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12 March 2013
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  • Juncker: European reform must not be allowed to falter
    Although the worst of the eurozone debt crisis has passed, Europe must press ahead with structural reform, former Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker says. "We have kept Greece in the eurozone, introduced bailout mechanisms for the monetary union and established a European banking union," he said. "Nevertheless, I am concerned that the temporary calm on the financial markets could weaken the will for renewal." Der Spiegel (Germany) (English online version) (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Activity 
 
  • Japanese IPOs are set to increase 67% as stocks rally
    With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy fueling a stock market rally, initial public offerings could increase 67% this year, the Japan Venture Capital Association said. Social networking, gaming and information technology companies will account for most of the firms going public, Chairman Toshihisa Adachi said. Bloomberg (12 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Soaring Dow comes with risk
    The Dow Jones industrial average has hit a historic high, but the good news should be greeted with caution, according to The Economist. "The central banks are pursuing the right policy for a weak world economy, but it has risks ... The kind of high-risk securities that marked the credit bubble are starting to reappear," the magazine notes. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (09 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economics 
  • Nuclear-power sector sees decline instead of expected expansion
    Rapid expansion that the U.S. nuclear-power industry expected five years ago has failed to emerge amid safety concerns and less expensive energy generated from natural gas and wind. Although five nuclear-power plants are being built, at least as many are scheduled to be shut down for economic or safety reasons. The Washington Post (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Emphasis on jobs gives Fed unfamiliar role
    For the first time, the Federal Reserve is trying to use its power to reduce unemployment, something it sees as key to supporting economic recovery. The extent to which the Fed, which doesn't have power to order an employer to hire people, can influence the labor market remains questionable. The Washington Post (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Geopolitical/Regulatory 
  • Experts warn EU transaction tax would hurt repo market
    Industry experts are concerned about Europe's proposed tax on financial transactions and how it would affect the repo market. "The repo market will disappear," said Gabriele Frediani, head of MTS. Frediani says the tax could force the market to shrink by 99%. Reuters (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Derivatives rules need gradual implementation, ESMA says
    European Securities and Markets Authority Chairman Steven Maijoor says derivatives rules need to be rolled out gradually, so implementation might extend into next year. "It is a phasing-in and this is only logical, because it is such an enormous change to the whole sector," Maijoor said. The first step is registering central counterparties. Reuters (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SEC nominee White emphasizes need to understand HFT
    In testimony prepared for a confirmation hearing, Mary Jo White, nominated to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, highlights a need to better understand high-frequency trading, as well as a need for strict enforcement. "There must be a sense of urgency brought to addressing these issues to understand their impact on investors and the quality of our markets so that the appropriate regulatory responses can be made," White says in reference to HFT. She also says an aggressive enforcement policy "is not only the right thing to do, but it also will serve to deter the sharp and unlawful practices of others." Bloomberg (11 Mar.), Reuters (11 Mar.), The Washington Post (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Financial Products 
  • Global X ETF focuses on low volatility and high dividends
    Global X Funds is introducing on NYSE Arca an exchange-traded fund that buys low-volatility equities that pay high dividends. The Global X SuperDividend U.S. ETF is linked to the INDXX SuperDividend U.S. Low Volatility Index. The ETF invests in stocks, real estate investment trusts and master limited partnerships. IndexUniverse.com (11 Mar.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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