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Latin America: Investor News Letter 18 January 2013

Mexico
Mexican Peso Slides on Carstens Hint at Interest-Rate ReductionMexico’s peso fell the most in four weeks after central bankers signaled that a further slowdown in inflation could prompt them to lower interest rates.
Nieto seeks to open Mexican energy sector
Los Tres Amigos: Positioning Your Portfolio In Mexican Peso Denominated Deb
Most U.S. funds missed Mexico gains, Brazil drop in 2012
Japanese investments in Mexico steady
Region completes work on international infrastructure project with Mexico

Brazil
Brazil’s Real Declines on Inflow Concern; Swap Rates Climb
Brazil: Daylight piracy
“SQUEEGEE merchants of the seas”: that is the nickname shipping companies have bestowed on the pilots who guide ships into Brazilian ports. Their legal monopoly and unregulated fees place them among the country’s highest earners: 150,000 reais ($73,500) a month, estimates the shipowners’ association. It costs twice the OECD average to import a container to Brazil, says the World Bank—and since that excludes bribes and fees for go-betweens, the true figure is surely greater.
Brazil Seeks Private Partners to Operate Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte Airports
Brazil announces regional airport infrastructure investment plans
Brazil aviation faces turbulence after rapid ascent
Brazil ports starved of investment, buried in red tape-group
Guyana, Brazil sign on to infrastructure plan
Brazilian municipality of São Bernardo do Campo to improve sustainable urban mobility with loan from IDB

Latin America
Argentina: Tax & Estate Planning
Argentina rapidly changing oil/gas industry levies to attract foreign investment
Bolivia takes over Spanish-owned Iberdrola energy suppliers
Colombia: ANI to launch four new public infrastructure concessions valued at US$1.95bn
Colombian Peso Advances on Foreign Investment Outlook
Chile: First Solar Stakes Claim in Latin America
Peru’s investment opportunities attracts Qatar’s firms Peru: Infrastructure gap put at $88bn
Peru-based AFPs invest over US$3.5bln in infrastructure
Cement Industry Figures In Peru: Btg Pactual Begins Coverage Of Cpac With A Buy Recommendation
Peru to invest over US$701mln in access infrastructure projects
Peru: Ezentis shifts focus to Latin America, helped by $64M Telefónica Peru contract
Peruvian entrepreneurs expect investment to continue growing in 2013
Venezuela: What Hugo Chavez’s Illness Means for Venezuelan Mining

Latin America and Caribbean PhotoVoltaic Demand Growing 45% Annually Out To 2017 
Latin American ports record strong performance in 2012
South America: A Powerhouse, Not a Circus
10 Latin American startups to look out for in 2013

Filed under: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Energy & Environment, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, News, Peru, Risk Management, Venezuela, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nyse Technologies expands SFTI network in Asia

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology division of Nyse Euronext, today announced the continuing expansion of its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) in Asia with the introduction of two access centres located in Hong Kong.

Customers now, for the first time, have direct access to the SFTI network, allowing them to connect from Hong Kong to services offered by NYSE Technologies through SFTI, including access to Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx), all major international trading venues, market data solutions, plus the NYSE Euronext capital markets community.

As part of the expansion of the SFTI network to include Hong Kong, NYSE has also extended SFTI to the new HKEx Data Centre colocation facility, giving customers there access to all the services available on SFTI through a simple cross connect to their colo racks. NYSE Technologies also plans to expand SFTI in the region to connect other markets like Australia and Korea.

NYSE Technologies’ Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure provides access to a comprehensive range of capital markets products through a single point of access and offers low-latency trading access to the NYSE Liffe and NYSE Euronext markets. SFTI Asia is the most recent extension of the global backbone, enabling Asian firms to receive market data and trade on multiple markets. Designed to be the industry’s most secure and resilient network, SFTI is specifically built for electronic trading and market data traffic thus enabling firms to reduce their time-to-market, improve their performance and significantly lower the cost of their trading infrastructure. Furthermore, the global backbone allows customers to connect to their trading infrastructure distributed in financial centres around the world using a SFTI connection on the other side of the world.

