Climate Change: Sector Results Profile-continued

April 11, 2012--Overview
Creating climate-resilient and low-carbon development paths has become a development imperative.
The World Bank continues to face unprecedented demand from many countries for support in their efforts to address development and climate change challenges. The World Bank has responded with a broad range of assistance through a combination of financial and other resources.

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Source: World Bank

Global ETP News
Regulators compete to predict worst fund havoc
March 29, 2015--Watchdogs compete to sound the scariest warnings about the fund industry, says Steve Johnson
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Stock indices search for a formula for bigger fees
March 29, 2015--Stock indices used to be simple barometers of market returns. Now they are the basis for investment strategies, used either as benchmarks or as the actual strategy in the case of passive investment, and they are big business.
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STOXX licenses new ASEAN Select Dividend 30 Index to Thailand's One AM
March 27, 2015--STOXX Limited, a leading provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today announced that it has released the STOXX ASEAN Select Dividend 30 Index and licensed it to One AM, a Thai asset manager.
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DECPG Global Weekly-March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015--Taking Stock
U.S. inflation edged up in February. U.S. consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent (m/m) in February after falling 0.7 percent in January. A rebound in energy prices, along with an increase in food prices, contributed to the increase of the headline consumer price index.
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Borse Dubai Sells Its Stake in London Stock Exchange Group
March 26, 2015--Borse Dubai said on Thursday that it had sold its entire 17.4 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange Group, ending its nearly eight-year ownership in the stock market operator.
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Carney says see risk of disorderly unwinding of portfolios
March 26, 2015--The global financial system is safer but there is no room for complacency because of to concerns about the international bond market, Financial Stability Board Chairman Mark Carney said on Thursday.
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World Gold Council-Gold in a rising dollar environment
March 26, 2015--In this eighth edition of Gold Investor we take a closer look at gold's performance and its relevance for investors in the current environment, paying close attention to:
Gold in a rising dollar environment
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DMS-Capitalist Vietnam?/Two Escaped the Fragile Five
March 24, 2015--Capitalist Vietnam?
"Communist Vietnam loves Capitalism" was the title of a USA Today article that caught my attention. "Almost all Vietnamese people-95% of them-now support capitalism, according to the Pew Research Center, which polled nearly 45 nations late last year on economic issues.
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IOSCO Issues Final Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies
March 24, 2015--The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published today the final report on Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies, which includes significant revisions and updates to the current IOSCO Code of Conduct for Credit Rating Agencies (IOSCO CRA Code).
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Palladium ETFs see biggest weekly outflow since August
Palladium ETFs saw outflows of nearly 50,000 ounces in the week to Friday.
March 24, 2015--Palladium-0backed exchange-traded funds saw their biggest weekly outflows since August last week as prices of the white metal reversed the trend of the last two years to fall as gold, silver and platinum rose.
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MSCI and The Nigerian Stock Exchange Sign Strategic Agreement to Develop and Commercialize Co-branded Indexes
March 23, 2015--MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, and The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the stock exchange servicing the largest economy in Africa, today announced a strategic co-operation agreement to develop and market a co-branded family of indexes for the Nigerian equity markets.
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ETF Securities Precious Metals Weekly-Waiting for Inflation Lifts the Tide
March 23, 2015--The Fed lifts most markets by acknowledging disinflation. Bonds should be the key indicator. There is no inflation. Unfortunately, there is very little risk of inflation. It remains the elusive dream. At last weeks' meeting, the FOMC lowered the unemployment rate target expected to generate inflation (NAIRU) to 5.0-5.2% and appeared to shift focus to waiting for actual inflation.
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WEF-Socially Responsible Supply Chains Create Triple Advantage: Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and Greater Brand Value
March 23, 2015--Beyond Supply Chains-Empowering Value Chains finds that socially responsible supply chains contribute to local development, shrink carbon footprints and boost the company's competitiveness
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New York remains just ahead of London but the leading Asian Centres continue to close the gap
March 23, 2015--New York, London, Hong Kong, and Singapore remain the four leading global financial centres. All four centres gained points and retain their relative ranks. New York remains the top centre, though by only one point on the 1,000 point scale.
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Global fund managers warn of a bond bubble
March 22, 2015--A growing number of professional investors are warning that bonds are overvalued as fears grow that a fixed income bubble will collapse in a disorderly sell-off.
