Wednesday 2nd September 2015
NEWS: Wednesday, September 2nd: Automobili Lamborghini has appointed new directors under the leadership of president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann - The real estate company Obsido Socimi will start trading from September 4th on Mercado Alternativo Bursátil (MAB).

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The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) says the number of Jersey funds marketing into Europe through national private placement regimes (NPPRs) under the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) has broken through the 200 barrier (June this year), underpinned by strong combined performances in Jersey’s alternatives sector where net asset values under administration rose 15% on the previous year.

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published four reports focused on how the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) framework has been functioning and providing input and recommendations to the European Commission’s (EC) EMIR Review.

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Further to an announcement L15038, dated April 10th, Clearstream Banking1 advises customers that effective September 1st the tiered mechanism excluding long balances of less than €7,500,000 from the negative interest rate charge will be discontinued.

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The European Commission has today adopted new rules that make it mandatory for some over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate derivative contracts to be cleared through central counterparties. The clearing obligations will enter into force subject to scrutiny by the European Parliament and Council of the EU and will be phased in over three years to allow additional time for smaller market participants to begin complying. This is the first clearing obligation that has been proposed by ESMA and it is expected that the regulator will propose obligations for other types of OTC derivative contracts in the near future.

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today concluded that “no obstacles exist to the extension of the passport to Guernsey and Jersey”. ESMA has assessed six jurisdictions to date and said that Switzerland will remove any remaining obstacles with the enactment of pending legislation and that it had formed no definitive view on the other three (Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA).

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Following the call for interest for the renewal of the Consultative Working Group for the Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee, ESMA today announces the composition of the new group. The Investor Protection and Intermediaries Standing Committee undertakes ESMA’s work on issues relating to the provision of investment services and activities by investment firms and credit institutions. Particular regard is made to investor protection, including the conduct of business rules, distribution of investment products, investment advice and suitability. 

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English Housing Associations could struggle to maintain their current financial
performance after recent government policy changes made their operating
environment more challenging, Moody's Public Sector Europe says in a report "2015
Outlook Update - English Housing Associations: Sector Outlook Turns Negative
Due to Adverse Policy Decisions" published today.

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Volatility is here to stay and investors should get used to it, say Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for Europe, and Thushka Maharaj, global strategist, multi-asset solutions at JP Morgan Asset Management. The investment theme now seems to be diversify more and expect less in the second half of 2015.

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