NASDAQ OMX announced that First Trust listed a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) which began trading on Thursday, August 14, 2014. First Trust Strategic Income ETF (Nasdaq:FDIV), listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market® (NASDAQ®).

FDIV seeks a high level of risk-adjusted income and diversification through the use of multiple asset classes, targeted investment strategies and specialized management teams. By tactically blending multiple investment strategies, which includes both fixed-income investments and income-producing equity securities, the Fund may provide a lower risk, total return alternative to focusing solely on one strategy. This approach focuses on providing risk-adjusted income and capital appreciation potential by utilizing the expertise of multiple specialist asset managers in a single investment portfolio. FDIV offers a disciplined and transparent solution for investors seeking income.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), together with four stock exchanges in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – Cambodia, Hanoi, Hochiminh and Laos –, participated in the second GMS exchanges CEOs meeting ‘GMS Focus’. This SET’s hosted meeting serves as a platform for closer collaboration among GMS exchanges.

 A collaboration of five stock exchanges in GMS has continued after successfully organizing the first GMS Focus last year by initiating the GMS exchange’s information centre on SET website www.set.or.th/en/gms_exchanges, an integrated single-window view into the GMS capital market featuring market data that contains each market stock quotation together with regional brokers and exchanges’ information. It is the first key milestone for the cooperation of the GMS exchanges, bringing new investment opportunities to the region. Furthermore, the five exchanges also jointly agree to launch the GMS exchanges’ information centre from each exchange’s website. In addition, factsheet of listed companies in each market will be facilitated on the website, reinforcing the exchanges’ cooperative effort to promote investment opportunity in the region.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced that it has promoted John Pietrowicz to Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer as James E. Parisi, who has held that role since 2004, will retire from the company on December 31.  Pietrowicz, 50, who has been with the company since 2003 and has been serving most recently as Senior Managing Director, Corporate Development & Finance and Deputy CFO, will move into the CFO role effective upon Parisi's resignation.  He will report to CME Group Chief Executive Officer Phupinder Gill.  Parisi, 49, will remain with the organization in his current role through yearend to ensure a smooth transition.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The World Federation of Exchanges Ltd. published its Statistics Market Highlights Report on the first-half year 2014. The main trends for this first six months of the year were: 

·         The value of share trading rose 10% worldwide to 29.7 trillion USD from the second-­‐half of 2013 (+6.8% year on year).

·         The number of trades rose 10% from the second-­half of 2013 (+12% year on year); the average value of trades decreased.

·         A continuing strong performance of equity markets, Global Market Capitalization rose 6% to 68.7 trillion USD from the second-­‐half of 2013 (+21% year on year.)

·         Good performance of IPO markets and investment flows. The number of IPOs fell 11% compared to the second half of 2013 but increased 42% year on year. Total investment flows in USD increased 17% compared to the second-­‐half of 2013(+11% year on year.)

·         Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETD) volumes were stable. The total number of contracts traded decreased 0.2% from the second-­‐half of 2013 (-­‐13% year on year.)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

IOSCO’s Review of the Implementation of IOSCO’s Principles for Financial Benchmarks by Administrators of Libor, Euribor and Tibor was published as part of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) report on Reforming Major Interest Rate Benchmarks. The IOSCO Report assesses the three major interest reference rates against the internationally agreed and endorsed IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks.

The report finds that both completed and on-going reforms have raised the overall oversight, governance, transparency and accountability of the three administrators and their respective benchmarks. This has undoubtedly improved the quality and integrity of the three benchmarks. IOSCO also notes that these reforms have occurred in the context of regulatory, operational and organisational changes concerning all three administrators.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Bank of Canada and certain provincial commissions announced that the TMX Group Limited central counterparties (CCPs) – CDCC, CDS and NGX – can each be considered qualifying central counterparties (QCCPs) pursuant to the standards developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and adopted by OSFI. This status allows certain bank exposures to the CCPs to be subject to lower capital requirements.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, have launched the new LBMA Silver Price mechanism in partnership with the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA). CME Group, Thomson Reuters and LBMA have joined forces to provide the over-the-counter spot silver market with a new  transaction-based price-setting mechanism for the LBMA Silver Price that is IOSCO-compliant and fully electronic. CME Group will provide the electronic auction platform on which the price will be calculated, Thomson Reuters will be responsible for administration and governance and the LBMA will accredit price participants. The new LBMA Silver Price benchmark will be published and distributed by Thomson Reuters and will be available on the LBMA’s website.

 The London Silver Fix, most recently administered by London Silver Fixing Market Limited, which ceased operations as of August 14, was a global benchmark for 117 years. The new price setting mechanism developed by CME Group, Thomson Reuters and LBMA for establishing the over-the-counter spot silver price will ensure continuity for market participants via a transaction-based auction platform. It will continue to be London-based and will offer a fully IOSCO-compliant solution to the London bullion market. Deep industry engagement and broad market support leading up to the launch of this new benchmark should minimise disruptions and enable a seamless transition for the market

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cash-settled USD/RUB FX futures will be launched on the Standardised OTC Derivatives Market on 18 August. The new instrument will allow market participants to hedge against exchange-rate risk. Contracts can be concluded with any expiration date and any underlying asset size. Settlement in cash will reduce costs as no physical delivery is necessary.

 Fifteen banks are now members of the Standardised OTC Derivatives Market: Sberbank, VTB Bank, Deutsche Bank, Bank Credit Suisse (Moscow), Raiffeisenbank, ING Bank (Eurasia), UniCreditBank, Metallinvestbank, OTP Bank, Uralsib, Otkritie Bank, Bank of Khanty-Mansiysk, DIB, IBSP, and Novoye Vremya.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is utilizing The Steel Index (TSI)’s daily coking coal price indices published by Platts, a leading global provider of energy, metals and commodities information, as the settlement basis for its metallurgical coal futures and swaps contracts newly launched.

 The Singapore Exchange’s two new TSI-based contracts are: 

  • SGX TSI Australia Premium Coking Coal Futures and Swaps, reflecting the value of coal used in steel making as free on board (FOB) in East Coast Australian ports

  • SGX TSI China Premium Coking Coal Futures and Swaps, reflecting the value of coal used in steel making as delivered to Jingtang port in China on a cost and freight (CFR) basis.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) wishes to inform investors and the public at large that the Exchange is replacing the SEM-7 Index with a new index, namely, the SEM-10 Index, with effect from Thursday 02 October 2014.

Since the creation of the SEM-7 Index in 1998, the stock market in Mauritius has witnessed a surge in total market capitalization due to the growth in size of the listed companies and the growing number of listings on the Official Market. Some of these newly listed companies have expanded the list of highly capitalized, liquid and frequently traded stocks.

The underlying changes in the market environment since 1998 have underscored the need to re-actualize the SEM-7 Index, to better reflect current market conditions and introduce an Index that tracks the performance of the ten largest eligible stocks of the Official Market, measured in terms of market capitalization, liquidity and ‘investibility’ criteria. The Reserve List of the SEM-10 Index will comprise of five stocks.

On the day of its introduction, Thursday 02 October 2014, the opening level of the SEM-10 Index will be set at the closing level of the SEM-7 index on Wednesday 01 October 2014.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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