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Brexit & FCA regulation

27 June 2016

As you possibly know, the UK voted “out” on the European Union membership referendum last week.

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Many non UK customers are wondering about the implications for FCA (UK) regulated companies like Darwinex, who use a MiFID passport to operate in other EU countries.

Neither us nor our compliance advisors have the benefit of a crystal glass, but what we know is:

  1. Short term, until further instruction, it’s business as usual
  2. Medium term, 3 scenarios open up:
    1. Bregret: The UK decides that the outcome of the referendum wasn’t conclusive and backtrack
    2. Amiable divorce: UK – EU negotiations minimize change – no impact on investment activities
    3. Sour grapes: UK – EU exit negotiations turn sour, and UK leaves

Bregret

Whilst the outcome of the referendum was “out”, the result was narrow (51.9% vs. 49.1%) and unsurprisingly significant debate has emerged on whether a narrow simple majority outcome warrants the potential consequences of the exit effort.

At the time of writing, the UK has yet to formally invoke Article 50 in the Lisbon Treaty to request out of the EU. David Cameron has resigned and handed-over the decision to a new Conservative Leader – a successor unlikely to be found before October 2016.

A lot can happen between now and then…

Amiable divorce

Should the UK invoke article 50 the fact remains that:

  1. London is currently the EU’s unquestioned financial capital
  2. Most financial institutions in the EU had enough to worry about before Brexit
  3. In the event of a Brexit, most incumbents have more to lose by giving up the current status, than they have to win from any alternative set-up

Both sides to the table know this:

  1. The UK knows there’s an awful lot of jobs in South England at risk if London (and the FCA) loses their pre-eminent status
  2. The EU knows European Banks can ill afford another construction site looking for a new home to their capital markets activities

Which means: easiest way out would be to change everything for everything to remain the same. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is the master legislation that harmonises regulation for investment services… in the European Economic Area, which comprises the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

If you ask a humble Fintech CEO, leaving MiFID as it is and applying it to 27 member states of the EU plus UK, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein looks like a relatively pain-free way out of the conundrum 🙂

In this scenario, when it comes to financial regulation, Brexit remain a wikipedia entry & a couple of weeks of stress in the market.

Sour grapes

Remainer or Leaver, the fact remains that a majority of UK citizens did vote to leave the EU.

The UK has sent a VERY clear message to European Union, and the message wasn’t lost on off-mainstream but growing political leaders in France, Netherlands, etc. who have requested follow-up referenda. This might tempt Ms Merkel into a hawkish stand on negotiation. Be tough with the Brits to fight off more referenda. The price to be paid would be sour divorce negotiations between the UK and EU: EU leaders would shoot the UK (hurt the City) in their own feet (EU banks would suffer the most).

Should grapes really turn sour, then thousands of European Financial institutions – including pretty much every European Fintech start-up – will seek a new home base to passport regulated activities into the remainder of the European Union. This will be a huge task with TONS of time wasted on tasks other than serving customers – which will imply a LOOOONGG transition period into an uncertain set-up.

Were this to happen, we’ll move giving plenty of notice & mutate into a legally new Darwinex, with the same old mission to serve active traders & investors.

The road from here: EVOLUTION!

Brexit or not, we still live in a world where the less you own, the worse you invest.

So, Mr. Cameron, Ms. Merkel, Mr. Johnson & Ms. Le Pen: go ahead and waste everybody’s time and money changing the fine print.

Meanwhile, we’ll continue to re-imagine the investing game: by the time the new UK Premier is even known and banks appoint their Brexit committees, we’ll have released a TON of functionality empowering active investors.

Bregret, Brexit or even end of the EU: the impact of Brexit on the independent traders’ movement is this blog-post.

Let’s face it, we’ve all got bigger fry going on.

Last News

DAX Trading Hours Soon to be Extended

9 July 2019

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) will soon – probably as of Monday July 22nd – start trading with an extended schedule.

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) will soon – probably as of Monday July 22nd – start trading with an extended schedule.

The current schedule is as follows:

  • 07:00 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 07:00 – 20:55 (London) Fri

The extended schedule will be as follows:

  • 01:30 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 01:30 – 20:55 (London) Fri

We’ll update this post with the final implementation date of the extended schedule as soon as possible.

Please get in touch at info@darwinex.com for any questions you may have.

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The FCA Makes ESMA’s CFD Restrictions Permanent

4 July 2019

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made the European Authority’s (ESMA) CFD restrictions permanent this week.

Some reactions to this we saw in user forums implied this was a “ban” of Contracts for Differentes (CFDs). Some even said it was “the end of Darwinex”.

We’d like to clarify that the FCA’s measure makes the restrictions we already applied last year permanent. But nothing else changes. It’s only that this time it’s the national regulator that said this while last year it was the ESMA.

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

Trading Schedule for the US Independence Day on 3rd and 4th July 2019

27 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

 

FX Wednesday 3rd July Thursday 4th July
All FX Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu
DARWINs 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed
Commodities
Gold 23:01 Tue – 21:59 Wed *23:01 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Silver 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Platinum 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Palladium 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
US Crude 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
US Natural Gas 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
Indices
AUS200 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
STOXX50E 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
FCHI40 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
GDAXI 07:00 – 21:00 07:00 – 21:00
J225 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
SPA35 07:00 – 19:00 07:00 – 19:00
UK100 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
SPX500 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
NDX *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
WS30 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
US stocks 14:31 – 20:59 CLOSED
 
Crypto
All Crypto Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu

 

 

The DARWIN Exchange will remain open even if the underlying assets’ market is closed. Should you want to know the standard procedure when you buy/sell a DARWIN whose underlying asset market is closed, we recommend you to read the following Help Center article: What happens if you want to buy/sell a DARWIN which has underlying trades open with different opening/closing times?

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

Australia Public Holiday on 10th June 2019

5 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Bank Holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019 (all times are in UK time).

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Indices  Monday 10th June 2019
AUS200 08:10 – 22:00

 

The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual trading time.

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

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Upcoming holiday in New Zealand resulting in the possibility of wider spreads and thinner liquidity

30 May 2019

Please be aware that there is a bank holiday in New Zealand on Monday June 3rd. Therefore, during this time, spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner for all NZD-related assets. For any questions, we’re one email away, at info@darwinex.com.

Please be aware that there is a bank holiday in New Zealand on Monday June 3rd.

Therefore, during this time, spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner for all NZD-related assets.

For any questions, we’re one email away, at info@darwinex.com.

US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday on 27th May 2019

14 May 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time. Important: if you open / close an investment in a DARWIN that has an open trade in an asset with the market closed (see amended trading […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 27th May 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Important: if you open / close an investment in a DARWIN that has an open trade in an asset with the market closed (see amended trading hours in red below), the transaction will not be carried out immediately. The operation will show up in your investor portfolio once it has been executed by our system when the index/commodity resumes trading on Monday night.

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

Commodities   Monday 27th May 2019
Gold 23:01 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Silver 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Platinum 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Palladium 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
US Crude 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
US Natural Gas 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
Indices
UK100 CLOSED
J225 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon
SPX500 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon
NDX 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon
WS30 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon
US Stocks
All US stocks CLOSED

The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual trading time.

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