Thursday 17th 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.
North America

Baring Asset Management (Barings) has hired JP Morgan’s Michael Annis and Kieran Stover from Kleinwort Benson Investors as the firm looks to expand and deepen its client coverage in Canada and on the West Coast. 

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Jonathan Sudaria, dealer at Capital Spreads.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Relief rally or real rally?

European equities have opened higher this morning, tracking an overnight surge in the US markets. Although yesterday’s European session was dogged by worries of the escalating situation in the Ukraine, something kicked off a buying spree in the US which is dragging everyone else along with them. Despite fighting breaking out on the ground, pundits have put the reversal down to everything from rumours that Japan will downgrade its economic assessment possibly leading to yet more QE, all the way to HFT bots messing around with nervous markets. What is for sure is that Kiev and Moscow aren’t about to shake hands and put their differences aside so nervous, jittery market conditions are set to persist.

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Mark Davies, general manager and head of Avox Limited.

Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) subsidiary Avox plans to double the number of employees at its company headquarters in Wales by the end of 2016. 

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BNP Paribas Securities Services has hired Jamie Pratt as head of debt market services sales for the Americas region. The move follows on from the launch of the bank's issuing and paying agent services to US money market issuers last year.

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) plans to extend the date for the start of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trade reporting until October 31st this year for clearing agencies and dealers, and until June next year for all other market participants. 

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Custody banks will be hit hardest by the final supplementary leverage ratio (SLR) rule approved by US banking regulators this week.

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Trading network Liquidnet has hired Adam Sussman as head of Market Structure and Liquidity Partnerships. Sussman joins from TABB Group and is tasked advising Liquidnet’s community of buy side clients on on industry developments, technological trends, and financial industry dynamics.

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Canadian authorities have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in a bid to enhance the cross-border supervision of firms that operate in both countries.

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