Thursday 3rd September 2015
NEWS TICKER, THURSDAY, September 3rd: The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 28.3 points or 0.98% higher to 2906.43, taking the year-to-date performance to -13.63%. The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 0.82%, DBS, which gained 0.80%, UOB, which gained 1.40%, OCBC Bank, which gained1.13% and CapitaLand, with a 0.36%advance. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 0.55%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 0.24% - Madrid City Hall announced it would dedicate €10m out of its 2016 budget to a "welcome plan for refugees" to include housing, integration, psychological support and legal aid, City Hall spokeswoman Rita Maestre (Ahora Madrid) said during a press conference on Thursday. Maestre said a budget had been decided upon but that specific numbers had not: "We want to welcome all those who are fleeing from war", adding that given their situation "a permanent housing solution" would be needed in the city. The Mayor of the Spanish capital, Manuela Carmena, said on Wednesday that a decision would be taken at the city government meeting today: "The city of the hug must, of course, be ready to welcome refugees" - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is joining international efforts to clean up Tunisia’s Lake Bizerte with a €20m loan and technical assistance to support the expansion and rehabilitation of the sewerage network of the Bizerte region and the rehabilitation of three wastewater treatment plants located near the lake. The EBRD’s investment is part of an integrated environmental programme aimed at de-polluting Lake Bizerte and reducing sources of pollution through investments in wastewater, solid waste and industrial effluents. This programme is labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean and is part of the Horizon 2020 Initiative, which aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020. The European Investment Bank is providing a €40 million sovereign loan to the programme while the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility is contributing a €15m grant for both capital expenditure and technical cooperation - Analysis of illicit financial flows (IFFs) by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) shows that over the period 2003-2012 the global volume of IFFs grew by more than 9% annually (. In 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), illicit flows were estimated at close to $1trn. In response to this unfettered surge in illicit capital leaving developing nations, the UN has endorsed target 16.4 in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which commits the global community to “significantly reduce” IFFs by 2030. This UN action “represents an historic moment in development policy given that it is the first time the international community has recognized the illicit flows problem and pledged to address it,” says GFI President Raymond Baker - US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker named Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie LLP, as the new chair of the US section of the US-Brazil CEO Forum. “Mr. Leite has served on the U.S. section of the CEO Forum for several years, and I am pleased that he has agreed to serve as Chairman,” said Secretary Pritzker. The new US section chair was named after the former chair, Ms. Patricia Woertz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Archer Daniels Midland Company, submitted her resignation from the role. However, Woertz will remain a member of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, and Leite will complete the current three-year term, which ends on August 13th 2016 - MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:MKTX), the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, and the provider of market data and post-trade services for the global fixed-income markets, today announced total monthly trading volume for August 2015 of $75.5 billion, consisting of $43.7 billion in U.S. high-grade volume, $26.7bn in other credit volume, and $5.1 billion in liquid products volume. MarketAxess is providing both the reported and adjusted estimated US high-grade TRACE volumes on its website. The Company believes that the adjusted estimated volumes provide a more accurate comparison to prior period reporting.

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The Bank of the Republic of Colombia reports that in its meeting today, the board has decided to keep interest rates at 4.5%. The decision was made after analysing both national and international market trends. The central bank says it is conscious of continued global instability and low oil prices, reports Ana Genover.

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The Colombian economy has done well over the last decade, but a comprehensive tax reform that promotes investment beyond the oil and mining sector is needed to put the country on a path toward stronger, sustainable and inclusive growth, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Colombia.

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En su reunión de ayer, el Comité Ejecutivo de Operaciones de Mercado Abierto (CEOMA) del Banco Central del Paraguay (BCP), decidió por unanimidad mantener la tasa de interés de política monetaria en 6,75%.

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La Red de Investigadores del Banco Central de Reserva de El Salvador (REDIBACEN), presentó a sus miembros la investigación “Cambio Estructural: Recomendaciones de políticas públicas para el  crecimiento económico inclusivo en El Salvador”. Los resultados de la investigación fueron expuestos por sus autores, Pablo Amaya y César Alvarado, ambos del Departamento de Investigación Económica y Financiera del Banco Central.

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El Directorio del Banco Central de Reserva del Perú (BCRP) acordó mantener la tasa de interés de referencia de la política monetaria en 3,5%. Este nivel de la tasa de referencia es compatible con una proyección de inflación que converge a 2% en el 2015 y toma en cuenta que, en primer lugar, las proyecciones de  actividad económica continúan mostrando un nivel por debajo de su potencial; en segundo lugar, las expectativas de inflación permanecen ancladas dentro del rango meta; en tercer lugar, los indicadores internacionales recientes muestran señales mixtas de recuperación de la economía mundial, así como una mayor volatilidad en los mercados financieros y de cambios; y, finalmente, los bajos precios internacionales del petróleo se han comenzado a trasladar gradualmente al mercado interno.

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En el día de hoy, el Fideicomiso FIBRA MTY, S.A.P.I. de C.V., con clave de cotización "FMTY", llevó a cabo su exitosa Oferta Pública Primaria de Certificados Bursátiles Fiduciarios Inmobiliarios (CBFIs) por un total de 167,708,332 CBFIs, considerando sobreasignación, en la Bolsa Mexicana. 

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El BCRA se defiende ante el juez

El Banco Central de la República Argentina (BCRA) ratificó ayer ante el Juzgado Criminal y Correccional Federal número 6, a cargo del Doctor Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, que no ha realizado ningún tipo de operación en la cual haya tenido participación el fondo de inversión Latam Securities, desmintiendo de tal modo publicaciones periodísticas que atribuían una supuesta injerencia en el BCRA del Ministro de Economía, Axel Kicillof, a favor de dicho fondo.

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Carmen Martínez Castro, secretaria de Estado de Comunicación, en una entrevista a la Agencia EFE, pone de manifiesto la utilidad del III Foro de la Comunicación que, organizado por la Secretaría de Estado de Comunicación del Gobierno de España y el Grupo Televisa, se celebra mañana en Veracruz, México, en los prolegómenos de la XXIV Cumbre Iberoamericana. La titular de Comunicación puso de manifiesto que iniciativas como el Foro de la Comunicación ayudan a dar pasos en la dirección de crear un mercado común del audiovisual hispano.

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