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NEWS TICKER: FRIDAY, APRIL 24th 2015:Luc Luyet, CIIA – Senior Market Analyst AT Swissquote says that yesterday, “the SNB surprised the market by announcing that the number of sight deposit account holders that are exempt from negative interest has been reduced. This decision doesn’t change much the domestic banks’ situation as the “20 times the minimum reserve requirement” rule is still running. On the other side, the institutions associated with the Confederation, such as the pension fund of the Confederation or the pension fund of the SNB, are no longer exempt of negative interest. Consequently, only the account holders of the national social security system are still fully exempt.” - High yield debt issuance remains buoyant. Issuance volume for the week ending April 17, 2015, slowed down a bit from the previous week, but remained strong. Junk bond, or high-yield debt, issuers continued to issue bonds as yields remained favourable. High-yield debt is tracked by the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund. According to data from S&P Capital IQ/LCD, dollar-denominated bonds amounting to $10.75bn were issued across 16 transactions in the week ending April 17th. The issuance volume fell by 3.2% from the week ending April 10. Pricing was evenly spread across the week. The number of transactions fell from 18 to 16 week-over-week. Last week brought the total US dollar issuance of high-yield debt to $115.8bn in 2015 YTD, up some 15% from the same period in 2014, the bulk of which is refinancing of older debt - Moody's says EMEA auto ABS performance remained stable during the three-month period ending February 2015. The sector's average performance trend was positive in terms of delinquency ratios and cumulative losses. The 60+ day delinquencies decreased to 0.66% in February 2015 from 0.77% in February 2014, while cumulative defaults decreased to 1.06% from 1.20% over the same period. This decrease was due mainly to the good performance of the German and Dutch markets. The prepayment rate increased slightly to 13.49% in February 2015 from 13.30% a year earlier. As of February 2015, the pool balance of all outstanding rated auto ABS transactions was €27.55bn - According to Sino specialists Red Pulse, China’s State Council is considering allowing daily repatriation for QFII. Currently, RQFII enjoys T+1 repatriation while QFII is restricted to T+5. QFII is the largest channel for foreign investment into China with quota of USD150bn, however, only half of the quota is in use, like at least partly due to the five-day repatriation stipulation - Malaysia’s state pension fund will offer a Shari’a-compliant investment option for its members by 2017, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today. Najib says it will create the largest Shari’a fund of its kind in the world. Malaysia has one of the world’s largest Islamic finance sectors and the authorities are keen to develop it further. They envision the industry accounting for 40% of the country’s total banking assets by 2020 compared with latest figures of around 23% released last year. The $160bn (MYR577.4bn) Employees Provident Fund (EPF) already invests about a third of its portfolio in stocks and bonds that comply with Islamic principles, which ban interest payments and pure monetary speculation. The fund reportedly hired consultants last year to study the feasibility of a state-backed pension fund focusing entirely on Shari’a-compliant investments. Additionally, local press reports says that Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has received regulatory approval to issue a MYR1billion (around $275m) socially responsible Islamic bond - The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share on the company's outstanding common stock, an increase of 67% from the prior $0.15 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable on June 26TH 2015, to shareowners of record at the close of business on June 12TH 2015 - Lazard Ltd today reported operating revenue1 of $581m for the quarter ended March 31st. Adjusted net income was $103m, or $0.77 (diluted) per share for the quarter. These results exclude a pre-tax charge of $63m relating to a debt refinancing2. Q1 2015 net income on a U.S. GAAP basis, including the pre-tax charge, was $56m, or $0.42 (diluted) per share. "Our Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses continue their strong performance," says Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. "In the first quarter, we refinanced and repaid a portion of Lazard's long-term debt, significantly reducing our interest costs," adds Matthieu Bucaille, chief financial officer of Lazard. "Consistent with our capital management objectives, we have increased the quarterly dividend by 17%, the fifth increase in as many years." -

Much ado about HFT

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Much ado about HFT FIA EPTA debunks high-frequency trading myths at MiFID II paper launch http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

FIA EPTA debunks high-frequency trading myths at MiFID II paper launch

Launching its position paper on the review of the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (known as MiFID II), FIA European Principal Traders Association has addressed what it claims to be  misconceptions surrounding high-frequency trading (HFT).“It’s time to bring more balance to the HFT debate, which until now has been driven by emotive language, anecdotes and fabrications rather than hard fact,” says FIA EPTA chairman Remco Lenterman. “For example, many people don’t realise that market abuse—as well as being morally reprehensible—comes at a hefty price for the market. So principal trading firms such as our members have a very real economic incentive to fight market abuse and back regulatory reform,” Lenterman adds, claiming that the industry’s critics have chosen to overlook the value that principal trading firms add to the real economy in terms of lower transaction costs and greater liquidity.

FIA EPTA is an association of European principal traders formed in June 2011 under the auspices of the Futures Industry Association (FIA). FIA EPTA represents more than 20 principal trading firms that, on a combined basis, are responsible for very significant volumes of trading in many asset classes on European regulated markets and multilateral trading facilities (MTFs). On average and across the main trading venues in Europe, one in two transactions in futures and one in three transactions in equities very likely have an FIA EPTA member firm on one or both sides of the transaction.



The position paper highlights FIA EPTA’s backing for a comprehensive regulatory framework and the regulation of all market participants with memberships to regulated markets and multilateral trading facilities. It also argues for well calibrated order-to-trade ratios determined by trading venues to ensure orderly trading on their platforms. Equally it expects trading venues and market participants to have robust risk controls in place to address risks inherent in electronic markets as well as ESMA’s guidelines on systems and controls in an automated trading environment, and supports transparent and open markets along with pre- and post-trade transparency measures and on-exchange trading. “We strongly support measures that ensure safer, more resilient markets, but we urge policymakers to carefully weigh the costs of such measures. No one benefits if badly designed regulations disrupt liquidity and drive up costs for traders and investors,” Lenterman said.

FIA EPTA represents firms that trade their own capital in the European exchange-traded markets. The association estimates that its members are responsible for a substantial part of the traded volumes on European exchanges and multilateral trading facilities.

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