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Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 23, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Banks plan to shift Asian trading from London to HK; Regulator gears up to handle moves in a blow to UK capital on managing Asia risk Laura Noonan in Hong Kong – FT Major investment banks are talking to regulators about routing their Asia-Pacific trading activities through Hong Kong instead of London, in a move that would have limited effect on jobs but would shift global finance’s centre of gravity further away from the UK capital after Brexit. https://goo.gl/Fw6Znk China sees long battle ahead for blue skies, clean water;Challenges persist while policymakers emphasize progress KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Two…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 20, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories End of an era as Hong Kong stock trading floor set to close By The Associated Press Hong Kong’s last remaining stock market floor traders are taking their final orders as the exchange prepares to shut its trading hall. https://goo.gl/kiuzjX Rage, Rocket Man and the price of Donald Trump’s vanity; US allies’ policy of working to minimise the president’s impact is running out of road Philip Stephens – FT The rage in the White House is unbounded. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — “Little Rocket Man”, the US president calls him — must be destroyed. The international…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 19, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Nasdaq, SGX in pact to woo firms interested in listing on both boards Elzio Barreto – Reuters (Reuters) – Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) (SGXL.SI) and Nasdaq Inc (NDAQ.O) said on Wednesday they were teaming up to woo fast-growing Asian tech firms interested in listing on both their exchanges, as they look to better compete for mid-sized IPOs. https://goo.gl/3CRwo2 CME Group and JPX Enter into Agreement to Launch Japanese Yen-Denominated TOPIX Futures Contract on CME CME Group CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and Japan Exchange Group (JPX), Asia’s leading comprehensive exchange group, today announced…

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

Lead Stories China’s Stocks, Bonds, Currency Drop in Unison Before Congress By Richard Frost – Bloomberg Twice-a-decade meeting due to get under way from Wednesday; History shows equities tend to fall during and after meeting Caution is spreading through China’s financial markets before the start of a crucial Communist Party gathering. https://goo.gl/SEvzTP SGX launches SGX America with office opening in Chicago SGX Singapore Exchange (SGX) today announced that it has expanded its international footprint with the opening of SGX America in Chicago. Building on its existing international connectivity, SGX’s presence in the U.S. will enable it to better serve a…

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

Lead Stories September 2017 ETD Volume and Open Interest FIA Worldwide volume of exchange-traded derivatives was 2.234 billion contracts in the month of September, nearly unchanged from the previous month and up 8.1% from September 2016. Regional trends in trading volume are shown in the table below. Total open interest was 874.4 million contracts at the end of September, up 5.4% from a year ago.. Two Chinese Bidders for Chicago Exchange Drop Out By Nick Baker and Brian Louis – Bloomberg SEC stalled a decision on whether to approve the deal; Trump, some lawmakers have blasted the sale to Chinese…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 13, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Southeast Asian Stock Markets Quietly Kill Their Trading Link By Andrea Tan – Bloomberg A system that connected stock markets in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand has closed down, five years after its high-profile debut. https://goo.gl/XJS1Mm Hong Kong Exchange Plans to Seek Trading Tax Cut, Source Says By Benjamin Robertson – Bloomberg Any change might boost algorithmic trading in equity market; New government seen as supportive to financial services Hong Kong’s exchange operator is considering asking the government to remove or reduce a trading tax on stock transactions, as part of a review of the levy, according to a…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 12, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Japan’s Abe Headed for Big Election Win, Polls Say; Five polls forecast ruling Liberal Democratic Party would win more than half of the 465 seats in lower house By Peter Landers and Megumi Fujikawa – WSJ Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised for a big victory in Oct. 22 parliamentary elections, according to five polls published Thursday by major Japanese news organizations that forecast trouble for a challenge by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. https://goo.gl/ChUKik Oil Futures in China Would Be Transformational; It could be the first step in removing capital controls on remittance of foreign investors’ profits. By…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – October 11, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Japan Stocks Are Back at 1996 High – And Still Playing Catch Up By Sarah McDonald – Bloomberg Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average marked a milestone on Wednesday, vaulting past a 2015 peak to close at the highest level in more than two decades. https://goo.gl/E5T1Dc Your news about China depends on intrepid journalists whose names you’ll probably never know Zheping Huang – Quartz When the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad announced after an inquiry that its longtime China-based correspondent had fabricated parts of his recent stories, many Chinese news assistants working for foreign correspondents saw it as a vindication….

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

Lead Stories String of Scandals Shreds Japan’s Once-Revered Reputation By Nao Sano and Kevin Buckland – Bloomberg Kobe Steel falsified data on aluminum used in cars and planes; The number of improper accounting cases hit a peak in 2016 Japan’s flagship companies were once held in awe as fierce competitors that revolutionized the world’s business practices with innovations like flexible manufacturing and managerial precepts such as kaizen, or continuous improvement. https://goo.gl/f62Gur This exchange wants diamonds to be a new safe-haven asset Courtney Goldsmith – City AM A Singapore exchange has launched a new investment-grade, standardised diamond product to rival gold…