KraneShares has brought to NYSE Arca an exchange-traded fund that invests in securities from nearly two dozen emerging markets, excluding China. The KraneShares MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Index ETF selects investments from the cap-weighted MSCI Emerging Markets ex China Index. ETF (16 Apr.)
US lawmakers and regulators are closer to creating legal groundwork for a blockchain-based system to track and instantly verify digital securities that could represent a variety of financial instruments. Supporters and lawmakers seek to provide regulatory certainty in the sector after initial coin offerings experienced a boom-and-bust cycle. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (17 Apr.)
The UK Financial Conduct Authority says one area of focus of its 2019-20 business plan is access to and use of data, including whether barriers to access benefit large or incumbent firms. The FCA also continues to prioritize the Libor transition, Europe's revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, the EU Market Abuse Regulation and cyberrisk. Futures & Options World (subscription required) (17 Apr.)
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