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Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 22, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Yellen risks exposing old vulnerabilities in emerging Asia Enda Curran, Jeanette Rodrigues and Karlis Salna – Bloomberg. The populist leaders of India, Indonesia and the Philippines won office with promises of massive spending to upgrade their nation’s roads, railways and ports. Doing so, the thinking goes, would supercharge economic growth and emulate China’s success. https://goo.gl/xfAEwc Institutional weaknesses risk instability in East Asia; As growth slows, governments must focus on building social cohesion Nikkei Developing East Asia has enjoyed more than 40 years of growth, except for a brief crisis at the end of the last century. But the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian Newsletter – August 21, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories A Second Korean War Could Quickly Spread Across All of Asia By Brendan Scott and Adrian Leung – Bloomberg Northeast Asia’s geography reveals the peril of any strike; Great powers risk being drawn into escalating conflict A recent survey commissioned by the New York Times found that people who could find North Korea on a map were more likely to favor talks over military action. A glance at North Asia’s geography explains why. https://goo.gl/K2jCMK Global funds expanding into massive Chinese investment market Evelyn Cheng – CNBC UBS Wealth Management and Fidelity International are some of the major foreign…

Thesys vs. Goliath: That’s One Big CAT Standard

Small company wins big with opportunity to build the Consolidated Audit Trail covering U.S. equities and options. FINRA, FIS, Cinnober, Thomson Reuters – what do they have in common? They are just a few of the 30 bidders who lost out on developing the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) to Thesys Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of the proprietary trading firm Tradeworx, founded in 2009. To develop and implement the CAT, Thesys partnered with IBM (which was a bidder on its own, too), as well Rosenblatt Securities and law firm Latham & Watkins. “You had some big tech companies that really understand…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 18, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Why China Can’t Free the Yuan;Capital controls have brought stability. But they haven’t fixed anything. By Christopher Balding – Bloomberg By some measures, China has braved the storms buffeting its currency. The yuan is up 4 percent so far this year, and foreign-exchange reserves are up by $70 billion. State media has even called for relaxing capital and exchange-rate controls. But that would be like a sick person who stops taking his medicine when he feels better: The underlying conditions haven’t really changed. https://goo.gl/qrbqix In a Good Year for Asia Currencies, Philippine Peso Is Unloved By Eric Lam…

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…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – August 16, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Now Asia eyes up City after Brexit despite EU attempts to snatch business; BREXIT will not diminish the opportunities for Asian investment in British financial services, the City of London Corporation has claimed. JON ROGERS – Express.co.uk In a policy document issued by the Asia team of the local authority that promotes the Square Mile the Corporation said it would aim to “focus on” building relationships with countries like China, India and Singapore in the coming year, wanting to create a bridge between London and Asia to discuss finance and services connections”. https://goo.gl/zm3PDm SingX expands online remittance service…

Alphabet Soup: The DAO, ETH, ICOs and the SEC Standard

By Jim Falvey Technology usually outpaces the law. It can take months, if not years, for legislators, regulators and courts to gain an understanding of technology and then to apply existing law to the new technology and/or create new laws for the technological developments. In the remarkable world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (often referred to as “Blockchain”), we are seeing both occur. In May 2016, a virtual organization called The DAO, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization, came onto the scene in the Ethereum world. For the uninitiated, the Ethereum Blockchain sponsors the second most significant virtual currency…

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…

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…