London clearinghouses safe for now, Dombrovskis says | EU, US tighten regulatory bonds | ICE launches way to trade credit derivatives
July 20, 2016
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London clearinghouses safe for now, Dombrovskis says
Valdis Dombrovskis, financial-services chief at the European Commission, is in no rush to cut a deal that shifts clearinghouse headquarters out of London. "I would not say this is the most urgent problem and the first issue now we're dealing with," Dombrovskis said.
MarketWatch (7/18) 
EU, US tighten regulatory bonds
The Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue has rebranded as the Joint EU-US Financial Regulatory Forum, a semiannual meeting that acts as a bridge between regulators. The forum's goal is to "improve transparency, reduce uncertainty, identify potential cross-border implementation issues, work towards avoiding regulatory arbitrage and towards compatibility of each other's standards, and promote domestic implementation consistent with international standards."
The Trade (UK) (7/19) 
ICE launches way to trade credit derivatives
Intercontinental Exchange has introduced a platform for investors to sidestep Wall Street banks when hedging default risk in the credit-derivatives market.
Bloomberg (7/19) 
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IMF downgrades global economic forecast to account for Brexit
The International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth projections by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.1% this year and 3.4% next year to reflect the likely consequences of the UK's surprise decision to withdraw from the EU. Before the Brexit vote, the agency had expected to raise its quarterly growth forecast, Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld said.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/19),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/19),  Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Brokers still working out Brexit implications
A month after the Brexit vote, financial-services providers, including brokers, trading venues and clearing banks, in London are still considering whether a move to the Continent will be necessary.
Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Regulatory Roundup
CFTC swaps-clearing rules create rift
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's proposal to include interest-rate swaps in clearing requirements to better align US rules with global ones is getting mixed reviews from industry groups.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (7/19) 
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EU opens door to hedge funds from Hong Kong, US, elsewhere
The European Securities and Markets Authority ruled that hedge funds from Hong Kong, Singapore and the US should be able to market themselves in the EU. Similar "passports" with some qualification were also granted to funds from Australia, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Japan, Jersey and Switzerland.
Reuters (7/20) 
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Industry Developments
Osaka Exchange woos clients with tech upgrade
Japan's Osaka Exchange has upgraded trading technology, speeding up order processing to attract clients. "We're trying to cultivate new investors both domestically and globally," said CEO Hiromi Yamaji.
Bloomberg (7/18) 
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Financial Technology
London fintech startups consider Berlin
Ten London financial-technology startups have been testing the waters for a move to Berlin since the Brexit vote as Germany steps up efforts to lure more business. "They are considering a move to Berlin so as not to lose access to the European single market," said Stefan Franzke of Berlin Partner.
Reuters (7/18) 
Commodities and Managed Futures
LME lengthens stay at temporary site
The London Metal Exchange will remain in a temporary location in Chelmsford, England, until Friday as it deals with a structural issue at its Finsbury Square headquarters.
FOW (subscription required) (7/19) 
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