Tuesday 6th October 2015
NEWS TICKER: Tuesday, October 6th: Vistra (UK) Limited ('Vistra') is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Gowdy as Director, effective 1st October. Gowdy joins Vistra from RBC Wealth Management, where he was responsible for the firm's UK property trust clients – According to NIBC the labour market report for September is one indicator that US economy is losing momentum. It is a view reflected by the weakening of business confidence surveys and a more moderate pace of job growth over the last few months. Although not related to the problems that have engulfed emerging markets over the last summer,, it appears that US businesses have on average accumulated too much in inventories. The number of non-farm payrolls increased by only 142k, whereas 200k was expected and the August reading was revised downwards from 173k to 136k. Additionally, underlying figures indicate that a relatively strong boost in the number of jobs in the public sector camouflaged the weakness in private sector job gains. Market participants were probably also intrigued by the slow rate of hourly wage (earnings) growth. These stayed flat in September compared to August, while the annual rate of wage growth stayed at 2.2%, in line with the annual rate in between 2.0 and 2.5% range this year - Global Jet Capital, a provider of financing solutions for large-cabin, long-range private jets, has agreed to purchase the aircraft lease and loan portfolio of GE Capital Corporate Aircraft in the Americas representing approximately $2.5bn of net assets. Shawn Vick, executive director of Global Jet Capital says, “We are investing heavily in growing the business both organically and through strategic acquisitions such as this one with GE. This is a prime example of our industry expertise and investment capital coming together to evaluate and identify an opportunity to expand the business in a disciplined, carefully measured way.” The price point of the aircraft range between $25m and $75m on average, and corporate users and high net worth individuals will seek competitive financing solutions rather than allocate their own cash resources which are better invested in their own businesses - Gresham Computing plc, a provider of real-time financial transaction control and enterprise data integrity solutions, today announced the appointment of Damian Canning as Sales Director for North America. Based in Gresham’s New York City office, Canning will be responsible for continuing the strong growth of Gresham’s Clareti Transaction Control (CTC) platform in North America - Spending on food, entry fees, insurance and entertainment over the three day Eid al-Adha festival, some 300,000 Saudis spent SAR400m ($107m), according to local press reports. Bahraini officials report higher than usual tourist inflows and spending. Roughly 50% of those who checked in the kingdom’s hotels were nationals of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, enjoying Bahrain’s more relaxed ambience - The Philippine unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Monday it was looking to launch a long-delayed initial public offering (IPO) sometime next year, and may sell even more than the minimum requirement of 10 percent of common stock. "We're getting ready for it," Shell Philippines Country Chairman Edgar Chua told reporters on the sidelines of a Shell event. "We've discussed it with the (Philippines Department of Energy), it's just a question of timing." Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp, which operates one of the country's two refineries, is required under a nearly two-decade local law to conduct an IPO. The company had previously cited unfavourable market conditions and the need to upgrade its local refinery in deferring a share sale. Shell's refinery upgrade is underway and could be completed hopefully by the middle of November says a Shell spokesman - European regulators have approved the London Stock Exchange's plan to link the operations of LCH.Clearnet and EuroCCP to offer investors more choice for clearing their trades on the UK bourse. The link is set to begin October 26th - The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 58.1 points or 2.08% higher to 2851.25, taking the year-to-date performance to -15.27%. The top active stocks today were SingTel, which gained 2.81%, DBS, which gained 2.36%, UOB, which gained1.64%, OCBC Bank, which gained2.05% and CapitaLand, with a 2.49%advance. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained 1.45%, while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index rose 1.04%. - Morningstar has downgraded the Aberforth UK Small Companies fund to a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Silver. The fund previously held a Gold Rating. Samuel Meakin, manager research analyst at Morningstar, said: “Following a recent Morningstar Analyst Ratings meeting, we have moved the Aberforth UK Small Companies fund to a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Silver. The fund was previously rated Gold. Whilst we still hold the fund in high regard, the recent and upcoming changes to the management team have slightly reduced our level of conviction. Andy Bamford, one of the fund’s six managers, is set to retire at the end of this year; he follows David Ross, who retired in 2014.” - Rubicon Minerals Corporation (TSX: RMX)(NYSE MKT: RBY) was asked by Canada’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) on September 30th to temporarily suspend mill operations at the Phoenix Gold Project) to treat elevated ammonia levels, discharge sufficient water from the tailings management facility (TMF), and to upgrade the TMF, under specific timelines. It also ordered Rubicon to undertake other operational and reporting obligations, including construction upgrades to the TMF. The company has been utilizing alternative technologies to address the ammonia levels in the TMF - LIFE, the global diaspora organisation of Lebanese finance executives says it has signed an academic partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School, the business school of the University of Cambridge – Figures shows that the United Kingdom’s HMRC collected a record £7.5bn in stamp duty from residential property transactions in 2014/2015, up from £6.45bn the previous year and from £4.9bn in 2012/2013 and the total tax collected from home buyers in the UK has grown by 165% over the last six years alone. Transactions in London contributed the most residential stamp duty revenue at just over £3bn, followed by the South East at £1.6bn and between 2008/2009 and 2014/2015, stamp duty revenues in London have grown by 248%, compared to around 158% in the East of England and 140% in the South East. The latest analysis reports from both Knight Frank and Savills look into the effect of this on the prime market in London and both conclude that the stamp duty changes introduced last December are still having an effect on sales 10 months on.

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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.


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.


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%.


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.


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.


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. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

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.


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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