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DECPG Global Weekly--March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015--Taking Stock
Latest FOMC statement cleared path toward first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis. On Wednesday, the Fed dropped its commitment to be "patient" in beginning to normalize monetary policy. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) stated that it will be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate "when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term".
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FTSE 100 shoots past 7,000 mark
March 20, 2015--The FTSE 100 powered above the 7,000 threshold for the first time on Friday,
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ETFs pour into top US oil contract
March 20, 2015--Almost a third of the most active US oil futures contract is now controlled by exchange traded funds, turning smaller investors into a muscular force on global commodities markets.
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MSCI Introduces Diversified Multi-Factor Indexes
March 19, 2015--MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of equity factor indexes and models, today announced that it has launched a series of Diversified Multi-Factor Indexes.
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Low oil prices and monetary easing triggering modest acceleration of global recovery
March 18, 2015--Low oil prices and monetary easing are boosting growth in the world's major economies, but the near-term pace of expansion remains modest, with abnormally low inflation and interest rates pointing to risks of financial instability, according to the OECD's latest Interim Economic Assessment.
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Basel Committee and IOSCO issue revisions to implementation schedule of margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives
March 18, 2015--The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today released revisions to the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives. [The revised framework is available on the websites of the Bank for International Settlements and IOSCO.]
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Schwab, Guggenheim make their mark in ETFs
Low fees and strong performance draw investors, but buyer beware
March 18, 2015--The business of exchange-traded funds is dominated by three big players: BlackRock's iShares, Vanguard Group, and State Street, which collectively control 82% of the roughly $2 trillion invested in ETFs.
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Easy Money Drives Investors Into Stocks, Company Debt, BIS Says
March 18, 2015--Monetary stimulus around the world is increasing the amount of government bonds with yields below zero, and that's pushing investors into stocks and corporate debt, the Bank for International Settlements said.
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Can We Avoid Real Estate Bubbles? Two New Forum Reports Explore the Issue
March 18, 2015--At this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, experts from central banks, government, academia and the real estate sector reviewed and finalized recommendations and policy options on how to proceed with the community's 2015 agenda.
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Banks Win 9-Month Swap Margin Rules Delay From Basel Group
March 18, 2015--Banks won a delay in the introduction of minimum global rules on the collateral needed to back trades in the $691 trillion market for swaps and other over-the-counter derivatives.
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BIS-March 2015 BIS Quarterly Review: A wave of further easing
March 18, 2015--A growing share of sovereign debt and even some private bonds are now trading at negative yields as a wave of easier monetary policy feeds through into unprecedented bond market conditions.
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Investors slash US exposure on rate hike fears
March 17, 2015--Global fund managers have trimmed their exposure to U.S. stocks to the lowest levels since 2008 in anticipation of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate rise, with increasing numbers expecting the central bank to move in the second quarter of this year.
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DMS-Deciphering Developing Markets-An Economic Boom In Mauritius, A Tropical Paradise
March 17, 2015--Part of the African continent, with neighboring countries such as the Reunion Islands, Madagascar and the Seychelles, is the island republic of Mauritius.
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UPDATE 1-No push to make Deutsche Bank exclusively German-Co-CEO
March 17, 2015--European banks not ready to expand balance sheets-Jain
Needs strong capital markets to offset banks-Jain
EU Commissioner-we look at jobs growth effect of rules (Adds Co-CEO comment)
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Bitcoin Users To Approach 5 Million by 2019, Juniper Research Finds
Adoption Likely to be Limited to Niche Demographics
March 17, 2015--A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of active Bitcoin users worldwide will reach 4.7 million by the end of 2019, up from just over 1.3 million last year.
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Passive funds' rise heightens fear of shock
March 16, 2015--In the past two years, the growth of passive investment funds, which track the markets and charge cheap fees, has been one of the main stories in the world of asset management.
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Nasdaq president dismisses tech bubble fears
March 16, 2015--The president of exchange group Nasdaq OMX has dismissed suggestions of a new tech sector bubble,
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Basel III implementation assessments of Hong Kong SAR and Mexico as well as follow-up reports published by the Basel Committee
March 16, 2015--Today the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision published reports assessing the implementation of the Basel risk-based capital framework and the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) for Hong Kong SAR and Mexico,
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ETF Securities Precious Metals Weekly-What Might Matter More Than US Dollar Strength?
March 16, 2015--The US dollar is on pace for 50% gain. What does this mean for Gold? The US dollar ended the week with a 2015 increase of 11% as measured by the US dollar index. On an annualized basis, it is on pace for about a 50% gain. Since 1968, the largest annual increase in the US dollar index was 16%, in 1981-gold declined 33% that year.
