Saturday 19th April 2014
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BlackRock has been awarded its first Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) licence by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) - An index joint venture between FTSE Group and Canada’s TMX Group has acquired the indices business of MTS, a European electronic fixed income trading business owned by the London Stock Exchange - The European leveraged finance market is set to undergo a shift this year, as private equity sponsors veer back towards loans to finance leveraged buyouts, says S&P Capital IQ - Turkish corporates are the most exposed among EMEA emerging markets to a scenario of slowing growth, rising interest rates and a persistently weak local currency, according to Fitch Ratings - London-based Global Markets Exchange Group (GMEX) is in talks to acquire an equity stake in ALTX Africa Group, a new exchange operator focusing on East Africa - Alternative asset managers with expertise in high-yield fixed income and distressed assets are upping their investments in the peer-to-peer loan market, according to a new report from Cerulli Associates.
Middle East and Africa Regulation

The positive outlook for global economic growth has increased in the last year among Middle East intermediaries, according to the latest poll, carried out by Invesco Asset Management, however their biggest concern for global financial markets is emerging market monetary tightening. 

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Monday, 02 September 2013

DIFC reports 7% business uptick

The number of companies operating in the Dubai International Financial Centre is on the rise again. The DIFC reports a 7% uptick in registrations reflecting a return to confidence in the emirate follow a number of fallow years.

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The International Monetary Fund says the near-term outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa remains broadly positive, with growth projected to accelerate to around 5.5% in 2013-14, following a year of strong growth in 2012. In its May 2013 Regional Economic Outlook, Building Momentum in a Multi-Speed World, the IMF says that these favourable prospects partly reflect the gradually improving outlook for the global economy, while locally, investment in export-oriented sectors is an important driver of growth for the future.

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EFG Hermes and QInvest have terminated their joint venture proposal after the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) failed to approve the deal.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

G20 meeting outcome: the PBOC view

The People's Bank of China has issued its summary of the G20 meeting attended by the world's central bank governors and finance ministers. China was represented by Governor Zhou Xiaochuan and Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.

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The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published today a final report on Technological Challenges to Effective Market Surveillance: Issues and Regulatory Tools, which makes recommendations to help market authorities address the technological challenges facing effective market surveillance.

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Africa Calling

Even today many people still refer to Africa as a single entity. This huge and diverse continent is often thought of in very generalised terms with the larger countries like Nigeria, even on occasion, being used as a synonym for Africa as a whole. Slowly, however, as African growth has started to gain the world’s attention, it does appear that the outside world has started to gain a greater understanding of a continent made up of 54 different sovereign states with a hugely diverse mix of languages, cultures and history.

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The latest survey of investors in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region finds that lower political risk and improved market liquidity remain priorities for investors.  The survey of 90 institutional investors across 12 countries in the MENA region highlights continuing concerns over political uncertainty. Investors are also keen to see continuing market liberalisation.

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