Archive December 2017

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Week InReview: December 29, 2017

New York proposes 'best interest' rules amid federal delay - Life insurance, annuity sellers would have to meet standard; state regulator says move aligns with delayed federal rule (Dec 27) | Many comments critical of 'fiduciary' rule are fake - Wall Street Journal analysis shows 40% of respondents didn't write the posts that were attributed to them (Dec 27) | Breaking the sovereign-debt doom loop - There's another bit of unfinished business in the new Basel III bank-capital rules (Dec 26)

Week InAdvance: December 26, 2017

Tue Dec 26 Boxing Day. Some markets, including those in Australia, Canada, Germany and the U.K., are closed.

Week InReview: December 22, 2017

In case you missed it . . . 'Last look' gets thumbs down in updated currency-market guidelines Central bankers and industry participants made their strongest statement yet against the use of last look, the controversial practice in currency trading that allows dealers to back out of losing trades (Dec 19) | Blue chips drive borrowing binge to record $6.8tn in 2017 Corporate and sovereign debt climbs despite rate tightening ahead (Dec 19) | Court rules for lawsuit against stock exchanges to proceed Class-action suit alleges that Nasdaq, NYSE and others favor high-frequency trading over slow-moving investors (Dec 19) | Yield curve inversions and stocks are a toxic mix Every time since the mid-1970s that long rates have fallen below short rates, the S&P 500 has experienced a double-digit drawdown. | Stay on close watch for potential political shocks Markets can misprice elections and as monetary policy tightens, the impact could grow (Dec 18)

Week InAdvance: December 18, 2017

Tue Dec 19 Ex-Im nomination hearing. | Wed Dec 20 Brexit meeting in Brussels. | Thu Dec 21 Winter Solstice.

Week InReview: December 15, 2017

"What managers do mostly is identify potential, build teams, assign tasks, measure performance and provide feedback. Generally speaking, humans aren't very good at these tasks," said Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University College London. "Someday, we might not need managers anymore." Meet your new boss: an algorithm - The Wall Street Journal

Week InAdvance: December 11, 2017

Mon Dec 11 WTO in Buenos Aires. | Tue Dec 12 One Planet Summit in Paris. | Wed Dec 13 FOMC rate decision. Geminids meteor shower. | Thu Dec 14 FSOC meetings. INVESTORS Market Practices telecon. | Fri Dec 15 SEACEN in Bangkok

Week InReview: December 8, 2017

The European Union's MiFID II law that takes effect next month is expected to drive a significant, rapid shift in trading of bonds and derivatives to electronic and other trading venues. A Deloitte survey of a dozen buy-side firms showed the law will lead to a decline in private, over-the-counter, trading in many common contracts. "MiFID II will transform the market structure for non-equities," Deloitte said.

Week InAdvance: December 4, 2017

Mon Dec 4 IOSCO derivatives committee in Hong Kong. | Tue Dec 5 Closed Senate session on Fed chair nominee and S. 2155. IOSCO meets on regulating market intermediaries. | Wed Dec 6 CPMI-IOSCO policy group in Tokyo. | Thu Dec 7 SEC Investor Advisory Committee. House panels examine OFR, housing finance reform, federal regulatory regime. Basel III briefing in Frankfurt. | Fri Dec 8 MSRB Rule G-42 virtual workshop.

Week InReview: December 1, 2017

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