Saturday 28th May 2016
NEWS TICKER, FRIDAY MAY 27TH: BGEO Group plc, the London listed holding company of JSC Bank of Georgia, has this morning announced that Bank of Georgia, Georgia’s leading bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed a GEL220m (approximately £70m) loan agreement with a maturity of five years. EBRD obtained the local currency funds through a private placement of GEL-dominated bonds arranged by Galt &Taggart, a wholly owned subsidiary of BGEO. This is the largest and the longest maturity local currency loan granted to a Georgian bank, which will allow Bank of Georgia to issue longer-term local currency loans, providing essential support for micro, small and medium sized enterprises to converge to DCFTA requirements, as well as underserved women entrepreneurs. “We are keen to develop financial products and lending practices, to service specifically women-led SMEs, which will ultimately increase their involvement in developing Georgia’s private sector”, says Irakli Gilauri, CEO of BGEO Group - The UK’s CBI has responded to analysis from the Treasury showing that a vote to leave the European Union could negatively impact UK pensions. Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Economics Director, says that: “All pension schemes benefit when funds can be invested across a stable, growing economy, to best support people in their retirement years. Any financial market turmoil caused by a Brexit is likely to have a negative effect on household wealth, the value of funds and damage pensions here at home, especially for those looking to retire within the next few years. The sheer weight of credible evidence points towards a serious economic shock if the UK were to leave the EU, meaning a hit to the value of our private pensions, jobs and prosperity.” - EPFR Global reports that Nine weeks into the second quarter mutual fund investors remain underwhelmed by their choices as they seek to navigate a global economy characterized by political uncertainty in Europe, lacklustre corporate profits and the prospect of another interest rate hike in the US, economic stress in major emerging markets and Japan's experiment with negative interest rates. During the week ending May 25 all nine of the major EPFR Global-tracked Emerging and Developed Markets Equity Fund groups posted outflows, as did Global, High Yield, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets Bond Funds, seven of the 11 major Sector Fund groups and three out of every five Country Equity Fund groups. Alternative Funds look to have taken in over $1bn for the fifth time in the past 14 weeks. Overall, EPFR Global-tracked Bond Funds added $2.6 billion to their year-to-date tally while another $9.1bn flowed out of Equity Funds. Some $12bn was absorbed by Money Market Funds with US funds attracting the bulk of the fresh money. EPFR Global-tracked Emerging Markets Equity Funds remained under pressure from many directions. China's economic data and policy shifts continue to paint a mixed picture for growth in the world's second largest economy, the US Federal Reserve is talking up the prospects of a second rate hike this summer, Europe's recovery appears to be running out of stream and the recent recovery in commodities prices is being viewed with scepticism in many quarters. All four of the major groups recorded outflows during the week ending May 25, with the diversified Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Equity Funds seeing the biggest outflows in cash terms and EMEA Equity Funds in flows as a percentage of AUM terms. Latin America Equity Funds extended their longest outflow streak since late 3Q15 as investors who bought into the prospect of political and economic change in Brazil confront the messy reality. However, year to date Brazil has been the top emerging market for all EPFR Global-tracked Equity Funds as managers bet that the impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff will open the door to more centrist economic policymaking says the funds data maven. Among the EMEA markets, the firm reports that GEM managers are showing more optimism than investors. EMEA Equity Funds have now posted outflows for five straight weeks and investors have pulled over $300m out of Russia and South Africa Equity Funds so far this month, though GEM allocations for both South Africa and Russia climbed coming into this month. The latest allocations data indicates less optimism about China despite is still impressive official numbers - annual GDP was running at 6.7% in 1Q16 - and the edge the recent slide in the renminbi should give Chinese exporters. GDP growth in Emerging Asia's second largest market, India, is even higher. Elsewhere, India Equity Funds have struggled to attract fresh money as investors wait to for domestic business investment and the government's reform agenda to kick into higher gears says EPFR Global – According to New Zealand press reports, stock exchange operator, NZX, will initiate confidential enquiries into listed companies that experience large, unexplained share price movements, to determine whether they may be holding undisclosed "material" information even while remaining in compliance with the market's Listing Rules that require disclosure of material information at certain trigger points. In an announcement this morning, NZX also warned investors not to assume that a listed entity's Listing Rules compliance statements meant they did not have material information in their possession which would potentially require eventual disclosure - Asian stocks were modestly higher today, largely on the back of increasingly softening sentiment from the US Federal Reserve. Most people think there will be one rate hike this year, but likely it will be in July rather than June. Either way, it will be one and not two or three. Fed chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to talk about interest rates at an event at Harvard University today and the expectation is that a softer approach for the rest of this year will be writ large; a good signal of intent will follow today’s quarterly growth stats. The presidential election will encourage caution; continued market volatility will encourage caution and mixed manufacturing data will encourage caution. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 0.4% to touch 16,834.84 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.9% to 20,576.52. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3% to 2,829.67. The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 6.65 points or 0.24% higher to 2773.31, taking the year-to-date performance to -3.80%. The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 1.05%, DBS, which gained 0.07%, UOB, which gained0.11%, Keppel Corp, which gained2.47% and Ascendas REIT, which closed unchanged. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.27%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.30% - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says it is taking the first step towards developing a green financial system in Kazakhstan in partnership with the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Authority. EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and AIFC Governor Kairat Kelimbetov signed an agreement today on the sidelines of the Foreign Investors Council’s plenary session to commission a scoping study for the development of a green financing system in Kazakhstan. The study, scheduled to be completed in 2017, will assess the demand for green investments, identify gaps in current regulations, and make recommendations for the introduction of green financing standards and for the development of the green bonds market and carbon market services. The development of a green financing system would be consistent with the COP21 Paris Agreement, aligning financing flows with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development. The AIFC Authority was put in place earlier this year and is tasked with developing an international financial centre in Astana. In March, the AIFC Authority, TheCityUK and the EBRD signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the establishment of the financial centre and to encourage and improve opportunities for the financial and related professional services industries – Turkey’s Yuksel has issued notice to holders of $200m senior notes due 2015 (ISIN XS0558618384), and filed with the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, that the company has agreed a term sheet with the ad-hoc committee of noteholders and its advisors to implement a restructuring of the notes and is currently finalising the required scheme documentation with the Committee. Once agreed, the Company will apply to the English High Court for leave to convene a meeting of note creditors to vote on the scheme proposals as soon as reasonably practicable when the High Court reconvenes after vacation in June 2016 - Following the agreement in principle of the May 24th Eurogroup for the release of the next loan tranche to Greece, domestic authorities have intensified their efforts for the completion of all pending issues reports EFG Eurobank in Athens. According to Greece’s Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos, on the fulfilment of all pending issues, €7.5bn will be disbursed in mid-June, of which €1.8bn will be channeled to clear state arrears – This weekend is the second UK May Bank Holiday. FTSE Global Markets will reopen on Tuesday, May 31st at 9.00 am. We wish our readers and clients a sunny, restful, safe and exceedingly happy holiday.

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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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