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by Gontran de Quillacq | June 8, 2021 | Investments & markets, News | 0 Comments
PwC released its annual Crypto Hedge Fund report; it contains many interesting statistics – fees, size, investor source, strategies, liquidity, performance…
by Gontran de Quillacq | June 7, 2021 | News, World | 0 Comments
Corporate taxes have been decreasing for the last decades, the result of tax competition between countries, tax havens, as well as corporate tax shenanigans. The finance ministers of the G-7 have now agreed to a global minimum rate of 15%. This is big news, with important consequences.
by Gontran de Quillacq | June 2, 2021 | Investments & markets, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
The first jail sentence has been pronounced in the Cum/Ex tax fraud. The fine is a death knell for one of Germany’s oldest private banks. The judgment is causing frights in board rooms and trading floors.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 26, 2021 | Investments & markets, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
Pump-and-dump are ubiquitous in crypto currencies. The schemes are well organized online groups, acting for the explicit purpose of manipulating currencies.
Organizers are front-running their groups and make great returns for themselves, so why would other participate? For hubris and gambling fever, say academics.
Regulators are absent, and the situation will deteriorate. This is the long-form review of this Far West of modern ages.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 21, 2021 | News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
The credit card processor was actually a purpose-built money laundering scheme.
Wirecard tricked its auditors, its board, external investigators. It retaliated against whistleblowers. With the support of its regulator.
That wouldn’t happen over here, but could it? Thoughts?
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 19, 2021 | Derivatives, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
On February 5th, 2018 (Volmageddon) the volatility reverse ETF XIV lost 96% of its value in the space of a few hours. Its iNAV was also miscalculated for an hour.
We have now discovered why: S&P Dow Jones was understaffed and did not release an ‘auto hold’ safety.
This human error contributes to current debate on the need to regulate index providers as investment advisors.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 17, 2021 | News, World | 0 Comments
We have all heard that China is a growing economic & military threat to the US and the world order. But is it really?
Michael Beckley’s book ‘Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower’ demonstrates it isn’t, says The Atlantic’s David Frum. Here is why.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 11, 2021 | Investments & markets, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
The risk manager who blew the whistle on Deutsche’s Libor manipulation is entitled to a $100m award.
That’s a problem. It would empty the coffer for the entire program, and block other actions.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 6, 2021 | Investments & markets, News | 0 Comments
The Dogecoin Rap video is funny and right on cue, if you listen carefully. But crypto can only go up via social media advertising, experts say.
We have seen such exuberance in the past. But now the GameStop Redditors who bankrupted hedge funds say that Dogecoin is next.
It very much looks like a “pump”, as in “pump-and-dump”.
by Gontran de Quillacq | May 2, 2021 | Investments & markets, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
Robinhood has demonstrated and deleterious effects on day traders, including enormous tax losses, suicide, anxiety, addiction.
Meanwhile, the firm is the subject of major regulatory and legal procedures, whose outcomes are hidden or unknown.
The firm’s IPO looks very much like passing on the hot potato… again to unsuspecting and inexperienced traders.
by Gontran de Quillacq | April 22, 2021 | Investments & markets, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 1 Comment
Non-Fungible Tokens are the new asset class of digital art, and the spearhead of ‘decentralized finance’. Can with reconcile innovation with good sense? NFTs with regulations?
This article reviews their nature, their legal & regulatory difficulties, pinpoints extreme examples, highlights their volatility and more importantly, asks how a digital economy could be constructed around these loosely regulated assets.
by Gontran de Quillacq | April 21, 2021 | Derivatives, News, Regulation, enforcement & litigation | 0 Comments
The SEC has hit yet another nail in the binary option coffin, and what a big nail that is. SpotOption was the industrial-size engine behind this global scam.
This article explains binary options, what their true risk really is, how some have weaponized it, the SEC’s actions, as well as shares comments from the investigative press.