“The addition of these important access centres in Hong Kong is a further step in the expansion of NYSE Technologies’ footprint and reach of the SFTI Asia network and adds to our established presence in Singapore and Tokyo.” Daniel Burgin, Head of Asia Pacific, NYSE Technologies, commented. “Offering multiple access centres in the Asia Pacific region allows them to use SFTI Asia to connect to regional and global exchanges and markets in a cost effective way through a single connection at each of the client’s locations around the region. This eliminates the overheads and costs associated with maintaining separate network connections in each location to multiple trading venues.”

Source: NYSE Technology 06.12.2012

Filed under: Australia, China, Data Management, Data Vendor, Exchanges, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Market Data, News, Singapore, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Latin America: Investors Newsletter 19 August 2012

Mexico

Diageo May Buy Jose Cuervo for $3 Billion, Sunday Times Reports
Mexico Ousts Brazil as Investors’ Top Choice in Latin America
Santander Bank’s Mexican unit files for U.S. IPO

Brazil

Overpriced Brazil to Be Profitable for Latam

Latin America and Asia

LatAm and Asia form bright spots for CitiIndia seeks to deepen trade ties with LatAm, Caribbean nationsChina to boost ties with Latin AmericaSpanish Companies Need Latin America For Economic ExpansionNo substitute for domestic strength in Latin AmericaIndia’s trade with Latin America may touch $50 billion by 2014

See also LIQ Latin America Infrastructure ALI Alternative Latin Investor  or MercoPress more information about Latin America.

Filed under: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, News, Peru, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Japan:ICAP extends data partnership with QUICK

Tokyo; London – 5 March 2012  ICAP, the world’s leading interdealer broker, announces today that it has extended its long-established distribution partnership with Japan’s QUICK Corp. (QUICK), one of the leading suppliers of real-time financial information.  The new three-year agreement will continue the provision of ICAP’s data products and services to QUICK customers in Japan and internationally via QUICK’s ActiveManager and Astra product series.

ICAP Information Services is responsible for the collection, storage, packaging and delivery of data, sourced from ICAP’s award-winning global interdealer trading platforms. ICAP works with market participants and market data distributors to provide key real-time, snapshot, end-of-day and historical data to financial institutions and corporations.

ICAP data provides unique market insight to customers seeking to apply authoritative transactional data to a range of business activities. ICAP real-time data offerings cover an extensive range of asset classes and instruments, including Interest Rates, FX and Fixed Income products.

Damien Fitzpatrick, Head of Asia Information Sales ICAP said, ‘The renewal of this agreement underscores the strength of our longstanding relationship with QUICK and our continued commitment to providing critical financial information to the Japanese market.  We are delighted to extend our contract with QUICK, under which we will continue to supply critical OTC market data.’

Gakuji Takahashi, Executive General Manager of QUICK said, “QUICK is pleased to renew our contract with ICAP Information Services and continue our long standing and very active business partnership. ICAP’s data services are pivotal to our customer base when making trading decisions in the OTC markets. This agreement with ICAP will enable us to continue to provide our customers with authoritative market data across Japan and worldwide.  Cooperating with ICAP, QUICK works positively to meet the clients’ high expectations.”

Source: Bobsguide, 05.03.2012

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Bloomberg boosts network speed and efficiency in Asia

Bloomberg L.P., financial data, news and analytics provider, has extended availability of its enterprise data services in markets throughout Asia. An efficient network of data centers across the region enables the delivery of reliable collocation, connectivity and infrastructure services along with reduced latency in data distribution.

