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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.

Chi-X will migrate to BATS Technology at end of April

Friday, 20 April 2012
Chi-X will migrate to BATS Technology at end of April We provide some of the details necessary for traders with the planned migration of Chi-X onto the BATS Technology platform at the end of April. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

We provide some of the details necessary for traders with the planned migration of Chi-X onto the BATS Technology platform at the end of April.


BATS Chi-X Europe confirms that the Chi-X Europe migration will occur on Monday, 30th April 2012.

Pricing

All pricing for order book and onward routing executions will remain unchanged after the technology migration. The current Spanish market pricing promotion on Chi-X Europe will continue on the CXE order book of BATS Chi-X Europe until 30th June 2012.

The consolidated pricing schedule is available for download at the following link http://batstrading.co.uk/resources/participant_resources/BATSEuro_Pricing.pdf

Order Routing

All order routing facilities available on Chi-X Europe (CXE) and BATS Europe (BXE) will continue after the technology migration. In addition, lit venue order routing with the Parallel D and 2D strategies, which are currently available to BXE participants only, will also be available for customers connecting to CXE FIX or BOE order entry ports.  Participants that wish to utilise onward routing facilities but have not already completed a BATS Trading Limited order routing addendum will need to ensure an order routing addendum is in place. The order routing addendum is available for download from the following link: http://www.batstrading.co.uk/resources/participant_resources/BATS_CXE-Client_Order_Routing_Addendum.pdf

Billing

For existing participants of BXE, billing options and the billing process remain unchanged.  For existing participants of CXE please note that the billing options and billing process will align with BXE from 30th April 2012. Guidance on billing options is available for download at the following link: http://www.batstrading.co.uk/resources/participant_resources/BATSEuro_Billing.pdf

Go-Live Weekend Schedule (Thursday 26th – Monday 30th April 2012):

Note all times below are UK

  • Thursday, 26th April at 16.00: Change Freeze – No new Production port requests will be processed after this time, until Monday 30th April, available for Tuesday 1st May.
  • Thursday, 26th April at 17.50: The old Chi-X Europe Certification (UAT) environment will be shut down.
  • Friday, 27th April at 17.50:  The old Chi-X Europe Production environment will be shut down.
  • Saturday, 28th April 2012 08.00 - 12.00: FIX and BOE application ports on the new Chi-X Europe (CXE) environment will be available for participants to conduct session logon and heartbeat tests. 
  • Saturday, 28th April 2012 at 13.00:  Chi-X Europe Go-Live Communication #1.  If all migration work has been successfully completed, then this will be the final weekend communication.
  • Saturday, 28th April 2012 at 18.00:  Chi-X Europe Go-Live Communication #2.  In the unlikely event that there are migration difficulties, then a further notice will be issued to communicate either go or no-go for Monday, 30th April.
  • Monday, 30th April 2012 at 06.30: Participants will be able to logon and establish application level connectivity to all CXE ports in the new environment.
  • Tuesday, 1st May 2012 at 17:00: The old Chi-X Europe FTP server will be shut down.

Note that all TCP ports will be available for telnet network connectivity tests throughout the weekend and multicast feeds will heartbeat, this is the standard BATS Chi-X Europe configuration outside of trading hours.

In the event of any issues over the weekend, Participants will be kept informed via the normal email distribution channels as well as via the BATS Chi-X Europe Alerts webpage: http://www.batstrading.co.uk/alerts/.

Go-Live Schedule Monday, 30th April 2012:

 Time Activity
04:00 Reference Data Files Available
06:30 Connectivity available to all CXE BOE, FIX, PITCH and DROP, GRP & SPIN ports
06:30 NOC & TradeDesk available for any connectivity issues
08:00 Start of Trading – Market Open

Rollback Approach:

In the event of any unexpected issues, the following contingency plans will be invoked Action
Irresolvable problems over Go-Live weekend. Trading to continue on old technology platform on Monday.  Expect this to be communicated by 18.00 on Saturday if so.
Post go-live site failure on Monday (or later). Invoke Secondary Datacentre (LD3)
Post go-live software or other system problems on Monday. Resolve if possible, if not, resume trading next day on the old technology platform.

Contacts

Connectivity:                                                     NOCEurope@batstrading.com">NOCEurope@batstrading.com  +44.207.012.8905

Application or Trading Queries:                TradeDeskEurope@batstrading.com">TradeDeskEurope@batstrading.com  +44.207.012.8901

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