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BIS general manager Worries about a “Systemic Threat” Of Cryptocurrencies

BIS general manager Warns Against a “Systemic Threat” Of Bitcoin,

BIS general manager Warns Against a “Systemic Threat” Of Bitcoin, Urges “Pre-emptive regulation” From Law enforcement “If authorities do not act pre-emptively, cryptocurrencies could become more interconnected with the main financial system and become a threat… ” The Chief of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has pummeled bitcoin as a “combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster.”   Augustin Carstens questioned Tuesday the sustainability of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and commented federal government had a responsibility to shut down on the monetary system



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An Insignificant|A Little Canadian Bank Releases Digital Vault For Bitcoins

An Insignificant|A Little} Canadian Bank Reveals Digital Safe Storage For Bitcoins.
VersaBank, a Virtual Canadian chartered bank, is presents an innovative “Blockchain-based digital safety deposit box” for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies .

 the Bank published the hiring of a Chief Architect of Cyber Security  to organize a crew of engineers in developing a innovative Blockchain-based digital safety deposit box, named as the VersaVault. The service will be available by June and will serve as a means to store cryptocurrencies.

It is usual that physical assets such as precious metals be stored in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and even Singapore, but when it comes to virtual assets, could the country of choice soon be Canada? President and CEO David Taylor sure hopes so, and has positioned the bank to become a global leader in digital asset security from the standpoint of safety.

 . “The bank wouldn’t have any kind of back door to open up the vault, we’re just providing the facility that folks could put their digital keys in.”
 It is yet not known how safer a "blockchain-based" crypt will be compared to conventional  hard drives

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The FCA, UK’s financial regulatory institue, issued a warning concerning hazards of online investment fraudulence

The FCA, UK’s financial regulatory institue, posted a notice about risks of online investment fraud.

The FCA advised people be aware to frauds offering opportunities in binary options, contracts for difference (CFDs) and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

The FCA informed that retails market players are approarched by fraudsters through social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter, alternatively of by telephone, and are being tempted to invest by ensuring big income and associating the business opportunities to luxury products such as luxury cars and watches. Once someone invested, the prices distorted on their website, people are tied in with extreme pay-back conditions and many times customer accounts are shut down randomly as the scammers steal the investment.

The increase in these fraudulence has affected the profile of the likely victims, too. Until recently, the group of people above 55s has been most in jeopardy to investment rip-offs. Nevertheless, the FCA’s latest findings has found that people aged under 25 were 13% more probable to believe in an investment engagement they got via social media when compared with 2% for the over 55s. Overall, around 20% of the respondents to the FCA’s investigation stated that online client reports and testimonies improved their faith in a company or venture.

The FCA has started a ScamSmart system that advocates individuals to visit its dedicated website to estimate if a company is certified or to gather counsel about whether an opportunity is likely to be fraudulent.

The FCA’s main recommendation to clients is:
Decline unwanted financial offers regardless whether generated online, on social media or on the phone;
check the FCA register ahead of investing
review the FCA notice list of firms to avoid;
Acquire unbiased instruction in advance of investing.<


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The stock exchange advances while traders keep an eye the upcoming inflation data

The stock market rises while shareholders watch closely the upcoming inflation reading

 The stock exchange climbed today,buoyed by and Apple, while investors focused on upcoming inflation data that could upset the market’s fragile recovery. (AMZN.O) rose 1.9 percent while Apple (AAPL.O) added 0.73 percent, both helping the S&P 500 shake off a negative open to the session and climb 0.13 percent in afternoon trade.

Evidence of the impact of unpredictable, at times frenetic markets was obvious everywhere in recent days. Traders who traditionally pick up their phones to exchange tidbits of information and facts requested to speak after the close. Capital markets bankers cut meetings short to run back to their desks.
Among the biggest movers was sportswear retailer Under Armour (UAA.N), up more than 17 percent on solid quarterly sales, and AmerisourceBergen (ABC.N), up 8 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported Walgreens (WBA.O) was attempting to buy out the drug distributor.

