Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has been transformed into a company from a mutual society, opening the way for a public listing on the bourse it operates. The ZSE has been owned and run by stock brokers since 1946, but after demutualisation the brokers now hold 68% while the government owns the remaining shares. The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) alerts the financial services community and members of the public to misuse of the DFSA's name. It has come to the DFSA's attention that a fraudulent email purporting to be from the DFSA has been sent to a number of firms both inside and outside the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The false email: purports to be about a "DFSA Anti-Money Laundering Violation"; appears to come from "Amina Alshehi" from "Audit & Compliance"; attaches a "non-compliance notice"; and uses legitimate DFSA contact details. The email is fake, warns the DFSA. - Surecomp, the provider of trade finance solutions for banks and corporations, says Nordea has gone live in Frankfurt and London with the stand-alone version of allNETT, Surecomp's Web-based trade finance front-end solution – Saudi’s Kingdom Holding Company announced a net income for the second quarter this year of SAR211.7m up 16.8% on the previous quarter. The gross operating profit was SAR420.3m up 26.2% on the same quarter in 2013. Mohammed Fahmy CFO, says: “The second payment of dividends has been deposited in shareholders’ accounts. The outlook for the company’s profitability remains strong.” - Northern Trust has reported a 20 percent rise in assets under custody and a 15% rise in assets under management for Q2 2014 compared to Q2 2013.The Corporate and Institutional Services (C&IS) and wealth management businesses also report a 9% rise in custody and fund administration services, investment management and securities lending. Frederick Waddell, the bank’s chief executive officer, says, “Our business continued to expand in the second quarter as trust, investment and other servicing fees, which represent 65% of revenue, increased 8% compared to last year and assets under custody and under management increased 20% and 15%, respectively.” - In the latest Investment Quarterly for Q3 2014, Renee Chen, Macro and Investment Strategist at HSBC Global Asset Management, looks at the investment prospects throughout the Asia region. Chen identifies macro trends that are likely to shape investment themes in Asian markets, such as economic policy reforms, economic rebalancing and regional cooperation and integration that will provide a wide diversity of investment opportunities in relevant sectors. Financial deepening, in terms of financial system reform and deregulation and capital market developments, is another macro theme. HSBC continues to see opportunities in various sectors that could potentially benefit from structural reforms in several Asian countries. In particular, effective implementation of reforms could lead to a sustainable improvement in economic fundamentals and the growth prospects of China and India, prompting a reform-led re-rating of Chinese and Indian stocks. The continued search for yield resulted in decent H1 performance in Asian credit markets and there has been continued investor appetite for emerging Asian bonds, but Chen cautions that valuations could become a constraint, with limited room for further spread compression in some sectors and markets. However, the still-low default rates and overall healthy level of leverage among Asian companies on the back of overall sound Asian economic fundamentals provide a solid base for Asian credit market in the medium-to-long term.

FPL Latin America Electronic Trading Conference

FPL Latin America Electronic Trading Conference August 2nd | Tivoli Hotel, São Paulo www.fixprotocol.org/latam2012 http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Secure Your Place at the FPL Latin America Electronic Trading Conference, Created by the Latin American Trading Community

August 2nd | Tivoli Hotel, São Paulo
www.fixprotocol.org/latam2012

Building on the success of previous FPL events in Latin America, this year’s conference is set to bring together more than 350 senior representatives from across the region’s buy and sell-side, regulator, trading venue and vendor communities. Join FPL in Sao Paulo and benefit from an event that will offer:

• Separate business, strategic and technical streams, exploring the critical issues, challenges and opportunities impacting firms trading in the region in 2012 and beyond
• An agenda created by senior representatives from the Latin American trading community to address the real needs of the Latin American trading community
• The opportunity to hear the thoughts and impartial perspectives of more than 30 leading experts on the issues that matter to your firm
• Invaluable learning opportunities for representatives from across the region’s trading community
• The opportunity to meet with key decision makers through the many networking opportunities available throughout the day and at the evening cocktail reception

Topics for discussion will include:
• The future of electronic trading internationally and the opportunities and challenges that emerging trends will present to firms in Latin America
• As Dodd Frank reforms and the Volcker rule take shape in the US, what is the likely impact for OTC derivatives trading in Latin America?
• The Brazilian post-trade environment and the potential benefits that increased use of FIX for post-trade processing could present
• Trading across multiple venues in Latin America
• How firms could more effectively measure and control the true costs of trading
• Accessing Liquidity and gaining increased transparency: How can firms understand if they really did achieve best execution?
• Trade information: What data is available to firms trading in Latin America and how are firms using it?
• Trading locally verses internationally: Risk management and regulatory issues to consider
• Meeting the challenges of latency measurement
• How the latest developments from FPL could help support your firm’s emerging business needs
For further agenda details please visit: www.fixprotocol.org/latam2012/program

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All FPL member firms receive a FREE allocation of passes to attend this event and FREE attendance is available for all representatives from the buy-side and regulatory communities.

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