Spanish Stock Exchange to Go Live With Blockchain Collateral Pledge Certificates-continued

March 14, 2019--Bolsa de Madrid (BME), Spain's largest stock exchange, said it expects to go live by year-end with a blockchain-based system for certifying collateral pledges after testing the technology.
The test "has shown a reduction in the total times of end-to-end processes exceeding 80 percent," BME said Thursday, as well as the potential to radically improve the participants' operational and risk management. The system allows market participants to avoid exchanging paper certificates and monitor the process in real time, the exchange said.

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Solactive drives innovative index development with cutting-edge Emotional Data Intelligence Index, serving as the underlying for UBS Index Certificate
April 17, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce the development of yet another innovative index utilizing alternative data sources. The next index deployed by the German Index Provider is labeled Solactive Europe Big Data Sentiment Index and features a unique approach of using emotional data.
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Major investors hold two thirds of the free float of Austrian prime market companies-STUDY
April 17, 2019--US institutional investors top for 7 years
Top institutional investors: sovereign wealth funds Norges (NO), Vanguard Group (USA) and BlackRock Fund Advisors (USA)
Corporate growth dominant investment strategy-Passive asset managers on the advance
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World Gold Council Market Update: European gold-backed ETPs reach record highs
April 17, 2019--Since the start of 2016, assets in European gold-backed exchange traded products (ETPs) have grown rapidly, hitting a record high of 1,121.4t (US$48bn) in Q1 2019. Now accounting for 45% of the global gold-backed ETP market, they have transformed gold investment in Europe.
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Forecasts for the UK economy: April 2019
April 17, 2019--A comparison of independent forecasts for the UK economy in April 2019.
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Germany lowers 2019 growth forecast to 0.5 percent
April 17, 2019--The German government is forecasting significantly weaker economic growth this year. The economics minister says the new figures are a "wake up call."
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City of London cements dominance of renminbi trading
April 17, 2019--Average daily trading volumes of the Chinese currency in London reached £76.6 billion
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New Amundi ETF on Xetra: Bonds from companies with good sustainability ratings
April 16, 2019--Since Tuesday a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) issued by Amundi is tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt
With the Amundi ETF-AMUNDI INDEX US CORP SRI UCITS ETF DR - USD investors can participate in the performance of fixed-interest investment-grade debt securities, which are denominated in US dollars and issued by companies meeting good sustainability criteria.
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New iShares ETF on Xetra: Exclusive access to emerging Gulf States region
April 16, 2019--A new iShares Exchange Traded Fund has been available for trading on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Tuesday.>br> The iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia Capped UCITS ETF (Acc) offers investors access to large to mid cap Saudi Arabian equities.
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Monday Morning Memo: Review of the European ETF Market, March 2018
April 15, 2019--The promoters of ETFs in Europe enjoyed net inflows for March. These inflows led, in combination with a positive performance of the underlying markets, to increased assets under management in the European ETF industry.
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Broker research spending slashed after Mifid II
April 13, 2019--Budgets 'down by an average of 30 per cent' but variations are significant
The second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, known as Mifid II, which came into effect last year, forced asset managers to separate the cost of research from trading commissions paid to brokers, a process known as unbundling.
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Brexit: EU summit agrees delay until 31 October
April 11, 2019--EU leaders agreed late Wednesday evening at their special summit to give the United Kingdom an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019.
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"Largely positive" results for European ETF flows in Q1
April 11, 2019--Inflows into European ETFs were "largely positive" in the first quarter, despite a minor slowdown in March, according to figures from Amundi Asset Management.
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Investors flee UK stock funds on Brexit worries
April 11, 2019--Investors withdrew $304.5m from funds that invest in UK shares for the week ending Wednesday, extending the total for the year past $1bn and to $24.8bn since the vote three years ago, according to EPFR Global data.
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ESMA-Q&A on Prospectus Related
April 11, 2019--ESMA has published the ESMA- Q&A on Prospectus Related Topics.
