“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.
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