Regular readers of the Trading Gurus blog will be aware that we have been pondering the possible effects of additional regulation on markets on both sides of the Atlantic for some considerable time now. In this guest post Alex Krishtop of Edgesense Solutions speculates about what the future holds for the world's financial markets. In our view Alex's crystal ball is much clearer than those of the vast majority of market commentators.
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Betfair Group PLC made an announcement today via the London Stock Exchange's Regulatory News Service revealing their preliminary results for the year to April 30th 2012. They headlined with the opinion that:
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Following on from last month's European attack on the City of London a new front has opened up in the war currently being waged to regulate away risk in the world's financial markets. However this time around Britain is fighting back in the courts! Bloomberg reports that:
My attention has recently been drawn to an academic research paper entitled High Frequency Trading and The New-Market Makers. The author, who is from the VU University in Amsterdam, investigates the connection between high frequency trading and the emergence of new exchanges here in Europe:
Fresh from having their UK subsidiary fined by the CFTC earlier this month, FXCM have now been fined $2 million by the National Futures Association. Once again the complaint against FXCM and their CEO Drew Niv and details of the agreed settlement have been published simultaneously. Once again FXCM neither admit nor deny the allegations in the complaint, which concern FXCM's failure to pass on positive slippage from their liquidity providers to their customers, and lapses in their anti money laundering procedures. However this time around FXCM's customers do stand to benefit financially since one of the agreed sanctions states that:
The latest edition of the Economist magazine has just landed on my doormat. The cover story is a 14 page special report on "Stopping Climate Change". I'll read that with interest later, but the first thing I turned to was one of several articles which mentioned Dubai's debt crisis. This one was entitled "The Repercussions of Dubai", and covers international reaction to the Dubai World announcement that it wanted to stop repaying its debts until "May 30th 2010 at the earliest".
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