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January 21, 2013
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  Morning Bell 
  • Bond dealers get chance to comment on policy changes
    The U.S. Treasury Department sent a questionnaire last week looking for opinions on "current drivers of supply and demand in the Treasury bill and repo markets," as well as how new regulations are affecting trading. Officials are also seeking to establish whether the new interest-rate swap market is seeing changes because of the new reporting requirements. Bloomberg (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry News 
  • WEF must contend with improving but sluggish economy
    More than 2,000 decision-makers worldwide are scheduled to gather this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The annual gathering is taking place amid an improving global economy. "There's a sense of relief that the worst didn't happen ... and I think that relief is probably justified," said Nariman Behravesh, IHS Global Insight's chief economist. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Washington Roundup 
  • U.S. regulators still have many rules to write
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is two-thirds done writing 60 rules as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. The Securities and Exchange Commission has written 33 of 95 rules. Analysts expect the most important outstanding rules to be finished this year, but the entire process likely will take until at least 2014 to complete. The Trade News (U.K.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rep. Markey says SEC can rein in high-frequency trading
    Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, suggests that because of a 1989 law he co-sponsored, the agency has the ability to slow down, or even stop, high-frequency trading. Markey references a law that gives the SEC power to "limit practices which result in extraordinary levels of volatility." Reuters/MacroScope blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
    President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Commentary: More muni-market regulatory changes are expected
    Andrew Kramer of Interactive Data explains some of the major regulatory developments affecting the municipal securities market in 2012. For example, the Dodd-Frank Act required that municipal advisers register with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and the Securities and Exchange Commission. "As we refine our expectations for 2013, we anticipate that regulatory change will continue, including (but not limited to) the array of issues and rules that gained prominence during 2012," Kramer writes. The Bond Buyer (special access for readers of SIFMA SmartBrief) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Asset/Wealth Management Report 
  • Political dysfunction is biggest worry of advisers' clients
    The most urgent concern of financial advisers' wealthy clients is the inability of U.S. politicians to compromise on taxes and spending, according to two surveys. A survey by UBS Wealth Management Americas found affluent clients frustrated about "fiscal cliff" negotiations. A Reuters survey of advisers found that many of their clients feel the same way. Reuters (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIFMA News 
  • SIFMA's economic roundtable lowers forecasts, domestic political concerns dominate outlook
    SIFMA's Economic Advisory Roundtable published its outlook for full year 2012 and 2013, forecasting that the economy grew at a 2.2% rate in 2012 and will grow at a rate of 1.9% in 2013. "The Roundtable has slightly lowered its forecasts for U.S. growth in 2013 to 1.9% from 2.1% predicted in the 2012 midyear forecast, with concerns over the country's fiscal policy dominating the 2013 outlook," said Kyle Brandon, managing director, director of research at SIFMA. "Resolution of fiscal policies and the recovery of the real estate market were the most oft-cited upside risks to the forecast, while eurozone issues remain downside risks to the forecast." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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