The expansion of low-latency services throughout Asia includes Equinix Inc.‘s Hong Kong and Sydney-based International Business Exchange (IBXÒ) data centers, further strengthening the existing Bloomberg deployments in New York, Chicago, Slough and Frankfurt. Current and prospective customers located inside these Equinix IBX data centers can now directly connect to Bloomberg’s real time data, B-Pipe and Event Driven Trading feeds.

The coordinated service delivery also benefits customers of Bloomberg’s agency broker, Bloomberg Tradebook, in New York, London and Hong Kong.

“Together, Equinix and Bloomberg address a market need for secure and reliable connectivity to multiple partners simultaneously,” said John Knuff, general manager, global financial services at Equinix. “The expansion of services into Asia enables Bloomberg customers to leverage our global footprint of data centers. And Bloomberg’s presence across these markets adds further value to the global financial ecosystem inside Equinix.”

Source: NetworkAsia,02.03.2012

Filed under: Asia, Australia, Data Vendor, Hong Kong, Japan, Market Data, Singapore, , , , , ,

Hong Kong and Singapore as Asia´s Financial Gateways

Celent predicts a paradigm shift around access to Asia. There is likely to be two gateways, providing access to different Asian regions, with Singapore emerging as the preferred gateway to Southeast Asia and Hong Kong becoming the gateway to Mainland China.

In a new report, the third of a series looking at the financial markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, Celent aims to provide a comparative analysis of Asia’s two main financial gateways, focusing particularly on derivatives. Asia’s Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong and Singapore as Financial Gateways begins by noting that Western governments have emerged from the financial crisis in a weakened state, with economic prosperity blunted by high unemployment and an emerging debt crisis. The question is no longer when or if we need to enter the Asian markets, but how to best think about the issues of accessibility, entering the market, developing products, and forming strategic partnerships. The fundamental question that needs to be asked now is: “Where do we go from here, Hong Kong or Singapore?”

Although the HKEx and SGX may not be the biggest derivatives players in Asia-Pacific, they tend to be the most accessible for segments located outside the region. Taking advantage of their geographic location, political climate, and internal strengths, these city-states are poised to become hubs for trading of Asia’s regional products while also being easily accessed by US traders via retail trading accounts.

There are several factors that are likely to continue to drive growth in the derivatives market. These include:

• A relatively muted response to regulating over-the-counter markets as compared with the US and Europe. The type of products that led to the financial crisis in the West are not widely established throughout Asia, and as a result, the regulatory structure governing OTC markets are unlikely to change significantly.

• Continued desire to manage foreign exchange risk.

• Continued enhancement of processes of structuring derivatives risk management policies.

“We are seeing changes in relation to access to Asia. Hong Kong is no longer destined to become the sole hub to Southeast Asia,” says Alexander Camargo, Analyst and coauthor of the report. “Inherent strengths in Singapore are making it an extremely attractive financial gateway. Both English and Chinese are frequently spoken in Singapore, making it an ideal cross-roads for East and West. Furthermore, Singapore is viewed by most Asian countries as a neutral party and less politically tied to China than Hong Kong. This is likely to entice Indian investors and even Japanese and Korean investors to Singapore’s shores.”

However, this does not mean that Hong Kong will recede as a major financial center in Asia. Hong Kong residents are often fluent in both English and Chinese; contract laws are strong; and there remain strong historical ties to the West. As a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has stronger political ties to China. Hong Kong has also been busy integrating its financial markets with mainland China. These factors make it likely that Hong Kong will become a key gateway to mainland China.

This report begins with an overview of each country’s financial infrastructure and regulations, providing an introduction to the countries’ various demand market segments, followed by a look at the main exchanges, HKEx and SGX. A summary of HKEx and SGX focuses on derivatives trading, providing a brief description of products offered, market access, alliances, and clearing on the exchanges. The report then looks at each country’s fixed income markets, OTC derivatives, and FX markets. It concludes with a discussion of market supremacy and also the countries’ ongoing efforts to improve market structure and access.

