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WFE Focus April 2011
New services

Australian Securities Exchange launches investor relations service

The Australian Securities Exchange, in cooperation with Orient Capital, launched an investor relations initiative called ASX IR Intelligence. Designed specifically for ASX-listed companies, the new service is a suite of investor relations tools delivered through the Orient Capital’s online investor relations platform, called Miraqle. The first tool available through ASX IR Intelligence is Miraqle shares; other tools will follow. Available at no cost to ASX-listed companies, Miraqle shares replaces ASX’s Securities Activity Report with an online, on-demand equity market intelligence product. Drawing data directly from the ASX, Miraqle shares gives companies the ability to view, analyze, compare and download market data on the trading activity of individual stocks, sectors and indices.

BM&FBOVESPA introduces new fee policy for agribusiness securities

BM&FBOVESPA adopted a new price policy for agribusiness securities registered with the Agribusiness Securities Registration System. This new fee policy is applicable for agribusiness securities and/or the agribusiness credit rights certificates that are linked to them.

Hong Kong Exchanges launches basic market prices service

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing will provide investors with real time basic prices from the securities and derivatives markets through a wider range of information vendors which can then offer the data on interactive platforms such as websites and mobile applications when it launches its Basic Market Prices (BMP) Service. The service providers include information vendors, Exchange participants or their affiliates, and the six designated website providers which were part of the free prices website service pilot program. On 1 April 2011, they began offering the BMP service through a total of 23 websites and ten mobile applications.

IntercontinentalExchange expands electronic CDS trading in North America

IntercontinentalExchange’s subsidiary Creditex, a global interdealer trade execution for credit derivatives, has expanded its electronic trading capabilities and products for CDS in the North American market. With the addition of key indexes, the Creditex RealTime electronic platform began executing trades for the most liquid investment grade and high yield series of CDX indexes on 7 March 2011.

Hong Kong Exchanges provides training program to strengthen ESG reporting

In light of the increasing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting in the business community, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing will help equip listed companies with practical tools necessary for reporting through a half-day introductory training seminar and a full-day workshop.

Istanbul Stock Exchange launches company disclosure on mobile phones

The Istanbul Stock Exchange, in cooperation with Turkcell, launched a mobile information service through a public disclosure platform. Investors that subscribe to the service will have access to the company disclosures announced on the ISE’s public disclosure platform, via their Turkcell-operated mobile phones.

Mexican Derivatives Exchange and CME Group launch cross exchange order routing link

The Mexican Derivatives Exchange and CME Group have launched their south-to-north connection, giving Mexican investors access to CME Group’s benchmark derivatives contracts including interest rates, foreign currencies, equity indexes, energy, metals and agricultural commodities. In this first stage of this order routing agreement, MexDer members and their customers will have access to CME Group products. The second phase of the partnership, scheduled for the third quarter of 2011, will give CME Group market participants access to MexDer’s benchmark interest rate and equity index derivatives.

NASDAQ OMX launches NASDAQ Basic

NASDAQ Basic provides customers with essential real-time quote and trade data for all US exchange-listed securities in an affordable and flexible manner. This service is also available to customers of FactSet Research Systems, a provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community.

NASDAQ OMX and National Association of Corporate Directors sign partnership

NASDAQ OMX announced a unique partnership with the US National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) to provide corporate directors and board executives with NACD’s leading suite of director education and board development programs. The cornerstone of the partnership will focus on encouraging NASDAQ OMX-listed company boards and directors to engage with NACD to reduce risk and enhance investor confidence.

NASDAQ OMX Nordic offers market access to US and Canada

NASDAQ OMX Nordic launched a connectivity service that enables Nordic and Baltic exchange members to send orders in US and Canadian equities to North American equity markets. NASDAQ OMX will partner with US broker Citigroup to execute the order after the exchange member has sent the order via its existing NASDAQ OMX Nordic connection. With this innovative technical service, trading in US and Canadian equities, ADRs and ETFs will be within reach for all NASDAQ OMX Nordic and Baltic exchange members.

Singapore Exchange enhances online listing and trading rulebooks facility

To keep market participants closely up-to-date with its latest rules, the Singapore Exchange has enhanced its rulebooks website, featuring a new user-interface with more online capabilities and improved navigation. Powered by an advanced search engine, the website offers added online functionalities for users to easily locate and obtain the various rules.

Stock Exchange of Thailand launches Settrade streaming for iPad

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, through Settrade.com, has launched “Settrade Streaming for iPad”, a real-time, internet-based stock trade program, for investors who wish to trade by themselves. This new software will enable investors to conveniently send trade orders for both securities and derivatives, following the earlier success of a similar program for iPhones.

Stock Exchange of Thailand launches “banker to broker” project

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has joined 4 banks and 4 securities companies in launching the “Banker to Broker” project to expand the investor base. Well-trained bank customer service officials in more than 2,400 bank branches nationwide will help clients to invest prudently and refer them to affiliated securities companies.

Stock Exchange of Thailand introduces additional channel for ETFs data updates

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has launched one more channel to provide updates on the indicative net asset value of ETFs. This data will be sent through SET’s price reporting system, and will be available for member companies, analysts and vendors.

Stock Exchange of Thailand allows general mandate to increase capital

The Stock Exchange of Thailand will permit listed firms to raise capital using the general mandate rule, effective from 15 March 2011. Raising funds by seeking a general mandate from shareholders is an additional approach to the existing process which help firms obtain new capital more efficiently and at a lower cost.

TMX Datalinx launches real time quote service

TMX Datalinx, TMX Group’s information services division, and QuoteMedia launched TMX PowerStream, a real time streaming market data application. The system offers real time browser-based desktop and wireless access to North American markets. It has three different service level packages: TMX PowerStream, TMX PowerStream Advanced and TMX PowerStream Premium that deliver targeted solutions for a range of users’ needs.

TMX Group launches new dark order types

TMX Group recently announced that its new on book dark order types are now available and integrated into the existing order books on Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange. The new non-displayed order types, dark mid-point and dark limit orders, interact and trade with both visible and other non-displayed orders. In addition to offering market participants an effective facility to minimize market impact costs and anonymously seek liquidity, TMX Group’s new dark orders will maximize execution opportunities by being continuously exposed to Canada’s largest pool of visible orders. For participants, the introduction of these new order types provides an opportunity to significantly reduce execution costs, receive price improvement, and benefit from efficiencies in accessing both dark and visible liquidity through a single destination and transaction.

Tokyo Stock Exchange sets up sales unit

The Tokyo Stock Exchange will establish a sales unit in April 2011, and make a structural change. It will consolidate each department’s sales functions to allow for quick and flexible response to customer needs. This will enable TSE to remain ahead of the curve in the market and pursue customer-oriented services. Specifically, the sales unit will be divided into the “new listings” and “market sales” departments. The “new listings” department will engage in activities such as attracting listings and developing new financial instruments. The “market sales” department will be responsible for marketing operations for financial products, services and systems.

Tokyo Stock Exchange revises trading hours and trading halts

From 9 May 2011, the Tokyo Stock Exchange will expand the trading hours in the cash and derivatives markets, in order to increase the trading opportunities for a wider-range of investors. In the same time, it will shorten the duration of a trading halt from 30 minutes currently to 15 minutes, as well as shorten the special quote renewal time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes in order to promote faster and smoother order execution.

Tokyo Stock Exchange releases REIT price information list

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has released a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) price information list as part of the REIT information which it provides to investors. This list contains the current price, net change, market capitalization, forecast of dividend for current term, and forecast of annualized dividend yield for every REIT listed on the TSE market.

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