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Could OpenFin Be As Big As Bloomberg? – The Desk 

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From a trader’s perspective this ought to mean new services can appear on their desktops without any fuss or bother, where connecting them once might have been slower and more difficult. It also offers another possibility. By employing the connectivity between different systems as operational ‘hops’, trading desks 

Wall St Banks Have Seen eTrading Chip Away at Their Control of the Corporate Bond Market. Now They’re Fighting Back – Business Insider 

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Some of the biggest banks that serve as corporate bond dealers, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley, are actively working with their clients to help facilitate direct electronic trading.

This Time IS Different, Credit Shop Argues – Institutional Investor 

Fixed-income hedge funds had $556 billion in assets under management, about six percent of the $9.2 trillion corporate bond market. “Given their relatively small size, it is simply impossible for hedge funds to ‘become the market’ and absorb large liquidity shocks,” according to the report.

(A) Fear and Loathing of Transparency – The Inside Market (Chris White) 

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Extracting the benefits of transparency while eliminating its detrimental effects requires techniques that are normally reserved for electronic trading platforms. To get the best out of transparency, we need protocols. Applied properly, the right transparency protocols will increase access to information while protecting the proprietary data that can destabilize a market.

A 48-Hour Reporting Delay Could Be Coming for Corporate Debt – Bloomberg

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Finra last week proposed running a pilot program that would give traders 48 hours before having to reveal their so-called block trades to other investors. The effort would allow the industry-funded brokerage regulator, which is overseen by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to evaluate how delayed transparency might affect corporate bond trading.

Jim Bianco: ‘Why ECB Shows Central Bankers Can Make for Bad Capitalists – The Independent

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Consider Germany’s Bayer AG, which agreed to buy Monsanto in May 2016 for $66bn in what was then the largest all-cash merger ever announced. The deal was controversial from the start as Bayer was going to need to raise billions. Traditionally, this means going on a roadshow and explaining its plan in great detail. Without evidence of a credible plan, capitalists will not part with their money.

Not the ECB. 

Wall St Getting Cut Out of Bond Market It Long Dominated – Bloomberg

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For more than a decade, corporate-bond traders resisted efforts to carry out more transactions electronically even as most other corners of financial markets embraced the move to computerized buying and selling. But that’s slowly been changing as new rules have forced dealers to act more like machines, linking up buyers and sellers in almost real time as an exchange would, instead of buying securities from investors and hanging onto them.