Source: Bobsguide, 10.02.2012

Filed under: Asia, China, Exchanges, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

NYSE Technologies opens Tokyo liquidity centre

Nyse Technologies, the commercial technology division of Nyse Euronext, today announced the opening of its latest Liquidity Center installation located in Tokyo, Japan.

With growth in Asian markets outpacing many others in the world, the NYSE Technologies Tokyo Liquidity Center offers customers the ability to access these markets with unparalleled speed and reliability with minimal infrastructure costs and a dramatically decreased time to market of only a few weeks to begin trading.

As a result of several recently deployed trading platforms and enhanced data feeds, Tokyo markets have experienced increased trading activity and a consolidation of liquidity from a robust community of traders and vendors, many of which are already members of the Metabit network acquired by NYSE Technologies in September 2011. Through the Liquidity Center’s low-cost, high performance product suite, customers can access key Asian markets, market information and other essential electronic trading infrastructure services utilizing NYSE Technologies’ SFTI network and other familiar infrastructure services, including the Capital Markets Community Platform. The Tokyo Liquidity Center joins existing facilities in the U.S. and London with additional centers launching in Toronto and Brazil in the coming months.

“In working with our customers to identify their primary trading needs and opportunities, we found that Tokyo and the surrounding Asian markets were a very high priority,” said Stanley Young, CEO, NYSE Technologies. “Our Tokyo Liquidity Center addresses those needs with a powerful blend of proven, familiar NYSE Technologies services with seamless connections to all major Tokyo markets. With little to no hardware investment or complicated maintenance, we can have customers connected in just a few weeks as compared to the challenging expense and arduous process of designing, building and maintaining a similar infrastructure themselves.”

The NYSE Technologies Tokyo Liquidity Center was built to facilitate seamless access to key markets and market information in Asia, including the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s new Tdex+ system and arrowne arrownetTM network. Offering a fully managed, broker neutral trading infrastructure solution that utilizes the technology expertise and customer network recently acquired in the Metabit transaction, the liquidity centers also feature many of the same components customers already use to access NYSE Euronext’s global exchanges. Each installation will feature a turn-key portfolio of trading products that include full-featured connectivity, market data, order transmission and risk management services with world-class customer support.

About the Liquidity Center Network
The NYSE Technologies Liquidity Center Network was created to provide a base set of trading, data and connectivity applications that enable traders to quickly and easily enter key global markets that may have been prohibitively difficult or expensive to access in the past. Customers will benefit from reliable, cost effective low-latency solutions for trading and market data services. Strategically located around the world, these facilities will offer many of NYSE Technologies core services, including Metabit MLH which provides low latency, risk-managed access to markets; SuperFeed™, an industrial strength, high-performance market data ticker plant and distribution system; and Marketplace™, one of the largest and most diverse FIX-based trading communities with more than 1,200 market participants.

Source, Finextra, 15.12.2011

Filed under: FIX Connectivity, Japan, Trading Technology, , , , , , , , ,

NYSE Technologies extends CameronTec FIX enginee relationship in Asia Infrastructure

 CameronTec, the global financial industry’s long-standing provider of FIX infrastructure and connectivity solutions and wholly owned subsidiary of Orc Group (SSE: ORC), today announced an agreement with NYSE Technologies to continue providing the CameronFIX and Catalys technologies for its Asian operations.  Signed in August, the agreement also covers reseller rights for CameronTec products in Japan and is based on CameronTec’s licensing subscription model.

NYSE Technologies recently acquired Metabit, the Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products that includes a trading community of more than 140 trading firms throughout Japan and Asia.  Continuing the existing relationship between Metabit and CameronTec, CameronFIX has powered many of Metabit’s valued market assets and solutions since 2002.

“Japan and Asia are key priorities for NYSE Technologies and our global customers.  Our products are built in Asia for the local market and CameronFIX has been an important part of that strategic offering since 2002,” said Daniel Bürgin, Head of Asia Pacific, NYSE Technologies. “As a new product line within NYSE Technologies, Metabit will continue to work with CameronTec to provide high performance connectivity to Japan’s exchanges while offering local market participants access to and support for Cameron’s suite of solutions.”

