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Spread Betting Shares Plunge As EU Regulator Unveils Trading Crackdown

With two weeks to go before the implementation of the EU’s dreaded new regulatory overhaul, MiFID II has struck again… This time it’s hit the shares of several derivatives brokers which provide platforms for retail (mainly) investors to speculate on global stocks, currencies, commodities and ETFs. Only a few days ago, we explained how banks […]


Frontrunning: December 18

Bitcoin Takes Bigger Wall Street Stage With Smooth CME Debut (BBG) Trump targets China and Russia on national security (Reuters) Panthers owner to sell team amid misconduct allegations (Reuters) Prosecutors Treat Opioid Overdoses as Homicides, Snagging Friends, Relatives (WSJ) U.S. taxpayers rush to claim deductions under threat from tax bill (Reuters) This One Weird Tax […]


Banks Demand 11th-hour Reprieve On Key Part Of MiFID II

The clock is ticking down and there are only about three weeks to go before the dreaded MiFID II regulatory structure is implemented on 3 January 2018. While it’s been difficult to judge the industry’s preparedness for the change, several aspects of the new regulations have attracted the most debate and concern. These have included […]


Frontrunning: December 5

Clash Over Young Immigrants Hangs Over Year-End Budget Talks (BBG) Businesses Lobby for Breaks After Last-Minute Tax Changes (WSJ) Senate Bill ‘Bombshell’ Could Raise Taxes on Tech (BBG) Europe sucked into sell-off, sterling suffers Brexit blues (Reuters) After Tax Overhaul, GOP Will Pivot to Revamping Welfare (WSJ) Exiled son of slain Yemen ex-leader calls for […]


Death Of The Salesmen – Mifid II Strikes Again

Now they tell us… The imminent prospect – January 2018 – of Mifid II, with the unbundling of research costs, was bad enough in terms of complexity and lower profitability for both the buy and sell sides…never mind disastrous for the analysts who are likely lose their jobs. Now the regulatory powers that be in […]


UK Banks Too Scared Of Regulator To Open Accounts For Crypto Companies

Want to set up a company to trade cryptocurrencies in the City of London. Forget about it. Lloyd Blankfein tweeted about spending more time in Frankfurt, now London is shunning the fastest growing sector in finance. From the FT British banks are shunning companies that handle cryptocurrencies, forcing many to open accounts in Gibraltar, Poland […]


UK PMs Push Back As Regulators “Bend The Rules” To Accommodate Saudi Aramco IPO

All IPO’d up and no place to go? UK portfolio managers with $6.9 trillion resist rule bending by regulator to achieve Aramco London listing Another potential problem for the world’s biggest ever (potential) IPO… A lobby group representing UK portfolio managers with $6.9 trillion AUM has warned the UK financial regulator that bending the rules […]