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Sifi rules set to net more asset managers
March 15, 2015--A greater number of asset managers, hedge funds and private equity managers face tighter supervision and constraints after global regulators widened their search for financial
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Flow Traders Said to Prepare IPO of Dutch High-Frequency Firm
March 15, 2015--High-frequency trading firm Flow Traders BV is preparing for an initial public offering that could value the company at more than 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion), people with knowledge of the matter said.
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Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014
IEA data point to emissions decoupling from economic growth for the first time in 40 years
March 13, 2015--Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.
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IEA releases Oil Market Report for March
Steady climb in global demand growth prompts slight upward revision of 2015 forecast
March 13, 2015--Having bottomed?out in the second quarter of 2014, global oil demand growth has since steadily risen, with year-on-year gains estimated at around 0.9 million barrels per day (mb/d) for the final quarter of last year and 1.0 mb/d for the current quarter, the IEA Oil Market Report for March informed subscribers.
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DECPG Global Weekly-March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015--Taking Stock
The European Central Bank began its sovereign debt purchase program this week. Government bond yields fell across the monetary union.
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New Onshore Bond Index Series Strengthens FTSE's Offering in China
March 13, 2015--New benchmarks give access to world's third largest onshore bond market
Complements existing FTSE offshore RMB bond indices
Hierarchical pricing approach accurately reflects live market prices
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Infographic: Development Solutions for Disaster Risk Finance
March 13, 2015-The financial impact of natural disasters is growing. Over the last 10 years, direct financial loss reached an average of US$165 billion per year.
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Continued Egyptian Revival
March 12, 2015--The more I read about Egyptian President Sisi, the more I'm impressed with the reforms he is instituting, and as an investor, none more important than economic.
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World Bank-Building a New Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
March 12, 2015--Last year, torrential rainfall and landslides in the Balkans affected more than 1 million people, setting back the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina by about 15 percent of GDP.
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BIS-CPMI and IOSCO begin review of CCP stress testing
March 11, 2015--The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) announced today that they are undertaking a review of stress testing by central counterparties (CCPs).
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Eurex Supervisory Board member and ISE Holdings Chairman inducted in FIA Hall of Fame
March 11, 2015--David Krell, Chairman of ISE and a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse AG, and Jürg Spillmann, member of the Supervisory Board of Eurex Frankfurt AG and member of the Board of Directors of Eurex Zürich AG, have been inducted into the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Hall of Fame at the yearly FIA Boca derivatives conference.
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CPMI-IOSCO Begins Review of Stress Testing by Central Counterparties
March 11, 2015--The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) announced today that they are undertaking a review of stress testing by central counterparties (CCPs).
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Deutsche Boerse and BSE extend cooperation
March 10, 2015--Eurex and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) have further extended their strategic cooperation offering connectivity services of Deutsche Börse to certain overseas market participants.
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Global ETF assets approach $3 trillion as industry turns 25
March 10, 2015--Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs globally are just shy of the $3 trillion mark, having reached a new record high of $2.92 trillion at the end of February 2015, according to data from ETFGI.
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ETF Securities Research-Precious Metals WeeklyPunchbowl Takeaway Risk Deflates Most Assets-
March 9, 2015--Precious metals (PMs) decline with most asset classes on increased fed tightening fears. Good news for Main Street was bad news for investors as better than expected US unemployment data bucked the weaker than expected data trend, increasing fed tightening expectations. Only palladium gained on the week, as gold declined 3.9%, giving back its 2015 gain.
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UPDATE 1-EU court upholds blocking of Deutsche Boerse/NYSE Euronext merger
March 9, 2015--A European Union court upheld on Monday the European Commission's decision in 2012 to block a planned merger of Deutsche B€erse and NYSE Euronext.
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NYSE, LSE seen as possible targets for China's Stock Connect
March 9, 2015--Industry experts expect that exchanges in London, New York and elsewhere have been in talks with China about establishing Stock Connect-type trading links.
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BlackRock ETP Landscape: February flows surged to $50bn
March 9, 2015--2015 ETP FLOWS OFF TO BEST START EVER AFTER ACCELERATING IN FEBRUARY
Global ETP flows of $50.0bn represented the fourth best month on record and lifted the year-to-date total to $62.3bn, with investors increasingly favoring non-U.S. equity and corporate bonds over relatively safer categories
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ETFs: crowd funding
March 9, 2015--If you can't beat them, join them. Exchange traded funds are a growing business and more fund managers want in.