“We are especially pleased to be working alongside NYSE Technologies to continue to deliver FIX technology as part of the Metabit product suite and have them support our products throughout such a critical market as Japan,” says Anders Henriksson, CEO, CameronTec. “CameronTec is continuously working to improve the standard in FIX infrastructure and to provide our markets with cutting edge innovation for which we are renowned. These developments are a further demonstration that CameronTec continues to lead the industry in FIX innovation.”

At the core of CameronTec technology is a unique understanding of the FIX world that comes from a concentration of the world’s largest FIX deployments. With a host of industry-firsts, Catalys and CameronFIX technology provide unprecedented levels of flexibility and innovation that firms need to sustainably differentiate in today’s markets.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 07.12.2011

Filed under: Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, , , , , , , , , , ,

Japan: Tokyo and Osaka exchanges to merge into world’s 2nd largest exchange

Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc. and Osaka Securities Exchange Co. decided Tuesday to merge on Jan. 1, 2013, to create the world’s second-largest bourse, amid consolidation moves among international rivals, they said.

The total market capitalization of companies listed on the two bourses stood at $3.67 trillion, or 280 trillion yen, at the end of September, placing them only behind the New York Stock Exchange.

The two bourses will merge into a holding company, tentatively named Japan Exchange Group Inc.

TSE President Atsushi Saito will become chief executive officer of the holding company and OSE President Michio Yoneda will be its chief operating officer, they said.

“We are confident that this merger will be the cornerstone in reviving Japan’s economy,” Saito said at a joint press conference held in Tokyo.

In the run-up to the merger, privately held TSE will buy OSE shares for 480,000 yen per share through a public tender offer to acquire a 66.6 percent stake in OSE by next summer.

OSE, a publicly traded company, will be the surviving company in the merger at a ratio valuing TSE at around 1.7 times OSE.

The resulting company will be listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and run four subsidiaries for stock trading, derivatives trading, clearing services and regulatory operations, according to the bourses.

The merger decision comes amid an international reconfiguration of stock exchanges. NYSE Euronext, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, has agreed to merge with Deutsche Boerse AG by the end of this year.

It also comes as the Tokyo and Osaka bourses are engaged in fierce competition with global rivals such as the bourses in China and South Korea.

“Unless we increase (market) liquidity, there will be companies that will head to overseas bourses,” Saito said, adding, “More than just preventing such moves, we intend to attract them.”

The combination of the TSE with its focus on actual shares and the OSE on derivatives will result in “great synergy” with the ability to provide a variety of financial products, cut costs for running systems and enhance global competitiveness, the two bourse operators said.

While the initial news of the bourses’ intention to merge broke in March, nine months elapsed before the two sides formalized an agreement on Tuesday.

On the length of time they required, Yoneda said, “We have a history of operating separately for 133 years, and there was also the difference of being listed and unlisted, but we’ve cleared each step one by one and now we’re at a starting point,” adding they want to speed up the process from now.

The announcement was generally well received by analysts and other key figures in Japan.

“A bourse with a good balance between cash equities and derivatives would emerge,” said Sadakazu Osaki of Nomura Research Institute, calling it a starting point to compete with other Asian and European bourses.

“Listed companies and investors may not see the merits immediately, but in the long run, it would help avoid the risk of bourses stagnating in Japan,” he said.  Meanwhile, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said the government “welcomes” the planned merger.

“It’s an important challenge for our country’s financial market to try to strengthen its competitiveness through the enhancement of its presence as an international financial center,” he said at a press conference.

