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Russia’s NSD revamps reference data amid transparency drive

Russia's NSD is seeking to restore trust through improved data collection

Russia’s NSD central securities depository has launched a joint project with Interfax information agency to coordinate their efforts for the development of a system of assessing the fair value of financial instruments. The move is part of an ongoing government reform agenda designed to turn Moscow into an international financial centre.

Moscow market reforms battle capital flight

Moscow Exchange is implementing the G20 commitment, but doubts linger over Russia's reputation

Despite tensions between Russia and NATO over the situation in east Ukraine, the underlying internationalisation and reform agenda in Moscow has not changed, according to Russian broker BCS.

Russian Central Bank moves to restore trust as Swift rejects EU exclusion request

Russia' Central Bank is taking measures

Russia’s Central Bank has revoked the licences of three banks as part of an effort to restore trust in the country’s banking system. The move comes as financial messaging network Swift stands defiant against a European Parliament resolution calling for the expulsion of Russia from the community.

Russian DMA service targets investment banks

Moscow Exchange is implementing the G20 commitment, but doubts linger over Russia's reputation

As Russia’s revitalised Moscow Exchange begins to command increased attention from global investment banks and hedge funds, a new direct market access service says it can unlock trading features that may not previously have been available to many international investors.

Citi extends securities lending platform to Russia

Russia's TCS Bank is hoping its mobile wallet will be a hit in Russia

Citi has begun lending services in Russian securities through its OpenLend platform, which the bank says will help investors to diversify into promising emerging markets.

Russia 2.0 – major overhaul will attract international investors

Bevan: reforms to Russia's financial markets are making Moscow more attractive

As Moscow modernises its corporate governance, legal institutions and financial infrastructure, new possibilities are opening up to foreign investors, says Tim Bevan, executive board member at BCS.

Russian bonds make debut at Euroclear Bank

Euroclear Bank is targeting Russian corporate and municipal bonds

Russia’s securities markets have taken another step forward with the decision by Euroclear Bank to launch post-trade services for Russian corporate and municipal bonds on 30 January, via its relationship with Russia’s newly established CSD the National Settlement Depository.

TCS Bank readies Russian mobile wallet for Christmas

Russia's TCS Bank is hoping its mobile wallet will be a hit in Russia

Russian bank Tinkoff Credit Systems has become the latest financial institution to launch a mobile wallet service, which is due to go live on 1 December 2013. The new wallet will target Russia and will be available on both Android and Apple iOS devices.

Moscow Exchange debuts cleared OTC derivatives market

Moscow Exchange is implementing the G20 commitment, but doubts linger over Russia's reputation

Moscow Exchange has opened its new cleared OTC derivatives market, marking a major step towards Russia’s G20 commitments. But some observers still have doubts about Russia’s reputation as an investment destination.

Competition for Russia heats up as TMX boosts Moscow link

Western connectivity firms including TMX Atrium are competing for the fastest connection to Moscow

Trading infrastructure provider TMX Atrium has released a set of options for trading Russia through its connection to Frankfurt’s Equinix FR2 IBX data centre and the Moscow Exchange – a move designed to shepherd customers as rival providers stake out their own claims to the Russian market.

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