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THOMSON REUTERS CREATES ACCESS TO LARGEST COLLECTIVE INDEPENDENT POOL OF FX LIQUIDITY VIA A SINGLE DESKTOP

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Thomson Reuters Creates Access to Largest Collective Independent Pool of FX Liquidity via a Single Desktop

Thomson Reuters integrates all of its FX transaction venues into next-generation FX Trading desktop to streamline access to liquidity for the FX community; includes advanced portfolio order management system for buy-side participants

Thomson Reuters has brought together all of its FX transaction venues onto one platform to create a single point of access to the industry’s largest collective independent pool of FX liquidity. Thomson Reuters request for stream service (FXall QuickTrade), continuous streaming prices (Bank Stream), central limit order books (Matching, Order Book) and conversational dealing platform (Dealing) have now all been fully integrated into the company’s next-generation desktop solution FX Trading.

 FX professionals using FX Trading will now have access to liquidity venues that over the past 12 months have facilitated a collective average daily trading volume of $367bn*. They also gain access to new order types such as Peg, TWAP and Icebergs which give traders greater flexibility and choice in execution. Enhanced post-trade capabilities are provided with the integration of Thomson Reuters Trade Notification (TRTN) which offers a post-trade network of over 100 publishers and 1,000 receivers.

 To help meet the needs of buy-side users and their providers, FX Trading now incorporates the advanced FXall portfolio order management system (POMS) which improves collaboration and workflow efficiency across a portfolio of trades, including functionality for multiple allocations, currencies and forward dates. For market-makers, FX Trading includes single sign-on to e-commerce, price creation and price distribution capabilities (Electronic Trading and Treasury Center), including provider intervention and automated hedging tools.

FX Trading also provides single sign-on to the powerful pre-trade data and analytics in Thomson Reuters Eikon and Thomson Reuters venue rulebooks help ensure the highest standards for market behavior and transparency are upheld.

 “Market volatility, regulatory scrutiny and decreased risk appetite among market participants are all having an impact on FX market liquidity,” said Phil Weisberg, global head of FX at Thomson Reuters. “This is why we want to make it as easy as possible for our clients to find the liquidity they need, have the flexibility to access it efficiently through a choice of venues and order types, and be confident that rigorous standards for behavior are upheld by Thomson Reuters for all users of our platforms. We have had a fantastic response to FX Trading, with thousands of customers in every region already signed up and hundreds more joining each week as we continue to evolve the platform.”

 “As the FX market has become more complex and liquidity more challenged, market participants are increasingly demanding flexibility in how they interact with one another,” said Kevin McPartland, head of market structure and technology research at market intelligence and advisory firm Greenwich Associates. “Increasing transactional efficiency while allowing important counterparty relationships to remain intact is critical to the evolution of electronic trading.”

 Introduced in 2014, Thomson Reuters FX Trading furthers Thomson Reuters strategy to provide a platform that brings together the best of the company’s pre-trade tools, trading venues and post-trade capabilities into one single next-generation desktop. FX Trading has therefore been designed as the natural upgrade path for users of all its legacy FX transaction venues and will continuously evolve as more functionality and content is added.

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Sunak to use budget to expand apprenticeships in England

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LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak will announce more funding for apprenticeships in England when he unveils his budget next week, the government said on Friday.

Employers taking part in the Apprenticeship Initiative Scheme will from April 1 receive 3,000 pounds ($4,179) for each apprentice hired, regardless of age – an increase on current grants of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds depending on age.

The scheme will extended by six months until the end of September, the finance ministry said.

Sunak will also announce an extra 126 million pounds for traineeships for up to 43,000 placements.

Sunak’s March 3 budget will likely include a new round of spending to prop up the economy during what he hopes will be the last phase of lockdown, but he will also probably signal tax rises ahead to plug the huge hole in the public finances.

Sunak is also expected to announce a “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme, whereby apprentices can join an agency and work for multiple employers in one sector, the finance ministry said.

“We know there’s more to do and it’s vital this continues throughout the next stage of our recovery, which is why I’m boosting support for these programmes, helping jobseekers and employers alike,” Sunak said in a statement.

