Sunday 23rd November 2014
NEWS TICKER – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 2014: The director of the National Security Agency, Navy Admiral Michael Rogers, says he expects to see adversaries launch a cyber-attack in the next few years aimed at severely damaging America's critical infrastructure. "I fully expect that during my time as commander, we're going to be tasked to help defend critical infrastructure within the United States because it is under attack by some foreign nation or some individual or group," Rogers told the House Select Committee on Intelligence this morning (EST). Rogers, who also serves as commander of the US Cyber Command, says the government is better prepared to defend against those attacks than it was two years ago.On November 24th, the Federal Reserve will conduct a fixed-rate offering of term deposits through its Term Deposit Facility (TDF) that will incorporate an early withdrawal feature. This feature will allow depository institutions to obtain a return of funds prior to the maturity date subject to an early withdrawal penalty. The Federal Reserve will offer eight-day term deposits with an interest rate of 0.29000% and a maximum tender amount of $20,000,000,000. The penalty for early withdrawal is 0.75%, the minimum tender per institution is $20,000,000,000 - The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +29.72 points higher or +0.90% to 3345.32, taking the year-to-date performance to +5.70%. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.64% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.83%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.51%), UOB (+1.37%), DBS (+1.64%), Keppel Corp (+0.22%) and OCBC Bank (+1.16%). The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index (+1.70%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Basic Materials Index are Midas Holdings (+1.72%) and Geo Energy Resources (+3.02%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Technology Index, which gained +0.16% with Silverlake Axis’s share price gaining 0.41% and STATS ChipPAC’s share price unchanged. The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value were the IS MSCI India (+1.70%), SPDR Gold Shares (+0.34%), DBXT MSCI Singapore IM ETF (unchanged). The most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were Suntec REIT (unchanged), Ascendas REIT (unchanged), CapitaCom Trust (+0.89%) - In an interview with US online service Careers Info-Security News Greg Shannon, chief scientist at the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute says that to defeat cyber-adversaries, cybersecurity professionals should adopt a contrarian attitude, says. "Having that contrarian point of view allows you to get into the mindset of the adversary," Shannon says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. "How would this technology work if it did something the designer of it didn't think of?" he asks. "Certainly, that's the way the adversary is thinking, coming up with new attacks, new threats. They're looking at an app, a piece of software or some websites, [and they think] 'What can I do here that the designer didn't think of? Is there a way to get information through channels, through tricks that weren't anticipated? Is there some frailty of humans that I can exploit to get information out of them that they wouldn't normally give me?'" – Raiffeisen Bank International warned in an analyst conference call yesterday that profits in its Russian business would be challenged in Q4 versus Q3. The bank’s Chief Financial Officer Martin Gruell said higher risk provisioning and increased operating expenses could cut profits in its single most profitable market. "I would expect the fourth quarter to be a bit lower than the third quarter," he said. 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Cumulative losses slightly increased to 0.11% in September 2014 from 0.10% in June 2014 – According to a Clearstream client bulletin on November 18th, the US Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury published an amendment to the current temporary regulations (TD9657) regarding FATCA. The amendment impacts Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) who have entered into an agreement with the IRS to become a participating FFI. It amends the determination date and timing for reporting with respect to the 2014 calendar year.

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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