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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.

Scam alert from Dubai FSA

Sunday, 08 January 2012
Scam alert from Dubai FSA The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has issued an alert to false, misleading and deceptive statements made on the following bogus websites- http://www.difc-ib.com/ae/ and www.difcbk.com. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) has issued an alert to "false, misleading and deceptive statements made on the following bogus websites- http://www.difc-ib.com/ae/ and www.difcbk.com."

According to the DFSA alert, the websites fraudulently state that the DIFC Investment Bank (DIFC Bank) is a subsidiary of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in the UK. The DIFC logo has been reproduced and used as the logo for the bogus DIFC Bank. 

The bogus websites also contain a statement that the DIFC Bank “obtained authorised status under the Banking Act in 1987” and is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) - registration number 204439. The website can be viewed here.

The DIFC is a financial free zone, not a financial institution and does not carry on financial services activities in the UAE, the UK or at all. The DIFC Investment Bank is neither registered nor authorised by either the DIFC or the DFSA.

The site and the products and services said to be offered by DIFC Bank are a scam.

According to the FSA Register, which can be found online at www.fsa.gov.uk/register/home.do, the DIFC Bank is not registered or authorised by the FSA to provide financial services in the UK. The registration number stated on the DIFC Bank website as belonging to the DIFC Bank, in fact belongs to another firm.

The statements on the website are therefore false and/or misleading and deceptive. In addition, the DIFC’s name and logo are being used without authorisation.

The DFSA strongly advises the financial community not to deal with the bogus DIFC Bank or persons connected with the fraudulent websites.

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of a firm’s regulatory status in the Emirate, the DFSA says you should direct your concerns to the DFSA Complaints function by accessing the complaints portal on the DFSA website or by calling the DFSA on +971 4 362 1 576.

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