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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.

BlackRock announces new head of EMEA iShares Capital Markets

Tuesday, 14 February 2012
BlackRock announces new head of EMEA iShares Capital Markets BlackRock, has promoted Leland Clemons as head of EMEA iShares Capital Markets, effective immediately. He will report into Joe Linhares, head of iShares, EMEA. Clemons will lead the iShares Capital Markets team whose clients include intermediaries, private banks and wealth managers execute ETP trades more efficiently, and ultimately enhance their investment returns. Previously Clemons as head of US iShaers Capital Markets at the firm. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

BlackRock, has promoted Leland Clemons as head of EMEA iShares Capital Markets, effective immediately. He will report into Joe Linhares, head of iShares, EMEA. Clemons will lead the iShares Capital Markets team whose clients include intermediaries, private banks and wealth managers execute ETP trades more efficiently, and ultimately enhance their investment returns. Previously Clemons as head of US iShaers Capital Markets at the firm.

The iShares Capital Markets team says that it leverages the scale and trading expertise of BlackRock, in order to help clients navigate the ETP landscape more effectively. The team claims to be positioned to help clients trade more cost efficiently by partnering with broker-dealers, trading venues and data providers across EMEA to identify the best sources of liquidity and trading data. But this new appointment is about leveraging growth opportunities in the ETF space as investing styles change.

“We expect assets under management and trading volumes in ETPs to grow significantly in Europe over the next few years.  Consequently, investors will be looking for partners to help them navigate the product landscape, understand structural distinctions and implement trades effectively.  BlackRock is uniquely positioned to help its clients enhance their investment process and lower their total cost of ownership,” says Joe Linhares, head of iShares, EMEA.

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