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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.

SIX Swiss Exchange upgrades platform

Monday, 23 April 2012
SIX Swiss Exchange upgrades platform SIX Swiss Exchange has successfully completed the upgrade of its tradingplatform. The upgrade was developed in collaboration with NASDAQ OMX.At the same time, SIX Swiss Exchange is launching a co-location servicefor the new platform in association with Equinix. Starting today, SIX SwissExchange offers participants the most modern trading technology in theworld. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

SIX Swiss Exchange has successfully completed the upgrade of its trading
platform. The upgrade was developed in collaboration with NASDAQ OMX.
At the same time, SIX Swiss Exchange is launching a co-location service
for the new platform in association with Equinix. Starting today, SIX Swiss
Exchange offers participants the most modern trading technology in the
world.

SIX Swiss Exchange has successfully completed the upgrade of its SWXess
trading platform with the X-stream INET technology developed by NASDAQ
OMX. SIX Swiss Exchange is the first exchange globally to combine the triedand-
tested capabilities of the X-stream platform with INET trading technology –
the world's fastest.

On April 23rd SIX Swiss Exchange launched equity trading using the very latest
technology. With this step, SIX Swiss Exchange is investing in the future and in
the international growth of Switzerland as a highly successful trading center.
Together with the new co-location service, the system upgrade means that much
higher order volumes (capacity) can be matched and executed in a significantly
shorter time (latency).

This is supported by the efficient and standardised trading protocols, which are also in use at various trading venues. Tests under trading conditions have shown that average round-trip latency is just 37 microseconds.

According to a Swiss Exchange release, each and every participant benefits from this low latency. Participants can put their investment decisions into effect and adjust and reduce their investment risk even faster. Rapid trading, and market data that is distributed with equally low latency, are also key to participants investing or market-making in ETFs, ETPs or structured products. The latest enhancements allow price movements in
underlyings to be identified more quickly, and the corresponding investment and
market-making decisions to be executed more effectively, says the exchange.

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