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The Role of Last Look in Foreign Exchange Markets – Norges Bank
Last Look is a unique feature of foreign exchange markets that gives liquidity providers the option to reject orders received from liquidity takers in response to the provider’s quote.

Yen Gains, Bond Yields Tumble After BOJ Enhances Asset Purchases –Bloomberg
The yen advanced and benchmark Japanese government bond yields dropped to a 10-month low after the Bank of Japan enhanced its asset-purchase program.

Argentine Peso Plummets 26.5 Percent After Controls Lifted – Reuters
Argentina’s peso plunged more than 26.5 percent on Thursday, after the country’s new government floated the currency as part of a slew of free-market reforms aimed at revitalizing the stagnant economy.

Banks Try to Copy Citi and UBS Clearing Leverage Cuts – Risk
Having spent the past year campaigning for a change to the leverage ratio, you might expect futures commission merchants (FCMs) to be cock-a-hoop about an accounting tweak that achieves a similar outcome – placing billions of dollars’ worth of cash margin outside the ratio’s clutches, and slashing required capital.

FX Analytics Team at Risk as Morgan Stanley Cuts Deep – E Financial News
A highly-regarded foreign exchange analytics team that sits in Morgan Stanley’s trading division is at risk of redundancy as part of the wide-ranging cuts in fixed income at the US bank.

Cybercrime Tops the Financial Stability Risk Charts – E Financial News
The umbrella association for securities regulators around the world has found that cybersecurity is now seen as a major risk to the financial system, adding to a growing chorus of concern from regulators in recent months.

Blockchain Lures IBM, Wells Fargo for Transaction Network – Bloomberg
Blockchain, the bitcoin-linked software ledger that’s touted as a way to speed up and simplify how transactions are recorded, just won the backing of finance and technology titans including IBM, Wells Fargo & Co. and London Stock Exchange Group Plc.

Regulatory News

FCA Acknowledges Costs of MiFID II Will Be ‘Significant’- The Trade
Costs of implementing MiFID II are likely to be substantial according to UK regulator’s most recent consultation paper, something which firms should bear in mind as they plan their regulatory projects for the year ahead, according to Aite Group.

Company News

Bats Hotspot to Add Products, Market Data Service – Profit & Loss
Bats Hotspot is planning to add FX forwards, swaps and options to its platform and is considering introducing market data products and connectivity fees.

FXSpotStream adds Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ – Profit & Loss
FXSpotStream announced that Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has now gone live as a liquidity provider to its price aggregation service.

UBS Names Top Private Equity Adviser in Europe – E Financial News
Nestor Paz-Galindo will join UBS next March as a managing director and head of exclusive sellside and financial sponsors M&A in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, according to a memo to staff on December 17.

R3 Adds 12 Banks, Targets Non-Bank Sector – Profit & Loss
Financial innovation company R3 has concluded its distributed ledger bank membership round with the addition of 12 new banks, bringing the total number to 42.

Market Savvy  

Negative Swap Spreads Hit Bank Capital Buffers – Risk
Negative swap spreads have taken a bite out of banks’ capital buffers, with summer moves by European firms to invest in US dollar-denominated assets compounding the pain for some.

Mexico Central Bank Follows Fed Hike in Lock-step to Support Peso – Reuters
Mexico’s central bank hiked borrowing costs on Thursday for the first time in seven years in a bid to stem further weakening in the peso after the Federal Reserve lifted U.S. interest rates the day before.

Press Releases

SGX Reports 2Q Results on 20 January 2016 –SGX
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is reporting second-quarter results for Financial Year 2016 (FY2016) after the market closes on 20 January 2016.

Industry Events