Tuesday 28th 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." -

EEX creates Pan-European OTC Clearing Service Offering - Three further products to be launched in February

Thursday, 14 February 2013
EEX creates Pan-European OTC Clearing Service Offering - Three further products to be launched in February The European Energy Exchange (EEX) is expanding its range of OTC clearing services step by step, to include additional products not traded on EEX or other European Commodity Clearing (ECC) partner exchanges. Together with the clearing house ECC, EEX will launch three further products for OTC clearing on 25 February 2013. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) is expanding its range of OTC clearing services step by step, to include additional products not traded on EEX or other European Commodity Clearing (ECC) partner exchanges. Together with the clearing house ECC, EEX will launch three further products for OTC clearing on 25 February 2013.

“Given the changing regulatory and political environment, clearing through a central counterparty gains in importance”, states Peter Reitz, chief executive officer of EEX Group. “In this context, we will provide market participants with a pan-European offering for clearing their bilateral energy trading activities through ECC and in so doing, increase our coverage to further commodities and regions”.

Hence, EEX and ECC will offer financially settled Scandinavian power futures for clearing. ECC already clears power futures for delivery in Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as Great Britain and Hungary. Since December, EEX and ECC have offered Romanian power futures as an OTC cleared product. As part of the co-operation with the Power Exchange Central Europe (PXE), ECC will provide clearing for Czech and Slovakian power in the near future also.



“Through integrated clearing of all products, participants benefit from standardised processes and netting effects which reduce the costs for clearing significantly. Through Cross Margining, only the net positions are offset against each other. Thus, participants who clear their Scandinavian power positions at ECC can achieve cost advantages”, explains Dr. Thomas Siegl, Chief Risk Officer of EEX Group.

Furthermore, from the end of February, two Euro-denominated coal futures based on Argus McCloskey API 2* and API 4* indices will be offered for clearing via ECC. This will enable, for example, companies which want to hedge power deliveries from coal plants, to settle coal futures in Euros, which considerably simplifies the processes for these participants.

The new OTC clearing products are designed for market participants all over Europe who want to use the benefits of the integrated clearing model for their energy trading activities. Therefore, EEX is taking a further step in bringing more volumes from the OTC market onto the exchange. All contracts are settled financially on the basis of established market indices. The new products can be registered for clearing via the exchange, either by brokers or directly by the counterparties.

European Energy Exchange (EEX) is the leading energy exchange in Europe. EEX develops, operates and connects secure, liquid and transparent markets for energy and related products on which power, natural gas, CO2 emission allowances and coal are traded. Clearing and settlement of all trading transactions are provided by the clearing house European Commodity Clearing AG (ECC). EEX is a member of Eurex Group.

European Commodity Clearing (ECC) is the central clearing house for energy and related products in Europe. ECC ensures clearing, as well as physical and financial settlement of transactions concluded on APX-ENDEX, CEGH Gas Exchange of the Vienna Stock Exchange, EEX, EPEX SPOT, HUPX and Powernext and offers OTC Clearing services in addition.

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