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Shifting the burden - Central banks need to do less, and politicians more  

January 28, 2016

The past seven years have been an extraordinary period for central bankers. Not only have they cut interest rates to zero (and even below) in the developed world; for the first time in their history central banks have greatly expanded their balance sheets, buying government bonds and other assets. Most economists agree that vigorous action was needed in the wake of the financial crisis in 2007-08 in order to head off a repeat of the Great Depression. 

 

So Yes, the Oil Crash Looks a Lot Like Subprime  

January 28, 2016

One year ago, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch drew a parallel between the subprime mortgage crash and the disorderly fall in the price of oil.

 

New Year, More Volatility – What Can Investors Do?  

January 27, 2016

The calendar has changed to 2016, but the volatility story remains. The key concern: weaker global growth and its possible ripple effects, including low oil prices for an extended period. How should investors approach this challenge?

 

Some silver linings for 2016  

January 26, 2016

Good news has probably been thin on the ground for most advisers this year. But on one issue – regulation – a silver lining seems to be emerging. Specifically, I’m thinking of Mifid II.

 

Basel III undercuts allure of notional pooling  

January 25, 2016

Regulatory requirements have increased the cost associated with notional pooling as a liquidity management tool, with many banks restricting the product to their best-rated clients.

 

Bank survey shows bankers worried about credit risks  

January 25, 2016

Eighty percent of Chinese bankers polled in a survey said the greatest pressure the Chinese banking sector faced last year was the prevention and control of credit risks and the containment of non-performing assets.

 

Dark equity trading increases despite looming regulations  

January 20, 2016

The value traded in dark multilateral trading facilities increased by 45% over a year to December 2015 despite the pending Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), which will limit fund manager’s abilities to trade shares away from stock exchanges.

 
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The Fixed Income Markets Today  

January 19, 2016

Over the past few weeks leading up to the end of 2015, we have experienced a pick-up in volatility in the fixed income markets. This volatility is most evident within the high yield sector, which has been under stress throughout the year. This stress, coupled with the end of nearly seven years of zero rates and indications that we could see more rate hikes in 2016, has pulled a lot of attention onto the fixed income market and raised many questions regarding how to allocate within the asset class.

 

Basel III Leverage Ratio Could Undermine Efforts to Address Systemic Risk in Derivatives Markets  

January 18, 2016

Following the 2008 financial crisis, regulators across the globe have pondered how to ameliorate systemic risk in derivatives markets. At the 2009 G-20 summit, international regulators committed to address this risk through clearing and capital requirements for market participants.

 

Looming MiFID II caps fail to quench buy side thirst for dark trading says ITG  

January 18, 2016

The value of dark equity trading jumped last year despite pending European regulations which will limit a fund manager’s ability to trade shares away from stock exchanges, according to research from equities broker ITG.  From December 2014 to December 2015, value traded in dark MTFs (Multilateral Trading Facilities) increased by 45%, while the volume of shares traded increased by just 25%.

 
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