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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.

TradeTech France 2012

TradeTech France 2012 13 February 2012Hotel Pullman, Paris, Tour Eiffel http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

TradeTech France is a boutique conference exclusively for the electronic trading community of the Francophone nations bringing speakers from across Europe to Paris. At a time when global regulatory change is set to revolutionise market structure in Europe this event, held in French and English languages, offers the buy side a unique opportunity to come together and assess how these sweeping changes, such as MiFID II, will impact their industry and trading system choices.

Speakers will be drawn from across Europe, including heads of trading from leading asset managers, hedge funds and high frequency trading shops (HFT), as well as senior European regulators. Positioned at the start of the year to give a complete regulatory review at a time when European institutions will have just 12 months to fully comply with the directives of MIFID II, EMIR and Dodd-Frank, it is the chance for the French buy side to get into direct conversation with regulators and colleagues and peers from across Europe to interpret the letter and the spirit of the new directives.

Email us at tradetech@wbr.co.uk if you wish to apply for a FREE buy side ticket.

ONE DAY CONFERENCE
CRITICAL ISSUES

TradeTech France is built around senior level panel discussions. The Agenda will offer you critical insight on:

  • MiFID II: First-hand clarity on what you need to change today to comply with the MiFID Review
  • Market structure: Revealing strategies to successfully exploit the different types of fragmentation
  • High frequency trading and its market quality - Is the market better off with or without HFT?
  • Broker selection: Essential techniques and tools to analyse broker performance to ensure you select the best trading partner
  • Dark pools: Optimising your use of dark pools to minimise market impact when executing block trades
  • Trading systems & platforms: The very latest technology innovations and insights to pinpoint and exploit market liquidity
  • Maximising trading efficiency - the shortest routes in tomorrow's market with the lowest latency connectivity

Email us at tradetech@wbr.co.uk to ensure you are one of the first to receive the agenda.

For sell side firms, technology vendors and service providers who have an offering for the French buy side, there is no better place to showcase your solution than at TradeTech France.

A highly focused audience of 100+ senior equity trading professionals will attend, including:

  • Heads of Trading
  • Senior Traders
  • Heads of Connectivity
  • Senior Compliance professionals

From traditional and alternative asset managers, hedge funds and private banks from across France, Switzerland and Belgium

The one day format for this conference means that opportunities to speak at the event are very tightly restricted. To enquire about how to position yourself as a thought leader in the French market please contact us on +44 (0) 207 368 9465 or email tradetech@wbr.co.uk

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