European BrokerDealers Band Together For Equity Trading Platform blog update courtesy of Will Hadfield of Bloomberg.

Six banks are developing a new not-for-profit platform to trade European equities called Plato Partnership Ltd.

Barclays Plc (BARC), Citigroup Inc. (C), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley (MS) plan to use the venue to reduce trading costs, increase transparency and simplify markets, according to a statement.

“The platform would seek to ensure market integrity and the protection of orders with the goal of ensuring fairness for all participants,” the consortium said in the statement.

The banks intend to set up the trading venue under a trust, or similar structure, to prevent them from reneging on the principles at a later date. They will spend any profit from the platform on academic research designed to improve Europe’s market structure.

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Norges Bank Investment Management have also joined Plato Partnership.

“We feel that the time is right to launch this proposition, which would seek to enhance the market by delivering additional liquidity and functionality to market participants,” Stephen McGoldrick, Plato’s project director, said. can provide you with the ability to work with the above mentioned brokerdealers on the new equity trading platform they have created through one of’s many databases.

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Investors Bet Billions As BrokerDealers Get Smart With Xiaomi blog update courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

xiaomi-9Chinese smartphone maker has raised more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding, making it one the fastest growing tech start-up of the year. In the latest round of funding BrokerDealers
are have been an essential part in the company raising so much funds as The Wall Street Journal’s Juro Osawa explains below.

Xiaomi Corp. is raising more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding, valuing the fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker at more than $45 billion and making the company one of the most valuable technology startups in the world, a person familiar with the matter said.

The round, which could close as early as Monday, is led by All-Stars Investment, a tech investment fund run by former Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji, the person said. Other participants in the round include Russian investment firm DST Global and Singapore sovereign-wealth fund GIC, which are both already shareholders of Xiaomi.

Yunfeng Capital, a private-equity firm affiliated with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Chairman Jack Ma , is also participating in the round, the source said. The person declined to say how many shares will be sold in the latest round.

A Xiaomi spokesman declined to comment.

The $45 billion-plus valuation puts Xiaomi above most other Silicon Valley and Asian technology startups. Earlier this month, U.S. ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc. said a new round of funding valued it at $41 billion.

The surge in Xiaomi’s valuation over the past year indicates just how high expectations are as the company expands its business outside China, mainly in emerging markets where there is robust demand for inexpensive smartphones.

In its previous round of funding in August 2013, Xiaomi was valued at $10 billion.

Xiaomi, founded by Lei Jun in 2010, has grown rapidly to become the top-selling smartphone vendor in China by offering affordable phones with features rivaling high-end models. Xiaomi phones come with a customized version of Google Inc. ’s Android operating system, and the company often updates the software based on requests from users.

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BrokerDealers Plead Guilty to Bribery blog update courtesy of Reuters.

Two Brokerdealer executives based out of New York have plead guilty to being a part of a Venezuelan bribery scheme.

c40cd2c24ec2908a36d325e671e2Two former executives of a defunct New York broker-dealer pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from their involvement in a foreign bribery scheme involving their employer and a Venezuelan state economic development bank.

Benito Chinea, the former chief executive of Direct Access Partners LLC, and Joseph Demeneses, a onetime managing director at the firm, each pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count in federal court in Manhattan.

Chinea, 48, admitted that in 2011 discussed how to make a bribe payment to the head trader at state-owned Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social de Venezuela, known as Bandes.

“I knew it was improper and wrong and in violation of U.S. laws to make an agreement with others to make a bribe payment,” he said.

The pleas by Chinea and Demeneses, 46, were the latest to stem from a broad U.S. investigation into foreign bribery involving Direct Access Partners and Venezuelan state economic development banks.

Prosecutors said the men participated in a scheme from 2008 through 2012 involving payments to the head trader and senior official at Bandes, Maria de los Angeles Gonzalez de Hernandez.

Prosecutors have previously said the kickback scheme generated more than $60 million in fees for Direct Access through the bond trading business Gonzalez directed to the firm in exchange for $5 million in kickbacks.

Direct Access’s parent company filed for bankruptcy after charges were first unveiled in May 2013.

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Fantasy is Reality For This Investment Banker


Drew Dinkmeyer blog update courtesy of Wall Street Journal.

For one brokerdealer his enjoyment for fantasy sports turned into a profiting, full-time career

Drew Dinkmeyer was a 31-year-old investment analyst when, two years ago, he decided to do something that most people would consider clinically insane: He quit his job in finance to play fantasy sports for a living.

Dinkmeyer, who was profiled in a front-page Wall Street Journal story on his last day of work in 2013, was one of the earliest stars of daily fantasy sports, a twist on the traditional game in which players draft new teams every day instead of sticking with them for a full season.

It turns out that Dinkmeyer wasn’t crazy at all. At the time, he said, he was already making as much money playing fantasy sports as he was in finance. That hasn’t changed since his side job became his full-time job, he says.

He also just hit his version of the jackpot. Last week, along with more than 100,000 contestants, Dinkmeyer entered a football tournament hosted by the DraftKings daily-fantasy site—and Dinkmeyer won first place.

The prize: $1 million.

“I’ve had profitable years in both baseball and basketball so far,” he said Tuesday, “and now football is going to be a hugely profitable year.”

Dinkmeyer entered 49 teams into last weekend’s “Millionaire Maker” tournament. Each entry cost $27 for a total investment of about $1,300. For the 44th of his 49 teams, Dinkmeyer drafted New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a combination that combined for six touchdowns on Sunday, much to Dinkmeyer’s surprise. Manning had never worked out for him in the past. “It has been a disaster,” he said. “For years, I’ve been afraid to use him, because I don’t feel like I have a good read on him.

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Technology Lets Everyone Be Their Own BrokerDealer blog update courtesy of

One app is making it their mission to let everyone become their very own BrokerDealer with the use of their iPhone.

Robinhood, an iOS app that is going live in the App Store on Thursday. Robinhood uses swipes and taps to make trading stocks feel more like checking your email. Available just on iPhones (for now), the app re-imagines the brokerage as a mobile-only enterprise that fits in your pocket, where you keep the rest of your money. Whether making trades as accessible as Facebook updates is a good idea or not, the era of Touch-ID trading has arrived.

“We think it’s not a particularly engaging activity for a lot of people,” Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt says of investing in the stock market. That alienation afflicts people in their 20s especially, Bhatt says. “If people don’t think about their finances and get involved with building a financial trajectory early in life, it’s kind of a substantial problem.”

In its run-up to launch, Robinhood has amassed a waitlist of a half-million would-be users, according to Bhatt.

Ease of access and understanding is meant to make Robinhood compulsively engaging for a new generation of investors that don’t find the stock market very accessible from the mobile screens at the center of their lives. It took me five minutes to sign up for an account, including a simple username-and-password interface for linking my bank account—no blank checks or routing numbers. The only lag time so far is waiting for the money to transfer into my trading account, which could take up to three business days, according to the app. Accounts do not require a minimum (1)

“As soon as people made one trade, we saw that they became daily users of the app,” co-founder Vlad Tenev says of Robinhood’s beta testers. On average, they started opening the app an average of twenty times per week, he says. “It’s more similar to looking at your email or your Twitter than, say, a banking or finance app.”

As the product develops over time, Bhatt says Robinhood will include features inspired by behavioral economics to nudge users toward smarter ways of managing their money.

But more important than teaching, he says, is letting new entrants to the market learn for themselves, to feel like their money is their own to use, move, and manage. “There’s just something very, very satisfying feeling like I have my investments right there in my pocket.”
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