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Tokyo Exchange, Markit Considering Joint Venture

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) and London- and New York-based Markit Group are pursuing an alliance that could produce new Japanese indexes, valuation services and improvements to the country’s post-trade infrastructure for over-the-counter derivatives. A joint venture is possible, said the companies in an Oct. 28 statement announcing the memorandum of understanding (MOU). Markit will […]

JSE Offers to Buy BESA

JSE, Africa’s largest securities exchange, announced Oct. 27 that it has made a conditional offer to acquire the Bond Exchange of South Africa (BESA) in a deal valued at 173.2 million rands ($17.4 million). Johannesburg-based JSE says a detailed offer will be sent in the next month to shareholders and the BESA board, which will […]

Tokyo Exchange Struck By Another Systems Glitch

The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) halted trading of Topix index futures, government bond futures and all options for nearly four hours Tuesday, when systems problems prevented the order book from being accessed by the exchange’s trading platform. According to TSE spokesperson Mitsuo Miwa, the issues were caused by a programming error that occurred when the […]

1 Year Later: Changes in China

Contamination fallout leads to more rules, inspections The petfood market in China is very small; many retail outlets for petfood still reside in traditional markets. As the market grows, it will have an impact on ingredient and product quality. Since the 2007 melamine contamination scandal, Chinese regulators have upped their oversight, run a four-month-long food […]

China Completes Brokerage Cleanup

Chinese regulators said that they have completed a three-year overhaul of the country’s brokerage industry in which 19 firms were shut down and misused funds returned to investors. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said that regulators reviewed 11 million individual brokerage accounts and reorganized 27 firms in addition to the ones that were shuttered. […]

Asia Trades Online

Rates rise in China, peak in Japan As Asian countries roll out high-speed Internet services, online trading rates are climbing. But adoption by retail investors has been anything but uniform throughout the region. While Japan has the highest online trading rates in the world, China and India are just getting into the game. Rapidly accelerating […]

China Eases Restrictions on Corporate Bonds

Chinese firms listed in Shenzhen, Shanghai and overseas will be able to issue corporate bonds more easily under new regulations released by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) last month. Companies can now issue bonds for any general corporate purpose approved by their boards and without bank guarantees. Previously, corporate bonds could only be issued […]

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