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9/21/2018

More guidance is being offered by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association for dealing with foreign exchange, interest rate, equity and commodity derivatives contracts in the event that certain interbank offered rates cease to exist or are materially changed.

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ISDA
9/21/2018

The UK Financial Conduct Authority's use of sandboxes to support the development of new financial technology is anti-competitive because some firms could be at a disadvantage, representatives of French and German regulators told a panel. "We'd rather support an approach where we create a single point of contact," said Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Wuermeling.

9/21/2018

Shanghai Futures Exchange's launch of copper options today reportedly drew Swiss trading house Trafigura as one of the first to trade the contracts among the 120 participants that took part. Nearly 8,000 contracts changed hands in the morning session, equal to 40,000 tons of copper and estimated to be worth $292 million.

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Reuters
9/21/2018

The Shanghai Futures Exchange will propose a futures contract for alumina this year or early next year that would compete with CME Group's contracts. The exchange is also exploring stainless steel and aluminum alloy futures, although it takes a long time to launch a new contract in China, said SHFE's Zhang Zhiyong.

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Reuters
9/21/2018

Investors are not paying enough attention to structural challenges Europe faces because they are focused instead on Brexit, says Theodora Zemek, head of fixed-income strategy at Neptune Investment Management. But she says the risk of inflation and political uncertainty after a no-deal Brexit makes the UK also an unattractive proposition.

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Investment Week (UK)
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Neptune, Brexit
9/21/2018

Critics of the European Securities and Markets Authority's partial restrictions on binary options trading say the regulator should have gone further and banned the activity. Instead, ESMA has extended restrictions imposed in July for three months and has permitted trading to continue in certain circumstances.

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FXStreet
9/21/2018

Aston Martin says it wants a £5.1 billion valuation in an initial public offering in October, as the company prepares for any outcome of Brexit negotiations. The IPO bookrunner says there are orders for all available stock.

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Reuters
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Aston Martin
9/21/2018

Debt financing for Refinitiv has attracted investors from the US and Europe, with orders more than doubling a $13.5 billion target. But the deal might pose risk to investors because the Thomson Reuters spinoff has not changed borrower-friendly terms.

9/21/2018

AFME and the European Association of Independent Research Providers have issued guidance on rules from the UK Financial Conduct Authority to put unconnected analysts on equal footing with analysts connected with an initial public offering. The guidance proposes creation of an "unconnected analysts list" on which organisations register analysts' interest in receiving information about an IPO, as well as addressing process issues.

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Lexology
9/21/2018

Banks needing to vet third-party vendors to meet risk requirements have turned to standardized questionnaires, but concerns remain that the questionnaires need tweaking and that vendors are reluctant to share detailed information.