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ICAP Acquires Abide Financial

Spain’s Clearing and Settlement Process Transitions to T + 2

London Bullion Market Chooses Boat Services for Trade Reporting

EU Firms Up Details on How to Safeguard Clearinghouses

Tradeweb and FTSE Russell Named as Reference Price Providers for Gilts and Treasury Bills

Tradeweb Markets, the global marketplace for electronic fixed income, derivatives and ETF trading, and FTSE Russell, the global index provider, were named by the UK Treasury as the joint future providers for end-of-day reference prices for Gilts and Treasury bills. Tradeweb and FTSE Russell are working to collaborate to create the “Tradeweb FTSE Gilt Closing Prices” solution following the UK Debt Management Office (‘DMO’) announcement that it intended to withdraw from the provision of reference prices, and its decision to launch an independent review into successor arrangements. As part of the proposal, Tradeweb and FTSE Russell will produce end-of-day gilt reference prices in a manner consistent with IOSCO principles.  Tradeweb will calculate the reference prices based on input data from the Tradeweb dealer-to-client UK Gilt trading platform. FTSE Russell will operate as the administrator of the reference prices and will use these prices in the calculation of the FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts Index Series. It is expected that the transition to the Tradeweb FTSE Gilt Closing Prices will take place in Q1 2017.

Thomson Reuters Launches TRAC to Combat Money Laundering

Hong Kong’s SFC Launches Cybersecurity Preparedness Survey