Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND TICKER: Barclays Bank will sell part of its Spanish business for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank - The number of suspicious transactions reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is up by 28% since the regulator came into power - 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 - Swedbank is set to join a new market making programme designed to increase liquidity on the Baltic market.
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Research house ETFGI says that exchange-traded products and exchange-traded funds ETPs listed globally gathered $33.8m in net new assets in July, pushing year-to-date net new assets to $160.5bn, a new record level at this point in the year.

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The recent BRIC Summit marked a perceptible shift in economic power due to emerging markets’ growing share in global GDP, and asset managers, such as Dean Newman, head of Emerging Markets Equities at Invesco Perpetual, are assessing the consequences.

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The value of share trading rose 10% worldwide to $29.7trn in the first half of 2014 compared to the second half of 2013, according to the latest market report from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

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Marine insurers have warned of increased risks that will arise from plans to double the cargo-carrying capacity of ships transiting one of the world's most important waterways – the Panama Canal.

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The Argentine banking subsidiaries of global banks are adequately positioned to weather the volatility that may arise from a possible default of Argentina's sovereign debt, according to Fitch Ratings.Argentina's possible default, which has been expected for some time and might  occur following the July 30th expiration of a grace period on certain interest payments, could trigger increased foreign exchange volatility and affect the value of banking subsidiaries located in Argentina. It could also create a more challenging operating environment and reduce the profitability of banking subsidiaries there, warns the ratings agency. 

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The current chief executive officer of HSBC’s asset management arm in Brazil is to relocate to Hong Kong and lead the firm Asia business.

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SWIFT has opened a new office in Mexico City, the latest move by the financial services messaging provider to grow its Latin American operations.

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A strong appetite for equity exchange-traded products pushed global ETP assets to a record high at the end of April, according to research house ETFGI.

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