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FTSE Russell-Four factors fueling Europe's ETF fixed income surge
April 11, 2019--ETF usage among institutional investors in Europe has been on the rise, and fixed income ETFs have been a key driver behind this growth. European institutions surveyed in a recent Greenwich Associates study indicated that fixed income ETFs as a percentage of their portfolios more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.1
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EBA updates list of diversified indices
April 11, 2019--The European Banking Authority (EBA) updated today the list of diversified indices, which was originally published in December 2013. The list is part of the implementing technical standards (ITS) drafted to calculate the capital requirements for position risk in equities according to the standardised rules. The list was updated according to the procedure and methodology laid down in the ITS and submitted to the European Commission for endorsement.
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ETFGI reports assets invested in the European ETF and ETP industry reached a new record US$859.51 billion at the end of March 2019
April 11, 2019-- ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETF/ETP ecosystem, reported today that ETFs and ETPs listed in Europe gathered net inflows of US$6.10 billion in March, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$31.59 billion, more than the US$27.27 Bn gathered at this point last year.
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Solactive registered as a Benchmark Administrator under the European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)
April 10, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce that it is registered as a Benchmark Administrator under the European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). This event enables the company to provide superior indexing services throughout Europe for years to come.
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ECB-Euro area securities issues statistics: February 2019
April 10, 2019--The annual growth rate of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents increased from 2.2% in January 2019 to 2.6% in February.
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New J. P. Morgan ETFs on Xetra
April 10, 2019-Three new J. P. Morgan Exchange Traded Funds have been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Wednesday. The JPMorgan ETFs (Ireland) ICAV-USD Ultra-Short Income UCITS ETF gives investors the opportunity to participate in the performance of short-term euro-denominated investment grade debt securities.
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New UBS ETFs on Xetra: first ETF on S&P 500 with focus on sustainable US companies
April 10, 2019--Since Wednesday, two new Exchange Traded Funds of UBS Global Asset Management have been tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The new equity ETFs allow investors to invest in the performance of companies from the S&P 500 Index that meet strict sustainability criteria for the first time.
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ECB renews vow to hold rates steady until 'at least' end of 2019
April 10, 2019--The European Central Bank has left interest rates on hold at record lows and reiterated its commitment to keep monetary stimulus in place until the eurozone's economic slowdown reverses course.
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ESMA updates Q&A on MiFIR data reporting
April 10, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers on data reporting under the Market in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).
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European Commission-Fourth Report on the State of the Energy Union
April 9, 2019--The fourth report shows the progress made on the energy union since the start of the Juncker Commission. Building on results achieved so far, the report sets out legal rules, as well as political commitments and targets for a cleaner and greener world.
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OECD-Further reforms in France can drive growth, improve public finances and boost social cohesion
April 9, 2019--The French economy has slowed, with weaker growth and employment prospects weighing on living standards and well-being. Policy should focus on long-term strategies to revitalise growth, improve public finances, create more and better jobs and ensure a more inclusive and cohesive society, according to a new report from the OECD.
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London on track to become global FinTech hub, new report finds
April 9, 2019--This year, London will be home to just as many FinTech 'unicorns' as current global leader San Francisco-according to a new report from global recruiter, Robert Walters, and market analysis experts, Vacancy Soft.
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More than 1,000 investment firms fail MiFID II transaction reporting requirements
April 9, 2019-'Many thousands more' could be non-compliant
There were 1,335 notifications of transaction reporting submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the first year of MiFID II, which came into force in January 2018, with firms struggling to...
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Monday Morning Memo: Is there a wider consolidation ahead in the European fund industry?
April 8, 2019--Rumor has it that Deutsche Bank may want to offload its asset management unit DWS in case of a possible takeover of its local rival Commerzbank. The thinking is that Deutsche Bank may need the cash from selling its asset management arm to finance the Commerzbank deal.
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ECB-Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, held in Frankfurt am Main
April 5, 2019--on Wednesday and Thursday, 6-7 March 20191.
