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South Africa’s central bank has disagreed with a ratings decision by Moody’s to downgrade Capitec Bank Limited (Capitec) by two notches, and place it on review for a further downgrade. The central bank says it respects the independent opinion of rating agencies but that it does not “agree with the rationale given in taking this step”. Two reasons are given for the rating action: a lower likelihood of sovereign systemic support based on decisions recently taken in relation to African Bank Limited (African Bank), and heightened concerns regarding the risk inherent in Capitec’s consumer lending focus. “With regard to the first point, it is important to reiterate that the approach taken by the SARB to any resolution to address systemic risk will always be based on the circumstances and merits of the particular prevailing situation. Decisions will also be informed, as was the case with African Bank, by principles contained in the Key Attributes for Effective Resolution Regimes proposed by the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which have the objective that a bank should be able to fail without affecting the system,” notes the central bank in an official statement. “This is in keeping with evolving international best practice. In the case of African Bank bond holders and wholesale depositors are taking a 10% haircut, which is generally regarded as being very positive given that the trades following the announcement of African Bank's results were taking place at around 40% of par. Therefore in fact substantial support was provided, not reduced. Moreover, all retail depositors were kept whole and are able to access their accounts fully,” it adds - According to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) credit card receivables increased by 2.1% in the second quarter to HKD112, after a reduction of 6.7% in the previous quarter. The total number of credit card accounts edged up by 0.7% to around 16.8m.The rollover amount, which reflects the amount of borrowing by customers using their credit cards, increased by 2.9% during the quarter to HKD19.2bn. The rollover ratio also rose marginally from 17.0% to 17.1% in the same period. The charge-off amount increased to HKD569mduring the quarter from HKD528m in the previous quarter. Correspondingly, the quarterly charge-off ratio rose to 0.51% from 0.46% in the previous quarter. The amount of rescheduled receivables transferred outside the surveyed institutions’ credit card portfolios reduced to HKD94m from HK$109m in the previous quarter. The delinquent amount increased to HKD249m at end-June from HKD239m at end-March. However, the delinquency ratio remained the same at 0.22% because of an increase in total card receivables. The combined delinquent and rescheduled ratio (after taking into account the transfer of rescheduled receivables mentioned above) edged up to 0.29% from 0.28% during the same period - Harkand has been awarded a contract to support Apache with inspection, repair and maintenance work (IRM) as well as light construction (LC) across their assets in the North Sea, following completion of a competitive tender exercise. The award includes the provision of vessels, ROV and diving services for a three-year period, plus two one-year options. The firm will also support offshore marine construction contractor EMAS AMC who have been awarded a separate contract for pipe lay and heavy construction as part of the same tender process. Harkand Europe managing director, David Kerr, said: “This contract is an important step in strengthening our close working relationship and growing our North Sea business with Apache.

Transition Management 2012

Transition Management 2012 11 October 2012Gibson Hall 13 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3BA   http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/media/k2/items/cache/18d2fa990243b5f4ec94abbc01e25243_XL.jpg

Transition managers, pension funds, consultants, fund of funds, managed funds, platform providers and the insurance sector examined the key issues driving change and the transition solutions available to the pensions and investment industry at FTSE Global Markets' Transition Management Seminar.

As a facilitator of change it is perhaps not surprising that Transition Managers find themselves at the fulcrum of the evolution taking place in the investment industry. Change is occurring both in terms of where demand for transition managers is originating and also in the types of transitions that are taking place. Whilst the transition business in Europe from pension funds is now relatively consistent, and for the biggest users dominated by panels, most managers are seeing current growth from managed funds, fund of funds and the insurance sector. In the medium to long term the future of the transition management sector lies with the defined contribution sector. Fund managers across Europe are having to employ a multi-asset approach that allow the asset allocation to change as members near retirement. With the first DC pensioners coming online in Europe and retirement patterns changing, fund managers are developing new solutions for the pay-out phase, such as through retirement funds. Insurance companies currently dominate business in the pay-out phase, but changing regulations should allow fund managers to capture a greater share of business. Increasingly the larger providers will also create platforms which allow access for smaller distributors and third parties that do not have the power or resources to develop their own pension solutions nor the ability to attract sufficient assets through wrapped products of their own. The switch from defined benefit to defined contribution will present Europe's transition managers with a large number of new challenges but also the opportunity to be at the centre of one of the largest changes ever to take place in the pensions and investment sector.

The seminar brought together transition managers, pension funds, consultants, fund of funds, managed funds, platform providers and the insurance sector in order to examine the key issues driving change and the transition solutions available to the pensions and investment industry.  Presentations from Key speakers can now be found by clicking here.

Transition management in an era of change

The transition management service set is broader these days. Market challenges abound. Transparency is vital in volatile markets and when extreme changes in asset allocation often call for innovative approaches to portfolio transitions. A strong platform also helps. Michael S Gardner, managing director, global head, J.P.Morgan Transition Management, looks at the problems and prospects for the service set in an era of change.

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