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Wall Street Layoffs Plunge in January

02/08/2016
Layoffs on Wall Street plunged in January following a surge the prior month as financial services executives remain cautious due to weak trading revenue, poor IPO volumes, and increased regulations. January ...
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London Unbundling Notes, Part 2: How Will Asset Managers Choose to Pay For Research Post-MiFID?

02/08/2016
In the previous article on the London pre-MiFID environment, I talked about the challenges facing asset managers as they gear up for the new research payment provisions under MiFID II ...
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Recent Poll Expects New European Regulation to Cut Research Spending

02/03/2016
Two thirds of asset managers and research providers expect spending on research to decline over the next three years thanks to new European regulation, according to a poll conducted at ...

Final MiFID II Rules Delayed Once Again…

02/01/2016
MiFID II’s final rules (i.e. delegated acts) which address a wide range of financial market topics including how asset managers can pay for investment research were expected to be released ...
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Stock Exchanges Enter Corporate Access Game

01/27/2016
Stock exchanges are likely to continue to increase services offered to asset managers, potentially in competition with the sell side.  A case in point is corporate access, which is a ...
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New Research Management Platform Hopes For MiFID II Boost

01/26/2016
A new research productivity platform is hoping to benefit from pending regulatory changes in Europe.  Feedstock is a London-based application which filters and prioritizes emails received by asset managers from ...

Barclays Cutting 1,000 Investment-Banking Jobs

01/25/2016
Last week, Barclays PLC said it would cut approximately 1,000 investment banking jobs, primarily in Asia, and it would exit countries including Brazil, Russia, Taiwan and South Korea.  This is ...

Jury Convicts in Big Data Insider Trading Trial

01/20/2016
The US Securities and Exchange Commission won a jury verdict in a ‘big data’ insider trading case involving proprietary credit card transaction data.  The defendants, who worked as data analysts ...

FOMC Transcripts Show Insider Trading Concerns

01/18/2016
FOMC transcripts released recently showed that the Federal Reserve expressed concerns about a 2010 leak of policy discussions, fearing that this could result in a loss of credibility and expose ...
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2016 Outlook: Recruiting

01/13/2016
The following perspective on the 2016 investment research recruiting outlook is from Oliver Rolfe, who heads Spartan Partnership, a London-based executive search firm specializing in equities recruiting. I have been skeptical ...