In a unanimous and harmonious selection, The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) chairs The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS). The celebration was carved, in Croatian capital, Zagreb, where The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) General Assembly announced the unanimous choice of Dr. Mohamed Omran The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Chairman as chairman of the federation. EGX is the first Arab Stock Exchange to win this post; that was on margin of the 20th General Assembly meetings of the FEAS. Worth mentioning that since FEAS inception in 1995 till this nomination, Turkey had been chairing the federation and this is the first time a stock exchange other than Istanbul chairs the federation.

The FEAS represents a large scale of important stock exchanges counting to 34 Stock Exchange representing over $700 billion capital market and more than $500 billion of value trades.

Dr. Mohammad Omran, EGX Chairman, announced that this step comes within the framework of the Organization’s strategic plan to regain its place on the regional and international fronts. This is a step that declares that we have overcome the difficult circumstances and we are regaining the position we deserve.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Vienna Stock Exchange and the Zagreb Stock Exchange signed a cooperation agreement for data vending. With this step, the Vienna Stock Exchange has enlarged its data vending network by another emerging market from Central and Eastern Europe. In the course of the coming year, financial data vendors who are customers of the Vienna Stock Exchange will be able to subscribe to the price information and master data of Croatian companies in real time and in the data quality they are accustomed to. Regardless of the local trading system, international customers will receive the price data and master data of companies from 13 markets via one uniform interface. For the local markets, this creates transparency and raises their international recognition. For the Vienna Stock Exchange, the CEE stock market network expands.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) signed a capital markets agreement at the UKTI and the Emerging Capital event held at the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The objective of the agreement is to strengthen cooperation and promote mutual development between the two exchanges.  The agreement supports African companies seeking dual listings in London and Lagos.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Deutsche Börse Market Data + Services announced that it will begin disseminating fixed income indices and bond pricing data from African countries starting on 24 November 2014. Concerto African Bond Indices are the first independent index family to measure pan-African local currency sovereign bond performance. The indices are calculated and maintained by Germany-based Concerto Financial Solutions.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Montréal Exchange Inc. (MX), Canada’s national derivatives exchange, is hosting the 15th Canadian Annual Derivatives Conference (CADC), a two-day event beginning today in Québec City. The CADC is Canada’s premier derivatives conference, providing an interactive and lively forum for attendees from across North America and Europe to share perspectives on the latest industry developments.

“CADC 2014 covers a wide variety of important topics impacting the derivatives business both here in Canada and around the world,” said Alain Miquelon, President and CEO, Montréal Exchange and Group Head of Derivatives, TMX Group. “MX is proud to once again provide a forum for all of our stakeholders to exchange ideas and work together toward strengthening Canada’s derivatives markets well into the future.”

This year’s program covers a diverse range of topics, from Canada’s housing market and overall economic outlook to the futurization of interest rate SWAPs and the latest developments in regulation and clearing. Panel discussions will also include discussions on algorithmic trading and the increasing demand for risk management and trading analytics.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of developing a mutually beneficial relationship between the exchanges.

Deirdre Somers, ISE CEO said: “We are very happy to sign this MOU with our peers from Shanghai. We will be looking at opportunities where our exchanges can leverage our respective strengths to further develop the financial services industry in Ireland, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.”

In 2008 the Central Bank of Ireland (as the Financial Regulator) signed two MOUs with its Chinese counterparts. These MOUs enable Chinese investors to invest in Irish domiciled investment products.

Dr Que Bo, Executive Vice President of the SSE said: “We are delighted to be in Ireland to sign this MOU.  We believe that this will lay a solid foundation for exploring further co-operation between us. The ISE is a highly internationalised exchange and we look forward to sharing information and exchanging our respective market knowledge.”

The ISE is one of the leading venues for listing debts and funds in Europe and has over 31,000 securities listed on its markets from 80 countries around the globe. The SSE is considered the most preeminent stock market in Mainland China.
The signing of the MOU took place on the market floor of the ISE.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ASX and the Bank of China have signed a Heads of Agreement to expand their strategic cooperation to develop the Renminbi (RMB) as a currency in Australia’s financial markets.

The Heads of Agreement complements the appointment late yesterday of the Bank of China as the official RMB clearing bank in Australia by the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank. Official RMB clearing banks have direct access to China’s onshore RMB and foreign exchange markets, and enhance liquidity in the local market.

ASX and the Bank of China launched an RMB settlement service in Australia in July 2014. This service allows Australian companies to pay and receive RMB in near real-time and in the same way as they transact in Australian dollars, reducing their risk and the cost of doing international business.

By signing the Heads of Agreement ASX and the Bank of China commit to explore opportunities that will expand the role of the RMB in financial markets. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The 10th Asia-Pacific New Markets Forum, APNMF, was held on November 6, 2014, in Tapei by the GreTai Securities Market. The theme of the 10th APNMF was Optimizing exchanges‘ role in developing SME capital markets and creating opportunities. The participating institutions included exchanges in Australia, Malaysia, H.K., Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Sri Lanker, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, and the World Bank Group and the capital market regulator of Oman. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The International Organization of Securities Commissions today published the consultation report Post-Trade Transparency in the Credit Default Swaps Market, which seeks to analyze the potential impact of mandatory post-trade transparency in the credit default swaps (CDS) market.

The report’s analysis is based on a review of relevant works of international standard-setting bodies and academic literature and an examination of publicly available transaction-level post-trade data about CDS transactions before and after the introduction of mandatory post-trade transparency in certain CDS markets in the United States. IOSCO also conducted a survey of market participants and other market observers regarding their use of certain publicly available post-trade data and its perceived impact on the market.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Taiwan Stock Exchange (“TWSE”) launched the Greater China region’s first leveraged and inverse Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), namely the “Yuanta Daily Taiwan 50 Bull 2x ETF” and “Yuanta Daily Taiwan 50 Bear -1x ETF”, on October 31.

The new products add further variety to Taiwan’s growing ETF landscape. The TWSE is currently home to 23 ETFs, including 7 ETFs which track offshore benchmark indices for markets including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The combined ETF traded value on TWSE reached NT$55.7bln in September 2014, up 110% compared to the same period last year.

The TWSE is continuing to work closely with both domestic and offshore issuers to facilitate the timely introduction of more alternative financial products – including leveraged, inverse, and commodity ETFs plus indices – in order to attract more liquidity and investors to the Taiwan market.

Thursday, November 13, 2014