Monthly Archives: January 2014

Event Invitation – ‘ETF – A Smart way to Invest, Bangalore 6th Feb, 430pm

NSE is organizing a event in Bangalore on ETF Investing and related awareness. Kindly Confirm your participation on or before 4th February by 5 PM to make necessary arrangements. RSVP: or Dir: 044-28479921, Mob:8939989962

See the original invite for location/timining here : NSE ETF Event invite


Morningstar Webinar : Determine Optimal Asset Allocation Strategies, 30th Jan 2014, 330pm IST

Webinar Invite | Determine Optimal Asset Allocation Strategies

 Join us to determine Optimal Asset Allocation Strategies and learn how to create optimal asset allocation policies for specific investment goals.

  • Develop asset class assumptions
  • Identify your target portfolio(s), and
  • Forecast future performance

This webinar is for Advisors and Mutual Fund professionals who are interested in learning more about the Strategic Asset Allocation capabilities within Morningstar Direct.

 The webinar will be held today on 30th January, 3:30pm. Registration is free.

For registrations – kindly note the details belo 

Webex Link-

 Dial-in details (Teleconference) : 022 – 61501643

Attendee access code : 777 888 9990

RSVP: Bhavik Poladia, Manager- Customer Support |+91- 22- 61217124


Morningstar India


DBS SME Webinar : Risk Mitigation and the SME, 4th Feb 2014, 3pm IST

Session Topic : Risk Mitigation and the SME

Register Here

Session Objective

The webinar aims at economic, entrepreneurial, and sectoral issues that impact SMEs in India. The main objective is to initiate a meaningful discussion which is useful to the attendees, who are business decision-makers.

Who should attend?

• Business decision-makers from SMEs across India
• Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs

Session Details

• Discussion on the business hedging and utility for the SMEs in the ever changing currency environment
• Guidance on managing the financial activated of the business
• Suggestions on proper implementation techniques to reduce risks significantly
• Q & A session with speaker

Moody’s: Global sovereign credit quality to continue stabilizing in 2014 after several tumultuous years

After several tumultuous years, global sovereign creditworthiness is likely to continue stablizing in 2014, says Moody’s Investors Service in its just-published “2014 Outlook – Global Sovereigns: Credit Quality Stabilizing After Several Tumultuous Years”.

Read full report at–PR_287558?WT.mc_id=MDCAlerts_realtime

Reimagining India: A conversation with Kishore Mahbubani

Reimagining India: A conversation with Kishore Mahbubani

The dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore believes the success of Indians internationally highlights the gap between the country’s potential and its actual performance. more

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New U.S. derivative rules leave Asia markets vulnerable

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Several Asian and U.S. banks are working around new U.S. regulations on derivatives trading aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis – moves that are legal but leave markets in the region exposed to a risky liquidity shortage, traders and bankers say.

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Leverage ratio threatens collateral transformation

Rules restricting bank leverage may inadvertently hamper the push towards central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives, a crucial plank of the G-20 reforms aimed at bolstering financial stability.

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Podcasts : How The American Airlines–US Airways Merger Will Likely Shake Out

Recently, American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy and merged with US Airways Group to form American Airlines Group. We have assigned a corporate credit rating to the new entity. In this CreditMatters TV segment, Standard & Poor’s Director Betsy Snyder discusses the specific outcomes of the bankruptcy, what the new airline looks like, and what’s behind the rating.

Video giving insights on how the merger might impact : View here

As Investors Seeking Higher Yields Eye New Catastrophe Bond Issues, What Are The Key Risks?

As Investors Seeking Higher Yields Eye New Catastrophe Bond Issues, What Are The Key Risks?

