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FOUR MEDIA EVENTS THAT ROCKED THE FINANCIAL MARKETS

The media has incredible influence over many facets of life and the financial markets are no exception.

A famous study by Huberman and Regev showed how an article in the New York Times directly caused a 600% increase in one biotech company’s stock price, despite not actually revealing any new information.

The impact of news stories is often felt worldwide and, with this in mind, a new interactive tool has been launched to help traders get an instant picture of international repercussions.

Market Health by DailyFX, the leading portal for forex trading news, provides a snapshot of global markets and indices all in one place, allowing people to quickly assess the consequences of big events.

To launch the tool, Daily FX has analysed how four major news stories from the last decade have impacted the financial markets, to help investors better understand this complicated relationship.

 

Brexit rumours

Brexit sent shockwaves through the markets, with virtually every British industry from manufacturing to farming experiencing volatility. This uncertainty has seen the value of the pound fluctuate dramatically, particularly when the media speculate about the future.

In August 2019, rumours of a no-deal Brexit began to circulate in the press and sterling subsequently fell to a three-year low against the dollar.

However, in December, when news broke that the Conservatives were about to secure a large majority in government, the pound rose to a year-high. Many newspapers claimed a new period of calm, with hopes that Boris Johnson’s landslide victory would finally bring some stability to the country.

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus has meant 2020 has been anything but stable. The pandemic has completely dominated the news agenda, removing Brexit from the public eye. It’s hard to say whether its absence from the news is affecting trading, as Covid-19 is now the main influence on global markets. However, previous Brexit announcements have led to big price movements, so as soon as they inevitably make headlines again, the markets will surely respond.

Peter Hanks, Analyst at DailyFX, commented: “While Brexit headlines may not dominate the front page as they used to, it is important to consider the effect of persistent uncertainty derived from the theme.

“As the EU and UK clash, regulatory guidelines remain in flux and businesses may look to delay capital expenditures as a result. Consequently, the current Brexit proceedings may not spark dramatic price swings that dominate the tabloids as they used to, but the lingering uncertainty can certainly erode price over time. Thus, it can be argued Brexit is still a very real headwind for the British Pound and FTSE 100, perhaps just not to the degree that it has been in the past.”

 

US and Iran oil crisis of 2019

In the autumn of 2019, Iranian officials reported that one of their oil tankers had been hit by two rockets while in Saudi Arabian waters. The explosions damaged the vessel, causing oil to leak into the Red Sea and tensions between Iran and the USA – a strategic ally of Saudi Arabia – to escalate further.

An Iranian news agency first broke the story and then NBC broadcast it to the Western world, with allegations wildly thrown around. The National Iranian Oil Company said that the cause was under investigation, however rumours were already spreading.

With the media fanning the flames, Brent crude futures – the international benchmark for oil prices – rose by 2.4% to reach over $60.50 a barrel. Part of this increase will have been due to the impact of the attacks on oil reserves, but the media storm surrounding the event suggested that the Iran-US conflict was set to intensify. This prompted traders to jump on commodities in case the hostilities continued to send prices skywards.

 

Coronavirus vaccine

In 2020, the coronavirus ignited global panic as millions of people were infected, businesses closed and share prices tumbled. It was, and remains, the international health emergency of a generation and its unprecedented and universal nature means that it has wholly dominated the news agenda.

As the pandemic worsened, a worldwide search for a vaccine began and rumours of breakthroughs in the media led to movements in the stock markets. Share indexes, such as the FTSE 100, rose and fell with the emergence and then eventual discrediting of new drugs.

In April, stories began to circulate that claimed the American company Gilead had found a drug that was effective. This optimism led to surges in Asian, European and US stocks.

However, as doubts started to appear about the treatment’s reliability, the markets fell once more. The FTSE 100 dropped by 0.7% and the Stoxx 600 traded 0.3% lower.

While Gilead’s proposed remedy was ultimately unsuccessful, it does show the power of the media, as such updates directly boosted investor confidence. News of a successful medical breakthrough could well be the catalyst that sees the world’s markets start to recover.

 

Powerful posting 

In today’s world, most breaking news stories are first revealed on social media, with information able to be shared as soon as events occur. Traders now need to monitor content on both traditional news sites and channels like Facebook and Twitter, as sometimes a single post can create waves in the financial markets.

In 2015, the billionaire activist, Carl Icahn, tweeted that he believed Apple’s stock was undervalued. This simple post caused the tech giant’s market value to rise by more than $8 billion in just one day. Conveniently for Icahn, a major Apple shareholder, his own investment in the company increased in value by $76.5 million.

With social media clearly holding great power, it’s crucial that traders are also wary of fake news stories. When somebody hacked The Associated Press’ Twitter account and posted that President Barack Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House, the DOW Jones dropped by over 140 points. The temporary loss of market cap in the S&P 500 alone totalled a staggering $136.5 billion. The story wasn’t true, but it shows how significantly markets can fluctuate as a result of social media.

John Kicklighter, Chief Currency Strategist at DailyFX, said: “Before a day begins, traders need to check how markets around the world have performed and how they have reacted to any latest news. A single story can send ripples across the planet, so it’s important to assess it’s full impact before making any moves on the domestic stock exchange.

“The DailyFX Market Health tool has the advantage of a clear and interactive structure, giving traders exactly the benefits they need to start a day.”

 

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GALA TECHNOLOGY SELECTS NUAPAY TO ENABLE OPEN BANKING PAYMENTS

Nuapay, powered by Sentenial, today announces it has been chosen by Gala Technology, a payment security solution specialist, to provide Open Banking payments to its partner network and direct merchants across multiple sectors including retail, hospitality, and financial services.