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NYSE Euronext Completes Acquisition of Metabit

NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced September 2 the completion of its acquisition of Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products with a trading community of more than 140 trading firms throughout Japan and Asia. As announced previously on Aug. 1, 2011, Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio (further enhancing service to the Asia-Pacific region). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Daniel Bürgin, formerly CEO of Metabit, will head the NYSE Technologies Asia business and report to Stanley Young, Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Technologies. Peter Tierney, Managing Director of NYSE Technologies will become the Chief Operating Officer of the combined business in Asia, and he, with Mr. Bürgin, will lead the Asian business operations.

Source: NYSE Technologies, 01.09.2011

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NYSE Euronext Accelerates Growth in Asia with Strategic Acquisition of Metabit, a Leading Provider of Market Access Products

– Strategically complements NYSE Technologies’ product portfolio and Asian offerings

– Addresses growing customer interest and expanding Asian financial marketplace

– In-line with NYSE Technologies’ strategy of building a global liquidity network

 New York and Tokyo – August 1, 2011 – NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia. Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio. The transaction is expected to close in third quarter of 2011. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Skilled with in-depth experience and understanding of financial markets in Asia, Metabit specializes in streamlined, low-latency technology solutions that enable industry-leading access to financial markets across Asia. Metabit’s products connect buy-side order flow with sell-side exchange participants and are designed exclusively for low latency direct market access (DMA) and exchange connectivity to markets through-out Asia. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Australia and Hong Kong. Metabit has built a trading community of more than 140 trading firms in Asia.

“Metabit’s products are built in Asia for Asia, and this combination fits our strategy, our connectivity business and our customer interests,” said Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies. “Metabit has a highly experienced and respected management team, and we recognize and value the success Metabit has had in Asia, especially in Japan. We will continue the further development of this local focus while also maximizing the value of the NYSE Euronext brand and relationships.”

Mr. Young continued: “Furthermore, Japan and Asia are priorities for NYSE Euronext and we believe this is absolutely the right time to further invest in the region. We fully expect this transaction to accelerate our efforts as a leading technology provider across the Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to welcoming Metabit and its customers to NYSE Euronext, and to delivering the benefits of Metabit to our customer community.”

Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, said: “Our combination with NYSE Technologies will be highly beneficial to delivering innovative solutions to our customers and to accelerate achieving our long-term business goals. We remain committed to our local business focus and service quality in Japan and throughout Asia, whilst being strengthened by NYSE Technologies’ product suite that is highly synergetic to our local solutions. The people and products of our combined companies will provide significant expertise and scale to NYSE Technologies’ business in the region. Joining forces represents a truly exceptional opportunity to build on our local success in order to increase our value proposition to our Japan and Asia customer base. We now have the opportunity to leverage our assets with NYSE Technologies and move to the next level. For the benefit of Asia-based customers, we will now expand our reach and capabilities globally.”

 Metabit’s Asia franchise has seen excellent growth as a result of a persistent product and client strategy and investments into Asia. Today, Metabit covers all DMA sectors outside Japan, ranging from China (“B” shares), India, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. Metabit’s products, being built in Asia for Asia, focus to connect the local broker community in each country, in combination with the traditional group of global trading firms. Metabit will continue to resell and provide support to users of CameronFIX as they have since 2002.

 Upon closing, Mr. Burgin will head the NYSE Technologies Asia business and report to Mr. Young. Peter Tierney, Managing Director of NYSE Technologies will become the Chief Operating Officer of the combined business in Asia, and together they will lead the business operations.

Source; NYSE Tech, 01.08.2011

Filed under: Asia, Australia, China, FIX Connectivity, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, News, Trading Technology, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Asia Trader & Investor Conference, Singapore 07-08 May 2011

ATIC @Singapore 2011 will feature more than 40 seminars conducted by international and local gurus and experts.  The Asian Trader and Investment Convention – Singapore
Covering topics like:

Futures | Equities | Options | ETF | CFD | Commodities | FOREX | Warrants | Alternative Investment | Property | Insurance | Managed Funds

