Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND TICKER: Total combined assets of the world’s largest 300 pension funds grew by over 6% in 2013 (compared to around 10% in 2012) to reach a new high of almost $15trn, according to new research from Towers Watson - Barclays Bank will sell part of its Spanish business for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank - The number of suspicious transactions reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is up by 28% since the regulator came into power - Last week UK equities indices rose with the FTSE 100 up 0.70%. The FTSE 250 was flat 0.00%; and the FTSE All-Share was up 0.60%. - A committee of global regulators has endorsed LuxCSD as a Pre-Local Operating Unit (LOU) to issue Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) - Investment firm Ashmore has launched three new SICAV structured funds offering access to local Chinese markets - Swedbank is set to join a new market making programme designed to increase liquidity on the Baltic market.
Europe

Long-term UCITS funds registered their largest quarterly net inflows since 2006 during this year’s second quarter, according to new data from the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). 

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Major oil and gas deals signed over the past 15 months between Russia and China will be a huge positive for the Russian companies involved, as the deals will provide them with opportunities for growth and access to new sources of funding, according to Moody's Investors Service.

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The European Energy Exchange (EEX) has reported a 16% rise in sales revenue in the first half of this year, boosted by a strong power derivatives market and trading and clearing of the gas markets. 

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Barclays Bank will sell part of its Spanish business for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank. The transaction is expected to complete next year and involves 262 branches and 2,400 staff in retail banking, wealth management and corporate banking. 

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The rate of expansion in eurozone manufacturing production eased to its lowest during the current 13-month growth sequence in August, as companies faced slower increases in both total new orders and new export business.

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Monday, 01 September 2014

LuxCSD’s LEI service gets underway

A committee of global regulators has endorsed LuxCSD as a Pre-Local Operating Unit (LOU) to issue Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs).  

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European equities have opened mixed on conflicting cues. The run of weak economic data from the continent continued with another dip in inflation, rising unemployment in Italy and a collapse in German Retails Sales on Friday, adding further pressure on Mario Draghi to actually do something. Despite the August rally petering out over the last few sessions, the bulls are still hanging onto hopes that this week’s ECB meeting will, at the least, give some indication that some simulative relief is in the offing soon. 


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Exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Invesco PowerShares has appointed Gilles Boitel as its business development director for Switzerland, the latest effort by the firm to grow its business within key European markets. 

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