Tag: Covid-19

State Street Research Finds Investors Happy with Managers

New research by State Street reveals that irrespective of the market dynamics created by the Covid-19 pandemic, 74 percent of institutional investors in Europe, remain confident in the ability of their asset manager to navigate the crisis. Unsurprisingly, the volatility caused by the crisis has damaged the ability of 66 percent of European investors to […]

COVID-19 Crisis Speeds Up Use of Digital Payments

The coronavirus pandemic has forced world central banks, already struggling to deal with cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and other non-traditional monies, to up their game on the use of digital currencies and other new technologies. “COVID-19 has forced an unprecedented experiment in digitalisation, across our lives, including work and in commerce…,” said Benoit Coeure, former ECB executive […]

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

‘Back to normal’ – three simple words, and a world of meaning. For those in the UK, Monday, 23rd March 2020 marked the point at which everyone’s life changed. Lockdown has had, amongst many other effects, a profound impact on how and where we work and the very nature of the job we do. The […]

And Finally…

This is the 1000th column I have written about (mainly) our industry (no, I am not sure I can believe it either!), and if it wasn’t going to be last look then what is a more appropriate subject that something I have been looking at for more than a decade – yes, we are back […]

XTX Commits £20mn to Charities Battling Covid-19 Effects

XTX Markets is committing £20 million to three funds battling the effects of COVID-19. The funds are to help bring immediate relief for frontline workers in hospitals caring for those with the disease, as well as those in New York City who are unable to get access to food during these difficult times. XTX has […]

Virus Apex Weeks Away as Defences Mount

A thousand distractions filled the news Wednesday, particularly promises contained in the pending congressional effort to replace trillions of dollars of income, pay for medical gear and rescue firms big and little. Not distracted are the sub-microscopic capsules of single strands of ribonucleic acid that are using unwitting asymptomatic carriers to reach more states. Their […]

Trade Associations Urge UMR Implementation Delay

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 21 financial industry associations have submitted a letter on behalf of their members requesting BCBS (Basel Committee on Bank Supervision), IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions), and other global regulators to suspend the current timeline for the initial margin phase-in. The letter says this will to allow market participants […]

Gold Market Dislocates as Physical Supply Hit

Dealers are reporting a dislocation in the spot gold market as the basis risk between futures and physical has blown out over physical delivery concerns. One source reports prices up to 30 big figures wide on some platforms quoting physical while the Comex futures spread remains locked around 30 cents wide. The problem stems from […]

Difficult Trade Offs, Unprecedented QE, Accelerating Infection

Americans who in even greater numbers are staying at home Monday were suddenly being asked to choose between two virus scenarios; one espoused by medical experts, the other by people newly afraid the economy is being irreversibly crippled, President Trump among them. Which view leads to the most prudent outcome, either an early relaxation of […]