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EMIR changes agreed and news about penalties

The European Parliament has agreed in a plenary session to the proposed changes  to EMIR as part of the REFIT process, passed by the ECON committee a few weeks ago (see here). The agreed document will be used to represent the stance of the Parliament in the “Trialogue” process in the coming weeks. The press … Continue reading

5 months later, how is MiFID II going?

Yesterday was the 5 month anniversary of the start of MiFID II.  In many ways, things have settled down since then, although there have been some developments over the past weeks (see here for a list of these already covered). While all has been relatively quiet in the world of energy and commodities, there is … Continue reading

Push back on “gold plated” Bank of England rules on algorithmic trading

Several industry associations and banks have pushed back against proposals by the Bank of England to roll out an enhanced version of the rules governing algorithmic trading in financial instruments, as reported here on the Bloomberg web site. The Bank of England released this consultation paper in February, which proposes rules that go over and … Continue reading

Trader acquitted of spoofing precious metals in US

Andre Flotron, an ex UBS trader who was accused of spoofing on the Comex market in precious metals futures, was yesterday acquitted of the charge, as reported here on the Bloomberg web site and also here on the New York Times web site.  Flotron was accused of spoofing in gold and silver futures at various … Continue reading

Brexit update – ISDA FAQs, ESA warnings and more

There have been a few developments on both the financial  side of regulation in Brexit thinking since our last update (see here). On the financial side, ISDA has issued this FAQ on Brexit. It is a “short” version, with a longer version only being available to members. It covers, contractual, access, and regulatory issues considering … Continue reading

Is the “era of regulation” over in Europe?

See here for our guest post on the CTRM Center on the future of energy and commodity trading regulation in Europe

New position limits opinions from ESMA

ESMA yesterday issued 3 new position limits opinion documents for 3 contract on the ICE Futures Europe exchange. These are: UK Feed Wheat – see here. Singapore Jet Kerosene – see here. Argus Euro-bob Oxy FOB Rotterdam Barges – see here. The “master” spread sheet of contracts with opinion documents has been updated and can … Continue reading

Blockchain and crypto update – initiatives progress but some stall

There have been quite a few developments in the blockchain and crypto currency world since our last post on the topic (see here). Blockchain initiatives BTL has announced here that their “Interbit” chain joining platform will be test launched on 23rd April. This article on the Platts web site discusses its application in energy trading, … Continue reading

Streamlining regulatory reporting – document from Europex

This blog has covered the many streams of regulatory reporting to which market participants have become subject to over the past years. The burden is also high for trading venues, who must meet a thicket of requirements. This response by Europex, to the European Commission as part of the Commissions, “fitness check on supervisory reporting” … Continue reading

Blockchain developments – initiatives, legal applicability and rules

The world of blockchain use and crypto currency regulatory developments continues at a fast pace, in the energy and financial worlds, with many developments since our last post (see here). Energy initiatives On the energy side of things, Endessa and Gas Natural Fenosa announced here that they have completed an energy trade on EnerChain. This will … Continue reading