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CFFEX and Deutsche Börese signe Co- Operation Agreement

Deutsche Börse and China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Beijing. The parties agreed on a co-operation and an extensive exchange of information in order to facilitate the further development of both financial markets.

In accordance with the MoU, the two exchange organizations are to start a comprehensive sharing of knowledge and information on business areas and regulatory developments. Further elements of the co-operation agreement include joint training and education initiatives, as well as an employee exchange program and regular visits from each exchange’s senior management.

“We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with CFFEX and look forward to deepening our relationship with leading institutions and authorities of China’s financial markets,” said Andreas Preuss, Deputy CEO Deutsche Börse and CEO of Eurex, the derivatives arm of Deutsche Börse.

Source: MondoVisione, 17.05.2012

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Brazil: TRADING SCREEN launches OMS, THOMSON REUTERS offers Elektron Hosting

TradingScreen Inc. launches TradePlus, its order management system (OMS) for the sell side in Brazil.

TradePlus, which will be available globally later this month, integrates all trading infrastructure required by broker dealers through a no-install Software-as-a-Service model.

TradingScreen’s TradePlus clients will benefit from an exchange co-located in a local datacenter and an office in Brazil, which ensures low-latency and the industry leading follow-the-sun support that TradingScreen is known for. TradePlus has seamless integration into the world’s leading execution management system (EMS) for the buy side, TradingScreen’s TradeSmart, ensuring a new level of communication between brokers and their clients.

“Sell-side firms looking to buy an OMS face significant challenges when trying to find a system that will integrate with their buy-side customers,” said TradingScreen CEO Philippe Buhannic. “TradingScreen’s TradePlus provides a significant advantage, because there is integration between both sides right out of the box.”

TradePlus covers the entire workflow from liquidity management, order management, book passing, warehousing, sophisticated trading tools, an algo development environment, allocation management and supports a full integration to local back office and middle office systems while leveraging the TradeNet network distribution capability.

“TradePlus offers an innovative set of hosted exchange links and risk and compliance features that insure a new level of control in a high-volume trading environment. TradePlus also provides a highly sophisticated and efficient method for trading the Brazilian equity and listed derivatives markets, while allowing brokers to give their clients the best EMS in the market,” said Jose Barrera, Director of TradingScreen’s Sao Paulo office. “TradingScreen has the largest number of deployed EMS screens globally, and a deep understanding of the market in Brazil. With this foundation beneath it, TradePlus is the right product at the right place and the right time.”

Thomson Reuters launches  Elektron hosting and managed services in Brazil.

The new service, situated in close proximity to the BM&F BOVESPA exchange, will provide trading firms with cost effective, low latency access to the real-time data required to fuel algorithmic and high-frequency trading strategies in Brazil.

Based in São Paulo, the new Elektron data solution delivers high speed connectivity to BM&F BOVESPA for market participants seeking local liquidity in Brazil, including full depth of market pricing along with US-traded American Depository Receipts (ADRs) and CME futures data. By accessing the Elektron services, either through cross-connecting applications within the data centre or externally through a choice of connectivity options, local firms can consume both low latency local market content as well as global, cross-asset real-time data from over 350 electronic venues and hundreds of OTC market contributors and reference data sources.

Investor interest in the fast-growing Brazilian market has increased rapidly in recent years, driving market liquidity and seeing an expanding number of domestic and international firms adopting algorithmic trading. Elektron Hosting and Managed Services provides the comprehensive, high-quality, real-time data and high-performance delivery required to support these trading strategies and help customers gain competitive advantage.

Mike Powell, managing director, Elektron Hosting and Managed Services, Thomson Reuters, said: “The launch of Elektron in Brazil is a natural extension of our established business in the country and supports our customers’ evolving requirements. With Elektron, we continue to bring together global market participants and deliver world-class content that further empowers these communities. We are delighted to be working with BM&F BOVESPA in Brazil to address the requirements of our collective clients for high-performance, cost-efficient data solutions.”

