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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.

Fidessa extends Intelligence suite in Europe

Monday, 23 April 2012
Fidessa extends Intelligence suite in Europe Fidessa group plc has launched a number of new services under its Fidessa Intelligence initiative. These include real-time, pre-trade and post-trade analytics services that enable brokers to grow revenues, provide better client service and manage their costs more effectively. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Fidessa group plc has launched a number of new services under its Fidessa Intelligence initiative. These include real-time, pre-trade and post-trade analytics services that enable brokers to grow revenues, provide better client service and manage their costs more effectively.

Fidessa Intelligence is a strategic initiative that reflects the challenges of the structural shift in the operating environment for the industry as a whole and especially for sell-side firms, regardless of size. Increased market complexity, unrelenting regulatory change and demands for greater transparency are coming at a time when competitive pressures have never been more intense.

Fidessa's new Intelligence services are designed to work together and connect with other initiatives, including Fidessa's fragmentation and other analysis tools embedded in its buy-side products. It is vital that these firms understand the dynamics of their business and differentiate their services, according to Fidessa. Steve Grob, director of group strategy at the firm says: "Ultimately, our aim is to provide a complete set of interactive buy- and sell-side information services and so empower a truly intelligent Fidessa trading community."

Fidessa Intelligence enables them to identify new opportunities, fine-tune execution activity in real time and independently measure and benchmark their overall trading performance, claimss the firm's official release.

Fidessa has coopted some of its client to outline the advantages of working with its Intelligence services suite. According to John Truscott, head of operations at Liberum, added: "Fidessa's new analysis tools enable us to look at all facets of the execution process and determine where alpha can be preserved. We can quickly identify underperforming orders and adjust to market conditions in real time, as well as monitoring execution strategies and even volumes. As a result, we're able to provide a better, more efficient service for our customers."

Following beta trials, the modules now available in Europe include: Fidessa Trader Intelligence  (opportunity identification); Fidessa Real-time Intelligence (execution consulting) and Fidessa Post-trade Intelligence (trading performance and cost analysis). Fidessa Trader Intelligence is now available in Europe and helps brokers capture, filter and organise a broad range of relevant and actionable data from multiple sources. Traders can better understand their clients' trading styles, patterns and interests, as well as uncover new trading opportunities.

Since the introduction of MiFID, Europe's brokers have struggled to meet their Best Execution obligations in an ever-changing marketplace. Fidessa Real-Time Intelligence, claims Fidessa, helps turn this burden into competitive edge by providing a real-time execution consulting and benchmarking capability. Underperforming orders can be instantly identified and trading strategies adjusted to reflect the dynamic nature of liquidity in today's markets, says the firm.

Fidessa Post-Trade Intelligence provides analysis of execution quality, especially for those firms that have outsourced the execution function to third party brokers. These reports allow them to demonstrate to themselves, their clients and the regulators the effectiveness of their overall execution services. In addition, Fidessa Post-Trade Intelligence helps sell-side firms understand the contribution individual clients and/or trading desks make to overall profitability. Robin Browning, COO at Investec Securities, explains that: "We used to have to calculate the loss ratio manually for each client which meant ploughing through vast amounts of data. Now I have all the information I need in a single report. The post-trade reports provide details of which trades had higher implicit costs so that we're able to identify where we need to adjust the way we trade in the future. This ensures better overall execution services for our clients."

 

 

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