Through the economic crisis, while credit markets failed, banks ceased lending and many financial institutions went hat in hand to governments for survival, organized, transparent stock and derivatives exchanges performed well. While the news wasn’t always good, buyers and sellers met in the market, trades were cleared and settled, and price discovery was orderly. May 6 changed that perception, and issuers and the public have lost some confidence in our markets.
Since May 6, 2010, CME Group has engaged in a detailed analysis regarding trading activity in its markets on that day. Our review indicates that our markets functioned properly. We have identified no trading activity that appeared to be erroneous or that caused the break in the cash equity markets during this period.
While many were relieved by the short duration of the flash crash on May 6 and the fact that it didn’t go nearly as far as the crashes of 1987 or 1929, in important respects, it was far worse than either of those. True, the Dow only dropped five and a half percent. But that drop took just five minutes, a speed of decline that exceeds anything in U.S. stock market history. Moreover, the decline in the averages sugarcoats the real carnage, which includes some stocks that went to zero for a few brief moments.
Around the world, financial markets are giving investors a bumpy ride. The sudden swoon of US stocks on May 6 - now referred to as the "flash crash" - was followed, 10 days later, by huge drops in Shanghai and Hong Kong. With continued nervousness about Europe's fiscal situation, civil unrest in Thailand, fears of conflict in Korea, and the unprecedented oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, global markets have been hit with a string of bad news recently.
While the global financial crisis succeeded in drawing attention to sustainable practices in company behaviour and investor decision-making, responsible investing was a fast-growing phenomenon well before September 2008. In South Africa, a confluence of factors is driving companies and investors to focus on long-term goals rather than short-term gains. A primary motivator had been provided by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)’s expansive activity in the area.
During the decade 2000-2009 the largest listed companies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) significantly improved their financial and extra-financial reporting, thereby increasing disclosure of information on environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators. This article outlines the drivers that led to increased ESG disclosure in CEE, presents detailed data on the types of ESG data disclosed and analyzes the trends which developed over the decade.
Although exchanges are still grappling with the consequences of the demutualization process, with innovations in information and communication technologies, and with new demands regarding corporate governance, they adhered to social responsibility standards. Many world exchanges have endorsed sustainable development as foreseen in the Brundtland Report and all its political ramifications.
On May 31, 2010, South Africa established the Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) under the chairmanship of Professor Mervyn King. The founding members of the committee are The Association for Savings and Investment SA, Business Unity South Africa, Institute of Directors SA, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
As we landed at the airport we got a glimpse of things to come. There was an exclusive welcoming reception for the conference participants, with friendly receptionists handing out “Welcome to Hopenhagen” brochures. The event’s host city of Copenhagen would become for the next two weeks “Hopenhagen”, the city of hope where the world would gather in December of 2009 to discuss the future of the planet at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15).
Egypt's stock exchange delists firms in a move to put quality over quantity. The Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX) delisted 14 companies at the start of the year. According to a statement on the EGX’s website, the firms’ shares were transferred to the Over the Counter (OTC) Board (Orders Market) for two weeks starting January 3. This move gave individual investors time to leave the companies before they were transferred to the OTC Market (Deals) two weeks later.