MondoVisione, 24.04.2012

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Innovations in Accessing Asia: Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products.

Institutional investors seeking exposure to emerging Asian equity markets face challenges in accessing many of the region’s closed markets and are turning to exchange-traded derivatives markets, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) instruments that can provide the exposure they need, says TABB Group in new research published today, “Innovations in Accessing Asia: Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products.

Investment managers are active users of OTC equity derivatives, including contracts for differences (CFDs), equity swaps, participation notes and other structured products, says Andy Nybo, a TABB principal, head of derivatives research and the report’s author. “However, global regulatory efforts to reduce concentration of counterparty risk have driven investment managers to explore alternatives for exposure, leading them to centrally-cleared, exchange-traded products that can lower overall levels of risk.”

According to TABB, as the appeal of developed markets waned in recent years, investors began examining new markets, searching for investment opportunities offering higher alpha and greater returns, especially emerging markets in Asia. Hedge funds are focusing their attention on the APAC markets, with 33% of US and European funds targeting the region for new investments. However, Nybo explains, direct investment in the emerging equity markets of Asia has been hindered by low market capitalization, restrictive regulatory environments and capital constraints that prohibit direct access to cash markets.

“Asia’s relatively stable political and regulatory environment has done well to attract investor interest,” Nybo says, “but some of the region’s regulators seem to use regulation as a policy tool in an attempt to control market fluctuations.” He adds that markets with heavy-handed regulatory authorities face a backlash from investors seeking opportunities and provide an opening for regional exchanges to launch products designed to meet investor demand for exposure to more closed markets.

“Pent-up demand from investors will contribute to innovation and new product launches by these emerging Asian exchanges to capture investment flows from both international investors and Asian-domiciled hedge funds,” he adds. “Many of the region’s regulators are very keen to promote greater participation in the financial markets. They are eager to attract strong capital flows from investors all over the world.”

The 33-page report with 24 exhibits is available for download by TABB Research Alliance Derivatives clients and pre-qualified media at https://www.tabbgroup.com/Login.aspx. For an executive summary or to purchase the report, visit http://www.tabbgroup.com or write to info@tabbgroup.com.

Other recent TABB derivatives research includes: Accelerated Expirations: The Growing Relevance of Short-term Options; US Options Trading 2011: Finding the Other Side of the Trade; Feeding the Options Beast: Big Data in the US Options Space; EU Equity Options Market Structure: Opening The Door To High Frequency Flow; VIX Trading: The Structure of Uncertainty; and TABB Group Options LiquidityMatrix.

Innovations in Accessing Asia:Listed Equity Derivatives and Delta One Products – Executive Summary

Source: MondoVisione, Tabb Group, 15.03.2012

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Singapore: SGX introduces Investor Education Portal

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is introducing the ‘My Gateway’ portal to meet increasing investor interest for more investment knowledge and education.

Located at www.sgx.com/mygateway, the portal provides one-stop shop access to market updates, video clips on investment products, information on seminars or courses which investors can sign up for, and tools like investment or profit and loss calculators.

The portal launch comes amid increasing interest among individuals in investment information and education. In 2011, over 7,800 participants attended the more than 150 investor education activities organised by SGX Academy. In the second half of 2011, participation at investment seminars and professional courses grew 31% and 83% respectively from the first half of the year.

“We recognize that investors are hungry for information on investments and are looking for flexibility in learning. We therefore want to encourage investors to take advantage of the newly launched portal on SGX website to learn about investing at their own time and pace,” said Mr Chew Sutat, SGX Executive Vice President, who oversees the Academy.

“The high participation rate in these education activities reflects a strong desire by investors to be proactive in their investments. We believe the new portal will complement this desire and cater to the continuing education needs of investors,” said Mr Chew.

“Investors should take responsibility of their investments. They should commit to equip themselves with the right knowledge to know – firstly, their risk appetites; secondly, the available products and finally, what investment strategies to adopt. I am encouraged that SGX has launched this self-help portal for investors,” said Mr David Gerald, President of Securities Investors Association (Singapore).

