Friday 22nd May 2015
NEWS TICKER: FRIDAY, MAY 22ND: Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. "In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports. "Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that sound good?" The minster is also reported to say he still expects the world's energy mix to be dominated by fossil fuels in the near future - Barclays has appointed Steve Rickards as head of offshore funds. He will lead the creation and implementation of the bank’s offshore funds strategy and report directly to Paul Savery, managing director of personal and corporate banking in the Channel Islands. For the last four years Mr Rickards has been heading up the Guernsey Funds team providing debt solutions for private equity and working with locally based fund administrators. Savery says: “Barclays’ funds segment has seen some terrific cross functional success over the past year or so. Specifically, the offshore business has worked hand in hand with the funds team in London to bring the very best of Barclays to our clients, and Steve has been a real catalyst to driving this relationship from a Guernsey perspective.” - Moody's has downgraded Uzbekistan based Qishloq Qurilish Bank's (QQB’s) local-currency deposit rating to B2, and downgraded BCA to b3 and assigned a Counterparty Risk Assessment of B1(cr)/Not prime(cr) to the bank. The agency says the impact on QQB of the publication of Moody's revised bank methodology and QQB's weak asset quality and moderate loss-absorption capacity are the reasons for the downgrades. Concurrently, Moody's has confirmed QQB's long-term B2 foreign-currency deposit rating and assigned stable outlooks to all of the affected long-term ratings. The short-term deposit ratings of Not-prime were unaffected - Delinquencies of the Dutch residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market fell during the three-month period ended March 2015, according to Moody's. The 60+ day delinquencies of Dutch RMBS, including Dutch mortgage loans benefitting from a Nationale Hypotheek Garantie, decreased to 0.85% in March 2015 from 0.92% in December 2014. The 90+ day delinquencies also decreased to 0.66% in March 2015 from 0.71% in December 2014.Nevertheless, cumulative defaults increased to 0.65% of the original balance, plus additions (in the case of master issuers) and replenishments, in March 2015 from 0.56% in December 2014. Cumulative losses increased slightly to 0.13% in March 2015 from 0.11% in December 2014 – Asset manager Jupiter has recruited fund manager Jason Pidcock to build Asian Income strategy at the firm. Pidcock J has built a strong reputation at Newton Investment Management for the management of income-orientated assets in Asian markets and, in particular the £4.4bn Newton Asian Income Fund, which he has managed since its launch in 2005. The fund has delivered a return of 64.0% over the past five years compared with 35.9% for the IA Asia Pacific Ex Japan sector average, placing it 4th in the sector. Since launch it has returned 191.4 against 154.1% for the sector average. Before joining Newton in 2004, Jason was responsible for stock selection and asset allocation in the Asia ex-Japan region for the BP Pension Fund.

New sec lending trading platform picks Eurex Clearing as CCP

Monday, 23 September 2013
New sec lending trading platform picks Eurex Clearing as CCP Eurex Clearing has been chosen to provide a central counterparty (CCP) service to a new electronic trading marketplace for stock lending transactions.  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Eurex Clearing has been chosen to provide a central counterparty (CCP) service to a new electronic trading marketplace for stock lending transactions. 

Set to launch later this year, the new platform dubbed SL-x, will provide automated matching, negotiated trades and CCP access following the link-up with Eurex.

Traditionally, the sec lending market has been an OTC market. However as new regulatory initiatives, including Basel III, aim to reduce systemic market risk in the global financial system, the central clearing of OTC transactions is being encouraged. 



Eurex Clearing will now handle the clearing for all borrowing and lending transactions when SL-x launches in 17 European equity markets in this year’s fourth quarter.

At the outset, Eurex Clearing will offer central clearing for SL-x’s borrowing and lending transactions in Belgian, Dutch, French, German and Swiss stocks. In these initial five markets SL-x’s platform aims to include approximately 2,000 stocks and Exchange Traded Funds that represent over 90% of these markets’ stock on loan.

Eurex Clearing’s Lending CCP started in November 2012 and covers equities, fixed income, and ETFs. Since then, it has attracted the commitment of major market participants. Both Eurex and SL-x will work on the extension of the CCP service to other major European equity markets.

“We are very pleased to further expand distribution for the Lending CCP by working with SL-x. Our Lending CCP is widely recognized as industry leading and the first to preserve the special structure of the lending market. It helps banks to reduce the amount of capital they require to run their SBL businesses, enables them to improve operational efficiency, and reduces counterparty credit risk”, says Thomas Book, chief executive officer of Eurex Clearing.

SL-x’s chief executive officer Peter Fenichel adds: “We are delighted that Eurex Clearing will be able to offer our clients central clearing from day one of our launch later this year. This agreement is an important step for both businesses on the way to providing CCP-backed SBL transactions.”

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