Monday 24th November 2014
NEWS TICKER – MONDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 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. He believes the worst of the rouble's devaluation is over, but explained that the impact on the group’s capital from the dip in the ruble, could push RBI's core capital below 10% of risk-weighted assets by the end of this year - The performance of the Dutch residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market remained stable during the three-month period ended September 2014, according to the latest indices published by Moody's Investors Service. The 60+ day delinquencies of Dutch RMBS, including Dutch mortgage loans benefitting from a Nationale Hypotheek Garantie, decreased to 0.95% in September 2014 from 0.98% in June 2014. At the same time, the 90+ day delinquencies decreased to 0.72% during the three-month period compared with 0.75% in June 2014. Cumulative defaults continued to increase to 0.54% of the original balance, plus additions (in the case of Master Issuers) and replenishments in September 2014, compared with 0.47% in June 2014, says the ratings agency. 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.

Russian T+3 Settlement set for Mid-November

Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Russian T+3 Settlement set for Mid-November The Russian switch from T+0 settlement towards a T+3 settlement is now likely to take place in Mid-November according to an announcement made by the MICEX-RTS exchange at an event they held in London yesterday. This is later than previously suggested with the delay put down to the slower than expected introduction of a single central securities depositary (CSD) and CCP. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The Russian switch from T+0 settlement towards a T+3 settlement is now likely to take place in Mid-November according to an announcement made by the MICEX-RTS exchange at an event they held in London yesterday. This is later than previously suggested with the delay put down to the slower than expected introduction of a single central securities depositary (CSD) and CCP.

“The current T+0 settlement system has long been an issue for international institutional investors.” claimed Denis Svechnikov, head of client relations and DMA sales at Russian broker URALSIB Capital Financial speaking at the Tradetech Emerging Markets conference also held in London yesterday. The creation of a recognised CSD should release funds from US institutional investors that had been prevented from investing by the current system. Currently many of these investors had therefore been drawn to the London Stock Exchanges International Order Book (IOB) where a large number of Russian Depositary Receipts (DRs) are listed.

Local brokers had been offering T+3 funding before this, but because of the funding requirements over the three days it had put off some investors.  Vahan Vardanian, manager of IT at MICEX-RTS felt that the creation of the CSD and the change to T+3 would remove two of the biggest obstacles to for investors though he felt that issues around transparency, reporting and corporate governance would take longer to change.



Stas Surikov, head of prime brokerage and electronic trading at BCS Financial issued a word of caution regarding the rapid changes on multiple fronts taking place in Russia. “These changes are undoubtedly much needed, but there is a concern that they will be forced through too quickly, in order to have them in place before a planned MICEX-RTS IPO”. A date for the IPO has yet to be announced though it has been reported that it has been scheduled for 2013.

The changes should attract even greater flow from the high frequency segment to the Russian market. There has been a significant increase in high frequency activity on the Russian exchange in the last 24months and MICEX’s Vardanian estimates that as much as 40% of transactions on the exchange are now accounted for by HFT. However this figure varies between product with some brokers estimating the figure to be as high as 75% in FX versus only 25% in equities.

For more information about the Russia market please register to attend FTSE Global Market’s Accessing Russian event hosted in London on 23rd May. For more information go to www.accessingrussia.com or contact Adam Cuthbert on adam.cuthbert@berlinguer.com">adam.cuthbert@berlinguer.com

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