Wednesday 27th August 2014
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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.

SSgA expands LDI range of funds

Tuesday, 24 April 2012
SSgA expands LDI range of funds State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), has enhanced its liability driven investing (LDI) strategies with the launch of 10 leveraged gilt funds. The new derivative-based range includes Fixed Gilt Funds with set maturity dates of 2020, 2030, 2040, 2049 and 2060, and Index Linked Gilt Funds set to mature in 2022, 2032, 2042, 2055 and 2062. SSgA also offers physical-based Single Stock Gilt Funds in its LDI range. These include Fixed Gilt Funds with maturity dates of December 2049, December 2055 and January 2060; and Index Linked Gilt Funds with maturity dates of November in the years 2027, 2032, 2037, 2042, 2047, 2050, 2055 and 2062. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), has enhanced its liability driven investing (LDI) strategies with the launch of 10 leveraged gilt funds. The new derivative-based range includes Fixed Gilt Funds with set maturity dates of 2020, 2030, 2040, 2049 and 2060, and Index Linked Gilt Funds set to mature in 2022, 2032, 2042, 2055 and 2062. SSgA also offers physical-based Single Stock Gilt Funds in its LDI range. These include Fixed Gilt Funds with maturity dates of December 2049, December 2055 and January 2060; and Index Linked Gilt Funds with maturity dates of November in the years 2027, 2032, 2037, 2042, 2047, 2050, 2055 and 2062.

The new funds funds are aimed at offering pension schemes and institutional investors a way to extend inflation- and interest-rate protection in their liability-matching portfolios. The leveraged nature of these funds help provide further flexibility for schemes by allowing a smaller initial investment, thereby freeing capital to allocate according to a portfolio’s growth objectives.“These new funds are part of a broader product build-out of our LDI offering. Combined with the existing set of physical bond strategies, including single stock bond funds, SSgA now offers pensions schemes and institutional investors exceptional breadth for extending inflation- and interest-rate protection on their liability-matching portfolios. The leveraged funds provide extra flexibility for schemes to focus on building asset growth in line with their overall investment objectives,” says Susan Raynes, head of the UK, Middle East and Africa at SSgA.

The Single Stock and Leveraged Gilt funds can be used in tailored combinations to suit the objectives and risk tolerances of a scheme. They complement SSgA’s conventional bond index funds, enabling investors to structure stable and cost-effective hedging portfolios.

 

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