Gala Technology’s multi-award winning SOTpay ‘Pay-by-link’ solution simplifies PCI DSS requirements and protects merchants against the ever-growing risk of fraud by ensuring that the transactions are authenticated, shifting liability and often lowering acquiring processing costs. SOTpay’s integration with Nuapay’s Open Banking platform now enables them to process non-card payments.

Nuapay’s FCA-licenced Open Banking payments service enables Gala Technology’s partners and merchants to accept payments via any sales channel of choice, including telephone, web chat, SMS and social media. It can do this without requesting sensitive card data, which ensures SCA compliance and eliminates fraudulent chargebacks.

“The capabilities of Open Banking have become more apparent in 2020 as merchants have been forced to explore alternative contactless, mobile and ecom-friendly payment methods that can be accessed quickly and are lower in processing costs, due to a need to respond to change brought by Covid-19.” shares Nick Raper, Head of UK at Nuapay. “We’re thrilled to be working with Gala Technology, as we  have a shared drive to eradicate payment fraud. This partnership will help to increase widespread adoption of live bank transfer payments as SOTPay gives us an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate Open Banking payments’ usability and benefits to new audiences.”

Nuapay is one of the only PISPs which offers a fully inclusive open banking payment initiation, webhook notification and payment account solution; which quickens checkouts, speed-up access to cash flow, reduces processing costs, and enables full reconciliation and batch settlements of transactions. Gala Technology’s customers now have access to new payment innovation and will be able to perform refunds or make instant payouts.

 

Steven Jones, Commercial Director at Gala Technology, said: “We chose to work with Nuapay as their complete Account-2-Account payments capabilities and high customer service levels are unparalleled. Looking forward, Nuapay’s presence within the UK and Europe will greatly help us reach new clients and will extend our service offerings to existing clients too. Nuapay’s Open Banking payments solutions help us to provide a better service; in turn, the time, money and resources our customers save will enable them to focus on growing their businesses in a more profitable way.”

Nuapay’s PISP processor has a single connection to all major banks in the UK and a growing number of connections across Europe, ensuring that Gala Technology’s clients’ payments will be supported, no matter where their customers bank.

 

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THE EMBEDDED BENEFITS IN ESEF DIGITAL FINANCIAL REPORTING

The inclusion of a simple link delivers serious gains in transparency, trust and real time verifiability for the whole financial ecosystem. It’s another digital feather in the LEI’s hat, explains Stephan Wolf, CEO, Global LEI Foundation.

 

In a battle for significance, no other public facing business document can match the annual financial report. It is the document that a public corporation must, by law, publish to describe its operations and financial condition, and to chronicle its activities over the past twelve months. Shareholders, investors and the wider financial ecosystem make innumerable strategic and operational decisions based on its contents.

In today’s digital age, then, it is little surprise that the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has mandated that annual financial reports published from the start of 2020 follow a consistent digital configuration, known as the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) and, in them, embed their Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).

Stephan Wolf

On first glance, the ESEF format appears to be designed to drive financial report production into a convenient paperless form factor. While this is both true and highly commendable, an ocean of additional potential is revealed by ESMA’s insistence that corporations embed their LEI. This mandate will heighten transparency, enhance trust, and provide instant and non-repudiable verification that the organisation filing the report is, indeed, who they claim to be. These far-reaching benefits are all enabled by the report linking to the filing entity’s verified LEI reference data held within the Global LEI Index.

The simple process of embedding an organization’s LEI  – or, indeed, that of its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent companies – within an ESEF financial report means that regulators, investors, traders and other financial stakeholders, can consolidate and verify information on the filing entity faster and more conveniently than ever before.

LEI reference data includes business card information on an entity, including name and registered address, together with relationship data which confirms if the entity owns, or is owned by, other entities. This increased transparency relative to an entity’s ownership structure means that relationship networks between LEIs can be quickly and automatically established, since the LEIs of the filing entity, its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent companies are all provided in the new machine-readable ESEF format. Usefully, because the reference data is reverified annually by GLEIF accredited LEI issuers, it is always accurate and up-to-date. The net result is a substantially more useful document for end users, which is also verifiably trustworthy, authentic and integral.

ESMA has published the Global LEI Foundation’s 2019 annual report on its website to provide a best practice example of a report published in the ESEF format, which other preparers can reference. The report is published in human and machine-readable Inline XBRL and HTML formats, with LEIs embedded within both the annual report and the digital certificates of the report’s signing executive officers. The combination of these two features provides something completely unprecedented: instantly available, digitally verifiable credentials that confirm both the authenticity of document and the key individuals responsible for its content.1

Beyond the single report, the LEI embedding process creates broader opportunities for the financial ecosystem. Aggregating information on companies from multiple sources is dramatically simplified, making the job of comparing standardized financial information both faster and easier. This can be accomplished either manually, by ‘clicking through’ to view the LEI reference data, or via an automated process, saving yet more time and eliminating the risk of human error. In time, this level of facility will lead to the automated creation of online databases that use the linked LEIs to collate key data assets, to the benefit of, frankly, any person or organization that has interest, globally.

The mandatory embedding of LEIs in financial reports is just one demonstration of this technology’s transformative potential. In broader terms, not only is the LEI shoring up the digital financial ecosystem, it is helping to stabilize the evolution of the world’s digital economy. It is no exaggeration to say that the LEI, together with the Global LEI System, solves the problem of trust for legal entities worldwide. It is the only open, commercially neutral, standardized and regulatory endorsed system capable of establishing digitized trust between all legal entitles, everywhere. It was conceived and designed as a public good, and can be deployed without charge in a wide – and growing – variety of digital use-cases. Put simply, the more it is utilized, the more good it will do.

 

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