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Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of 2.919 trillion US dollars at the end of February 2015 according to ETFGI
March 9, 2015--Assets invested in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of US$2.919 trillion at the end of February 2015, according to ETFGI's preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for February.
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DECPG Global Weekly-March 6, 2015
March 6, 2015--ECB to begin QE on March 9th as outlook brightens. In line with its quantitative easing (QE) program announced in January, the European Central Bank (ECB) will begin purchasing euro-denominated public sector securities on March 9th, while continuing the purchase of asset-backed securities and covered bonds that was initiated last year. The combined monthly purchases will amount to &euro60 billion and continue until the end of September 2016, or when there is a sustained lift in inflation.
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Russell Indexes Demotes Morocco to Frontier Status
March 5, 2015--Russell Indexes, one of the largest providers of indexes for use by exchange traded funds, said it has demoted Morocco to frontier market status from the emerging markets classification.
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ETFS Gold Trust, ETFS Precious Metals Basket Trust & ETFS Asian Gold Trust to Use the LBMA PM Gold Price as Their Benchmark Price Starting March 20, 2015
March 5, 2015--London Gold Market Fixing Ltd. has announced its intention to discontinue the "London Fix" pricing benchmark for Gold after March 19, 2015.
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BATS Global Markets February 2015 Update: Reports 8.2% U.S. Options Market Share, 20.7% U.S. Equities Market Share, 23.7% European Equities Market Share
Company Also Announced Chris Concannon To Become CEO, Joe Ratterman Chairman
March 5, 2015--BATS Global Markets (BATS) today reported February volume, market share, and monthly highlights including its second best month on record for U.S. Options market share, which was 8.2%, up from 3.6% one year ago.
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Oil Price Plunge Analyzed In New WB Policy Research Note
March 5, 2015--Rapid expansion of oil supply from unconventional sources, a significant change in OPEC's policy stance, and weak global demand are driving the recent plunge in oil prices, according to a new paper by the World Bank.
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Europe and emerging markets star in best year so far for ETPs
March 5, 2015--This year is proving to be the best year so far for global growth of ETPs, according to research by BlackRock.
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UPDATE 2-Global regulators publish revised proposals to supervise top funds
March 4, 2015--Global regulators published revised proposals on Wednesday for supervising the world's biggest mutual funds following fierce industry pushback in the United States and elsewhere.
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Fund Managers Face Tougher Rules on Too-Big-to-Fail Firms
March 4, 2014--The world's largest fund managers are in line for tougher rules as global regulators push ahead with plans to identify too-big-to-fail firms in the face of opposition from the industry.
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WEF-Flying Robots and Brain-Mimicking Computer Chips Among the Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2015
March 4, 2015-World Economic Forum's annual list recognizes breakthrough technologies with the greatest potential to help address the world's most pressing challenges
Aim is to raise attention to technologies' potential and any risks they may present
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Proposed Assessment Methodologies for Identifying NBNI SIFI
March 4, 2015--The Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) are publishing today for second public consultation Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs).
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The Flow Whisperer-TAARSS says prefer International DM such as Europe and Japan
March 4, 2015--Tactical Asset Allocation Relative Strength Signal (TAARSS) Monthly Update
Top recommendations for March: European equities and Germany with currency hedge,Japan,US Aerospace & Defense,and Indian equities.
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Basel III monitoring results published by the Basel Committee
March 3, 2015--The Basel Committee today published the results of its latest Basel III monitoring exercise. The study is based on the rigorous reporting process set up by the Committee to periodically review the implications of the Basel III standards for banks.
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Average daily volume of 7.6 million contracts at Eurex Group in February
March 2, 2015--An average daily volume of 7.6 million contracts (February 2014: 7.9 million) were recorded at the international derivatives markets of Eurex Group in February 2015. Of those, 5.8 million were Eurex Exchange contracts (February 2014: 5.4 million), and 1.8 million contracts (February 2014: 2.6 million) were traded at the U.S.-based International Securities Exchange (ISE).
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ETF Securities Research-Precious Metals Weekly-
March 2, 2015--Gold recovers despite a new 12-year high in the US dollar index. Gold ended the final week of February with a bit of upward momentum, having held US$1,200/oz. support despite a new low for the year in the VIX and high for the US dollar.
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ESMA publishes overview of all guidelines and technical standards
March 2, 2015--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an overview of all guidelines and technical standards.
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