Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) announced the establishment of a framework to support Application Service Providers (ASPs). ASPs play a vital role in HKEx's market ecosystem by providing services to Exchange Participants (EPs) and connecting investors to HKEx’s markets through EPs.
The new framework allows ASPs to contract directly with HKEx Hosting Services to establish an HKEx Service Network (HSN) link to HKEx's trading, clearing and market data systems that can be shared by their EP customers through individual HSN Virtual Ports (HSNVPs). EPs may be able to lower their operating costs and increase their efficiency by having an HSNVP and accessing HKEx products directly through an ASP.
Bahrain Bourse and NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), announced that Bahrain Bourse has gone live with their new trading engine, powered by NASDAQ OMX's X-stream trading platform. The project went live on Monday, July 14, providing Bahrain Bourse with the world's most widely deployed, multi-asset trading platform.
BME and the Bolivian Stock Exchange (BBV) have signed an agreement to upgrade the country’s securities market with the installation of BME’s SIBE-SMART trading platform in the Latin American market. SIBE-SMART, designed and developed by BME, supports the various markets operated by the Group, such as Equities, Derivatives and Fixed Income. With the implementation of SIBE-SMART, the Bolivian exchange will be able to proceed with the technological and functional modernisation of the markets in financial instruments. BME will assist in the roll out and offer maintenance and support services.
Deutsche Börse Market Data + Services and the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a market data cooperation between the two exchanges.
Some key areas on which the exchanges would like to collaborate include the licensing of current market data offerings, increasing distribution channels for real-time data, and new product design and innovation. Deutsche Börse and Philippine Stock Exchange would explore these options under the MoU and expect to develop a concrete plan by the end of Q3 2014.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced that, following approval from the Reserve Bank of India, its Liaison Office in India has commenced operations with Neena Prasad as its Chief Representative. SGX’s office in India will provide information and act as a communication channel to support capital raising by Indian companies in Singapore. Such capital raising can be achieved via listing of stocks, bonds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, business trusts and/or depository receipts. The opening of SGX's India Office will also strengthen its partnership with the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE). The strategic partnership began in 2000 when the two exchanges collaborated to develop the international futures market. In 2007, SGX took a 5% minority investment in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
CME Group announced that they have entered into definitive agreements to create value for their respective stockholder through a two-step transaction through which CME Group will acquire Trayport and FENICS. This transaction, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of GFI Group upon unanimous recommendation of a Special Committee comprised solely of independent and disinterested directors, and by the Board of Directors of CME Group, is expected to create significant stockholder value for both GFI Group and CME Group stockholders and to qualify as tax-free exchanges of equity for both groups. The transaction is subject to the approval of the stockholders of GFI Group as well as customary regulatory review and approvals. It is expected that the transaction will close in early 2015.
The WFE Sustainability Working Group (SWG), which includes representatives from 19 WFE member exchanges from around the world, convenes regularly to discuss material concerns and share best practices related to sustainability. The group works under the auspices (and with the assistance) of the WFE, focusing on the needs of the exchange business. It is an internal discussion group, not a forum for the debate of investor proposals, reporting frameworks, or the work of NGOs and other advocates. Although the SWG is keenly aware of these dynamics, it will not engage, endorse, or promote any outside group or agency during the course of its work.
Instead, the SWG investigates the material need (if any) for exchanges to seek, standardize, and/or publish environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) data. Through careful analysis of existing data forms and reporting frameworks, group members seek to understand the real impacts, both positive and negative, on our business. Furthermore, the SWG will reflect upon the role of exchanges in the formation and sustenance of a fair, open, and transparent economy—and the proper leverage that exchanges may exert in promoting more sustainable business models.
We hope our work proves productive and enlightening enough to be offered to the general membership of the WFE for consideration in due course.
Evan Harvey, Chairman
Corli le Roux, Vice Chair
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has published its latest sustainability reporting guidelines-G4 in 2013 for diverse organizations to disclose their sustainability issues among economic, environmental and social aspects.
Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE), the leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses, announced today that Liffe reached a daily volume record of 205,570 contracts in MSCI World Net Total Return (NTR) Euro Index futures on June 11, 2014. The previous record of 197,264 contracts was set on March 14, 2014.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is consulting the public on its proposed regulatory framework for secondary listed companies on the exchange.