Australasia


Calastone expands funds transaction network to New Zealand

London-based Calastone, the global funds transaction network, has expanded into New Zealand, and already carried out its first transaction with Australia. Calastone MD Australia, Sarah Hayward, says the firm’s extended cross border coverage enables transactions between Australian and New Zealand platforms, fund managers and respective counterparts. “Our expansion has been primarily driven by our Australian […]

Reserve Bank of New Zealand chooses SIA for new RTGS system

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), the nation’s central bank, has chosen Italian payments company SIA to implement and support a new real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system. The new system will replace the current exchange settlement account system (ESAS). It will be delivered by SIA’s subsidiary Perago, based in South Africa. Perago is a […]

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand opts for Numerix risk analytics software

New Zealand’s central bank, Reserve Bank, is implementing Numerix’s Oneview for trade valuation and risk management analytics. The system will support risk pricing and risk analytics, market standard trade valuation, and position and collateral management. “We are improving our technology and analytics capability in our domestic and foreign market operations,” says the bank’s deputy governor, […]

BPC’s SmartVista powers Warehouse Money cards, vendor’s largest retail project

BPC Banking Technologies says New Zealand’s largest retail chain – Warehouse Group – has chosen the SmartVista payments suite for its financial services business. The initiative is called “Warehouse Money” and offers the retailer’s consumers the chance to save 5% on purchases via a new Visa card or earn “purple dollars” via the Purple card. […]

Square comes around to Australia

US-based Square’s payment processing and hardware is now available in Australia. Operating internationally since 2012, Australia marks the fourth market for Square, joining the United States, Canada and Japan. Square says its chip card reader is the “smallest” payment card reader on the Australian market. Sellers can accept card payments via Visa, MasterCard and American […]

NAB Pay rolls out on Android smart phones

NAB has launched its new mobile payment service NAB Pay, designed to enable customers to use their mobile phone to make purchases, without the need for a physical card. Customers with a compatible Android mobile device and a NAB Visa Debit Card have been able to start using NAB Pay from 25 January, available as […]

How ANZ used mapping in its merger with National Bank

When ANZ decided to make its acquisition of New Zealand’s National Bank into a single brand, it had some wide-ranging rationalisation ahead of it to reduce costs while expanding service coverage. Software from Californian geographic information systems specialist Esri helped.

ASIC consults on OTC derivatives reform

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the trade reporting rules for OTC derivatives, in a move that suggests Australia is learning the lessons of OTC reforms in other countries.

National Australia Bank HK adopts Thomson Reuters Eikon

National Australia Bank in Hong Kong has installed Thomson Reuters’ Eikon desktop across its trading floor in a move that the bank says will increase staff productivity and drive up cross-market communication.

New rules for dark trading and HFT in Australia

Australia’s Securities and Investments Commission has set out a series of final rules on dark liquidity and high-frequency trading, which it says will promise a more stable market.

New Zealand joins BT Radianz Cloud

New Zealand’s NZX has joined BT Radianz Cloud, a network that connects to global markets, making it easier for international investors to access the New Zealand market, which is predominantly known for dairy products.

ASX prepares client clearing for OTC derivatives

The Australian Securities Exchange has set out plans to offer client clearing of OTC derivatives before the end of the year, in a move designed to provide new risk management controls to Australian investors.

Chi-X Australia appoints Fildes CEO

Australian alternative trading system Chi-X Australia has appointed John Fildes as its new chief executive, taking over from Peter Fowler on 1 May.

ASX debuts new network for international investors

The Australian Securities Exchange has expanded its efforts to connect to international market with the launch of the ASX Net Global network, which connects to Asia, Europe and North America.

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