Event Highlights

  • First in bringing breakthrough and new methods of trading
  • Over 50 investment educational seminars
  • A Specialised Panel of top analysts who will conduct real-time analyses of the same stock
  • Special Trading Focus Workshops on Stocks, Futures, Commodities, Gold, ETFs, Options and Warrants
  • Stock Analysis on Regional Markets by International Traders
  • Investor Clinics that help them improve trading
  • Investment Network Platform with different market segment experts
  • Property Investment Showcase – with property investment education and special panel discussion on Property vs Stock Investments
  • The largest Finance and Investment Book fair

First launched in 2006, Asia Trader and Investor Convention (ATIC) event has travelled to 7 Asian Cities, i.e., Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Mumbai, Shenzhen and Tokyo. With participation by over 300 financial services companies, including securities exchanges, retail and consumer banks, securities brokerage firms, asset/fund management firms, listed companies and other financial services providers, ATIC events have attracted over 100,000 active traders and serious investors across Asia.

Source: The ATIC, 05.05.2011

Filed under: Asia, China, Events, Exchanges, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, News, Singapore, Vietnam, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Brazil – Measures to Curb Inflation in Limelight – Monthly Allocation- April 2011

International Scenario Might Calm the Market in April

March brought to Europe, Northern Africa and Asia, a number of serious events, such as the disaster in Japan, civil war in Libya and the fall of the Portuguese Cabinet, which affected most markets negatively. However, we expect the international scenario to improve in April for two main reasons. First, these events were of a non-recurring nature. Second, key indicators suggest economic recovery in China, US and Europe continues, despite all the social and political turmoil mentioned above, and the inflationary pressures.

Brazil – Monthly Allocation – April 2011 detailed report

All attention focuses on the next move by the Central Bank

Inflation continues at a high level, while economic activity also seems intense. Credit figures released in February were high, although there were doubts about the base of comparison, with Carnival holidays having been in February in 2010 and March in 2011. Data on credit suggests that average maturity terms for credit lines increased, which might explain part of this behavior, as it reduces the concern of an increase in the level of interest rate hikes.

This unabated inflation is evidence that Government action was not enough, indicating the need for further measures. We are still in the middle of the interest rate hike cycle intended to curb inflation. In April, we bet on a final 50 basis points hike for this ongoing move, to 12.25%, after which we believe the Central Bank will wait and see if it needs to increase rates further in the final part of the year. After this last move, it is likely that the CB will make use of alternative measures to continue its fight against inflation. We believe that the market mood will depend greatly on what it decides. If it announces further measures in April, we believe market tension should ease while, if it does nothing more, nervousness might prevail.

Another issue not likely to affect the short term, but which should appear more and more on the market’s radar, is the possibility of Moody’s rating agency upgrading the Brazilian sovereign risk. The agency suggested that it might do so by the end of the second quarter. Currently, Brazil remains at the lowest investment grade level, ten levels below the top of the range.

After the results season, and with this expectation of a tense local scenario, we have changed our portfolio for April. We increased the weight of Vale to 20 from 15% and made substitutions with the same weights: 1) Eletropaulo for Tractebel, with dividends already paid out, and 2) We substituted MRV and PDG for Even and EZ Tec because the first two reported reduced margins. Finally, we withdrew Telesp, as the share performed well and we see no short-term catalyst.

Source: BANIF, 01. April 2011

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Metabit Expands Asian Trade Connectivity

Tokyo/Hong Kong, 29 March 2011: In the past year, Tokyo-based Metabit has concentrated on building its connectivity across Asia.  The company aims to be the local face of execution destinations in Asia and over the past eight months, it has added an extra 13 domestic DMA destinations, expanding domestic and cross-border access to Asian markets.

“Metabit is at the heart of  connectivity in Asia” comments Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, “not just for providing access to Asia for global players, but also in particular for the local and domestic  industry in this region.”

“For example, in India we have 20 execution destinations of which 10 are domestic Indian brokers.  We are similarly successful with increased connectivity in other countries such as Korea and Taiwan.”

