Monday 27th April 2015
NEWS TICKER: MONDAY, APRIL 27th 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." -

FTSE & CÜREX Group launch FX indices

Friday, 15 June 2012
FTSE & CÜREX Group launch FX indices Global index provider FTSE and Cürex Group, a developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange with global capital markets, have the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series, a new range of independently calculated, 24/5 streaming, executable spot FX benchmark FIX for currency pairs and currency baskets. “The new index is designed to provide a better benchmark for managing currency risk and performance, and will likely support a wide range of passively managed FX currency funds and strategies,” holds Mark Makepeace, chief executive officer, FTSE Group. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Global index provider FTSE and Cürex Group, a developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange with global capital markets, have the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series, a new range of independently calculated, 24/5 streaming, executable spot FX benchmark FIX for currency pairs and currency baskets. “The new index is designed to provide a better benchmark for managing currency risk and performance, and will likely support a wide range of passively managed FX currency funds and strategies,” holds Mark Makepeace, chief executive officer, FTSE Group.

 

 



The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series provides the next generation of FX valuation and performance benchmarking for global capital markets. By establishing real-time bid and offer spot FX indices on 192 currency pairs (FTSE Cürex FIX), from multiple independent contributors and at multiple depths of liquidity, global capital markets benefit from improved clarity when viewing previously opaque foreign exchange pricing. William Dale, chairman and chief executive at Cürex Group explains that the new index series “represents a step forward in the evolution of the global foreign exchange marketplace [and] enables … both buy side and sell side leaders seeking to provide more competitive products and liquidity to the world’s capital markets.”   

New executable benchmark currency baskets include the flagship FTSE Cürex USD/G8 Index, an equally weighted, real-time index designed to provide an improved valuation of the US Dollar. The index consists of seven major currencies representative of global finance and commodity trading, plus the Chinese Renminbi—the most important emerging Asian reserve currency. These new benchmark FX Indices also can be used to measure the performance of active currency strategies, and provide new tools for investors seeking to express a ‘risk on/risk off’ trade.

New proprietary and patented technologies have been developed by Cürex Group specifically to connect previously fragmented foreign exchange market liquidity with investment products linked to FTSE Cürex FX Indices. These technologies, say FTSE Group, allow asset managers and their service providers to build custom FX Indices from proprietary or third party asset pricing models for both analytic and product development purposes. Cürex Intellectual Property will enable a new generation of both exchange-traded and OTC financial products that are linked to FTSE Cürex FX Indices and utilise Cürex technologies designed to directly link institutional foreign exchange liquidity to financial products tracking FTSE Cürex FX Indices. This new capability will allow passive asset managers to reduce tracking error and liquidity providers such as Delta One desks to improve their hedging and risk management practices.

Benchmark Execution (BE) and Benchmark or Better Execution (BOBE) models can now be employed by third-party electronic and voice brokering FX platforms via principal transactions or STP to the FTSE Cürex FX Index liquidity pool. These new benchmark FX Indices also can be used to measure relative performance of active currency overlay strategies. Investors seeking to express a ‘risk on / risk off’ trade can alsouse these indices to implement this trade.

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