Monday 1st September 2014
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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST TICKER: 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.
North America

The US Treasury Department says it has guaranteed $325m in new bonds to support economic development opportunities in low-income and underserved communities across the country.The funding, provided through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Bond Guarantee Program, is designed to help CDFIs fill a financing gap in underserved areas by providing long-term, fixed rate capital.

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Auto loan originations are at the highest level in eight years and auto loan balances, which include leases, have increased for the 13th consecutive quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Q2 2014 Household Debt and Credit report.

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has published a request for input on proposals to establish a common mortgage-backed security and specifically asks whether the proposed program poses a danger to financial markets.

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Prudential has posted an operating profit of £1,521m in the first six months of 2014, noting strong performances from its US and Asia businesses. The figure is a rise of 17 % compared to the same period last year.

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BATS Global Markets (BATS) says its US equity market share jumped to 20.3% in July, higher than 9.6% a year ago and 19.2% in June. 

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RBC Global Asset Management has launched its RBC European Dividend Fund, available for purchase by individual investors and advisors in Canada.

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A Wells Fargo survey shows cash flow, revenue and access to credit getting better for small US businesses, as expectations for year ahead remain flat. More small business owners say their company's current financial situation is good, yet their outlook for the next year has not changed significantly, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index.

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Canada’s TMX Group has revealed a $26.4m net loss in this year’s second quarter compared to last year, noting the reduced value of some of its assets, primarily its investment in BOX Market, which operates a US-based options exchange.  

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