More information on SGX Academy seminars and courses can be found at www.sgx.com/academy.

Source: MondoVisione, 10.01.2012

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Brazil and HK bourses soar in global rankings

Two of the biggest bourses in Asia and Latin America have for the first time overtaken rivals in New York and London by market capitalisation in a sign of how the economic crisis and tough competition in mature markets is reshaping the global exchange landscape.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) and Brazil’s BM&F Bovespa have vaulted ahead of NYSE Euronext, Nasdaq OMX and the London Stock Exchange in the value of shares in the exchange companies themselves.

HKEx is now the world’s second-largest exchange by market value, behind CME Group, the largest US futures exchange. BM&F Bovespa is in fourth place, after Deutsche Börse, the German exchange. The LSE has slipped to 10th place.

The recent stock market rally has boosted volumes at most exchanges. The monthly FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index, released Monday, shows the the market value of listed exchanges rose by 27 per cent last month. That built on the previous two months’ rallies.

Herbie Skeete, managing director of Mondo Visione, said: “Shares of listed exchanges are up across the board from their lows of 2008. Derivatives markets are leading the pack, in part on hopes that US and European regulators plan to regulate over-the-counter derivatives, which could help exchanges.”

But the benefits of renewed market confidence have been felt less at the more established exchanges of New York and London. They face stiff competition from alternative trading platforms such as BATS and Direct Edge in the US and Chi-X and Turquoise in Europe.

The Brazilian and Hong Kong exchanges also benefit from ownership of their own houses for clearing trades, which generates added revenues. NYSE Euronext does not own a clearer. Nasdaq OMX will soon launch US equities clearing. The LSE owns an Italian clearing house but its contribution to group revenues is modest.

BM&F Bovespa has been closing down its trading pits and expanding into electronic trading to make it easier for overseas traders to access the exchange. Next month, the Brazilian bourse opens a London office. BM&F sh

Trading volume on HKEx has surged in recent months on the back of strong inflows from investors shifting to equities as they seek higher returns. HKEx shares have risen nearly 70 per cent since the start of the year.

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Exchanges Rally To 2009 High On Hopes Of Increased Regulation – FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index Up By 27 Per Cent In May 2009

The value of listed exchanges rose by 27 per cent in May 2009, building on the previous two months’ rallies and again demonstrating further evidence of confidence returning to the industry.

Closing at 22187.70 on 29 May 2009, the Mondo Visione Exchanges Index, which aims to reflect market sentiment and is a key indicator of exchanges performance, has climbed back to a level not seen since early October 2008. Year to date, the index has increased by 40.6 per cent.

Last month, 17 of the 18 listed exchanges on the Mondo Visione Exchanges Index saw their values raised.

Herbie Skeete, Managing Director, Mondo Visione and also Co-founder of the Index said:

“Shares of listed exchanges are up across the board from their lows of 2008. Derivatives markets are leading the pack, in-part on hopes that the US and European regulators plan to regulate over-the-counter derivatives, which could help exchanges and hurt the dealers who have fought hard to keep their opaque market private.

These changes in regulation should help fuel growth for exchange operators, particularly those who have the capacity to provide clearing services.

But there is one potential problem looming for the integrated exchanges and the derivative exchanges in particular, and this is the threat by regulators to force separation of clearing from trading. At the moment the threat is a small cloud on the horizon – it may blow away or it may turn into a serious storm.”

The FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index best performer by capital returns in US dollars was CME Group with a 45.3 per cent increase in share price from 30 April 2009 to 29 May 2009.

The FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index worst performer by capital returns in US dollars was Johannesburg Stock Exchange a 0.2 per cent decrease in share price from 30 April 2009 to 29 May 2009.

Download: May 2009 – FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges Index Report

Source: MondoVisione, 15.06.2009

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