27 Apr 2017

Deutsche Bank: Bye Bye London? but not because of Brexit

The track record of the bank is nothing to write home about. The huge build-up in London, from an insignificant commercial branch in the mid 1980s - has probably cost more than it ever earned the bank. So move back 'home' may be sensible, but not because of Brexit!
DEUTSCHE BANK EXEC: We may need to move 4,000 UK staff to Europe because of Brexit

26 Apr 2017

EU markets rules are the 'worst piece of legislation'

No surprise! Anyone who ever had to read through the garbage produced by the FSA, FCA, Bafin etc would heartily agree. At least Brexit will cut out the ECB and EU scribblers!
The boss of one of the world's biggest exchange groups said EU markets rules are the 'worst piece of legislation' he's ever seen

20 Apr 2017

SURVEY: 82% think more firms will set up in Europe because of Brexit

Nothing to worry about, if anything positive for UK as its firms will have to set their eyes on export markets in a more pro-active manner. Free of the cost of EU membership (mostly socialist redistribution to the unworthy) and regulation Britain should do well. Being ruled by one government rather than a committee of 27 should speed up decision making.
SURVEY: 82% of investors think more firms will set up in Europe because of Brexit

13 Apr 2017

Compensation: Excessive focus on individual performance dangerous

Compensation based on share price development? This is contrary to all sensible pay schemes and one of the main contributing factors to excessive executive pay. Maybe this works in the confines of a small investment boutique but even there it is not clear what the scheme could do to improve the performance produced for investment clients.
Excessive focus on individual performance is inherently dangerous, says Barry Olliff | City A.M.

12 Apr 2017

ABarclays exec breaks silence over LIBOR-rigging

Anyone who has worked in a front-line trading/sales position will know that nothing is more tedious than giving out regular valuations to customers, esp if the relevant security trades infrequently. Apart from the tedium it is not clear why a trader should not give a LIBOR quote that reflects his position. He/She is no god, or impartial regulator, any quote reflects a view. A lot noise about nothing! Just to keep the jobsworth in government, media in clover!
A Barclays exec who went to prison for LIBOR-rigging breaks his silence: 'Traders have been served up as fall guys to protect these more powerful senior bankers'

10 Apr 2017

UBS CEO: Switzerland is more important to America than China

Really? Most Americans would have trouble finding Switzerland on a Map! (maybe China as well)

UBS CEO: Switzerland is more important to America than China

France’s MinFin: London to lose Euro Clearing

Well, would not call this unelected bureaucrat 'prominent'. Arrogant would come to mind instead, but what is new? It is a tight clique that has France in it's grip, and the upcoming election will confirm the status quo. But as the Eurodollar market has demonstrated, the clearing cannot be controlled by administrative Diktat, even it the fawning Scribblerati don't have the guts or brains to point this out!
France’s finance minister Michel Sapin: London to lost euro clearing business - Business Insider

8 Apr 2017

BOE's Carney urges banks to prepare for all potential outcomes

OK, so what about WW3, Meteor impact? All these events COULD happen, more work for the jobsworths in the ever-expanding  regulatory realm.
Brexit: Mark Carney urges banks to prepare for all potential outcomes

29 Mar 2017

Apocalyptic forecasts for UK Finance miss key points

I am tired to repeat the same old arguments (first published back in Feb 2016!) that Brexit is not the Armageddon that some predict. While some firms will boost their presence on the Continent London will benefit by being more open to the 'rest' of the World. Being in sole charge of policy the UK will be much more nimble than the multi-headed EU bureaucracy that has to satisfy 27 squabbling member states. And spreading staff all over Europe will do nothing for the efficiency of the (mostly) larger financial firms that de-emphasise London. Why triggering Brexit signals a long, slow bleed for the UK banking sector

28 Mar 2017

ECB's Sabine Lautenschlager on Brexit banking passport tests

Refreshing honesty from a perfect representative of the 'Deep State', German version. Fortunately the major banks - they are the ones who do the predominant share of Continental European business - are well established in relevant countries. So this is more empty posturing by a life-long bureaucrat that has to sing to the statist hymn sheet.
ECB's Sabine Lautenschlager on Brexit banking passport tests - Business Insider