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  • Regulatory innovation: we’re going to need a bigger sandbox

    Regulatory innovation: we’re going to need a bigger sandbox

    The Financial Conduct Authority has helped to put the UK at the forefront of financial innovation with its pioneering regulatory sandbox programme. While it has inspired similar schemes in various jurisdictions, its next big challenge is to implement this concept across borders.

  • A stablecoin threatens stability

    A stablecoin threatens stability

    For those in the world of grown-up finance, the cryptocurrency world has often been the subject of amused scorn or mild envy. It is very much its own game, and it scarcely seems to inhabit the same world as staid, professional markets like that for commercial paper. But all that is changing and regulators must pay attention.

  • No shortage of views on UK capital markets divergence

    No shortage of views on UK capital markets divergence

    There is general agreement that the UK’s recently won ability to diverge from EU capital markets regulations represents an opportunity to create a more attractive environment for doing business in London — and everyone seems to have their own shopping list of reforms they would like to see.

  • Origin promises instant ISINs with new feature

    Origin promises instant ISINs with new feature

    Bond market fintech company Origin has teamed up with clearing house operator Clearstream Banking to launch an “instant ISIN” feature to allow the automated allocation of codes to Eurobonds from frequent issuers.

  • Issuing a bond to buy bitcoin? C’mon!

    Issuing a bond to buy bitcoin? C’mon!

    MicroStrategy’s high yield bitcoin bond is the next step in its journey from business intelligence software firm to vehicle for cryptocurrency speculation. It could be a step too far.

  • Ediphy launches consolidated tape initiative

    Ediphy launches consolidated tape initiative

    Ediphy, a fintech company launched by Chris Murphy, a former global head of fixed income sales and trading at UBS, is launching a prototype version of a consolidated tape, aggregating trade disclosures mandated by MiFID II.

  • Crowded field emerges in race to modernise bond market

    Crowded field emerges in race to modernise bond market

    The age of fintech is upon capital markets. Tech hopefuls are pitching platform after platform at banks as a way to haul capital raising into the 21st century. But fatigue is setting in among bankers, some of whom are questioning whether all of the problems that tech purports to solve really exist.

  • DCM automation hits milestone with LSEG deal

    DCM automation hits milestone with LSEG deal

    A $7bn equivalent nine-tranche bond issued by London Stock Exchange Group in March put the newest generation of bond documentation software through its paces. It was the first deal of its size and complexity to use one of the growing array of automation technology platforms.

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