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Up to date reporting on and around The Fixed Income Leaders Summit, Amsterdam, 6-8 November 2018

Call for regulatory reform of primary markets

Call for regulatory reform of primary markets

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By Chris Hall. Panellists were split on whether regulatory intervention is needed to improve transparency and efficiency in a debate on electronification and standardisation of primary market issuance. “There is little or no transparency on how...
Smart deployment of tech is key to boost FI desk effectiveness

Smart deployment of tech is key to boost FI desk effectiveness

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Mehmet Mazi, Managing Director and Head of Credit Trading at HSBC, gives his expert insight into optimising the trading desk. Where are the greatest risks for trading desks today? I think price discovery in OTC /...
FILS 2018: Brexit may further impede transparency

FILS 2018: Brexit may further impede transparency

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By Joel Clark. Nearly a year on from the implementation of MiFID II, the rulebook has still not achieved its objective of increasing transparency in European fixed income markets. Furthermore, the advent of Brexit in...
Take a modular approach to layering regs, industry told

Take a modular approach to layering regs, industry told

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By Joel Clark. Having implemented multiple regulations on a standalone basis over the past decade, market participants must now take a more flexible modular approach that allows systems to be modified and tweaked as rulebooks...
Buy side ‘owes’ it to the market to make progress with tech

Buy side ‘owes’ it to the market to make progress with tech

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By Joel Clark. Using innovative systems and technology to improve fixed income trading is part of the duty of care that buy-side traders owe to their clients, management and the broader market, according to Lee...
The reward of risk

The reward of risk

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By Larry E. Fondren, Founder & CEO, DelphX Capital Markets Inc. Traditional risk/reward comparisons treat the effective cost of an investment’s risk as a decrement to its potential return – overlooking the additional potential return...
AGI’s Böss: Margin compression and frustration with regulators

AGI’s Böss: Margin compression and frustration with regulators

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Doing more with less, and frustration with regulatory initiatives are the biggest stories for buy-side firms said Eric Böss, global head of trading at Allianz Global Investors, at the plenary session of the Fixed...
Euro swaps clearing: hope for the best, prepare for the worst

Euro swaps clearing: hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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By Joel Clark. As the UK’s exit from the European Union edges closer, concern over the vexed question of clearing of euro-denominated swaps has intensified, but clearing house officials and market participants speaking at the...
“Tourists” in emerging markets challenge liquidity

“Tourists” in emerging markets challenge liquidity

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Emerging markets have had a volatile year, intensifying the pressure on asset managers gain better access to liquidity and pricing. Pinebridge Investments’ Chris Perryman, senior trader for emerging markets fixed income, gave a masterclass...
FCA “utterly useless” engaging with EU over Brexit

FCA “utterly useless” engaging with EU over Brexit

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By Chris Hall. Veteran city commentator Anthony Hilton delivered a harsh verdict on the UK financial regulators’ efforts to support Britain’s finance industry ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union, speaking on the...