Cleveland Fed president Loretta Mester, a voting member in the central bank’s rate-setting committee this year, stated the current stock market sell-off and jump in unpredictability will not damage the economy’s entire positive opportunities.

After a very volatile week that spurred the market into correction territory, U.S. stocks increased roughly 3 percent over Friday and Monday, their best two-day increase since June 2016.


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How To Increase Profitability Through MiFID II

How To Increase Profitability Through MiFID II

Our blog, Financial services: Regulation tomorrow offers a convenient resource for those keeping track of the evolving and increasingly complex global financial services regulatory environment. It reports on financial services regulatory developments and provides insights and commentary across Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States. We cover a broad range of financial services regulatory topics including banking and capital adequacy regulation, clearing and settlement, anti-money laundering, insurance, regulation and compliance retail and wholesale conduct and securities regulation. MiFID II’s compliance deadline is approaching rapidly, and it is imperative that APAC firms – particularly those with EU subsidiaries or interacting with EU companies – assess whether they are impacted, and conduct thorough gap analysis to identify what work needs to be done. As many EU financial institutions will readily acknowledge, MiFID II compliance has been a huge process commanding vast resources and investments. APAC firms need to evaluate urgently what their MiFID II shortfalls are and fix them if they are to continue dealing with EU firms.

During the last financial crisis, many investment firms struggled to answer simple questions quantifying exposure to a sector, entity or type of instrument. In many cases it took weeks and a team of analysts to answer these questions because there are many complex derivatives and there wasn’t any real transparency to allow aggregation of those exposures.

UK securitisations involving a single originator acting as risk retainer (for example most RMBS, credit card, auto and corporate securitisations) will continue to be eligible as non-manger originator risk retainers in a full Brexit scenario but, as with CLO manager originator structures, they would also require restructuring (if marketing to EU regulated investors is required) if Tang’s proposal, to limit risk retainers to EU regulated entities, is implemented.



Currency movements also affect inflation. Consider the recent example of the UK. When the pound fell sharply against other currencies following the Brexit referendum in June, it meant that goods from abroad were suddenly more expensive to Britons. Prices at petrol pumps, with oil priced in dollars, rose almost immediately. Other imported goods are expected to become more expensive in the coming months.

Many corporates have used English schemes of arrangement to restructure or reduce their debt and to avoid having to file for formal insolvency in their home Member State. However, one of the conditions for obtaining the English court’s sanction for a scheme of arrangement is that the scheme should be recognised and effective in any other relevant jurisdiction, so that creditors in those other jurisdictions cannot avoid the effects of the scheme and gain an unfair advantage over other scheme creditors. This is usually achieved by way of the Recast Regulation. However, post-Brexit it may be difficult to persuade an English court that an English scheme of arrangement will be recognised and enforced in relevant Member States, especially if the UK chose not to accede (or was unable to negotiate accession) to the Lugano Convention for any reason (see Jurisdiction above).how monetary policy affects your investments

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Citigroup wantswishes make investments in London

 Citigroup intends invest in London,

City Bank is Recruiting human resources despite Brexit: 

Wall Street bank Citigroup Inc will arrange an innovation center in London in one of the primary investments by a chief U.S. bank since Brexit, the Financial Times informed us on Sunday.

The bank will initially hire 60 technologists for the center, James Cowles, chief executive Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


The center in London will also house the EMEA unit of Citi ventures and employees from across the company’s businesses, in a boost for UK’s financial services marketplace in advance of Brexit.


European Commission officials denied the City of London’s proposal to strike a post-Brexit free-trade deal on financial services, a critical setback to Britain’s hopes of keeping extensive access to EU markets for one of the world’s leading two financial centers.


Britain is already home to the world’s greatest number of banks commercial insurance firms. About 6 trillion euros ($7.35 trillion), or 37 percent, of Europe’s financial assets are handled in (London|the UK capital}, virtually twice the amount of its closest competitor, Paris.


