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Australian Securities Exchange launches ‘Options Ready’ program

The Australian Securities Exchange has launched ASX Options Ready, an education program specifically designed for funds managers interested in trading equity options listed on ASX.

Deutsche Börse adds global treasury auction data to news feed

Deutsche Börse has added global treasury auction data to its algorithmic news feed “AlphaFlash”. The global treasury data package provides key treasury auction data from 12 countries directly from the source in a low latency, machine readable format. The new service is designed for algorithmic traders, asset managers, hedge funds, analysts and professional investors whose trading decisions are based on government bond market activity.

Eurex and EEX launch new incentive model for CO2 spot and derivatives market

On 1 September 2011, Eurex and the European Energy Exchange (EEX) introduced a new incentive model for the emissions market which aims at strengthening the EEX CO2 market in the competition with other trading platforms. The model targets the secondary market trading and is designed to increase the attractiveness of EEX prices (tight spreads) and hence liquidity of the markets.

ISE launches new competitive market maker trading rights program

The International Securities Exchange has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to restructure its Competitive Market Maker (CMM) trading rights and will launch the new program on 1 September 2011. The new structure grants greater flexibility to current and new CMMs to select the options classes they would like to quote. It also entitles a market maker to enter quotes in options symbols that comprise a certain percentage of industry volume. A CMM’s first trading right entitles that market maker to quote in 20% of the industry volume, and each subsequent right provides the ability to quote an additional 10% of volume.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange partners with Reserve Bank and others to improve youth financial literacy

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange has partnered with the South African Reserve Bank, the Financial Planning Institute, the South African Savings Institute and the National Credit Regulator to improve financial literacy amongst South Africa’s youth.

MICEX launches FIX protocol

MICEX launched an FIX protocol system, called MFIX Transactional system, enabling participants to connect their systems for the purpose of entering orders using a standard international protocol. The use of this protocol significantly reduces time and financial costs. The functionality of MFIX Transactional ensures the reception, by FIX-protocol of clients’ trading applications, and their delivery to the MICEX trading system as well as the provision of information to clients about their earlier transactions and the current status of their orders.

NASDAQ OMX launches Directors Desk HD

NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions launched Directors Desk HD, an intuitive and secure iPad App providing directors and executives access to sensitive and timely information. It is a secure cloud-based solution designed to improve board communications and effectiveness while relieving corporate executives of the paperwork and time involved in keeping boards informed. Through Directors Desk, documents can be easily uploaded, downloaded and updated by the corporate secretary or board members, all in a secure environment.

National Stock Exchange of India introduces low latency data access

Thomson Reuters launched Elektron at the National Stock Exchange of India to provide trading firms with low latency access to the data that they require to fuel algorithmic trading strategies. Based at the NSE’s co-location facility in Mumbai, the new Elektron data solution will deliver high speed connectivity to the exchange’s data. Progressively, firms will have access to global, cross-asset coverage for over 350 exchange and OTC markets, as well as the fastest access to market-moving machine readable news.

Philippine Stock Exchange introduces new online trading facility for brokers

The Philippine Stock Exchange plans to introduce a new service to trading participants that will promote online trading. Called as the Online Service Bureau, this project aims to offer online trading services for trading participants that can in turn, be offered to investors.

Singapore Exchange releases further measures to improve investor awareness of ETF structures

To make it easier for investors to differentiate between direct replication ETFs and synthetic replication ETFs, representing the two broad structures of ETFs, the Singapore Exchange has arranged for the trading name of all synthetic replication ETFs to be tagged with an ‘X’, which appears next to the ‘@’ used to mark Specified Investment Products. This improves visibility of all the synthetic replication ETFs on trading screens and the SGX live prices website.

Stock Exchange of Thailand supports growth of alternative energy businesses

On 29 August 2011, the Stock Exchange of Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three organizations (the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency under the Ministry of Energy, the Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Provincial Electricity Authority) covering a wide variety of activities to enable alternative energy businesses to better understand and utilize the capital market’s financial tools to achieve their goals. With this agreement, the Exchange aims at attracting alternative energy businesses into the capital market.

Tokyo Stock Exchange and NYSE Liffe introduce position transfer scheme into JGB futures contract

On 26 September 2011, the Tokyo Stock Exchange and NYSE Liffe, in partnership with NYSE Liffe, will be introducing a position transfer arrangement to the Japanese government bond futures contract listed on NYSE Liffe, whereby open positions in London will be transferred to Tokyo and become fully fungible with the TSE 10-year JGB futures contract.

Wiener Börse adds data of Macedonian Stock Exchange to its data network

The market data of the Macedonian Stock Exchange can now be subscribed to via Wiener Börse. Data vendors can subscribe to the standardized data of all stock markets included in the data feed via a single access. It now comprises the exchanges of the CEE Stock Exchange Group (Vienna, Budapest, Ljubljana and Prague) and the stock exchanges of Bucharest, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Macedonia. Additionally, data dissemination includes the data of the CEGH Gas Exchange, of the power exchange EXAA (Energy Exchange Austria) and of the PXE (Prague Energy Exchange).

Wiener Börse launches new website for youths

Wiener Börse launched a new website targeting youths (www.borse4me.at) which is a further contribution to general education in the area of finance. At www.borse4me.at, youths will find information on the Austrian capital market as well as job profiles in the investment field, diverse quizzes to test knowledge, and also an e-learning program.

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