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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.

IOSCO consults on liquidity risk management for collective investment schemes

Thursday, 26 April 2012
IOSCO consults on liquidity risk management for collective investment schemes The Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions has published the consultation report Principles of Liquidity Risk Management for Collective Investment Schemes, which outlines a set of principles against which both the industry and regulators can assess the quality of regulation and industry practices relating to liquidity risk management for collective investment schemes (CIS).  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions has published the consultation report Principles of Liquidity Risk Management for Collective Investment Schemes, which outlines a set of principles against which both the industry and regulators can assess the quality of regulation and industry practices relating to liquidity risk management for collective investment schemes (CIS). 

The Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions has outlined a set of principles against which both the industry and regulators can assess the quality of regulation and industry practices relating to liquidity risk management for collective investment schemes (CIS).   

Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, the issue of liquidity has been a major concern for regulators, although the discussions on regulatory reform have focused more on the importance of liquidity in the banking sector rather than in other sectors. However, the asset management sector has specificities to be kept in mind when setting policy recommendations.

 Good liquidity risk management is a key feature of the correct operation of a CIS, as the right to redeem units/shares is a defining characteristic of open-ended schemes. Liquidity risk management is complex and a CIS may experience liquidity issues as, for example, when the market in which it is invested closes unexpectedly. However, asset managers have regulatory and practical tools to manage liquidity both on the asset side and on the investor side.  In exceptional circumstances, a liquidity issue could lead to a CIS temporarily suspending all investor redemptions. IOSCO recently published the report Principles on Suspensions of Redemptions in Collective Investment Schemes addressing this issue.

The fundamental requirement of liquidity risk management is to ensure that the degree of liquidity that the open-ended CIS manages allows it in general to meet redemption obligations and other liabilities.  The principles of liquidity risk management provide details on how compliance with this requirement can be achieved. Generally, these principles aim to reflect a level of common approach and to be a practical guide for regulators and industry practitioners. Implementation of the principles may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, depending on local circumstances and legal and regulatory structures.

The principles of liquidity risk management for CIS

 The principles of liquidity risk management for CIS are divided into two groups related to the life span of a CIS: the pre-launch and the day-to-day liquidity risk management. They include the following:

 Principle 1

The responsible entity should draw up an effective liquidity risk management process, compliant with local jurisdictional liquidity requirements

 Principle 2

The responsible entity should set appropriate liquidity limits which are proportionate to the redemption obligations and liabilities of the CIS

 Principle 3

The responsible entity should carefully determine a suitable dealing frequency for units in the CIS  

 Principle 4

Where permissible and appropriate for a particular CIS, and in the interests of investors, the responsible entity should include the ability to use specific tools or exceptional measures which could affect redemption rights in the CIS’s constitutional documents

 Principle 5

The responsible entity should consider liquidity aspects related to its proposed distribution channels

 Principle 6

The responsible entity should ensure that it will have access to, or can effectively estimate, relevant information for liquidity management

 Principle 7

The responsible entity should ensure that liquidity risk and its liquidity risk management process are effectively disclosed to prospective investors

 Principle 8

The responsible entity should effectively perform and maintain its liquidity risk management process

 Principle 9

The responsible entity’s liquidity risk management process must be supported by strong and effective governance

 Principle 10

The responsible entity should regularly assess the liquidity of the assets held in the portfolio

  Principle 11

The responsible entity should integrate liquidity management in investment decisions

Principle 12

The liquidity risk management process should facilitate the ability of the responsible entity to identify an emerging liquidity shortage before it occurs

 Principle 13

The responsible entity should be able to incorporate relevant data and factors into its liquidity risk management process in order to create a robust and holistic view of the possible risks

 Principle 14

The responsible entity should conduct assessments of liquidity in different scenarios, including stressed situations

 Principle 15

The responsible entity should ensure appropriate records are kept, and relevant disclosures made, relating to the performance of its liquidity risk management process

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