstab in January 2013. The country’s cash reserves were shrinking, but the International Monetary Fund refused to unfreeze loans to Ukraine unless it abandoned currency and energy-price controls.

Paulson hangs on to gold in 3rd quarter; Soros cuts back
Frank Tang – Reuters
Hedge fund Paulson & Co maintained its stake in the world’s biggest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, SPDR Gold Trust, in the third quarter, bolstering the confidence of bullion investors at a time when an improving U.S. economic outlook pummeled gold prices.

Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management to Create Advisory Board
Juliet Chung And Jenny Strasburg – WSJ
Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management plans to establish an advisory board with prominent business figures as part of ongoing efforts to bolster its management and move beyond the problems of its predecessor, SAC Capital Advisors LP, according to people familiar with the matter.

Oceanwood Capital Closes Fund at $2 Billion to Investors
Lindsay Fortado – Bloomberg
Oceanwood Capital Management LLP, the London-based hedge fund run by Christopher Gate, closed its main Opportunities Fund to new investors after reaching $2 billion in assets, according to a letter to clients.

Dog Ate the Alpha, Other Excuses for Why Your Fund Stinks
Michael P. Regan – Bloomberg
Wall Street strategists have crunched a lot of numbers recently in an effort to answer a simple question: why did active fund managers do such a lousy job picking stocks this year?

Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bets in Fastest Exit This Year: Commodities
Marvin G. Perez and Joe Deaux – Bloomberg
Hedge funds extended their fastest exit from gold this year, cutting bullish gold wagers for a third week.

If active managers’ fees were a country, it would have the GDP of Switzerland
Joshua M Brown –
The New York Times’s personal finance section gets a the jump on a State Street applied research report coming out Monday on investor habits and behavior. I’ll spare you the suspense – they find that people, pros and amateurs alike, are obsessed with finding alpha no matter what the cost and worry more about benchmarks or the performance of others versus their own personal goals (which are barely formed or quantified).

Bessemer Hires Frecentese for Hedge-Fund Advisory Role
Juliet Chung – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Multi-family office Bessemer Trust has hired Frank Frecentese to help build out its business advising wealthy families on hedge-fund investments, nabbing him from Societe Generale’s Lyxor asset management arm.

Banks & Brokers

Deutsche and JP Morgan vie for position as finishing line looms
Nick Kostov – Financial News
The race to be the biggest fee-earner in European investment banking is in its final lap – and it is too close to say who will nose ahead.

UBS looking to take back bonuses from forex traders
Neha Dimri – Reuters
UBS AG, among the six banks fined this week for their role in the global foreign exchange scandal, is looking at clawing back bonuses from its traders.

Stanley Fink FX venture seeks global institutional clientele
Tim Cave – Financial News
Isam, the alternative asset manager founded in 2008 by Stanley Fink, the former Man Group CEO, has launched a new foreign exchange brokerage service in an attempt to take advantage of bank retrenchment in the sector.

Lazard: Worlds apart, but working together at last
Nick Kostov – Financial News
Do not try to tell anyone at Lazard that it is really three separate firms – in London, Paris and New York. Such suggestions touch a nerve.

Global Trading Systems Taps Credit Suisse Electronic Fixed-Income Chief
Katy Burne – WSJ
Ryan Sheftel, the global head of fixed-income electronic trading at Credit Suisse Group AG , left the firm earlier this month to take up a new post at Global Trading Systems LLC, said people familiar with the matter.

Clearing & Settlement

Clearing deadlines seem like endless hurdles
Chris Hall – Financial News
As regulators start another lap of their race to move the trading of derivatives into clearing houses, they probably think only of the finish line – a market in which transparency reduces risk.

IOSCO Consults On Post-Trade Transparency In The Credit Default Swaps Market

CME raises margins for crude oil, gasoline futures

Indexes & Products

GMEX Group and Tradition announce strategic partnership
Global Derivatives Indices (GDI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Markets Exchange Group International LLP (GMEX Group), today announced a strategic partnership with Tradition, the interdealer broking arm of Compagnie Financière Tradition, to use prices from Trad-X to calculate a new USD version of GDI’s Constant Maturity Index (CMI). This will underpin the GMEX interest rate swap (IRS) Constant Maturity Futures (CMF) contracts.

An ever-increasing desire for ETFs
The ETF Risk European survey has revealed an increase in holdings of ETFs over the past year by more than 40% of respondents – and more than half expect to further increase these holdings over the next 12 months.


