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ASEA, CISI Partner to Promote Professionalism in Capital Markets

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The African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop effective framework for a common certification programme across the 26 ASEA member exchanges.

The aim of the partnership, according to the Nigeria Stock Exchange was to promote professionalism and develop channels for capacity building and knowledge sharing for the growth of the capital markets industry in Africa.

Among the 26 ASEA member exchanges include: Botswana: Botswana Stock Exchange, Cameroon: Douala Stock Exchange, Cape Verde: Bolsa de Valores de Cabo Verde, Egypt: Egyptian Exchange, Ghana: Ghana Stock Exchange. Also included are Ivory Coast (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Guinee-Bissau) BRVMM, Kenya: Nairobi Securities Exchange, Libya: Libyan Stock Market, Malawi: Malawi Stock Exchange.

Others are: Mauritius: Stock Exchange of Mauritius, Morocco: Casablanca Stock Exchange, Mozambique: Mozambique Stock Exchange, Namibia: Namibian Stock Exchange, Nigeria: FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, and Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Republic of Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Stock Exchange. There are also Rwanda: Rwanda Stock Exchange, Seychelles: Seychelles Securities Exchange, South Africa: Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sudan: Khartoum Stock Exchange, Swaziland: Swaziland Stock Exchange, Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, Tunisia: Bourse de Tunis, Uganda: Uganda Securities Exchange, Zambia: Lusaka Stock Exchange and Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

NSE explained that ASEA and CISI would work together to provide a common certification framework for ASEA members enabling practitioners to achieve internationally recognised qualifications that are relevant to their job.

The ASEA President and Chief Executive Officer, Oscar Onyema, at the Nigerian Stock Exchange said; “We are pleased to welcome the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment as an Associate member of ASEA. One of the focus areas of my presidency of ASEA is human resources development across member exchanges. “I believe that trained practitioners and trusted individuals are key to boosting professionalism, and in turn enhancing the attractiveness of Africa as an investment destination. We look forward to working with the CISI and benefitting from their international footprint and globally portable qualifications.”

The Chartered MCSI, Global Business Director at the CISI, Kevin Moore said; “We are delighted to have become part of the ASEA membership and to be able to offer our experience to introduce internationally recognised qualifications and certification.

Moore noted that the CISI has been working internationally for 10 years and has spent three years in Africa.

“ASEA is the premier Association of 26 securities exchanges in Africa with the aim of developing member exchanges enhance the global competitiveness of member exchanges and provide a platform for networking and exchange of information.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Global Markets Near Record Peaks and Will Get Stronger: deVere CEO

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As the FTSE 100 hits 7,000 points for the first time since the Covid pandemic, global stock markets are poised to “get even stronger”, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

The observation from Nigel Green, the chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes as London’s index jumped over the important threshold in early trading in London, gaining over 0.5% to 7024 points.

Mr Green notes: “London’s blue-chip index is up 40% since the worst lows of the pandemic.

“This landmark moment represents the wider optimistic sentiment gripping global markets which are near record peaks.

“We can expect global stock markets to get even stronger as investors look to seize the opportunities from economies reopening.

“They are looking towards economies rebounding in a post-pandemic era due to the monetary and fiscal stimulus, pent-up cash and demand, and strong corporate earnings.

“The current ultra-low interest rate environment and the under-performance of bonds will also act as a catalyst for stock markets.”

However, the CEO’s bullish comments also come with a warning.

“I would urge investors to proceed with caution as there are some headwinds on the horizon, including relations between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies, which could be coming to a tipping point in coming weeks.

“As such, in order to capitalise on the opportunities and mitigate risks, investors must ensure proper portfolio diversification.”

Mr Green concludes: “A variety of factors are going to drive global stock markets. Investors will not want to miss out and should work with a good fund manager to judiciously top-up their portfolios.”

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Refinitiv Expands Economic Data Coverage Across Africa

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Building on its commitment to drive positive change through its data and insights, Refinitiv today announced the expansion of its economic data coverage of Africa. The new data set allows investment managers, central bankers, economists, and research teams to use Refinitiv Datasteam analytical data for detailed exploration of economic relationships and investment opportunities among data series covering the African continent.