About 10,000 finance jobs will be moved out of Britain or created overseas in the up coming few years if it is declined access to Europe’s single market.
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Bond vigilantes find counterparts in the stock market

Bond vigilantes awaken allies in the stock market


A bond vigilante is a bond market investor who protests monetary or fiscal policies he considers inflationary by selling bonds, thus increasing yields. … As a result, bond prices fall and yields rise, which increases the net cost of borrowing.


Bond vigilantes could be getting allies in the stock market.

With inflation anxieties all over again in vogue and the U.S. budget deficit viewed climing, vigilantes have {targeted|stormed|floaded fixed income trading floors and seem to be surface in equity markets too, where they might penalize already falling apart stocks for policymakers’ and lawmakers’ behaviours.


"The stock market is feeling the bond market’s pain. Absolutely, no doubt – we have stock vigilantes too," said Ed Yardeni,

The label "bond vigilante" was coined by Yardeni in 1983 to explain investors’ appeal to high yields to hedge for the increased risk of inflation and budget deficits at the time of the Reagan administration. A stock version of a vigilante would seek to sway lawmakers and policymakers by hurting equity rates.


Bond yields began to skyrocket on Feb. 2 after U.S. government data exhibited the biggest wage gains since 2009, convincing investors of the growing possibility of inflation, long tame since the 2007-2009 recession.


U.S. stock investors have now turned vulnerable to rising yields after the past week’s upturn, which elevates borrowing costs and could curb economic earnings and progress, Yardeni reported. That also comes against the backdrop of building up government debt.


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U.S Stock Market gains 1% following Yesterday’s downturn

U.S Stock Market goes up 1  percent upon Thursday’s

The New York Stock Market’s 3 key indices {increased by more than 1percent on Fri, bouncing back again from a steep selloff this week that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average..



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 had {lost|{dropped|slipped|decreased|fallen|plunged| 4 percent on Yesteday, taking the Dow and the S&P more than 10 percent beneath their top record levels on Jan. 26 and increasing the perception that increasing U.S. government bond yields had begun a significant correction to almost nine years continuous bullish trend for The U.S Stock Market.


The yield on benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasuries US10YT=RR, which is commonly the drivers of global borrowing premiums, was hanging at 2.85 percent, set to end the week slightlychanged since hitting a near a four-year peak of 2.885 percent Monday.


"The fact that Monday’s lows were breached (on Thursday)signals more trouble ahead and rallies are likely to give way to rising bond yields,," believed Peter Cardillo, chief fiancial expert at First Standard Financial in New York.


At 9:32 a.m. ET (1432 GMT), the Dow was up 346.11 points, or 1.45 percent, at 24,206.57. The S&P went up 35.95 PIPS or 1.4 percent, at 2,616.95 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC went up 104.04 points, or 1.54 percent, at 6,881.19.



Technology and financial shares drived developments on the S&P, while commercial shares helped lift the Dow.


In the centre of this week’s pullback in the market is a rise in U.S. connection yields credited to growing anticipations that a robustly executing economy will business lead to higher inflation and a steady rise in formal rates of interest over this season.

experts also point to additional pressure from the violent unwinding ofinvestments linked to wagers on volatility staying low.

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Mexico is about to offer regional content proposal for autos in NAFTA talks

Mexico prepares to offer regional content proposal for autos in NAFTA talks

Mexico will propose regional content criteria for autos at the next round of talks to renegotiate NAFTA, a high-level Mexican official said on Wednesday. “Moving the rule significantly would mean big changes in costs,” he said.

At the latest round of negotiations in Montreal, Canada recommended that bills for engineering, research and development and other high-value work be taken into account when calculating regional content for autos. Mexico confirmed this as “innovative”, and yet Trump’s trade chief rejected it.


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 California states will stop Trump offshore crude oil drilling strategy;

President Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan revives longtime fight over California’s coastline;

“President Trump’s offshore drilling proposal is a complete giveaway to his buds in Big Oil. In addition to making the California coast ground zero for new oil drilling, the plan guts environmental protections that have been hard-fought and won over decades"

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