On November 3, SIX Swiss Exchange will launch the Sponsored Foreign Shares trading segment in which international blue chip equities can be traded. Renell Wertpapierhandelsbank AG and ICF BANK AG Wertpapierhandelsbank will act as the first sponsors and thus as market makers.

The Sponsored Foreign Shares trading segment on SIX Swiss Exchange will allow for more than 500 equities from 27 different countries to be traded. The broadly diversified clientele of SIX Swiss Exchange will thus have the opportunity to trade equities of the most important firms from the US, Germany, France, Japan and other countries directly on the Swiss stock exchange and in Swiss francs. The first two sponsors are Renell Wertpapierhandelsbank AG and ICF BANK AG Wertpapierhandelsbank.

The two sponsors can request approval from SIX Exchange Regulation for the trading of foreign equities with a primary listing on a recognized foreign stock exchange. At the same time, the sponsors undertake to comply with the reporting and maintenance requirements and to guarantee market making activities during the SIX Swiss Exchange trading hours. The admission of the securities takes place without issuer involvement and no obligations arise for them.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From 3 November, Yandex ordinary shares (YNDX) will be added to the Equity Market Making program, having been admitted to trading with partial collateral from 13 October.
The premium rate paid to market makers for entering quotes doubling to 1.5 bps from 3 November. The target of changes is to stimulate liquidity in the most liquid shares, including those for which the tick size methodology was changed from 1 October.
The Market Making program was developed, and is now being improved, with the active involvement of investors. Participation is open to any market participant.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

After 17 years on the Executive Board of Deutsche Börse AG, almost ten of which as CEO, Reto Francioni will hand over his post to his designated successor, Carsten Kengeter, after Deutsche Börse AG’s Annual General Meeting on 13 May 2015. Reto Francioni will turn 60 in August 2015. Over the past months the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Joachim Faber, and the respective Supervisory Board committees have identified an suitable successor in an extensive process and with the accompanying support of the CEO, Reto Francioni. Carsten Kengeter, who will already join as a member of the Executive Board in April 2015 at the latest, will take over the position of CEO effective 1 June 2015 after the Annual General Meeting 2015. The current Deputy CEO, Andreas Preuss, will extend his mandate until 31 May 2018. The relevant decisions were taken by the Supervisory Board in its meeting today.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced it has expanded its centrally cleared, over-the-counter (OTC) agricultural swap offering with the introduction of a new U.S. dollar (USD)-denominated Malaysian Palm Olein Calendar Swap.  Pending CFTC review, the new USD Malaysian Palm Olein Calendar Swap will be available for clearing on CME ClearPort on 3 November 2014, and will be listed with and subject to the rules and regulations of CME.

Settlement of the CME Group USD Malaysian Palm Olein Calendar Swap is based on prices from Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters produces a daily reference price for the palm oil complex

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), HKEx Group companies the London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited, China Merchants Group Limited (CMG) and China Merchants Securities Co. Limited (CMS), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 22 October 2014 for a strategic alliance in product development and related services for market users.

The signing ceremony was held in London in the presence of HKEx Co-Head of Global Markets Romnesh Lamba; LME Chairman Sir Brian Bender; Dr Yu Liming, Executive Vice President of CMG; Charles Feng, General Manager of the Business Development Department of CMG, CMS Chairman Gong Shaolin; and CMS CEO Wang Yan. Other senior representatives from HKEx Group and CMG companies also participated in the ceremony. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In a move that will affect a large swathe of companies in Singapore and Southeast Asia, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will be making it mandatory for all listed companies to publish sustainability reports. Giving the keynote address at the annual International Singapore Compact CSR Summit on Friday, SGX chief executive Magnus Bocker said the exchange is embarking on a one year study to determine what guidelines should be adopted for these reports. He noted that since SGX launched voluntary guidelines for sustainability reporting in 2011, take-up by companies has been slow “We will take a leading role… and we will make it the rule”, Bocker announced. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The African Stock Exchange (AFSX) plans to use the technology and support services of Deutsche Börse's Xetra trading venue. The AFSX is a start-up based in Mauritius with the objective of offering securities trading for the whole of Africa. Xetra trading participants will have easier access to the African financial markets in future through the Deutsche Börse infrastructure. Moreover, market participants in Africa will have technical access to a large pan-European trader network. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The London Metal Exchange (LME)  announces its appointment by the London Platinum and Palladium Fixing Company Limited (LPPFCL) to be the new provider of London Platinum and Palladium Prices.

The LME’s custom-built electronic solution, LMEbullion, will provide a pricing methodology that fully meets the administrative and regulatory needs of market participants including the IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks. LMEbullion is already at an advanced stage of development and will be ready in advance of the anticipated go-live of 1 December 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) announced that trading volume during the week of October 6 through 10 -- both exchange-wide at CFE and for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX® Index) -- set new records for a one-week period.

Total exchange-wide volume at CFE from October 6 through 10 totaled 1,664,651 contracts, topping the previous record of 1,506,331 contracts traded during the week of August 4 through 8.  For VIX futures, volume last week totaled 1,661,153 contracts, surpassing the previous record of 1,504,866 contracts traded during the week of August 4 through 8

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Nasdaq Educational Foundation announced the establishment of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located at 505 Howard Street in San Francisco's South Financial District. The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center – slated to open in 2015 – will be a non-profit organization, funded through a grant from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation. The Center is designed to convene, connect and engage aspiring and current entrepreneurs, while also serving the community of the greater Bay Area through events, education and mentor programming

Tuesday, October 14, 2014