Sunday 26th April 2015
NEWS TICKER: FRIDAY, APRIL 24th 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." -

Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland sign up to TARGET2-Securities

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland sign up to TARGET2-Securities Three Euroclear central securities depositories (CSDs) operating in the euro-zone, namely Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland, have agreed to sign up to the Eurosystem's TARGET2-Securities (T2S) project. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Three Euroclear central securities depositories (CSDs) operating in the euro-zone, namely Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland, have agreed to sign up to the Eurosystem's TARGET2-Securities (T2S) project.

The depositaries have engaged in extensive market consultation and dialogue with national regulators and will finalise assessment of CSD outsourcing arrangements with relevant regulators before signing the T2S Framework Agreement. With support from parent company Euroclear SA/NV, the Boards of the three CSDs have agreed for each CSD to sign the T2S agreement.

As a result, Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland will outsource settlement transaction processing to T2S. Clients of the three CSDs will continue to have accounts directly with the respective CSD and receive the full range of post-trade services from that CSD. The migration date and fees for connecting to and using T2S will be determined after completion of market consultation.



Joël Mérère, chairman of the Boards of Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland, explains that: "The three Euroclear group central securities depositories are reflecting local market sentiment by taking the decision to sign the T2S Framework Agreement. As the first and only group of markets in continental Europe to have consolidated and harmonised transaction settlement and custody services on a shared platform, we appreciate the benefits of large-scale processing consolidation and harmonisation that T2S has the capacity to provide."

Valérie Urbain, chief executive officer of Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland, add: "Euroclear has been preparing to operate within a T2S environment for some time. Our asset servicing capabilities are expanding, and we are introducing collateral management services for clients in the Belgian, French and Dutch markets, as well as with some local central banks. The depth and breadth of the domestic and cross-border post-trade services we offer will clearly help clients get the most out of the new operating environment in the easiest way possible."

Euroclear Belgium, Euroclear France and Euroclear Nederland claim to be the first and only group of central securities depositories in continental Europe that process client transactions on a shared platform and operate with harmonised market rules and practices. Known as the ESES (Euroclear Settlement of Euronextzone Securities) platform, the three CSDs settled EUR 87 trillion of securities transactions in 2011, representing 31 million transactions, and held approximately EUR 6 trillion of assets for clients.

The three ESES CSDs are part of the Euroclear group, which includes the international central securities depository Euroclear Bank, based in Brussels, as well as the national central securities depositories Euroclear Finland, Euroclear Sweden and Euroclear UK & Ireland. Euroclear also owns Xtrakter, operator of the TRAX trade matching and reporting system.

In 2011, the Euroclear group settled more than EU 580trn in securities transactions, representing 163m domestic and cross-border transactions, and held more than EUR22trn of assets for clients. Euroclear Bank is rated AA+ by Fitch Ratings and AA by Standard & Poor’s.

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