Bank of England Leaks

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by qazwsxedc, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. Yesterday the thing quoted below happened. Today the Gilt had two large runups, and the first one was well before the BoE minutes.

    Anyone else wondering why?

    DJ Last BOE King Speech Preceded By Unusual Market Activity

    By Paul Hannon and Andrew Peaple


    LONDON (Dow Jones)--Unusual trading activity in the run-up to a speech by
    Bank of England Governor Mervyn King on June 13 suggests some market
    participants had advance knowledge of King's remarks.

    The governor's address to a group of business leaders in Bradford was made
    available to the media under embargo at around 1356 GMT. Under the embargo
    rules, reporters aren't allowed to discuss the contents of the speech with
    third parties ahead of its delivery.

    Other than the media, only members of the Monetary Policy Committee and a
    limited number of bank staff had access to the speech ahead of its delivery at
    1855 GMT.

    Yet market activity was more pronounced in the two hours before King's speech
    than usual. Starting around 1430 GMT, markets began to price in higher interest
    rates than previously.

    "I heard that the King speech was going to be hawkish from a customer who is
    a short term trader, that it was going to rule out a near-term rate cut," said
    a futures broker at a European bank. "It wasn't widely known at first, but
    after 30 minutes it had a market impact."

    It's not unusual for rumors to fly ahead of a speech by King or other members
    of the MPC. But on June 13, they appear to have had more substance than usual.

    "It's not common for the rumors to be so accurate," said the broker.

    Since King's comments can affect interest rate expectations, they are usually
    preceded by subdued trading activity.

    "The fact that the market moved is a bit odd - a tough speech definitely
    seems to have been priced in," said Trevor Williams, an economist at Lloyds
    TSB. "Usually, before a speech by an MPC member, markets tend to pause as
    participants square off their positions. You wouldn't expect prices and trading
    volumes to change so much."

    In the two hours before King spoke, trading volumes in short sterling
    contracts on the London International Financial Futures and Option Exchange, or
    Liffe, were 40% higher than similar periods ahead of King's two other evening
    speeches earlier this year. From 1415 GMT to 1615 GMT, around 58,713 short
    sterling contracts were traded, according to Liffe. Short sterling fell,
    indicating the market had scaled back expectations for a rate cut.

    Williams said that the market interpreted the speech as a
    tougher-than-expected stand against the threat of inflation.

    Prior to the speech, market participants thought slowing consumer demand in
    the U.K. was the central bank's primary worry and could prompt an interest-rate
    cut by year end.

    A Bank of England spokesman declined to comment for this story.

    As governor, King chairs the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee. Although
    his vote carries the same weight as those of the other eight members, he is
    regarded as the MPC's most influential voice.

    A spokesman for the U.K.'s Financial Services Authority declined to comment
    on whether it was looking into futures market trading activity on June 13 for
    evidence of market abuse.

    Although the FSA, which regulates trading on Liffe, defines market abuse as
    the use of information for trading which is not generally available, and which
    would be regarded by a 'regular user' as 'relevant', it is unclear whether a
    speech by an MPC member would fall into this category.

    King is next scheduled to speak Wednesday evening at the annual Mansion House
    dinner in London.
  2. marky1


    I think perhaps more interesting is that before bank of england minutes today, in fact about 2 mins before, somebody bought 10,000 95.375 sep short sterling calls, very suspicious I think. Short sterling then rallied 15 ticks. Nice trade if you know the news before!
  3. The give the press the text of the address 5 hours before they are read?

    wtf is that.
  4. That's common - look for the line "Embargoed until date/time" at the top of press releases.

    Of course, no reporter EVER calls a trader mate and says something ending in "...and put on 20 lots for me, too." No siree. Never. Ever. :)