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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.

Tradeweb expands Dealerweb division with brokerage acquisition

Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Tradeweb expands Dealerweb division with brokerage acquisition Tradeweb Markets completed the acquisition of the brokerage assets of Rafferty Capital Markets, LLC in mid March. Now that it has bought a New York-based registered broker-dealer, Tradeweb plans to launch an electronic inter-dealer marketplace for US Treasuries later this year. This latest acquisition underscores the firm’s strategy to expand the reach of its Dealerweb inter-dealer division, which evolved out of Tradeweb’s purchase of brokerage firm Hilliard Farber & Co, back in 2008. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Tradeweb Markets completed the acquisition of the brokerage assets of Rafferty Capital Markets, LLC in mid March. Now that it has bought a New York-based registered broker-dealer, Tradeweb plans to launch an electronic inter-dealer marketplace for US Treasuries later this year. This latest acquisition underscores the firm’s strategy to expand the reach of its Dealerweb inter-dealer division, which evolved out of Tradeweb’s purchase of brokerage firm Hilliard Farber & Co, back in 2008.

Tradeweb Markets completed the acquisition of the brokerage assets of Rafferty Capital Markets, LLC in mid March. Now that it has bought a New York-based registered broker-dealer, Tradeweb plans to launch an electronic inter-dealer marketplace for US Treasuries later this year. This latest acquisition underscores the firm’s strategy to expand the reach of its Dealerweb inter-dealer division, which evolved out of Tradeweb’s purchase of brokerage firm Hilliard Farber & Co, back in 2008. “The Rafferty brokerage team further extends and expands our business in the IDB Rates markets through the strength of their dealer relationships and our proven technology and industry experience,” explains Billy Hult, president, Tradeweb Markets.

Rafferty Capital Markets is the trading and brokerage arm of Rafferty Holdings, a privately-owned firm established in 1987. Following the acquisition, the brokerage desks for US Treasuries, US agencies, mortgages, repo, corporate bonds, taxable municipal bonds and the JJ Kenny Drake tax-exempt municipal bond brokerage group will join the Dealerweb division. It has been a successful accretive business approach; since launching its IDB business, trading volumes have more than doubled, with the fastest growth taking place on Tradeweb’s electronic trading platforms.

Rafferty Capital Markets will continue to operate as a registered broker-dealer. Rafferty Holdings will also continue to operate their other business, Direxion Funds/ETF’s and Hilton Capital Management.

The creation of an inter-dealer business in 2008 was a natural extension for Tradeweb, which claims that by leveraging its technology and market expertise and the strong voice franchise of the Rafferty brokerage team, Dealerweb will provide a fully integrated hybrid voice/electronic trading solution for off-the-run US Treasuries.

The new platform is expected to launch later in Q4 2011. “This is an important transaction for Tradeweb Markets, which enhances our position in the top tier of the IDB markets,” claims Lee Olesky, Tradeweb’s chief executive. “As market structure continues to evolve, our rapidly growing and diverse portfolio of businesses will enable us to lead the migration towards more transparent and efficient financial markets.” 

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