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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.8.16

Friday’s jobs report was disappointing as compared to the month earlier, but it contained news of a half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings that pleased some economists who have been worrying about...more

Federal Appellate Court Rules that Certain Foreign Currency Options Are Subject to the Section 1256 Mark-to-Market Regime

Recently, in Wright v. Commissioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reopened the question of the application of Section 1256 to foreign currency options (and also, possibly, to foreign currency...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 4

IRS PROVIDES RICS ALTERNATIVES TO ACCOUNT FOR FOREIGN TAX REFUNDS - Generally, when a U.S. taxpayer pays foreign tax, the U.S. taxpayer is entitled to take a credit (a “Foreign Tax Credit”) against the taxpayer’s U.S....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.7.16

China’s once again halted trading after the CSI 300 dropped 7% in early trading. Worries about China led to a rough day throughout Asian markets, likely setting the stage for another big drop on Wall Street ahead – WSJ and...more

China's inclusion in the IMF's SDR valuation—Another illustration of China's integration in the global economy

The inclusion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of China's renminbi (RMB) in the basket of currencies used to calculate the value of the Special Drawing Right (SDR) is a notable development in the international...more

ECJ rules on FX part of foreign currency loans

ECJ has ruled in the case of Banif Plus Bank Zrt. v. Marton Lantos and Martonne Lantos. ECJ held that foreign exchange (FX) transactions which are part of foreign currency denominated loans do not constitute an investment...more

European Court of Justice Ruling on Scope of MiFID

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held in the case of Banif Plus Bank Zrt. V. Marton Lantos and Martonne Lantos (Case C-312/14) (3 December 2015) that foreign exchange transactions which are part of foreign currency...more

Continuous NBU “anti-crisis” measures (Ukrainian)

New Resolution No. 863 of the Managing Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (“NBU”) dated 4 December 2015 (the “Resolution”) entered into force on 5 December 2015. ...more

Continuous NBU “anti-crisis” measures

New Resolution No. 863 of the Managing Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (“NBU”) dated 4 December 2015 (the “Resolution”) entered into force on 5 December 2015....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 12.1.15

The move’s been in the works for some time, but it was still a big deal yesterday when then IMF officially added China’s renminbi to its designation as an approved world reserve currency. The renminbi—also known as the...more

Reduction of NBU “anti-crisis” measures

New Resolution No. 718 of the Management Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (“NBU”) dated 22 October 2015 (the “Resolution”) enters into force as of 23 October 2015....more

ASA upholds CAP Code complaint against World First UK Ltd

ASA has published its ruling to uphold a complaint made in relation to claims made on the World First website, a foreign exchange currency provider. The site held a currency converter for users with the accompanying text “You...more

FSB reports to central bank governors

FSB has released its three reports to G20, which it provided ahead of the G20 meeting in early September. The reports cover: - corporate funding structures and incentives...more

Forex Dealer Members—The Times, They Are A-changing

On January 15, 2015, two days after the Swiss National Bank reaffirmed its commitment to a three-year peg on the franc, and less than a month after stating that the cap was “absolutely central,” and it would continue to...more

BNA INSIGHTS: Enforcement Actions Decline But Fines Hit Historic Highs in 2014

During 2014, the number of enforcement actions brought by federal banking agencies1 continued a downward trend that began in 2011. Federal banking agencies issued 661 formal enforcement actions, representing more than a 55...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - Distinguishing Between Captive Insurance and Related Party Derivatives: Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201511021 - Achieving Tax-Free ‘Rollover’ Treatment for Certain Shareholders in Acquisition of...more

UK Regulators Address Manipulation of Trading Benchmarks and Other Misconduct

Concluding a year-long review, UK regulators issued the final report of the Fair and Effective Markets Review Committee last week, making a number of recommendations intended to restore confidence in the trading markets for...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian)

Cancellation of the Military Tax on Currency Exchange Transactions - On 12 May 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine in Respect of the Military Tax”...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter

Cancellation of the Military Tax on Currency Exchange Transactions - On 12 May 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine in Respect of the Military Tax” which...more

Kruger: FX Derivatives Gains/Losses Taxed Only When Realized

In Kruger Incorporated v. The Queen (2015 TCC 119), the Tax Court held that the taxpayer could not value its foreign exchange options contracts on a mark-to-market basis, with the result that certain losses were not...more

Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan Rules on Legality of Loans Denominated in Foreign Currency

One consequence of this move was that loans granted by local banks to local customers in foreign currency became more expensive, because the Azerbaijani Manat was weakened by 25 percent. This raised a question of whether...more

DOJ Announces Plea Agreements with Five Major Banks for Manipulating Foreign Currency Exchange Markets

On May 20, the DOJ announced plea agreements with five major banks relating to manipulations of foreign currency exchange markets. Four of the banks pled guilty to felony charges of “conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S....more

US China Trade War — TPA Passes Senate–Developments in Trade, Customs, IP/337, Antitrust and Securities

The major trade issue is Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the Trans Pacific Partnership. On May 22, 2015, after another close cloture vote, the TPA bill passed the Senate by a majority vote of 62 to 37 votes. The...more

Settlement Reached in Forex Lawsuit

For the past few weeks, it has been reported through various outlets that at least five banks were in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FAC) to settle...more

Limitations on foreign exchange in Kazakhstan

On 16 March 2015 the Management Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan by its Resolution ?32 resolved to amend the Rules on Currency Operations in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Rules). The Rules inter alia...more

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