Overall, Metabit’s trading access has been extended to many markets ranging from Indonesia to Pakistan and Mainland China to Australia.  The company now has access to over 250 execution destinations, across all active DMA markets in Asia, including Japan.

“We want to maximise connectivity to and within Asia for our client base, who can directly access all execution destinations across the major and emerging markets in Asia either through Metabit’s intuitive XiliX trading platform, or through our MLH via a single FIX connection.”

Burgin adds a final comment, “Situated where we are in Tokyo, with offices in Hong Kong, Dalian and Sydney, we understand the needs of Asia market players, whether they want to trade globally or locally. You could say the mindset of Asia is in our blood – we think Asia, so our clients can trade Asia.”

About Metabit

Uniquely placed in Asia, with global experience and a real knowledge of Asian markets, Metabit provides the technology and support to help clients trade and connect effortlessly and efficiently.  The company delivers an intuitive trading platform that encompasses a well-established trading community and unrivalled exchange connectivity solutions.

Metabit provides ultra low latency DMA trading solutions for Asian markets, serving buy side and sell side clients.  It specialises in comprehensive compliance controls, whilst reducing transaction times and facilitating trading opportunities across all major markets across 14 Asian countries, including Japan.

Metabit’s flagship solutions are XiliX intuitive buy side trading platform and MLH a vendor neutral Market Liquidity Hub.  Alpha provides ultra-low latency exchange connectivity and Exsim simulates Asian and Japanese exchanges.  All Metabit’s products are powered by the CameronFIX engine.

Source: Metabit, 29.03.2011

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ETF Landscape: Industry Highlights de February/Febrero 2011 – En/Sp – BlackRock

ETF – 02.2011 Report/Reporte

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At the end of February 2011, the global ETF industry had 2,557 ETFs with 5,802 listings and assets of US$1,367.4 Bn, from 140 providers on 48 exchanges around the world. This compares to 2,091 ETFs with 3,998 listings and assets of US$1,001.9 Bn from 115 providers on 40  exchanges, at the end of February 2010.

We expect global AUM in ETFs and ETPs1to increase by 20–30% annually over the next three years, taking the global ETF/ETP industry to approximately US$2 trillion in AUM by early 2012. Considering ETFs separately, AUM should reach US$2 trillion globally by the end of 2012, US$1 trillion in the United States in 2011 and US$500 billion inEurope in 2013.

Taking ETFs and ETPs together, United States AUM should reach US$2 trillion in 2013, with European AUM reaching US$500 billion in 2012.

In Latin America, the ETF sector remains with 26 ETFs, 365 listings and assets of USD $10.2 billion of four providers on three Exchanges. Compares 20 ETS, 223 listings and assests of USD$ 9.3 billions and three providers  at three exchanges in february 2010.

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El reporte ETF Landscape: Industry Highlights da a conocer la situación de los Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) y Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) en el mes de febrero.

Se espera que los activos globales bajo administración de los ETFs y ETPs se incrementen de 20 a 30% anualmente durante los próximos tres años, llegando a aproximadamente USD $2 billones (trillion dollars) a principios de 2012.  A escala global, el sector de ETFs tuvo 2,557 ETFs con 5,802 listados y activos por USD $1,367.4 millones, de 140 proveedores en 48 mercados bursátiles en el mundo a finales de febrero de 2011, comparado con 2,091 ETFs con 3,998 listados y activos por USD $1,001.9 millones de 115 proveedores en 40 mercados a fines del mismo periodo del año pasado.

En Latinoamérica el sector de ETFs permanece con 26 ETFs, 365 listados y activos por USD $10.2 mil millones, de cuatro proveedores en tres bolsas, comparado con 20 ETFs, 223 listados y activos por USD$9.3 mil millones de tres proveedores en tres mercados a fines de febrero de 2010.

Source:BlackRock, March 10, 2011

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