Freaking out about market abuse

The behavioural economics book, Freakonomics, includes a chapter entitled Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? which talks about ‘foot soldiers’, small street crack dealers in Chicago. These individuals, apparently, have a one in four chance of getting killed and they will be arrested around six times during the course of their ‘careers’. All these... Read More

Welcome to PMQs

While our political leaders wrangle in the House at Prime Minister’s Question Time, we’ll be bringing you our very own version of PMQs – Programme Manager’s Questions! The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive has applied since November 2007. I’m sure many of you have fond memories of the implementation! Three years have now passed, with numerous... Read More

Beware of the Three Wise Monkeys!

There is an old proverb about three wise monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. We’re looking to change that story. I have always had a fascination with markets. A major focus for me is to understand how technology interacts with legislation. This acquired taste really flourished after I started working at Fidessa. The Regulation Team, of which I’m a member,... Read More

EC publishes MiFID II and MAD consultation papers

In December the EC published two significant consultation papers on the Review of MiFID and the Market Abuse Directive: Reinforcing sanctioning regimes in the financial services sector. In these documents the EC has posed over a hundred questions and invited comments on numerous topics in order to obtain industry feedback. This feedback will provide guidance for the Commission... Read More

Xavier Rolet says MiFID II could threaten London

Xavier Rolet, CEO of LSE Group, expresses concerns over some MiFID II proposals and support for dark pools. Do you agree with Xavier that London’s competitive position will be adversely affected by MiFID II? Or do you think other factors, such as the higher UK taxation rate, will have a greater effect? Read the article and let us know your thoughts – leave a comment... Read More

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