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Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 17, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Australia follows Japan in move to regulate bitcoin; Control of digital currencies is part of drive to strengthen money-laundering rules Jamie Smyth in Sydney – FT Australia plans to strengthen its anti-money laundering laws and regulate digital currencies such as bitcoin in the wake of a financial scandal involving its biggest bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia. https://goo.gl/eyBEba Monthly Report: Clearstream supports liberalization of the Chinese financial market; Opening of the Chinese market is progressing / Clearstream will support BondConnect’s initiative Frankfurt, Eschborn, September, October and November Deutsche Börse Recent announcements, according to which a selection of A-shares from…

No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Standard

Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at a popular Randolph Street restaurant to share the latest about VSTOXX and  Rival Systems’…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 15, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Tokyo Stock Exchange takes aim at Japan’s corporate ghosts; The presence of former chief executives as special advisers is a persistent concern Peter Wells and Leo Lewis in Tokyo – FT The Tokyo Stock Exchange will intensify its role in Japan’s push for better corporate governance by raising pressure on companies to admit how badly their boardrooms are haunted by corporate “ghosts”. https://goo.gl/hJkMwD Lead prices rise after China shuts imports from North Korea Henry Sanderson – FT Prices for lead rose on Tuesday after China put in place a ban on imports from neighbour North Korea, as part…

Asia Pacific Finacial News from John Lothian News – August 11, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Wall Street’s ‘Fear Gauge’ Skyrockets as Tensions Rise With North Korea By LANDON THOMAS Jr. – NY Times Exit greed, enter fear. After a record-breaking run of buoyant market behavior, investors appeared unnerved on Thursday by a series of provocative remarks by President Trump and increasing tensions with North Korea. https://goo.gl/ciyNgL Trump and Kim’s War of Words Has Asia Bracing for Conflict By Jason Scott and Ting Shi – Bloomberg China’s Global Times: Defend North Korea if U.S. attacks; Japan prepares to deploy missile interceptors: Nikkei The escalating war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North…

Russell Suite Competition Ambiguity Raises Some Questions Standard

Exclusive. Non-exclusive. Exclusive. CME. ICE. CME again. The story of the Russell Index futures complex licensing over the years is a study in ambiguity, changing strategies and partners. We know the  will win this round as they currently hold the long term license for the products. But what will happen in the short term is ambiguous as these two global exchange giants square off and try to maintain control or pry loose the open interest in the Russell futures products. After ICE took over an exclusive Russell indexes licensing agreement from CME in 2007, CME returned the favor by recently…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 10, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Former HK commodities exchange chief charged with conspiracy to defraud regulator: court Reuters Prominent businessman Barry Cheung, who founded the now-defunct Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, appeared in a Hong Kong court on Thursday charged with conspiracy to defraud the securities regulator and fraud. https://goo.gl/AXG4vE SEC pushes back on Chinese-led takeover of Chicago Stock Exchange; After initially supporting deal, regulator delays approval of politicised transaction Don Weinland and Hudson Lockett in Hong Kong – FT The US Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed approval of a Chinese-led takeover of the Chicago Stock Exchange, the latest setback for an acquisition…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News for August 9, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Trump’s ‘Fire and Fury’ North Korea Warning Puts World on Edge By Justin Sink and Shinhye Kang – Bloomberg Kim Jong Un ‘has been very threatening,’ Trump tells reporters U.S. markets jolted, South Korea and Japan stocks both fall President Donald Trump’s threat to hit North Korea with “fire and fury” jolted markets from New York to Seoul even as U.S. lawmakers questioned the president’s willingness to back up the heated rhetoric. https://goo.gl/Yc22if Trump’s Harsh Language on North Korea Has Little Precedent, Experts Say By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – NY Times President Trump’s warning on Tuesday that North…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 4, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories NSEL scam: Jignesh Shah denies violation of Sebi rules; alleges conspiracy; I stand tall, no agency has found anything against me, he said in the press conference Business Standard Embattled businessman Jignesh Shah on Friday denied any violation of insider trading norms following Sebi order against 13 entities, including his relatives, with regard to trading in shares of MCX and erstwhile FTIL even as he alleged “conspiracy” against him. https://goo.gl/34Xmkt China blacklists nine HSBC mutual funds for IPO violations; Regulators target market corruption in share subscription process Gabriel Wildau in Shanghai – FT HSBC’s China fund management venture…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News -August 3, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Your Evening Briefing: China Fears a Meltdown, Hong Kong’s Tiny Flats Bloomberg News China is afraid of what it might become – more specifically, it’s afraid of becoming Japan. A new light has been shone on the reasons for Beijing’s dramatic crackdown on private firms snapping up foreign assets — a report commissioned by President Xi Jinping’s top economic adviser, in which a key recommendation was to curtail big private companies’ global buying spree. The study warns China is in danger of emulating Japan in the 1980s, when it had become a manufacturing powerhouse and started buying up…