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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.

FTSE and Cürex Group announce global partnership and launch real-time executable benchmarks for spot FX

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
FTSE and Cürex Group announce global partnership and launch real-time executable benchmarks for spot FX FTSE the global index provider, and Cürex Group, a developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange with global capital markets, have announced their worldwide partnership and the launch of the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series – a new range of independently calculated, 24/5 streaming, executable spot FX benchmark FIX for currency pairs and currency baskets. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

FTSE the global index provider, and Cürex Group, a developer of intellectual property and technologies that link institutional foreign exchange with global capital markets, have announced their worldwide partnership and the launch of the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series – a new range of independently calculated, 24/5 streaming, executable spot FX benchmark FIX for currency pairs and currency baskets.

 “FX is the World’s largest capital market and currency exposure affects investors in all asset classes. This new series of FX indices will be used by our clients world-wide as a better benchmark for managing currency risk and performance, and will support a wide range of passively managed FX currency funds and strategies,” says Mark Makepeace, chief executive of FTSE Group.

The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series is published in real time during the hours of the institutional OTC FX market, from 17:00 ET Sunday to 17:00 ET Friday.  Additionally, ‘snap’ indices are published every 15 minutes, 96 times per day, providing an independent, time-stamped valuation metric to enhance NAV calculation and fuel the creation of new currency risk management tools and investment products. Designed to be highly customizable, the index series enables market participants to combine any of the 192 pairs into custom calculated FX baskets.

New executable benchmark currency baskets include the flagship FTSE Cürex USD/G8 Index, an equally weighted, real-time index designed to provide an improved valuation of the US Dollar. The index consists of seven major currencies representative of global finance and commodity trading, plus the Chinese Renminbi – the most important emerging Asian reserve currency.  These new benchmark FX Indices also can be used to measure the performance of active currency strategies, and provide new tools for investors seeking to express a ‘risk on / risk off’ trade.

The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series has been built to FTSE’s renowned standards of index design, which emphasizes transparency, independence, innovation and strong governance. The indices are available directly from FTSE and via major global data vendors. 

“The FTSE Cürex FX Index Series represents a step forward in the evolution of the global foreign exchange marketplace.  As the most advanced series of executable FX benchmarks and custom FX Indices created to date, the FTSE Cürex FX Index Series enables unprecedented capabilities for both Buy-Side and Sell-Side leaders seeking to provide more competitive products and liquidity to the world’s capital markets.  We anticipate significant new product and risk management solutions to emerge for the benefit of international investors, asset owners and those who move capital across borders in their normal course of commerce,” adds William Dale, chairman and chief executive at Cürex Group.


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