Standard & Poor's cuts euro rescue fund outlook to negative-continued

February 27, 2012--Standard and Poor's on Monday cut its rating outlook on the EFSF, the eurozone bailout fund, to 'negative', meaning it could be downgraded outright in the future as the eurozone debt crisis develops.
"We have concluded that credit enhancements sufficient to offset what we view as the reduced creditworthiness of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) guarantors are not likely to be forthcoming," S&P said.

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London banks and brokers face research business shake-up
July 24, 2014--The City of London's biggest brokers are contemplating far-reaching changes to their business
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July 2014: Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator
July 23, 2014--In July 2014, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator decreased in both the EU (by -1.2 points to -5.5) and the euro area (by -0.9 points to -8.4) compared to June.
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ESMA consults on counterparty risk calculation methods for UCITS subject to central clearing
July 22, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on the calculation of counterparty risk by Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) which enter into OTC derivative transactions which need to be centrally cleared under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
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Turquoise expands clearing choice for ETF trades
July 21, 2014-Turquoise, the London Stock Exchange's alternative equity market, will start offering a choice of clearing house for exchange-traded funds from Monday,
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ESMA issues updated Q&A on the application of the Alternative Investment Managers Directive (AIFMD)
July 21, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published today an update of its Questions & Answers (Q&A) document on the application of the Alternative Investment Managers Directive (AIFMD).
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IMF Country Report-Germany: Selected Issues
July 21, 2014--I. THE GERMAN CURRENT ACCOUNT: A RETROSPECTIVE1
The build-up of Germany's current account surplus over the last decade does not lend itself to a single-factor explanation, as both global and domestic factors, as well as policy changes led to increased savings and lower investment.
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Two new ComStage equity index ETFs launched on Xetra
ETFs provide currency-hedged access to MSCI Japan and S&P 500
July 18, 2014--Two new equity index funds issued by ComStage have been tradable on Xetra since Friday.
ETF name: ComStage MSCI Japan 100% Daily Hedged Euro UCITS ETF
Asset class: equities
ISIN: LU1033694107
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ESMA advises Commission on creditworthiness assessment for sovereign debt
July 18, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its advice to the European Commission on the appropriateness of the development of a European creditworthiness assessment for sovereign debt.
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DAX serves as basis for first-ever European exchange-traded fund in China
Chinese investors can now access performance of leading German companies for the first time
July 17, 2014--The DAX index underlies the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on a European index that will be available in China. The HuaAn Germany DAX 30 ETF was introduced by HuaAn Asset Management Co. Ltd. on July 14, 2014 and will later be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
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New issuer Boost ETP launches four leveraged exchange-traded notes on Xetra
July 16, 2014--Four exchange-traded notes (ETNs) issued by Boost ETP have been tradable on Xetra since Tuesday. The new products are linked to indices in the LevDAX, ShortDAX and EURO STOXX 50 index families and enable investors to participate in the performance of rising or falling share prices with a leverage factor of three.
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Statistics: Forecasts for the UK economy: July 2014
July 16, 2014--Forecasts for the UK economy is a monthly comparison of independent forecasts.
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ESMA details new market abuse regime
July 15, 2014-The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on the new Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) which entered into force on 2 July 2014.
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Bats Chi-X gets green light for extending clearing house choice
July 14, 2014--Europe's largest equities platform has extended the choice of clearing houses through which it allows trades in exchange-traded funds to be cleared.
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Five new ETNs from ETF Securities launched on Xetra
ETNs offer access to foreign currency markets via currency baskets
July 14, 2014--Five ETNs on currency baskets from the ETF Securities product offering have been tradable on Xetra since Monday. The new ETNs track the performance of four tactical and one strategic currency basket.
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IMF Report-Euro Area Policies: Selected Issues
July 14, 2014--This Selected Issues paper on the euro area was prepared by a staff team of the International Monetary Fund as background documentation for the periodic consultation with the member countries forming the euro area.
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IMF-Euro Area Policies: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director
July 14, 2014--Summary: KEY ISSUES Context. Real output has expanded for four consecutive quarters, and financial market sentiment has improved markedly. But the recovery is weak and uneven. Inflation has been too low for too long, financial markets are still fragmented, and structural gaps persist: these hinder rebalancing and substantial reductions in debt and unemployment.
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Source and PIMCO expand listings on SIX
July 14, 2014-- Source, a leading European provider of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), and PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, are pleased to announce that two of their most popular ETFs are now being listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.
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EU ban on IFA rebates could restrict choice
July 13, 2014--Édouard Carmignac, founder and chairman of the eponymous French asset manager, has warned that a planned EU ban on rebates to independent financial advisers would put the so-called open architecture distribution model "in serious jeopardy".
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Regulators turn aim on broker research
Analysis is expensive to produce and the FCA must tread carefully
July 11, 2014--The annual report from the Financial Conduct Authority struggles to avoid sounding smug, but in vain. "Our first year was both challenging and encouraging" it burbles, detailing its triumphs as a consumer champion.