Securing reliable, detailed, timely, locally sourced content has not been easy for economists who have in the past had to use international sources which often can take many months to update and opportunities to monitor the market can be missed. Because Africa is a diverse continent, economists and strategists need more timely access to country-specific data via national sources to create tailored business, policy, trading and investment strategies to meet specific goals.

Africa continues to develop critical infrastructure, telecommunications, digital technology and access to financial services for its 1.3bn people. The World Bank estimates that over 50% of African inhabitants will be under 25 by 2050. This presents substantial opportunities for investors who can spot important trends and make informed decisions based on robust and timely economic data.

Stuart Brown, Group Head of Enterprise Data Solutions, Refinitiv, said: “Africa’s growing, dynamic and fast evolving economies makes it a focal point for financial markets today and in the coming decades.  As part of LSEG’s commitment to empowering the global markets with accurate and timely data, we are excited about making these unique datasets available via the Refinitiv Data Platform. Our economic data coverage of Africa will provide our customers with deeper and broader inputs for macroeconomic analyses and enable more effective investment strategies and economic research.”

Refinitiv Africa economic data coverage:

  • Africa economics content comprises around 500,000 nationally sourced time series data covering 54 African nations
  • Content is sourced from national statistical offices, central banks and other key national institutions
  • The full breadth of economics categories in Datastream including national accounts, money and finance, prices, surveys, labor market, consumer, industry, government and external sectors
  • International sources including OECD, World Bank, IMF, African Development Bank, Oxford Economics & more provide comparable data & forecasts across the continent

Refinitiv® Datastream® has global macroeconomics coverage to analyze virtually any macro environment, and better understand economic cycles to uncover trends and forecast market conditions. With over 14.2 million economic times series map trends, customers can validate ideas and identify opportunities using Refinitiv Datastream. Access its powerful charting tools, 9,000 pre-built chart templates and chart studies for commonly used valuation, performance, and technical and fundamental analysis.

 Refinitiv continually grows available data – the China expansion in 2019 covered a unique combination of economic and financial indicators. Refinitiv plans to expand Southeast Asia covering Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia with delivery expected in 2021. This ensures that Refinitiv will have much needed emerging market economic content.

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Oil Rises on Drawdown in U.S. Oil Stocks, OPEC Demand Outlook

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Oil prices rose in early trade on Wednesday, adding to overnight gains, after industry data showed U.S. oil inventories declined more than expected and OPEC raised its outlook for oil demand.

Brent crude futures rose 28 cents, or 0.4%, to $63.95 a barrel at 0057 GMT, after climbing 39 cents on Tuesday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures similarly climbed 28 cents, or 0.5%, to $60.46 a barrel, adding to Tuesday’s rise of 48 cents.

Oil price gains over the past week have been underpinned by signs of a strong economic recovery in China and the United States, but have been capped by concerns over stalled vaccine rollouts worldwide and soaring COVID-19 infections in India and Brazil.

Nevertheless, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) tweaked up its forecast on Tuesday for world oil demand growth this year, now expecting demand to rise by 5.95 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, up by 70,000 bpd from its forecast last month. It is banking on the pandemic to subside and travel curbs to be eased.

“It was a welcome prognosis by the market, which had been fretting about the impact the ongoing pandemic was having on demand,” ANZ Research analysts said in a note.

Further supporting the market on Wednesday, sources said data from the American Petroleum Institute showed crude stocks fell by 3.6 million barrels in the week ended April 9, compared with estimates for a decline of about 2.9 million barrels from analysts polled by Reuters.

Traders are waiting to see if official inventory data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday matches that view.

Market gains are being capped on concerns about increased oil production in the United States and rising supply from Iran at a time when OPEC and its allies, together called OPEC+, are set to bring on more supply from May.

“They may have to contend with rising U.S. supply,” ANZ analysts said.

EIA said this week oil output from seven major shale formations is expected to rise by 13,000 bpd in May to 7.61 million bpd.

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