Tuesday 25th July 2017
NEWS TICKER July 25th: Orezone Gold Corporation (TSXV - ORE) says the Ministry of Mines and Quarries in Burkina Faso, West Africa has issued and Sarama has paid the invoice for the transfer of the Bondi Gold Project (Djarkadougou exploration permit) from Orezone’s subsidiary company to Sarama Resources subsidiary company. This is the last step of the approval process before the official transfer that will be effective when the Ministry of Mines will deliver the new Djarkadougou Order (Arrêté) in Sarama’s name, at which point Sarama Resources shares and warrants issued to Orezone as part of the transaction will be released from escrow. The issuance of the Arrêté is a matter of process which should happen through the course of Q3 2017 - Andrey Solovyev, global head of DCM at VTB Capital reports today that “VTB Capital acted as joint global coordinator on the placement of a five-year $725m eurobond issue with an 8% coupon for Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC. Nostrum Oil & Gas is an independent multi-field oil and gas company engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin. The order book was significantly oversubscribed, driven by a broad range of top quality international accounts. The order book comprised global investors from the following regions: USA - 40%, Great Britain - 39%, Continental Europe - 16%, Asia and Middle East - 4%, CIS - 1%. Investors including Global Asset Managers, Investment Funds, Banks, Pension Funds and Insurance Companies participated in the transaction. Several participants had invested in Nostrum’s previous bond issues. This deal is the third transaction arranged by VTB Capital for Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC, reflecting the depth of expertise at VTB Capital - The US dollar remains under pressure amid heightened market uncertainty over the US administration’s ability to implement key campaign promises including healthcare and tax reform. A downward reassessment in short-term Fed rate hike expectations following a more dovish than expected tone from US Fed chair Janet Yellen at last week’s semi-annual testimony, coupled with disappointing US June inflation and retail sales data, have weighed on market sentiment towards the greenback -- Turning to core government bonds, yields remain off recent multi-month highs. Thursday’s ECB monetary policy meeting decisions will be important in either buoying market sentiment over the summer months, or depressing it -- According to today’s market report from EFG Eurobank in Athens, Greece’s return to financial markets expected this week, is being postponed because the IMF has set a ceiling to the amount of debt that Greece can hold in order for the Fund to participate in Greece’s debt restructuring programme. European Commission officials have reportedly commented that a successful completion of the 3rd Economic Adjustment Programme – due to expire in August 2018 – will require more than one bond issuance by the Greek government for the country to be able to build up a buffer of €9bn which is to come from the ESM loan, the containment of public expenditure and tapping the markets. Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos has subsequently told local press that the country will tap the markets when it estimates that it is in the best possible position with the lowest possible risk -- Moody's Investors Service has today withdrawn the senior unsecured (P)Aa2 provisional rating on the Norwegian railway operator Norges Statsbaner AS (NSB)s medium-term note program and the Aa2 senior unsecured ratings on all the outstanding bonds, with the exception of the Aa2 senior unsecured rating on the CHF325m notes due 2017.The withdrawal of the ratings follows the completion of the transfer of most of NSB's debt, together with the ownership of NSB's rolling stock, to the newly-established company Norske tog As, which has been demerged from the group as part of the railway sector reform -- James Zimmerman, manager of Jupiter’s UK smaller companies fund, says today in his market note that political uncertainty in the UK is likely to create volatility for many domestic-focused companies for some time. He adds that following the UK’s decision to leave the EU in June last year, the unexpected outcome of the snap UK general election has only heightened political uncertainty in the UK. This uncertainty is likely to persist for some time. Over the past year, sterling has fallen by more than 10% against the US dollar, and inflation in the UK has overshot the Bank of England’s target rate, hitting 2.6% in June. Additionally, he says, a number of more domestically-focused UK shares fell sharply immediately after the EU referendum result and have continued to face headwinds due to sterling weakness and increasing inflation pressures. However, in contrast, many UK-listed international earners have continued to rally, benefiting from the sharp depreciation of sterling over the past year -

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ESMA consults on aspects of the MiFID ii suitability requirements

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ESMA consults on aspects of the MiFID ii suitability requirements The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on draft guidelines on certain aspects of the suitability requirements under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The suitability requirements were introduced under MiFID to enhance investor protection by ensuring that firms which provide investment advice and portfolio management act in the clients’ best interests. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Consultation Paper (CP) on draft guidelines on certain aspects of the suitability requirements under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The suitability requirements were introduced under MiFID to enhance investor protection by ensuring that firms which provide investment advice and portfolio management act in the clients’ best interests.

Suitability has to be assessed against clients’ knowledge and experience, financial situation and investment objectives. In order to achieve this, investment firms have to obtain the necessary information from clients. While the objectives of the suitability assessment under MiFID I remain unchanged under MiFID II, the obligations have been strengthened and specified further under the new legislative framework by including an explicit reference to the fact that the use of electronic systems shall not reduce the responsibility of firms; further details on conduct rules for firms providing a periodic assessment of the suitability; the requirement for firms performing a suitability assessment to assess, taking into account costs and complexity, whether equivalent products can meet client’s needs; the requirement for firms to analyse the costs and benefits of switching from one investment to another one; the extension of suitability requirements to structured deposits; and the requirement for firms to provide clients with a suitability report prior to the conclusion of the recommended transaction.

The consultation paper includes proposals on the draft guidelines which confirm and broaden the existing guidelines, issued in 2012, in order to consider recent technological developments of the advisory market, including the increasing use of robo-advice, i.e. automated or semi-automated systems for the provision of investment advice or portfolio management; give relevance to the results of supervisory activities conducted by national competent authorities (NCAs) on the suitability requirements; incorporate some insights of studies in the area of behavioural finance; and provide additional details on some aspects that were already covered under the ESMA’s 2012 guidelines.

The consultation closes on October 13th. ESMA will consider the feedback it receives to the consultation in Q4 2017/Q1 2018 and expects to publish a final report in Q1/Q2 2018.

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