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07 November 2012
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  • Consumer crusader Warren is elected to U.S. Senate
    Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor who campaigned as a defender of middle-class families, was elected in Massachusetts to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Scott Brown. "For every family that has been chipped and squeezed and hammered, we're going to fight for a level playing field and we're going to put people back to work," she said at a victory celebration. The Boston Globe/Metro Desk blog (tiered subscription model) (07 Nov.), Forbes (06 Nov.), Bloomberg (07 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Greek workers stage nationwide strike
    Greeks held a nationwide strike Tuesday, shutting down airports, ports, subways, local government offices, banks and schools ahead of a vote in parliament on further government-backed austerity measures. An anti-austerity protest outside parliament drew 16,000 demonstrators. Beyond tax increases and spending cuts, the government wants to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67 and simplify the dismissal of civil servants. Spiegel Online (Germany) (06 Nov.), Kathimerini (Greece) (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ECB is expected to keep rates steady
    The European Central Bank is expected to hold interest rates Thursday, keeping Germany's strong stance in mind. The ECB doesn't want to undermine its bond-buying pledge, which has worked well to reduce borrowing costs in troubled nations. "If German political opinion swings back against the ECB, it may well be that the signal effect of the [bond-buying pledge] is weakened because markets panic about Germany's support," said Berenberg Bank's Christian Schulz, a former ECB economist. Reuters (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Economic challenges await Indian government
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's reshuffling of ministers has given the government a new look, but it has done little to deal with slumping growth and a widening budget deficit, according to The Economist. "The prospect may be for yet slower economic growth, just as India's ruling politicians raise their eyes towards a looming general election," the magazine notes. The Economist (03 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Financial advisers worry about clients' equity fear
    Many investors are missing out on the soaring stock market because they are afraid of equities, leaving financial advisers wondering whether they have an obligation to persuade clients to give equities another look. Investors are still pulling money out of equity mutual funds, even with the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average close to where they stood at the end of 2007. Reuters (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Committee official warns Basel III isn't enough
    The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision plans to overhaul capital rules for assets on banks' trading books and review capital rules for securitized debt, aiming to de-emphasize banks' reliance on assessments from credit rating agencies. However, Secretary General Wayne Byres warned that Basel III rules are not enough to ensure security of the financial system. "Basel III is necessary, and banks are reasonably well positioned to meet the new capital requirements -- but it is not sufficient," Byres said. Bloomberg (06 Nov.), City A.M. (London) (07 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Market watches how regulators treat Barclays' CoCo bond
    The market is keeping an eye on Barclays' contingent-capital bond to see how regulators will treat it. The bank is expected to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a step considered the first real test for CoCos outside the U.K. "There has been a lot of debate around contingent capital," a hybrid-capital banker said. "And while it wasn't endorsed by global regulators as an asset class under Pillar 1, the fact that the U.K. regulator is endorsing it under Pillar 2 means that other regulators might take a second look, and we do see a real market spring up." International Financing Review (free content) (07 Nov.), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups worry transaction tax will come to U.S.
    Investment and business groups expressed concern in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that a European effort to set up a financial-transaction tax will catch on in the U.S. "Now is not the time to experiment with policies that experience tells us will impede growth, fragment markets, increase market volatility, destroy savings and encourage uneconomic tax-motivated decisionmaking," the groups wrote. The Hill/On The Money blog (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFTC faces obstacles in fight for position limits
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is expected to appeal a September court ruling that struck down its position-limit rule. "The obvious option is to appeal, and [Chairman] Gary Gensler is reportedly contemplating a challenge to the judge's ruling," said Holland West, a partner at Dechert. "The CFTC will have additional options, such as challenging the ruling on remand or going through the regulatory process of creating a record to determine that specific position limits are necessary." However, the CFTC faces significant challenges, experts say. Risk.net (subscription required) (07 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU's OTC clearing mandates will take time, U.K. official says
    A Bank of England official says it is unlikely that the first clearing mandates for over-the-counter derivatives will be in effect in Europe before August, given necessary regulatory and legislative steps. "At that point, it is possible there will be [central counterparties] that have been authorized and that [the European Securities and Markets Authority] will pretty quickly, or around the same time, confirm that the central-clearing mandate applies for some or all of the products those CCPs clear," said Edwin Schooling Latter, head of payments and infrastructure at the U.K. central bank. Risk.net (subscription required) (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Citi faces rate-manipulation inquiry in Singapore
    The Monetary Authority of Singapore is investigating Citigroup for possible manipulation of interest rates, the company disclosed. Citi says in a financial filing that it is cooperating after receiving "additional requests for information and documents from various domestic and overseas regulators and enforcement agencies, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore and a consortium of state Attorneys General." The Wall Street Journal (06 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Products 
  • Global X aims to launch high-dividend ETF
    Global X Funds filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce an exchange-traded fund that aims to deliver a high dividend with low volatility. The Global X SuperDividend U.S. ETF would be linked to the INDXX SuperDividend U.S. Low Volatility Index. Zacks (06 Nov.), IndexUniverse.com (05 Nov.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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