Review of financial, economic and monetary developments and policy options
Financial market developments
Mr Cœuré reviewed the latest financial market developments.
As regards bond market developments, the fall in euro area ten-year overnight index swap (OIS) yields from early October 2018 to mid-February 2019 had recently reversed slightly. Notwithstanding the recent recovery, yields remained compressed compared with the levels observed in early October 2018.
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ESMA issues first pan-EU overview of use of supervisory sanctions for UCITS
April 4, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today its first annual report on sanctions imposed by national competent authorities (NCAs) under the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive.
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NGM makes first Litecoin and XRP-tracking ETPs available to EU Investors Via Regulated Exchange Owned by Boerse Stuggart
April 4, 2019--First Litecoin (LTC) & XRP tracking Exchange Traded Products available on a regulated exchange in EU
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Brexit: bill to prevent no-deal passes Commons by one vote
April 4, 2019--Government fails to block draft law from Yvette Cooper and Sir Oliver Letwin
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HANetf and Gins Global partner again for healthcare innovation ETF
April 4, 2019--New addition to HAN-GINS suite
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Brexit chaos spurs record flows to sterling-hedged funds
April 4, 2019--Investors pour money into pound-proofed ETFs at a rate seven times that of a year ago
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Commerzbank shares rise on report UniCredit plans to make a rival bid if Deutsche talks fail
April 4, 2019--A report says UniCredit is prepared to make a multibillion-euro offer for a sizable stake in Commerzbank.
Commerzbank would reportedly be merged with German Unicredit subsidiary HypoVereinsbank.
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Italy reportedly to slash growth forecast to 0.1%
April 4, 2019--The Italian Treasury is set to slash its growth forecast for this year and raise its projected budget deficit, according to two senior officials with knowledge of the draft outlook.
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EU Forms Blockchain Group to Streamline the Industry
April 4, 2019--In a bid to promote blockchain adaptation,the European Union (EU) has launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).
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UK official holdings of international reserves: March 2019
April 3, 2019--This release details movements in the international reserves of gold and assets held by the UK government.
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Tabula expands range with global credit volatility premium ETF
April 3, 2019--Plans further products
Tabula Investment Management has launched the Tabula J.P. Morgan Global Credit Volatility Premium Index UCITS ETF on the London Stock Exchange at an ongoing charge of 0.50%.
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European investors complain over soaring cost of data
March 3, 2019--Funds say exchanges are jacking up fees to offset weaker revenues from trading
European stock exchanges are locked in battle against some of their biggest customers, trying to fend off accusations that they are overcharging for the basic ingredient to every trade: market data.
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Europe's $850bn ETF sector fears no-deal Brexit crunch
April 3, 2019--Europe's $850bn ETF sector fears no-deal Brexit crunch.
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Solactive MicroSectorsTM U.S. Big Bank Index launches, underlying new MicroSectors ETNs
April 3, 2019--Solactive is pleased to announce the Solactive MicroSectorsTM U.S. Big Bank Index. The Index premiers as Solactive's first joint collaboration with US company REX Shares, functions as the underlying for a series of long & short ETNs for sophisticated investors, and is linked only to the biggest U.S. banks.
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S7P Dow Jones Indices-Index Dashboard: S&P Europe 350(R) Factor Indices Q1, 2019
April 3, 2019--European equities got off to a strong start in 2019, as the first quarter of 2019 began with a bullish bounce, recovering from the late 2018 pullback.The S&P Europe 350 gained 13% in Q1.
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ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency topics
April 2, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers regarding market structures and transparency issues under the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR).
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EU financial regulators highlight risks of a no-deal Brexit and asset price volatility
April 2, 2019--The European Union's (EU) banking, insurance, pensions and securities sectors continue to face a range of risks, the latest report on "Risks and Vulnerabilities in the EU Financial System" published today by the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) shows.
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New Amundi ETF on Xetra: Sustainable Emerging Markets Companies
April 2, 2019--A new Amundi Exchange Traded Fund has been available for trading on Xetra and Bö'rse Frankfurt since Tuesday.