(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)

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UK seeks G7 consensus on digital competition after Facebook blackout

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is seeking to build a consensus among G7 nations on how to stop large technology companies exploiting their dominance, warning that there can be no repeat of Facebook’s one-week media blackout in Australia.

Facebook’s row with the Australian government over payment for local news, although now resolved, has increased international focus on the power wielded by tech corporations.

“We will hold these companies to account and bridge the gap between what they say they do and what happens in practice,” Britain’s digital minister Oliver Dowden said on Friday.

“We will prevent these firms from exploiting their dominance to the detriment of people and the businesses that rely on them.”

Dowden said recent events had strengthened his view that digital markets did not currently function properly.

He spoke after a meeting with Facebook’s Vice-President for Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, a former British deputy prime minister.

“I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken again,” Dowden said in a statement.

Facebook said in a statement that the call had been constructive, and that it had already struck commercial deals with most major publishers in Britain.

“Nick strongly agreed with the Secretary of State’s (Dowden’s) assertion that the government’s general preference is for companies to enter freely into proper commercial relationships with each other,” a Facebook spokesman said.

Britain will host a meeting of G7 leaders in June.

It is seeking to build consensus there for coordinated action toward “promoting competitive, innovative digital markets while protecting the free speech and journalism that underpin our democracy and precious liberties,” Dowden said.

The G7 comprises the United States, Japan, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Canada, but Australia has also been invited.

Britain is working on a new competition regime aimed at giving consumers more control over their data, and introducing legislation that could regulate social media platforms to prevent the spread of illegal or extremist content and bullying.

(Reporting by William James; Editing by Gareth Jones and John Stonestreet)

 

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Britain to offer fast-track visas to bolster fintechs after Brexit

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By Huw Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Friday it would offer a fast-track visa scheme for jobs at high-growth companies after a government-backed review warned that financial technology firms will struggle with Brexit and tougher competition for global talent.

Finance minister Rishi Sunak said that now Britain has left the European Union, it wants to make sure its immigration system helps businesses attract the best hires.

“This new fast-track scale-up stream will make it easier for fintech firms to recruit innovators and job creators, who will help them grow,” Sunak said in a statement.

Over 40% of fintech staff in Britain come from overseas, and the new visa scheme, open to migrants with job offers at high-growth firms that are scaling up, will start in March 2022.

Brexit cut fintechs’ access to the EU single market and made it far harder to employ staff from the bloc, leaving Britain less attractive for the industry.

The review published on Friday and headed by Ron Kalifa, former CEO of payments fintech Worldpay, set out a “strategy and delivery model” that also includes a new 1 billion pound ($1.39 billion) start-up fund.

“It’s about underpinning financial services and our place in the world, and bringing innovation into mainstream banking,” Kalifa told Reuters.

Britain has a 10% share of the global fintech market, generating 11 billion pounds ($15.6 billion) in revenue.

The review said Brexit, heavy investment in fintech by Australia, Canada and Singapore, and the need to be nimbler as COVID-19 accelerates digitalisation of finance, all mean the sector’s future in Britain is not assured.

It also recommends more flexible listing rules for fintechs to catch up with New York.

“We recognise the need to make the UK attractive a more attractive location for IPOs,” said Britain’s financial services minister John Glen, adding that a separate review on listings rules would be published shortly.

“Those findings, along with Ron’s report today, should provide an excellent evidence base for further reform.”

SCALING UP

Britain pioneered “sandboxes” to allow fintechs to test products on real consumers under supervision, and the review says regulators should move to the next stage and set up “scale-boxes” to help fintechs navigate red tape to grow.

“It’s a question of knowing who to call when there’s a problem,” said Kay Swinburne, vice chair of financial services at consultants KPMG and a contributor to the review.

A UK fintech wanting to serve EU clients would have to open a hub in the bloc, an expensive undertaking for a start-up.

“Leaving the EU and access to the single market going away is a big deal, so the UK has to do something significant to make fintechs stay here,” Swinburne said.

The review seeks to join the dots on fintech policy across government departments and regulators, and marshal private sector efforts under a new Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT).

“There is no framework but bits of individual policies, and nowhere does it come together,” said Rachel Kent, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells and contributor to the review.

($1 = 0.7064 pounds)

(Reporting by Huw Jones; editing by Jane Merriman and John Stonestreet)

 

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