More and more institutional investors around the world are turning to the reinsurance markets for higher returns for their portfolios. The result could be record issuance in 2013 for catastrophe bonds (CAT bonds)–high-yield debt issued by insurers in which principal, rather than being repaid at maturity, may instead offset insured losses when defined catastrophic events occur. At the same time, insurers are looking to increase their own protection in the face of increasingly severe natural-disaster claims from windstorms, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. The severity or frequency of such events may be increasing, and disasters that hit heavily populated areas can be prone to unexpectedly high insured losses. Even with the best predictive models, however, any given year can present reinsurers with surprises

Webinar : Learn Financial Modeling and Give your Career the Boost it Needs, 22 Jan 2014 730pm

Exclusive upcoming Webinar on Financial Modeling targeting Finance Professionals.

Find the details below:

  • Topic: Learn Financial Modeling and Give your Career the Boost it Needs
  • Date: 22nd January 2014
  • Time: 10 PM – 11 PM HKT
  • Registration Link : Click here

The good thing about this Webinar is that it requires no fee for participation.

Financial Modeling has been known to enhance peoples’ careers and salaries too. Do you want to be one of them? Financial Modeling will take your career to new heights as you will learn about:

  • Valuation of companies,
  • Risk involved in their investments,
  • Make projections about the outcome, etc.

Why don’t you take the risk as well? It might just change the path of your career. You could also recommend this Webinar to your colleagues at your organization. It might prove to be beneficial to them too!


S&P : South And Southeast Asian Economies Grapple With Growth And External Financing Risks

Some analysts have turned up the volume on the risks facing Asia’s emerging economies. At the same time, global financial markets are exhibiting more turbulence, with significant sell-offs in emerging markets. Capital is exiting Asia, bourses and currencies are coming under pressure, funding costs are rising, and some company balance sheets are coming under stress. This has been particularly true in South and Southeast Asia, where external deficits are the norm. This market turbulence comes on the heels of recent cuts in Asian GDP growth estimates, most notably for China. Are we on the verge of a repeat of the Asian financial crisis as the region pays for its excessive borrowing post-Lehman? The road may be rocky in the near term, particularly for the largest deficit countries–India and Indonesia–but we don’t think this is the Asian crisis all over again.

IACPM/Oliver Wyman Survey: Perspectives on the Evolving Role of Enterprise-Wide Stress Testing

Since 2009, financial institutions have been rapidly advancing their use of enterprise-wide stress testing to meet increasing regulatory demands and evaluate their capital adequacy. Enterprise-wide stress testing requires a projection of losses conditional on a specific macroeconomic scenario, and has required most banks to develop new methodologies, models, and infrastructure. This has been the main focus of risk management at financial institutions in the years since the financial crisis.

In 2013, the IACPM and Oliver Wyman jointly conducted a survey with leading financial institutions around the world focused on the existing and planned uses of enterprise-wide stress testing.  55 IACPM members participated in the survey, including the world’s largest banks and insurance companies across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

A White Paper outlining the survey findings can be found here:
IACPM/Oliver Wyman Survey: Perspectives on the Evolving Role of Enterprise-Wide Stress Testing

Global Corporates Issued $3.2 Trillion In Bonds In 2013, Article Says

NEW YORK (Standard & Poor’s) Jan. 8, 2014–Despite periods of elevated
uncertainty, 2013 global corporate new bond issuance reached $3.2 trillion,
the second highest annual total since 2009’s $3.3 trillion, said an article
published today by Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research, titled “More
Than $3.2 Trillion In Global Corporate Bonds Came To Market In 2013.”

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Moody’s: Asian steel and coal sectors outlooks are negative

Hong Kong, December 11, 2013 — Moody’s Investors Service says that its outlooks for the Asian steel and coal sectors are negative in 2014.

Read full article at–PR_288792


Moody’s: Outlook for Asian oil and gas E&P positive; R&M stable in 2014

Singapore, December 09, 2013 — Moody’s Investors Service says that the outlook for the Asian oil and gas industry’s exploration and production (E&P) sector is positive in 2014, while that for the refining and marketing (R&M) sector is stable.

Read Full article here–PR_288262?WT.mc_id=MDCAlerts_realtime

Moody’s: Asian consumer electronics outlook is negative in 2014

Tokyo, December 11, 2013 — Moody’s Japan K.K. says that the outlook for the Asian consumer electronics industry is negative in 2014.

See full article here–PR_288661