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February 6, 2013
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  • Nasdaq and SEC discuss Facebook IPO settlement
    Nasdaq OMX Group reportedly is looking at settling with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which would include a $5 million penalty relating to technical errors during Facebook's initial public offering. Nasdaq has already offered more than $60 million in compensation to firms possibly harmed by the errors. Reuters (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Update 
  • FINRA delays start of price bands and circuit breakers
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has postponed the implementation of volatility controls, including circuit breakers, to April 8. In addition, the introduction of limit up/limit down on individual equities is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 30. The controls are part of a response to the May 2010 "flash crash." Traders Magazine Online (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Decades of low returns await investors, report says
    For the next 20 to 30 years, annualized worldwide returns on equities will reach 3% to 4% and less than 1% on bonds, according to a report by London Business School and Credit Suisse. Since 1980, real returns on equities and bonds have exceeded 6%, but those days are over, the report says. Many institutions still assume "unrealistic" returns of 6 to 8 percentage points higher than inflation, the report says. Pensions & Investments (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study predicts an uptick in revenue from high-frequency trading
    An industry study of U.S. equity markets predicts higher volume that will lead to a better year for high-frequency trading. HFT has been in a slump since its peak in 2009. The combination of investors returning to the market and the possibility of short periods of volatility is the perfect environment for HFT, the report says. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: U.S. lawsuit poses risks beyond S&P
    The Justice Department's lawsuit against Standard & Poor's could affect the industry for years, Lauren Tara LaCapra and Karen Freifeld write. "This is a very serious challenge. It resurrects all the legacy concerns about ratings agencies," said Edward Atorino of The Benchmark Company. While S&P plans to defend itself in court, experts say there is a risk that other ratings agencies will be damaged as well. Meanwhile, some Democratic lawmakers voiced support for the lawsuit. Reuters (2/5), The Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  New York Focus 
  Career Development 
  • A forecast for finance jobs
    Finance positions such as chief risk officer, compliance manager and emerging payments officer are among six that CTPartners predicts will see strong hiring this year. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On The Economy 
  Financial Products 
  • Security Benefit adds fund options to variable annuity
    Security Benefit has broadened choices under the EliteDesigns variable annuity by adding 71 fund options. The funds come in response to advisers' request for better tools to manage volatility and tax efficiency for clients, Vice President Michael Reidy says. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet

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