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Elton Cane

MiFID compliance burden as a catalyst for M and A

At an event this week I heard an interesting opinion from the compliance head of German bank WestLB. His view was that in the German market, no-one saw any strategic benefits arising from MiFID - only...

09 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

Baptism of fire for Reg NMS

As leading FTSE shares post triple-digital losses in London this morning, the markets await with trepidation the response from Wall Street. The continuing slide in stocks in London follows further rev...

05 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

Floor Traders 1 Computers 0

Nice to see the legacy human interface saving the day for Nyse after Tuesday’s run on stocks sent the Big Board’s fancy new electronic trading system into a tailspin. Capacity constraints forced the ...

01 Mar 2007
Paul Penrose

McCreevy wakes to MiFID 'nightmare'

EU internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy says the dream of a single Europe-wide rule book for equity market trading runs the risk of becoming a "practical nightmare", as euro zone re...

20 Feb 2007
Paul Penrose

Clearing the way for more consolidation

All eyes on Deutsche Börse and Italy’s Monte Titoli after rival exchange Euronext divested itself of all but five per cent of its holding in clearing and settlement agent LCH.Clearnet (LCH.Clearnet to...

15 Feb 2007
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Paul Penrose

For whom the bell tolls

Apparently, legendary blues guitarist Bo Diddley will ring the opening bell at the American Stock Exchange this morning. Why? Perhaps the AmEx mistook Mr Diddley for his mad, bad contemporary Chuck B...

07 Feb 2007
Paul Penrose

Bob the Bully gets his come-uppance

If, as seems increasingly likely, the London Stock Exchange succeeds in seeing off Nasdaq’s attempted hostile takeover, it will at the same time deal a serious blow to the ambitions and reputation of ...

05 Feb 2007
Paul Penrose

Investors goggle-eyed at Frankfurt exchange

News from the front-line of the electronic trading revolution: Deutsche Börse is to spend EUR4 billion on refurbishing its trading floor! The Frankfurt-based exchange is one of only two bourses in Eu...

30 Jan 2007