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Still too many “BRICS” and not enough mortar

London, July 2014

Brazil will not have much time to recover following the excitement of the World Cup and its final on 13 July in Rio when a day later on the 14th it will be hosting the 6th BRICS Summit some 2600 kilometres away in Fortaleza. The former event will have of course an immeasurably greater impact, both nationally and internationally, than the latter.

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Moving towards REMIT

London, July 2014

Trayport Blog: Trayport recently hosted a client forum to discuss the regulatory risk, compliance and technical challenges facing our clients and the industry as a whole. We wanted to understand how our customers are being impacted by EMIR and how firms need to prepare in order to meet the REMIT reporting requirements once they come into effect. Based on these discussions, we found that there are a number of key themes of concern for the industry at the moment: including the discord around Unique Trade Identifier (UTI) generation and distribution, the backloading of trades and the potential cost impact on post-trade operations.

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Resource rich countries lead global conflict and political violence index

London, May 2014

Over the last six months, levels of conflict and political violence have jumped significantly in 48 countries as a consequence of popular revolutions and regime change, a study released reveals.

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Crisis in the Crimea: Sanctions Update

London, 30 April 2014

In response to the Russian Federation’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine, the United States has added seventeen entities and seven Russian officials and related persons to its list of Ukraine-related sanctioned persons. United States persons are prohibited from continuing or entering into transactions with entities and individuals specifically designated and entities that are 50% or more owned by a sanctioned entity or individual. 

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Final standard for measuring and controlling large exposure

London, 15 April 2014

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a final standard that sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures, which will take effect from 1 January 2019.

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2014 Conflict Minerals Survey

London, April 2014

With just weeks until publicly traded US component manufacturers are forced by law to disclose their usage of conflict minerals to the federal government, a good number are set to miss the deadline for complying with new rules.

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Commodities Sector should be an Engine of Growth, not Poverty Trap

Geneva, April 2014

Corrupt and opaque financial practices deprive resource-rich developing countries of “staggering” amounts of money, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said at the opening of the UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum in Geneva on 7 April.

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Commodities Summit: Lessons from Lausanne

London, April 2014

A dozen things we learnt at the FT’s Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne this week.

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Why Ukraine's next President doesn't matter

London, 28 March 2014

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia's annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin — but it won't be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections.

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The Geopolitical Realities of the Ukraine Crises

Last weekend, the crisis in Ukraine took a more ominous turn with the referendum in Crimea rejoining the peninsula with Russia while Russian troops amassed on the country’s eastern border. In addition, the United States and European Union’s imposition of what is forecasted to be the first salvo of economic sanctions was launched. On Wednesday, Ukraine’s defense minister announced that he would go to Crimea to seek a diplomatic solution, an offer immediately rebuffed by Crimea’s Prime Minister, thus setting back prospects for a reasoned solution (e.g., a more autonomous Crimea within an independent Ukraine).

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