25 Jul 2017

Goldman Sachs is scaling back market-making for exchange-traded funds

This will not make it easier to maintain orderly markets if and when the tide turns and markets enter a bear market. Markets move faster on the downside and panic is never far away then, even more so now that global markets are linked by ultra-fast communication and the crowd/herd effect can accerate trends.
Goldman Sachs is scaling back its role as a lead market maker for exchange-traded funds

Goldman Sachs is scaling back trading exchange-traded funds

This will not make it easier to maintain orderly markets if and when the tide turns and markets enter a bear market. Markets move faster on the downside and panic is never far away then, even more so now that global markets are linked by ultra-fast communication and the crowd/herd effect is easily generated.

Goldman Sachs is scaling back its role as a lead market maker for exchange-traded funds

13 Jul 2017

Impressions from Paris - Europlace Conference

This year more than in other years this annual event was to be interesting given the fact that Brexit is in full swing (or not if you listen to Remainers and assorted moaners). So the lack of a strong attendance by non-French visitors was a surprise. Naturally the locals did their best to put Paris in a good light. Not so sure about the 'City of Love' as some panelists did not forget to mention. But then why has prostitution then be made illegal in 2016? Cannot be so good for love!
On a more serious note one has to accept that Paris was a large financial centre before Brexit. How much it will be able to add now is not so clear. Most market professionals may speak English so incoming staff may be able to fit in, but their private lives may not be so easy. Nice property is as expensive as in London, and finding a house with garden will be a struggle. And giving preferential tax treatment to financial staff - and only the heavy hitters among the foreigners - may not go all too well with 'Fraternite' as it is a blatantly discriminatory law (do the EU and the ECJ dare to intervene?)
Dublin, Frankfurt are already busy nibbling on London's cake and only time will tell how much they can grab. Will financial firms be more efficient if they spread themselves thin all over Europe? Communication is cheap, but lack of face-to-face interaction will do little to improve either the work climate or coordination.

7 Jul 2017

EU Regulators Take Aim At London's Asset-Management Industry

No surprise there, EU is basically a protectionist racket, dominated by socialist parties and lobbies, where even pseudo right wing parties are praying from the same hymn sheet and embrace big government. Also means that the UK has to negotiate harder, I suggested a while ago that if local production would be required for asset management services then the same rule should be applied to manufactured goods. So come on BMW, Daimler, start producing in the UK. And someone has to tell the Eurocracy: keep your MIFID and Financial Transaction Tax nonsense!
EU Regulators Take Aim At London's Asset-Management Industry

27 Jun 2017

Soothing Words about ETF - But Liquidity disappears when we need it most

The market does provide super liquidity that one could never imagine in the past. But when the music stops there will NOT be enough chairs! This type of complacency makes a major debacle even more likely. How many (highly paid) risk managers are really prepared for nearly instantaneous price changes of 20-25 % in all major markets? Tiny slivers of margin will just not be enough to cushion the blow, esp when some potholes open up and a player (or players) fail.
Junk Bond ETFs Are the Future. That's a Good Thing. - Bloomberg

14 Jun 2017

NYC proposes to prohibit asking candidates about current salary

Not clear why Messrs. Schwarzman (Blackstone) and Corbat (Citigroup) would have any objection. All prospective employers need to know is what salary a job candidate expects.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/business/dealbook/job-salary-pay-women-men-wall-street.html?_r=0

13 Jun 2017

Money laundering laws - waste of money and attack on privacy

Anti Money Laundering laws - nearly as useless as the attack on alcohol during the 1920s in the USA. And instigated from the same legislative mob!
Money laundering laws also harm the innocent - Washington Times

12 Jun 2017

Outsourcing without limits?

Should national and supranational regulation allow the unconstrained outsourcing of vital enterprise functions? Information Technology is no longer a low skill 'back-office' job but a vital ingredient of today's business. And this applies more than ever to the finance industry where security is more important than in most other lines of business.
Job-Spirale nach unten: First London, dann Z├╝rich - Inside Paradeplatz

11 Jun 2017

Credit Ratings - still no reform

While regulators have produced tons of paper simple and effective reform of Credit Rating Agencies has not happened.

1 Jun 2017

Is big better in Money Management Biz?

Bigger does not necessarily mean better. Big fund managers did something right otherwise they would not be big. But that could also be their undoing. Once you manage billions you are going to find it very difficult to achieve any out performance. That will mean that smaller firms will find room to grow.
Big money managers are squeezing smaller ones at worst possible time - Business Insider