Vanguard launches aggregate bond ETF in Europe-continued

June 20, 2019--Vanguard has launched a new fixed income ETF in Europe which provides broad and diversified exposure to investment grade bonds across multiple sectors and segments from both developed and emerging market issuers.
The fund, the Vanguard Global Aggregate Bond UCITS ETF, is linked to the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Float-Adjusted and Scaled Index which covers a universe of over 23,500 investment grade bonds issued by governments, corporates, and agencies.

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Non-performing loans' legacy versus secondary markets
December 10, 2019-Eleven years since the start of Europe's financial crisis, and the legacy of non-performing loans in the EU, though much smaller, is still a live issue for some member states.
No doubt success has been achieved as the asset quality of banks in the EU area has improved reaching 3% as of June 2019 (EBA Risk Dashboard-Q2 2019), compared with its peak of approximately 7.5% in 2012 (EBF).
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MiFID II/MiFIR Review Report No. 1 On the development in prices for pre-and post-trade data and on the consolidated tape for equity instruments
December 5, 2019--MiFID II/MiFIR provide for a number of review reports requiring the European Commission (EC), after consulting ESMA, to present a report to the European Parliament and the Council on various provisions.
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EU Overhaul Has Failed to Lower Data Costs, Top Regulator Says
December 5, 2019--ESMA seeks consolidated tape of equity market transactions
Regulator publishes review of the sweeping MiFID II shake-up.
Europe's sweeping market reforms have failed to lower the cost of data or improve transparency, and now regulators want to take another whack at solving the problem.
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ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency and market structures topics
December 5, 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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Sygnum and Amun launch innovative digital asset index for the next generation Internet-the Internet of Value
December 5, 2019--Sygnum and Amun launch innovative digital asset index for the next generation Internet-the Internet of Value
December 5, 2019--A new Exchange Traded Product (ETP) is listed on the SIX exchange to track the Amun Sygnum Platform Winners Index. This ETP is a useful vehicle to gain passive exposure to foundational blockchain protocols, as well as a convenient, safe entry point for investors new to digital assets.
Sygnum, the world's first digital asset bank, in collaboration with Amun AG, the largest provider of Exchange Traded Products in the digital asset industry, have launched a new digital asset index.
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ESMA updates Q&AS on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries
December 4, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers on the implementation of investor protection topics under the Market in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID II/ MiFIR). The update includes Q&As on costs and charges and product intervention
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December 4, 2019-The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers on the Prospectus Regulation with two new Q&As.
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ESMA updates AIFMD Q&A
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UK official holdings of international reserves: November 2019
December 4, 2019--This release details movements in the international reserves of gold and assets held by the UK government.
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Gemini Hires Former Starling Bank Founder as Managing Director of Europe
December 4, 2019--Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange co-founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, is tapping a digital bank founder to manage its European operations, the company announced Wednesday.
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Institutions Are Showing Interest in ETP Tied to Binance Coin, Amun Says
December 3, 2019---Swiss crypto investment product provider Amun says it has received significant institutional interest in its exchange-traded product (ETP) tied to the Binance Coin (BNB) exchange token.
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ESMA updates the CSDR Q&As
December 3, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today updated its Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding the implementation of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR).
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ESMA updates its BMR Q&As
December 3, 2019--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today an update of its Question and Answers (Q&As) on the European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR).
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Britain's cheapest ever DIY pension: Vanguard finally reveals its Sipp that charges just 15p for every 100GBP invested
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Invesco revamps UK equity leadership after outflows
November 29, 2019-- Once popular products are now UK's worst selling funds group after chronic underperformance
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IMF Working Paper-Breaking the Bank? A Probabilistic Assessment of Euro Area Bank Profitability
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ESMA updates its Q&As on the Securitisation Regulation
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