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Recovery Strengthens in Central and Eastern Europe, Yet Risks Remain, says World Bank
July 11, 2014--Economic growth is expected to almost double in the EU11* countries in 2014, and to continue to strengthen in 2015, according to the World Bank's latest EU11 Regular Economic Report (EU11 RER). The report says that, overall, EU11 GDP growth is forecast to strengthen from 1.4 percent in 2013 to 2.6 percent in 2014.
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FCA-GC14/3 Retail Investment Advice: Clarifying the boundaries and exploring the barriers to market development
July 11, 2014--FCA has published guidance to help clarify the different types of retail investment sales models, the boundaries between them and the associated regulatory requirements.
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Temporary restriction in short selling
July 11, 2014--The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") notifies that it temporarily prohibits short selling in the following instrument under Articles 23 (1) and 26 (4) of Regulation (EU) No 236/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012 on short
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Eurex to launch variance futures based on EURO STOXX 50
Eurex reaches deal with DRW to use U.S.-patented method for listed variance futures
July 11, 2014--Eurex is set to extend its product range by introducing a listed variance future on September 22, 2014, based on the EURO STOXX 50, the most prominent equity index in Europe.
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ESMA defines central clearing of interest rate and credit default swaps
July 11, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a first round of consultations to prepare for central clearing of OTC derivatives within the European Union. The two consultation papers seek stakeholders' views on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the clearing of Interest Rate Swaps (IRS) and Credit Default Swaps (CDS) that ESMA has to develop under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
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Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 0.7 per cent in June
July 10, 2014--The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.7 per cent in June,
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Global Advisors announces world's first regulator-approved Bitcoin investment fund
July 10, 2014--Global Advisors Jersey (GAJ), an investment management company based in the Channel Islands, has received regulatory approval for a Bitcoin Investment fund.
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Turkey: Macroeconomic stability and structural reform key to strong and inclusive growth, OECD says
July 10, 2014--Turkey's economy will grow stronger in the coming years, but remains overly dependent on domestic consumption funded by foreign finance, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Turkey.
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ESMA Q&A X on EMIR Implementation
July 10, 2014--The Q&A's purpose is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of EMIR. It provides responses to questions posed by the general public, market participants and competent authorities.
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Final Report on ESMA Guidelines on enforcement of financial information
July 10, 2014--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information published by listed entities in the European Union (EU).
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ECB-Euro area securities issues statistics
May 9, 2014--The annual rate of change of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents was -0.7% in May 2014,compared with -1.0% in April. For the outstanding amount of quoted shares issued by euro area residents,the annual growth rate was 2.2% in May 2014,the same as in April.
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BOOST's Silver 3x Lev (3SIL) & Gold 3x Lev ETP (3GOL) The Top Performing ETPs on the LSE in June
July 8, 2014--Boost Silver 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3SIL) rose 38% (GBP) in June on the back of silver futures rising 10.4% (GBP) in the same period, making it the best performing ETP on the LSE.
LSE's third best performing ETP was Boost Gold 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3GOL). 3GOL rose 16.5% (GBP) in June as gold futures rose 4% in the same period.
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BOOST's Silver 3x Leverage ETP (3SIL) and Gold 3x Leverage ETP (3GOL) The Top Performing ETPs in Italy in June
July 8, 2014--Boost Silver 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3SIL) rose 40% (EUR) in June on the back of silver futures rising 12% (EUR) in the same period, making it the best performing ETP in Italy.
The third best performing ETP in Italy was Boost Gold 3x Leverage Daily ETP (3GOL). 3GOL rose 18.3% (EUR) in June as gold futures rose 5.7% in the same period.
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ETFGI: ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached US$2.64 trillion in assets, a new record high, at the end of Q2 2014
July 7, 2014--ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$34.8 Bn in net new assets in June and US$126.6 Bn YTD, which outpaces the previous high of US$106.4 Bn at this point set in 2012.
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European ETPs could hit half a trillion dollars this year
July 7, 2014--Assets in exchange-traded products (ETPs) in Europe rose by a net $32 billion (€24 billion) in the first half of the year, a growth rate that would take total assets to more than half a trillion dollars by year-end if it persists.
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Lyxor UK grows institutional sales teams in UK and Northern Europe
July 7, 2014--Lyxor Asset Management UK has made three appointments to lead its growth in the UK and Northern European markets.
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Source and Morgan Stanley team up on smart beta "month-end effect" ETF
July 7, 2014--London-based exchange-traded fund provider Source and investment bank Morgan Stanley have teamed to launch the Source Morgan Stanley Europe MEMO Plus UCITS ETF (EMSE), an ETF which aims to outperform the broad European equity market by exploiting the so-called "month-end effect".
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EBA publishes final guidelines on significant credit risk transfer for securitisation transactions
July 7, 2014--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today a final set of Guidelines that will support both originator institutions and competent authorities in the assessment of significant risk transfer (SRT) for securitisation transactions.
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Deutsche Bank's asset arm plans to power up in London
July 7, 2014--Deutsche Bank's asset management arm is planning to double the number of financial professionals it employs in London to 600 over the next five years.