With the Amundi Index MSCI Emerging Markets SRI UCITS ETF DR investors can invest in companies from developing countries that meet high sustainability criteria.
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HANetf & KMEFIC announce Kuwait ETF debut
April 2, 2019--First Middle Eastern Asset Manager to sponsor an UCITS ETF
KUW8 is the only UCITS ETF to provide targeted Kuwaiti equity exposure
Fourth ETF to launch via HANetf's unique ETF white-label solution
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Monday Morning Memo: The EU action plan on financing sustainable growth has been hollowed by the European Parliament
April 1, 2019-- The European Commission has started an ambitious initiative with the commission action plan on financing sustainable growth. Even as this initiative was welcomed at the top level of the wider financial industry, there was some resistance with regard to the reporting duties for asset managers and mutual funds mentioned in the proposal.
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Cash markets achieve turnover of 130.3 billion euros in March
April 1, 2019--Bayer AG most traded DAX share
Deutsche Börse's cash markets generated a turnover of €130.3 billion in March (previous year: €165.1 billion). €117.8 billion were attributable to Xetra (previous year: €152.2 billion), bringing the average daily volume to €5.6 billion.
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IMF-Switzerland: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2019 Article IV Mission
April 1, 2019--The renewed prospect of global "low-for-long" interest rates and the possibility of a resurgence in international economic and political risk could trigger safe haven pressures on the Swiss franc and push inflation into negative territory.
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Boerse Stuttgart records March turnover of EUR 5.6 billion
April 1, 2019--Based on the order book statistics, Boerse Stuttgart generated turnover of around EUR 5.6 billion in March 2019. Securitised derivatives made up the largest share of the turnover. The trading volume in this asset class was around EUR 2.4 billion.
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Study: Swiss Fintech Sector Grows, While Traditional Banks Decline
April 1, 2019--A new study shows that the fintech sector in Switzerland continues to grow, while traditional financial institutions are stagnating. The report was published by SwissBanking on April 1.
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ETF dividend chasers told to 'do your homework'
March 30, 2019--Investors on the hunt for yield are boosting European demand for "smart beta" funds
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ESMA clarifies format for disclosure of risk factors in prospectuses
March 29, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final guidelines on how national competent authorities (NCAs) should review risk factors, as required by the new Prospectus Regulation (PR).
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ESMA advises Commission on information document for takeover, merger and divisions
March 29, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published its technical advice on the minimum information content of documents describing a takeover, merger or division.
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ESMA Q&As clarify benchmark disclosure obligations for UCITS
March 29, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding the application of the Undertakings in Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive.
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S&P Dow Jones Indices Europe Dashboard
March 29, 2019--Europe
European equities got off to a strong start in 2019, recovering from the late 2018 pullback on the heels of dovish central bank statements and better-than-feared earnings reported by the region's blue-chips.
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BNP Paribas Asset Management Launches THEAM Quant Europe Climate Carbon Offset Plan, The First UCITS Fund Established Under French Law* With A Carbon Offset Mechanism
March 29, 2019--A Major Innovation: The Fund Aims To Combine Financial Returns From The European Equity Market With A Positive Impact On Climate Change.
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ESMA updates AIFMD Q&As
March 29, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).
ESMA has added two new Q&As on calculation of leverage under AIFMD.
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New First Trust-ETF on Xetra: eurozone shares
March 29, 2019--Since Friday, a new Exchange Traded Fund of First Trust is tradable via Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
The First Trust ETF-First Trust Eurozone AlphaDEX UCITS ETF offers an investment in the performance of companies from eurozone countries.
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ESMA updates on its preparations for a possible no-deal Brexit scenario on 12 April
March 28, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a statement updating on its preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario in view of recent developments on timing.
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ESMA provides guidance on the new EMIR Refit regime for the clearing obligation
March 28, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a statement on the Implementation of the new EMIR Refit regime for the clearing obligation for financial and non-financial counterparties.
