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Sunday, 26 March 2017

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L&I ETFs launch in Hong Kong

IFR 2175 18 March to 24 March 2017

Four fund managers launched Hong Kong’s first batch of leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds tracking local indices last week, as asset managers seek to capitalise on investor interest in these products.

FX changes boost access to Chinese bonds

IFR 2173 4 March to 10 March 2017

China has allowed foreign institutions to hedge currency risks on their onshore bond investments in the domestic market, removing a major barrier to overseas buyers of renminbi bonds.

Swaps margin relief raises questions

IFR 2173 4 March to 10 March 2017

A last-minute softening of the March 1 deadline for uncleared swaps margin offered a lifeline to counterparties, with over 90% of credit agreements yet to be updated, but hazy guidance has raised questions about the extent of the relief.

Repo dislocations may be new normal - ICMA

IFR 2171 18 February to 24 February 2017

Europe’s repo market may be entering a “new normal” as a scarcity of high-quality liquid assets and leverage ratio constraints drive extreme volatility in year-end short-term funding rates, the International Capital Market Association has warned.

       S&P 500 options pit

      Options surge hints at 'great rotation'

      IFR 2173 4 March to 10 March 2017

      Investors are piling into long-dated equity index call options in anticipation of a “great rotation” from fixed income to equity, which some believe could already be under way despite limited evidence in cash markets.

      LCH kick-starts client CDS clearing with Amundi

      IFR 2176 25 March to 31 March 2017

      Amundi has become the first European buyside client to begin clearing credit default swaps through CDSClear, LCH’s Paris-based clearinghouse.

      Sign outside Neiman Marcus Last Call store

      Neiman Marcus bondholders left guessing

      IFR 2175 18 March to 24 March 2017

      Troubled retailer Neiman Marcus is considering an outright sale of the company, but that would be likely to prove extremely costly unless bond or equity holders take steep losses.

      EC cracks the whip on creditor hierarchy harmonisation

      IFR 2175 18 March to 24 March 2017

      There could be a light at the end of the tunnel for European lenders waiting to issue billions in loss-absorbing debt as rulemakers ramp up the pressure to accelerate the requisite legislation.