Tuesday 28th April 2015
NEWS TICKER: MONDAY, APRIL 27th 2015:Luc Luyet, CIIA – Senior Market Analyst AT Swissquote says that yesterday, “the SNB surprised the market by announcing that the number of sight deposit account holders that are exempt from negative interest has been reduced. This decision doesn’t change much the domestic banks’ situation as the “20 times the minimum reserve requirement” rule is still running. On the other side, the institutions associated with the Confederation, such as the pension fund of the Confederation or the pension fund of the SNB, are no longer exempt of negative interest. Consequently, only the account holders of the national social security system are still fully exempt.” - High yield debt issuance remains buoyant. Issuance volume for the week ending April 17, 2015, slowed down a bit from the previous week, but remained strong. Junk bond, or high-yield debt, issuers continued to issue bonds as yields remained favourable. High-yield debt is tracked by the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF and the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund. According to data from S&P Capital IQ/LCD, dollar-denominated bonds amounting to $10.75bn were issued across 16 transactions in the week ending April 17th. The issuance volume fell by 3.2% from the week ending April 10. Pricing was evenly spread across the week. The number of transactions fell from 18 to 16 week-over-week. Last week brought the total US dollar issuance of high-yield debt to $115.8bn in 2015 YTD, up some 15% from the same period in 2014, the bulk of which is refinancing of older debt - Moody's says EMEA auto ABS performance remained stable during the three-month period ending February 2015. The sector's average performance trend was positive in terms of delinquency ratios and cumulative losses. The 60+ day delinquencies decreased to 0.66% in February 2015 from 0.77% in February 2014, while cumulative defaults decreased to 1.06% from 1.20% over the same period. This decrease was due mainly to the good performance of the German and Dutch markets. The prepayment rate increased slightly to 13.49% in February 2015 from 13.30% a year earlier. As of February 2015, the pool balance of all outstanding rated auto ABS transactions was €27.55bn - According to Sino specialists Red Pulse, China’s State Council is considering allowing daily repatriation for QFII. Currently, RQFII enjoys T+1 repatriation while QFII is restricted to T+5. QFII is the largest channel for foreign investment into China with quota of USD150bn, however, only half of the quota is in use, like at least partly due to the five-day repatriation stipulation - Malaysia’s state pension fund will offer a Shari’a-compliant investment option for its members by 2017, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today. Najib says it will create the largest Shari’a fund of its kind in the world. Malaysia has one of the world’s largest Islamic finance sectors and the authorities are keen to develop it further. They envision the industry accounting for 40% of the country’s total banking assets by 2020 compared with latest figures of around 23% released last year. The $160bn (MYR577.4bn) Employees Provident Fund (EPF) already invests about a third of its portfolio in stocks and bonds that comply with Islamic principles, which ban interest payments and pure monetary speculation. The fund reportedly hired consultants last year to study the feasibility of a state-backed pension fund focusing entirely on Shari’a-compliant investments. Additionally, local press reports says that Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has received regulatory approval to issue a MYR1billion (around $275m) socially responsible Islamic bond - The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share on the company's outstanding common stock, an increase of 67% from the prior $0.15 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend is payable on June 26TH 2015, to shareowners of record at the close of business on June 12TH 2015 - Lazard Ltd today reported operating revenue1 of $581m for the quarter ended March 31st. Adjusted net income was $103m, or $0.77 (diluted) per share for the quarter. These results exclude a pre-tax charge of $63m relating to a debt refinancing2. Q1 2015 net income on a U.S. GAAP basis, including the pre-tax charge, was $56m, or $0.42 (diluted) per share. "Our Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses continue their strong performance," says Kenneth M. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard. "In the first quarter, we refinanced and repaid a portion of Lazard's long-term debt, significantly reducing our interest costs," adds Matthieu Bucaille, chief financial officer of Lazard. "Consistent with our capital management objectives, we have increased the quarterly dividend by 17%, the fifth increase in as many years." -
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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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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.

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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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