Tuesday 28th June 2016
NEWS TICKER: JUNE 28TH: This morning the story is about keeping calm even as the West European political landscape looks set to change forever. The aftershocks from the UK’s decision to leave the EU last week will continue for some time. This morning however the focus is on the UK Chancellor’s statement that was designed to calm the markets and set out a marker for the Leave camp in the ruling Conservative Party to keep him in a unity government if the divorce from the EU is to proceed unimpeded. Expect lots of posturing, but the reality is a deal will be wrought between prominent Remainers and Leavers, so that they can ‘sell’ to a clearly divided population that a reasonable outcome for the UK can be achieved. Expect also that many Leaver will now renege on many of the pledges and charges levelled against the EU, as they were plangently either not achievable or true. Politically, the fallout is far from over: Nicola Sturgeon, whose reputation has been enhanced by the referendum will now seek ways for Scotland to exit the Union; a clever move as firms looking to locate overseas to keep long term free access to Europe will now seriously consider Edinburgh and Glasgow as alternatives to Ireland or Luxembourg. There are areas of concern however: one is in Northern Ireland, where a call for a Border Poll by leader Martin McGuinness could reignite old political divisions and moves by many MPs in the Opposition Labour Party to oust the party’s leader Jeremy Corbin is distracting attention from the main question: how does the UK extricate itself from Europe with the most gain and least pain to all sides. While Leave campaigners and television commentators look to try to reassure the British public that they should not be worried by short term movements in sterling and the stock market. According to brokerage Clear Treasury: “Sterling this morning has drifted lower again since Friday’s close which saw the pound depreciate 9%. The worst may not be over for the pound either as the Brexit fallout is by no means over. We will likely see aftershocks in the market for the foreseeable future. The difficulty here will lie in anticipating these shocks, and for this reason it’s hard to justify many traders being able to justify holding or purchasing additional sterling. This is why we feel that the pound may not have reached its bottom just yet. Keep a close eye on economic data from the UK with GDP, market sentiment, retail figures etc all likely to be impacted going forward” – The world’s top central bankers meet in Brussels today for a three-day summit; no doubt Brexit is on the agenda and they will certainly be talking measures to calm the markets. On Tuesday, European leaders meet and following the inimitable Angela Merkel’s admonition to all Europeans to treat with the UK kindly and well will help defuse what could have been a rancorous meeting – St Louis Missouri-based Stifel Financial Corporation today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Sterne Agee's legacy independent brokerage, clearing, and RIA businesses to INTL FCStone Inc. (NASDAQ: INTL). Following a financial restructuring of the combined businesses, consideration will approximate the tangible net asset value of the entities. The transaction is expected to close immediately after regulatory approval, which is anticipated in July. As part of the agreement, Stifel has agreed to sell: Sterne Agee Financial Services, Inc.; Sterne Agee Clearing, Inc.; Sterne Agee Leach, Inc.; Sterne Agee Asset Management; and Sterne Agee Investment Advisory Services. To support these businesses, INTL FCStone has agreed to hire substantially all of the Birmingham, Alabama-based support professionals. Ronald J. Kruszewski, chairman and CEO of Stifel, says, "Last year we successfully integrated the Private Client Group branches and institutional fixed income business from our Sterne Agee acquisition. We are pleased to have found an acquirer in INTL FCStone who is committed to these businesses and the professionals in the Birmingham community." -

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ISDA chief to step down

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ISDA chief to step down The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, (ISDA) says that its chief executive officer Robert Pickel will step down from his role later this year.  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, (ISDA) says that its chief executive officer Robert Pickel will step down from his role later this year. 

Pickel has led the association through a period of unprecedented change, including industry preparation for and adoption of key over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives reforms including the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation.

“After nearly 17 years in a variety of roles at ISDA, and with many reforms implemented or largely under way, I believe that now is a good time to explore other opportunities,” says Pickel. “I appreciate the support of the ISDA board throughout my time with ISDA and look forward to working with the board to transition to new leadership. I have been fortunate to work with an incredible staff over the years, and I know that their dedication to this organization will ensure a seamless transition.”

Stephen O’Connor, ISDA chairman says: “Bob has led ISDA through an incredibly important and challenging time for the derivatives industry, and the board and I are very grateful for all his hard work and unflappable leadership. I’ve enjoyed working closely with him as chairman over the past three years, and I, together with the entire board, wish him all the best for the future.”

“Bob has been a tireless advocate for ISDA and our mission to ensure safe, efficient markets,” echoed Eraj Shirvani, former ISDA chairman and managing director, head of Fixed Income EMEA at Credit Suisse. “His wise counsel, thoughtful insights and steady

Pickel has agreed to continue in office during a transition phase, as the board turns to the task of appointing a successor.

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