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November 18, 2015 - Barclays has been slapped with a $150 million fine by New York state's financial regulator and told to fire an employee over an automated system used to reject unprofitable client orders on its electronic foreign exchange trading platform.

November 18, 2015 - The Canadian Payments Association estimates that the cost benefits to businesses of a move to the ISO20022 standard could be as high as $4.5 billion over five years simply from the elimination of cheques.

November 5, 2015 - The Partnership for New York City, the city's leading business organization, today announced the launch of the Partnership Innovation Council, a panel of industry experts who will seek to ensure that New York's legal and regulatory environment is keeping pace with the technological revolution that is transforming business and the economy.

September 18, 2015 - With a Jan. 1, 2016 effective date looming for 50 "early adopter" jurisdictions set to enact a new international Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for reporting financial account information, 61 percent of respondents to a KPMG survey of executives at financial institutions worldwide say that the CRS will impact more of their accounts than the U.S. provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

November 16, 2015 - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it fined Scottrade, Inc. $2.6 million for failing to retain a large number of securities-related electronic records in the required format, and for failing to retain certain categories of outgoing emails.

November 3, 2015 - Technology industry leaders Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal have formed a coalition to lobby for policy initiatives that will further the development of innovation in the financial services industry.

September 16, 2015 - A Ukrainian investment banking firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $30 million to settle SEC charges that they profited from trading on information hacked from newswire services.

November 10, 2015 - Pressure is mounting on the European Commission to postpone the implementation of securities market reforms under MiFID II by a year, as banks and brokers struggle to adapt their IT systems to meet the 2017 timetable.

September 28, 2015 - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its final technical standards (TS) on some of the most important pieces of post-crisis financial regulation: the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II), the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and the Central Securities Depositaries Regulation (CSDR).ESMA’s TS translate how the legislation will apply in practice to market participants, market infrastructures and national supervisors. The new technical standards will alter the functioning of European financial markets by increasing their transparency, safety and resilience as well as investor protection.

September 15, 2015 - The Investment Association is today calling for a rethink of proposed trading rules that would make it harder for investors to buy and sell bonds.

November 10, 2015 - On the day US prosecutors laid out their case against three men accused of hacking a host of FS firms, the New York State Department of Financial Services has outlined its proposals to strengthen cybersecurity regulations.

September 18, 2015 - In its first action against an unregistered bitcoin options trading platform, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the US has ruled that virtual currencies are a commodity and as such should come under the purview of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).

September 9, 2015 - (Bloomberg) -- As if slumping prices weren't enough -- German electricity is trading near a 12-year low -- traders and utilities in Europe's $940 billion power and natural gas markets have another reason to be worried.

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