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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.

Stenham launches new global macro fund

Friday, 06 January 2012
Stenham launches new global macro fund Investment firm Stenham Asset Management has recently launched a new global macro fund of hedge funds called Stenham Helix. Stenham has over $1.1bn invested in global macro hedge funds and $2.7bn invested in hedge fund strategies overall. Stenham has been invested in global macro hedge funds since the 1980s and its flagship macro fund of hedge funds, Stenham Trading, has achieved an annualised return of +9.07% since inception compared to the HFRX Macro Index which has posted a return of 6.51% and the MSCI World Equity Index which was 4.13% over the same period. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Investment firm Stenham Asset Management has recently launched a new global macro fund of hedge funds called Stenham Helix. Stenham has over $1.1bn invested in global macro hedge funds and $2.7bn invested in hedge fund strategies overall. Stenham has been invested in global macro hedge funds since the 1980s and its flagship macro fund of hedge funds, Stenham Trading, has achieved an annualised return of +9.07% since inception compared to the HFRX Macro Index which has posted a return of 6.51% and the MSCI World Equity Index which was 4.13% over the same period.

The Stenham Helix fund aims to invest in similar types of macro managers but to assemble a portfolio where the liquidity provided by the underlying managers allows Stenham to offer monthly liquidity with 35 days’ notice. The fund will consist of a concentrated portfolio of around 15 managers with a target return of Libor +5% to 6% and low volatility. The minimum investment is $25,000 with no lock up period. The Stenham Helix fund has launched with $36m and is available in USD, GBP and EUR share classes.

Javier Uribarren, investment director at Stenham Advisors Plc says the firm launched the fund in response to both continued interest in global macro strategies and a continuing need for liquidity. “We have never gated or restricted redemptions from any of our funds because our fundamental philosophy is to ensure that there is a comfortable match between the liquidity terms offered to investors and those available from the underlying hedge funds that form the investment portfolio,” he says.

 “In the latter half of 2011, countries in the eurozone came under growing pressure to show monetary and fiscal restraint, investable trends developed and the fundamental outlook became more accurately reflected in the pricing of financial assets. This environment is ideal for global macro strategies,” he adds.

Global macro funds have a certain characteristics that favour their adoption in a volatile market: the ability to access all markets and asset classes globally; highly liquid portfolios in which exposures can be quickly changed; risk management and superior trade construction to limit the downside when shorter term moves are not consistent with long-term views; and substantial organisations with outstanding talent pools and operational controls, suggests Uribarren.

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