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BlackRock restricts share lending after short selling attack on Blinkx
World's largest asset manager changes policy after losing €30m in a day over controversial blog by Harvard professor
July 5, 2014--BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has barred its City office from loaning shares following a short selling attack on Blinkx, a London-listed online video advertising company in which it is biggest shareholder, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.
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EBA publishes final draft technical standards on conditions for assessing materiality of extensions and changes of internal approaches for market risk
July 4, 2014--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today its final Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) specifying the conditions for assessing the materiality of extensions and changes of the Internal Models Approach (IMA) for market risk.
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EBA proposes potential regulatory regime for virtual currencies, but also advises that financial institutions should not buy, hold or sell them whilst no such regime is in place
July 4, 2014--The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion addressed to the EU Council, European Commission and European Parliament setting out the requirements that would be needed to regulate 'virtual currencies'. The Opinion is also addressed to national supervisory authorities and advises to discourage financial institutions from buying, holding or selling virtual currencies while no regulatory regime is in place.
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Source hires head of European capital markets
July 4, 2014--Exchange-traded fund provider Source has appointed Juergen Blumberg as executive director, head of European capital markets.
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IMF-France: Selected Issues paper
July 3, 2014--THE DRIVERS OF BUSINESS INVESTMENT IN FRANCE: REASONS FOR RECENT WEAKNESS
Introduction 1. While the resilience in private consumption has supported domestic spending in France during the crisis, business investment remains a substantial drag on growth. In 2013, private consumption was 2.5 percent higher than its pre-crisis level whereas business investment was still 9 percent lower than its pre-crisis peak.
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UK Official holdings of international reserves: June 2014
July 3, 2014--The UK official holdings of international reserves-June 2014 is now available
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UBS lists continental Europe and UK mid-cap equity ETFs
July 2, 2014--UBS Global Asset Management, a leading European provider of exchange-traded funds, has listed two new ETFs on the London Stock Exchange: the UBS MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETF (UC77) and the UBS FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (UC78).
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IMF-Russian Federation: Selected Issues
July 1, 2014--Summary: Russia's trend growth is volatile. The transition from a centrally planned to a market economy started in 1991, hence time series are relatively short compared to other countries.
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Turnover at Deutsche Borse's cash markets at 93.7 billion euros in June
July 1, 2014--Order book turnover on Xetra, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and Tradegate stood at &euro93.7 billion in June (June 2013: &euro102.5 billion). Of the &euro93.7 billion, &euro86.2 billion were attributable to Xetra (June 2013: &euro95.3 billion). &euro3.9 billion were attributable to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (June 2013: &euro4.2 billion). Order book turnover on Tradegate Exchange* totalled approximately &euro3.6 billion in June (June 2013: &euro3.0 billion).
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Two new SPDR ETFs launched on Xetra
ETFs based on US stock corporations
July 1, 2014-- Two new equity index funds from the ETF offering issued by SPDR (State Street Global Advisors) have been tradable in the XTF segment on Xetra since Tuesday.
ETF Name: SPDR Russell 3000 U.S. Total Market UCITS ETF
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: IE00BKY7WX37
Total expense ratio: 0.25 percent
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HSBC launches smart beta ETF
July 1, 2014--HSBC has launched the first of a range of 'smart beta' ETFs, giving investors exposure to one of its own tailored global benchmarks.
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Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management has listed its exchange-traded fund (ETF) providing exposure to Germany's famous 'Mittelstand' companies on the London Stock Exchange.
July 1, 2014--Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management has listed its exchange-traded fund (ETF) providing exposure to Germany's famous 'Mittelstand' companies on the London Stock Exchange.
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Source lists 16 ETPs on LSE
July 1, 2014--Exchange traded fund provider Source has listed 16 of its ETFs and ETCs on the London Stock Exchange.
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UBS AM lists FTSE250 & MSCI Europe ETFs on LSE
July 1, 2014--UBS Global Asset Management has listed two new ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, providing exposure to UK mid-caps and continental European equities.The UBS ETF-FTSE 250 UCITS ETF and the UBS ETF-MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETF are being launched in response to client demand.
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ETF Securities expands currency ETP range
July 1, 2014-ETF Securities, a leading provider of exchange-traded products (ETPs), has launched a range of currency basket ETPs.
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Two new UBS ETFs launched on Xetra
ETFs provide access to stock corporations based in the UK and Europe
June 30, 2014--Two new exchange-listed equity index funds from the issuer UBS Global Asset Management have been tradable in Deutsche Börse's XTF segment since Monday.
ETF name: UBS ETF-FTSE 250 UCITS ETF (GBP) A-dis
Asset class: equity index ETF
ISIN: LU1048312737
Total expense ratio: 0.25 percent
Distribution policy: distributing
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CFTC.gov Commitments of Traders Reports Update
Geopolitical Risks Cloud Future of Russian Economy
June 30, 2014--Uncertainties set to hamper growth in the short to medium term
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Enhanced protection for retail investors: MiFID II and MiFIR
June 30, 2014--Changes are being made to a key piece of European law whose purpose is to protect you when you buy or invest in financial products. The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) is being updated and strengthened in some important areas and will be known as MiFID II.
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