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." -

Global economic conditions hit Guernsey bank deposits

Friday, 15 June 2012
Global economic conditions hit Guernsey bank deposits The value of bank deposits in Guernsey fell £6.5bn (6.1%) in the first quarter of the year. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The value of bank deposits in Guernsey fell £6.5bn (6.1%) in the first quarter of the year.

The total value of deposits held by banks in Guernsey was down to £101bn at the end of March 2012, a decrease of £11.8bn (10.5%) year on year. The quarterly report on banking sector activity from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) said that the overall fall in value of deposits was the result of both declining volumes and exchange rate factors.

In particular, sterling strengthened against the US dollar and euro but weakened against the Swiss franc, which had a negative effect on the level of deposits expressed in sterling. The overall currency mix shows that the proportion of deposits in sterling is 25.7%, US dollars is 47.2%, euro deposits 19.1% and Swiss franc deposits 3.3%.



 Fiona Le Poidevin, deputy chief executive of Guernsey Finance – the promotional agency for the Island’s finance industry, says: “It is disappointing to see this further decline in the value of deposits held by banks in Guernsey. Some of the fall was due to exchange rate factors but there was also a material drop in volumes as a result of the global trend of banks deleveraging in the face of uncertainties surrounding the eurozone, capital adequacy pressures and weak economic growth. 

“Due to current conditions, we continue to experience an unprecedented low interest rate environment which has a significant negative impact on the attractiveness of having funds on deposit in a bank and as such, investors are moving capital into other higher yielding products,” continues Le Poidevin. “However, on a more positive note, there have recently been more inquiries from banks which have expressed an initial interest in establishing operations in Guernsey. It is still very early days but it is encouraging news and of course, comes in the wake of the announcement by HSBC that it will be consolidating its Channel Islands private banking operations in Guernsey,” she adds.

“In addition, one of the great strengths of Guernsey’s finance industry is its diversity. Latest figures show that the value of investment funds being managed or administered in Guernsey was up nearly £9 bn in the first three months of the year. Also, during the first four months of the year, there has been net growth of 44 licensed international insurance entities, taking the total number to 731 at the end of April. Therefore, we can see that, in broad terms, Guernsey’s finance industry is performing robustly in what are difficult global economic conditions,” she continues.

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