Fixed Income

Market expects calmer response to Fed QE plans

The US Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee 18 June announcement, which marked the midpoint of the US central bank’s quantitative easing tapering plan, left the Treasuries and agency mortgage-backed securities markets non-plused.

A long and grinding road

There are no short cuts to finding the balance between transparency and liquidity in the fixed income markets, but at least there is road-tested approach from the US that might show the way.

The connection conundrum

Third-party trading platforms that enable investors to deal in fixed income with each other are becoming a bigger feature of the market, but can they really match the liquidity the banks were once able to offer?

Pendulum swing risks paradigm shift

Do capital constraints in fixed income markets demand a return to an agency approach by banks or is a more fundamental shift in market dynamics on the cards?

ICMA set to shorten settlement cycle for OTC and repo

As a result of the central securities depository regulation which will migrate European markets to T+2 settlement beginning in October, the International Capital Markets Association will change the standard settlement cycle for cash transactions.

Industry positive on FCA research reforms

Efforts by the Financial Conduct Authority to reform how institutional investors pay for research and execution services have been praised following last week’s policy statement by the UK regulator.