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Turkey's Problems Appear to Be Ring-Fenced
March 27, 2019--Last year, Turkey's economic woes contributed to a febrile international climate that undermined investor confidence in emerging market currencies generally. While the lira's slump at the end of last week shows the nation's challenges persist, this time the issues are ring-fenced, making the drama a purely domestic affair. For now, at least.
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ESMA publishes the first Q&As relating to the Prospectus Regulation
March 27, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a new document containing nine Q&As relating to Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (Prospectus Regulation).
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ESMA UPDATES ITS Q&AS ON MIFID II AND MIFIR COMMODITY DERIVATIVES TOPICS
March 27, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) on MiFID II and MiFIR commodity derivatives topics. These Q&As provide clarification on issues related to the MiFID II/MiFIR regime for commodity derivatives, including on position limits, position reporting and ancillary activity.
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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Sweden
March 27, 2019--On March 25, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Sweden.
Solid domestic demand supported Sweden's growth averaging 2.4 percent in 2016-18 together with a halving of the current account surplus to 2 percent of GDP in 2018.
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Boerse Stuttgart, Axel Springer and finanzen.net develop a joint offering for the digital financial world
March 27, 2019--Information and trading on one platform //Joint venture company planned
Boerse Stuttgart Group and Axel Springer SE with its finanzen.net portal will be working together in future.
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MPs reject all alternative Brexit options
March 27, 2019--None of eight indicative votes gains majority, with customs union option coming closest
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Mifid II? Use-cases for Mifid II data prove elusive
March 27, 2019--Banks running market share analysis from trade reports, but data quality hampering other projects
If Jerome Sabah had his way, any time a client changed their trading patterns, he would get a tap on the shoulder, so he could call them and find out what they need. Data, he says, could give him that tap.
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WisdomTree launches Europe's first floating rate US treasury ETF
March 26, 2019--WisdomTree has launched a floating rates treasury bond ETF, which will seek to expand its developed world fixed income fund range.
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ESMA responds to EC consultation on update of reporting guidelines to reflect climate-related disclosures
March 26, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) welcomes the European Commission's proposal to update the non-binding Guidelines on non-financial reporting with the introduction of a specific supplement addressing climate-related disclosures.
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Italy Still Is Europe's Debt King, But France Gets Closer
March 26, 2019--Italy remained the holder of Europe's biggest public-debt burden in 2018 even after France's rose to almost match it.
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New theme ETFs from Lyxor on Xetra: Gender Equality ETF and MSCI China
March 26, 2019--Two new Exchange Traded Funds from Lyxor International Asset Management have been available for trading on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Wednesday.
The Lyxor Global Gender Equality (DR) UCITS ETF offers investors access to leading companies that demonstrate a very high level of gender equality.
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Tokeny Announces European Launch of investorID
March 25, 2019--European Launch
Tokeny has just announced the European launch of their anticipated identification services. Increased adoption of, and acceptance towards, digital securities is being witnessed across Europe.
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Invesco unveils two low-cost UK gilts ETFs
March 25, 2019--Ongoing charge of just 0.06%
Invesco is launching two low-cost UK gilts ETFs on the London Stock Exchange at an ongoing charge of just 0.06% per annum.
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Monday Morning Memo: Bonds were European Investors Darlings in February
March 25, 2019--The negative trend with regard to fund flows in Europe continued in February even as the securities markets rebounded. As a consequence, February was the tenth month in a row long-term mutual funds posted net outflows after 16 consecutive months of net inflows.
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Flow Traders publishes its 2019 Convening Notice for the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
March 25, 2019--Flow Traders N.V. (Euronext: FLOW) is pleased to announce that its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (General Meeting) will take place on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 15.00 hours Amsterdam time at the INIT building, Jacob Bontiusplaats 9 in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
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Britain's financial sector has gloomiest outlook since 2008 crisis: survey
March 24, 2019--Optimism about the business outlook among Britain's financial services firms has fallen at its fastest rate since the 2008 financial crisis amid concerns about Britain's exit from the European Union, a survey showed on Monday.
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