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." -

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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