Technology’s impact on Sefs keeps growing, say Sefcon delegates
Executives from Pimco, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley among others discussed the impact of technology on swap execution facilities in their first year and what to expect going forward

Thomson Reuters Supports 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit As Knowledge Partner
Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, will participate as a Knowledge Partner in the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit set to take place from November 19th to 21st in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Calastone Appoints Cristóbal Conde As Chairman Of The Board
Calastone, the global funds transaction network, has appointed Cris Conde as the new Chairman of the Board. Cris will be taking up his post with immediate effect working closely alongside Julien Hammerson, the CEO, to continue the growth trajectory of the business.

SunGard Adds Fixed Income Market MTS BondVision to Hosted Platform, Facilitating Cross-Asset Trading

Misys Named A Leader In Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For International Retail Core Banking


SEC Charges Business Owner and Stockbroker in Maryland-Based Offering Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the owner of a Maryland-based real estate company with conducting an offering fraud and spending investor money on such personal expenses as his mortgage, country club dues, and season tickets to the Baltimore Ravens.

[AMF Canada] On-line trading platforms – Updated list of unauthorized sites
The Autorité des marchés financiers (the “AMF”) is notifying Québec consumers that it recently identified an on-line binary options trading platform that is not authorized to offer products and services in Québec: Quebeckers should therefore not trade via this website.

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Fines Chase De Vere For Failures Surrounding Sale Of Keydata Products

Bourse de Montréal: Disciplinary Decision — Offer Of Settlement The Kyte Group Limited

Environmental & Energy

U.S.-China climate change deal already facing challenges
Christi Parsons, Julie Makinen and Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times
A landmark agreement on climate change between the U.S. and China, the world’s top two polluting nations, faced immediate challenges from experts who warned that it would require an overhaul of China’s economy and from Republicans in Congress who vowed to undermine the deal.

How realistic are the U.S.-China climate change goals?
Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
The newly announced landmark plans by the U.S. and China to limit their greenhouse gas emissions left open the question of how realistic the targets are.

Post Climate Pact, IEA Warns Fossil Fuel Trends Dire
Bobby Magill, Climate Central
The odds that any climate change agreement among the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters will succeed became a little greater on Tuesday as China and the U.S. committed to slash carbon pollution in the coming decades.


SGX Bull Charge raises $2.6 million for children, elderly, youths and families
Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Bull Charge 2014 charity run has raised $2.6 million this year, benefiting hundreds of underprivileged children, youths, the elderly and families from four charities, namely Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA), Autism Association of Singapore, Fei Yue Community Services and Shared Services for Charities.

Shanghai free-trade zone set to ease outbound investment rules
Lifen Zhang In Shanghai – Financial Times
China is set to use the Shanghai free-trade zone as a testing ground to grant Chinese people greater freedom to make overseas investments, according to the most senior official in Shanghai.

Investors eye quick gains from HK-Shanghai exchange tie-up
Josh Noble in Hong Kong – Financial Times
It took slightly more than 10 minutes for international investors to plough more than $1bn into the Shanghai equity market on Monday morning, as a new trading scheme began to reshape the way the world interacts with China’s financial markets.

JCCH SPAN Parameter Update effective Nov. 17

TOCOM Announces Trade Participation Survey Results
The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc. announced today the results of its annual trade participation survey. The survey details market participant activity, by attribute, for September 2014.

Frontier Markets

Saudi Bank’s Shariah Pledge Seen Inspiring Few Followers
Daria Solovieva and Deema Almashabi – Bloomberg
National Commercial Bank (NCB)’s pledge to convert to Islamic banking is unlikely to inspire many Saudi Arabian rivals to follow anytime soon.

Road to Ivory Coast open for buyout firms
Alec Macfarlane – Financial News
Some of the largest private equity investors in sub-Saharan Africa are considering expanding into Ivory Coast, a country that is currently experiencing an economic renaissance after years of conflict.

Buyout firms explore Africa’s frontier markets
Alec Macfarlane – Financial News
When Kohlberg Kravis Roberts invested roughly $200 million in a rose farm in Ethiopia this summer, many in the market were surprised.

DFM Achieves 100% Compliance In UAE Companies’ Disclosure Of The Quarterly Results

Cairo Amman Bank Weekly Economic Monitor

Borsa Istanbul Monthly Report – October 2014

Nigerian Stock Exchange Weekly Report For The Week Ended 14 November 2014

Malawi Stock Exchange Weekly Trading Report For Week Ending 14th November, 2014

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