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Kevin Powers, director of sales, North America at FastMarkets Interview,Metals

Kevin Powers

Kevin Powers recently joined FastMarkets as its director of sales, North America. FastMarkets provides reporting and analysis of the metals markets and broadcasts from the floor of the London Metal Exchange every day. Their web site is  He recently spoke with JLN Metals editor Sarah Rudolph about the company’s offerings, his new role, and the road he took to end up there. Q:  Tell us about your background. You were with DTN, which was bought by Telvent, which was bought by Schneider Electric, the parent for FastMarkets? A: Yes, there were several takeovers. We had to keep changing shirts, pens…

Five Minutes with Michael Turek, Senior Director, Metals Group, Newedge USA Interview,Metals


Newedge, a leading multi-asset brokerage and clearing house owned jointly by Société Générale and Crédit Agricole CIB, recently announced a slew of new hires and promotions at their metals desk. The move came after a period in which the company saw several members of its metals group move over to other firms. Newedge, a category 1 ring dealing member of the London Metal Exchange, is currently the single largest LME participant by market share, according to Michael Turek, senior director of the Metals Group at Newedge USA.  Turek sat down with JLN Metals editor Sarah Rudolph in his New York…

John Lothian Newsletter: Chicago exchange gets investments from State Street, Fidelity unit; Gensler Calls for Overhaul of Libor; Nordic Banks Gain New Status: Haven John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

Chicago’s new Eris Exchange gets backing from State Street and Fidelity. Gary Gensler of the CFTC tells the EU parliament that they should either rework LIBOR, or just throw it away and start over.  Banks in Sweden and Norway, relatively unharmed by financial crises and shocks shaking the rest of the world, strive to keep up with increasing foreign inflows as investors seek safe havens for their money.

Five Minutes with Michael Frawley, global head of metals at Jefferies Bache Interview,Metals

Five Minutes with Michael Frawley, global head of metals at Jefferies Bache, managing director and head of sales and base metals at Jefferies & Co. The London Metal Exchange in August approved Jefferies Bache, the brokerage arm of U.S. investment bank Jefferies Group, as a ring-dealing member, making it one of a dozen “top-tier” members allowed to trade via open-outcry, electronic platform and phone. The move is a push by Jefferies into the commodities space, following the hiring of a number of floor traders from Natixis Commodity Markets and several metals traders from Jefferies’ rival Newedge. JLN Metals editor Sarah…

John Lothian Newsletter: CME Group to launch renminbi futures; RBC Completes World’s First SEC-Registered Covered-Bond Deal; Australia’s Fin Sector Faces Tough New Crisis Rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

CME Group steps up to go head to head with HKEx as it announces new offshore renminbi futures products.  Canada’s RBC sells a world-first box of publicly traded, USD-denominated covered bonds.  Australia’s APRA regulator may be given additional power to install new management at banks and other financial institutions when it believes that failure may be imminent.  And in today’s First Read, John Lothian finally announces his retirement… of a sort.

John Lothian Newsletter: SEC finalizes derivative definition rules; LME shareholders to vote on Hong Kong sale on July 25; Fed knew of Libor issue in 2007-08, proposed reforms John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

The SEC creates final versions of definitions to use to regulate various Dodd-Frank-covered products.  London Metal Exchange has set a date this month to vote on whether to be acquired by HKEx. The ongoing LIBOR scandal investigation produces evidence suggesting that the US Federal Reserve knew as early as 2007 that something was fishy with the way rates were being set.  In First Read today, get an update on the Peregrine/PFGBest situation, including comments from John Lothian asking some good initial questions about why pre-MF Global evidence of trouble did not prompt regulatory action.  Also, make sure you take a…

John Lothian Newsletter: Public Exchanges Duel With Newcomers Over Trade Transparency; Derivatives Rules Have Swaps Users Eyeing Shift To Futures; HKEx COO Sees Need For Closing Auction Revival John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

As exchanges seek volume to stay growing and profitable, both NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq are seeking to compete in the dark pool arena. In response to the regulatory push for more control over derivatives, many swaps participants are reviewing their business models with an eye to shifting to less onerous solutions like futures transactions. HKEx is considering the reinstatement of a stock price closing auction as a way to smooth price volatility.

John Lothian Newsletter: Indonesia Eyes Foreign Investment In Commodity Exchanges; Hong Kong-LME Deal Spurs Biggest Exchange Drop; Wash Trading By HFT Firms Said To Face US Scrutiny John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

Indonesia says that foreigners can purchase up to a 40% stake in its commodity exchanges, hoping to spur growth and interest there. HKEx bids for the London Metal Exchange, hoping to grow its business, but in the process its stock has lost a huge chunk of its value. Regulators are investigating high-frequency trading companies to see if they are conducting zero-net trades with themselves as a way to alter market prices to their advantage.

John Lothian Newsletter: Hong Kong Exchanges Bid For LME Beats Out ICE; Bair Decries Hyperventilation Over JPMorgan Loss; Icap Tempts Plus Shareholders With L500K Sweetener John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

After carefully reviewing the photo of the finish line, the board of the London Metal Exchange declares HKEx to be the winner of the exchange purchase derby, though these races are known to continue even past the finish line.  Former FDIC head Sheila Bair points out that while JPMorgan’s whale of a trading loss is a big deal, it doesn’t do any good (other than perhaps politically) to get all hysterical about it. Broker ICAP offers a cookie to disgruntled Plus Markets shareholders in the form of an extra half-million pounds for its attempted buyout, but simultaneously warns the dissidents…